Pecan & Raisin Banana Loaf

As good as they are, after 12 months of smoothies for breakfast, they’ve started to loose their novelty value and I’ve found myself with an increasing number of over-ripe bananas.  You know the kind – now just brown skinned but black, with soft, squishy flesh which pours out!!! This recipe is a superb way to…

Oat & Cranberry Cookies with Pumpkin Seeds

This is a really easy recipe which you can make quickly with store cupboard ingredients I often find Oat & Raisin cookies a bit chewy and homogenous for my tastes, so came up with this version which has a bit more texture and a great tang from the cranberries Makes: 16-24 Ingredients 75g Butter 1…

Arancini with Arrabiata Sauce

Such a great way to use up any left over risotto, I usually make more than I need just so I can have this the next day! You can be as ambitious as you like with these.  In there simplest of forms, I’ll just take balls of cold risotto & shallow fry in a pan….

Smoothie Liquids

Something I’ve not come to a final conclusion on over the course of the last week is which liquids are the best to use.  This is partly due to the lack of time & I’ll continue to experiment. I started off with a few thoughts:- Focus on a few specifics, consider other alternatives on another…

Just to prove a point…

There are a number of smoothie conclusions I’ve come to over the course of the last week.  The first of which is too much frozen fruit just doesn’t work for me. Why not? It fills the goblet with no flex making it difficult to get all of the ingredients in, It’s difficult to blend unless…

Day 6 – Plum & Spinach Smoothie

It’s all starting to come together now. I think I’ve spotted a pattern that works for me.  Let’s try Day 6 with some plums that really don’t taste of much to see what we can squeeze out in the way of breakfast interest… 1 Plum 1 tsp Vanilla 1 ½ Tbsp Oats 1 Tbsp Flax…

Day 5 – Banana & Turmeric Smoothie

Another pre-soaked version, and not a green leaf in sight! 1 Banana 1/2 tsp Turmeric 2-3 cm Root Ginger, grated 1 Tbsp Oats 200ml Almond Milk 1 Tbsp Almond Butter Add the oats, turmeric, ginger, almond butter and milk to the goblet.  Stir well and chill overnight.  In the morning add the banana and blend…

Day 4 – Something Green Smoothie

I wouldn’t go so far as saying that I missed the greens yesterday, but they have been contributing to a feeling that I’m doing the right thing.  Don’t get me wrong, yesterday’s breakfast hit the spot and is something I’ll be trying again, but I think I need to compensate today.  That said, I’m still…

Day 3 – Apple Crumble Smoothie

When I was getting my health assessment, the nutritionist said that the best thing I could eat for breakfast was a bowl of porridge and an apple.  I hate porridge so didn’t give it too much further thought, but then I considered this – why not make an Apple Crumble and custard smoothie?  I love…

Day One – Blackberry Breakfast Smoothie

Taking learnings from yesterday I put the dry ingredients in the goblet along with the spinach and left in the fridge overnight with the unpeeled banana.  I’d weighed out the frozen berries so all good to go in the morning 3 Tbsp Rolled Oats 1 Tbsp Chai Seeds 1 Tbsp Flax Seeds 2 Dates, pitted…

My Second Smoothie – Spicy Beetroot & Orange

OK, so 2 in one day is a bit over the top but I’ve still got some experimenting to do and wanted to try something very different to the breakfast smoothie this morning I’ve spent the afternoon prepping the fruit & veg from the shopping and took the opportunity to harvest some the remaining beetroot. …

Chocolate Beetroot Muffins

So if you’ve not guessed already, I’ve a garden full of beetroot which needs using.  The varieties I grow stand well in the ground all season without going woody, which means I don’t tend to make lots of sowings but it does mean that by the end of the year I’ve got some massive beetroot….

Sticky Ginger Beetroots Muffins

I’m about to do 3 things that I normally avoid – publish a recipe which isn’t mine and with very limited tailoring, publish a recipe which I think is still a bit flawed and indulge myself in a little editorial. I found 6 copies of this recipe online, identical or so very close, so it’s…

Brown Tom

This is a recipe which we roll out every year at this time to deal with our heavenly glut of fresh tomatoes.  Frankly I’m quite surprised that I’ve never typed this one up – it’s one of our favourites, it’s really simple and it’s just an amazing comfort food for those end of summer evenings….

Sweet Gherkin Pickle

I’ve been caught out again.  For some reason my petite cornichons have developed early and gone unnoticed – I now have a number of mammoth gherkins to use up, so a last minute change of plan is called for.  This is a fine pickle or relish which is great with sausages or in sandwiches.  If…

Chocolate & Pecan Shortbread Biscuits

A great combination, using quality chocolate such as Green & Blacks Milk Chocolate.  You can also make this with less flour – around 225g, to get a really rich, buttery shortbread which is very, very short and tastes great, but for everyday eating the extra flour makes  for a more practical eating biscuit, and significantly…

Simnel Muffins

Simnel cake is an Easter tradition, and this muffin variant is great on its own or even served as a dessert. Like many people, some of my guests aren’t that keen on Marzipan so I’ve left that out and made a few ‘plain’ versions.  But don’t let that put you off – without the marzipan…

Vertical Potatoes

So I love Boulangere potatoes but unless they’re properly cooked on a low heat over a long period, often struggle to judge the timings and get them properly and evenly cooked through.  This alternative address potato cooking from a different perspective, literally!  By stacking the slices up on their sides, not only do you get…

My Favourite Meatball & Stuffing Recipe

Originally based on a Jamie Oliver recipe, I used a variation of this for Christmas and have never looked back. Why make your own sausage meat?  Well, I think the answer is obvious – who know’s what’s hidden inside the supermarket rubbish these days.  By using good quality ingredients you can create the best flavoured…

Chocolate & Chilli Liqueur

As an aside, you may think that your Chocolate & Chilli Extract is just going to sit on in the kitchen cupboard gathering dust. Why not create a Chocolate & Chilli Liqueur instead? Follow the recipe as for the extract but also add 70g of white sugar (or more, to taste) I’m planning to use…