Barbecue Sauce

Recipes don’t get much easier than this.  A really effective BBQ sauce which you can make in minutes, and easy to scale up as required.  Paul Newman – eat your heart out! Serves: 4 Ingredients 3 Tbsp Tomato Ketchup 1 Tbsp Runny Honey 1 Tbsp Balsamic Vinegar 1 Tbsp Worcester Sauce a little Chilli Powder…

How to Make… Black Bean Sauce

Black Bean sauce can be a wonderful rich fullness to an Asian meal, or bring with it an overbearing saltiness which destroys it.  Why not take all of the guesswork out and make your own?  It’s really not that hard, and you know exactly what’s in it.  All you need is a source of tinned…

Whiskey & Ginger Ice Cream

I just love my Ice Cream maker.  It’s so easy to make any flavour of ice cream when you want it, and you know exactly what’s gone into it.  I needed something special for Christmas to complement my Marmalade Christmas Pudding, so came up with this Whiskey & Ginger Ice Cream.  Amazing… You can make…

Make your own… Focaccia

Focaccia is a great Italian leavened flatbread, which is easy to make and tastes terrific.  Often thought to be the same as, or similar to Pizza due to it’s shape and the fact that it’s always topped with something, with Focaccia, the focus is really on the bread itself and not on the topping. You…

Make your own… Horseradish Sauce

Fresh horseradish is great – much better than the stuff you get in jars. It has a whole range of uses – not just for roast beef.  Horseradish isn’t often seen in mainstream UK supermarkets, but can be found in farm shops or you can grow your own.  If you don’t know what to look…

Make your own… Vanilla Extract

I seem to have consumed a vast amount of vanilla extract this year, with all of the ice cream, custards and cakes that I’ve been baking.  You can’t really beat proper, good quality vanilla extract – vanilla essence just isn’t the same thing and cheaper extracts have a much lower proportion of actual vanilla seed….

Creole Style – Chilli & Tomato Sauce

This is great for pasta, and the thyme makes this a good addition for Cajun and creole style dishes where a rich punch is required.  Subtle enough to use with fish or vegetarian dishes, this is also great with chicken or rich stews. Makes approx 750 ml Ingredients 20 Cayenne Chilli Peppers, stalks removed 2…

Sweet Chilli Sauce

This is a ‘Thai style’ sweet chilli dipping sauce – once you’ve made this, you’ll never fork out for a bottle in the supermarket again.  again, another simple sauce which keeps for a very long time.  I enjoy stirring a couple of spoons of this into my Chilli con Carne just before serving… Note: I…

James’s Chilli Hot Sauce

There are plenty of recipes for hot sauce out there, but this is a simple, rich favourite of mine.  It uses the whole chillies, so no messing about with deseeding or wearing gloves Use it a spoon at a time to spice up any dish, especially good with pasta or tomato based sauces, chicken, Caribbean…

Coming Soon – Chilli Pepper Sauces

Have you just finished harvesting your summer crops in anticipatation of that first frost?  Do you have a bucket full of chilli peppers and just don’t know what to do with them?  Coming soon – 3 chilli sauces which will meet your needs for every occasion:- Sweet Chilli Sauce  – the ‘Thai-style’ dipping sauce Chilli…

Potato Gnocchi

So, you’ve made your own homemade pasta and couldn’t believe how easy it was.  Or you can’t be bothered to go out and buy yourself a pasta roller – what next?  Potato Gnocchi. An easy alternative to pasta, which works will all the same sauces. The key to this recipe is to keep the potatoes…

Sun-dried Tomatoes

Every year I grow loads more tomatoes than I need to use fresh, and the surplus are gently cooked with a little olive oil, passed through a sieve and frozen in bags to use throughout the year.  This works really well as a replacement to tinned tomatoes – even through you can get some good…

Cranberry ‘Mincemeat’

If you’d like an alternative to the traditional mincepies this Christmas, why not try making this Cranberry ‘mincemeat’?  It’s not so sickly sweat, and keeps well in a sealed jar.  Make sure you use the best quality candied peel – if you have the time, check out my own recipe! Ingredients 1kg Fresh Cranberries 1…