Fruit and Nut Cookies

Although the title may be a little uninspiring, this is the basis for some of my favourite all-butter-shortbread-like cookies which are simplicity themselves to make requiring minutes worth of effort but are just so bad for you and will have friends coming back for more… Over Christmas I baked a really nice batch of Cheese…

Chestnut Falafel

These were just an amazing vegetarian alternative for the festive season.  One batch serve as a veggie main course when the carnivores tucked into their turkey, these went down so well I cooked them again as a mix and match option to serve with a batch of meatballs and a vegetable daal.  This recipe has…

Yorkshire Leek & Onion Soup

This is a simple alternative to that French classic, using fresh leeks and onions harvested from the garden.  This is a soup you just can’t rush – the flavours come from the slow sweating of the onions and leeks, allowing the sweet flavours to develop without overcooking. This is a vegetarian version which gives a…

Pumpkin and Mushroom Lasagne

I’d planned to make up a batch of ‘normal’ lasagne based around a rich beef ragu and béchamel sauce, but also wanted to make a vegetarian alternative.  I love to make my own pasta and knocking up a full 3 egg batch would make enough for both dishes so knocked up the beef version and left…

Courgette & Thyme Lemon Drizzle Cake

How delinquent have I been? Very.  No posts since Christmas – that’s dreadful, especially as I’ve cooked some terrific recipes in that time. There are always excuses, plenty of things to soak up the limited amount of free time I seem to have these days but hopefully I’m going to start to turn this around…

Gatto di Patate

Yet another traditional Italian dish, which served warm could be a meal in itself, or as an accompaniment or allowed to go cold and serve in slices as antipasto.  I’ve taken the liberty of making a vegetarian version, by adding a layer of spinach, replacing the more traditional ham or salami layer, but adapt to…

Special Mushroom, Celeriac and Walnut Lasagne

For my vegetarian Christmas celebration, I opted for one of my favourites – lasagne, this time made with rich layers of mushroom, herby celeriac and creamy cheese sauce, along with the obligatory home made pasta sheets.  Of course you could use shop bought pasta, but making your own is really simple. It’s a 3 pan,…

Christmas Cantucci

We had a lovely trip to Tuscany earlier on this year, during which time we spent a day with Bruna teaching us to cook some of the local dishes.  Alex fell in love with the Pici, but I thought the fresh cantucci were just great .  This recipe is my special Christmas version – if…

Carrot & Walnut Cupcakes

a.k.a. Mr Orange, if you’re following my Reservoir Dogs themed cupcake experiment.  Warning!  Reservoir Dogs Cupcakes are bad for your health! A cupcake spin on the traditional carrot & walnut cake, with a rich orange mascarpone frosting Makes 12 Ingredients 2 Large Eggs 125g Castor Sugar 125ml Vegetable Oil 1 tsp Vanilla Extract zest of…

Vanilla Whippy ‘Ice Cream’ Cupcakes

The sun may be setting on those glory days of summer, but we can still reminisce on those happy times, basking in the heat of the English sunshine.  But then, when those memories start to fade, how do we recall the most amazing weather we’ve seen for many a year?  Ice Cream of course.  “Hang…

Slow Cooked Shin of Beef Chilli

I know how popular my Shin of Beef recipes have been on this blog they’ve always topped the visitor page hits, so I hope you find this one to be just as wonderful as I did. My original Chilli dish was one created from my student days – good food for the masses, but on…

Almond, Pecan & Sour Cherry Danish

If you like your traditional Danish Pastry, or Pain au Raisin, you’re just going to love this!  The wholemeal pastry gives an added dimension, and the frangipane and sour cherries work so well to complement this   Makes about 10 pastries Ingredients 1 portion of Wholemeal Danish Pastry Dough 75g Butter 75g Castor Sugar 1…

Chewy Chocolate Cookies

So there I was, wallowing in my misery – yes, I was suffering from Man Flu.  I couldn’t breath.  I couldn’t sleep. Nobody had suffered such pain.  I needed sugar.   I needed Cookies! Great soft, chewy cookies with proper chocolate, which melts in chunks and resets on cooling.  Why buy these in the supermarket?…

Low Fat Yorkshire Pasties – Shin of Beef Stew, with a twist!

I could give these any number of names. Shin of Beef Casserole pasties, Beef Calzone,… However, since they were awarded their protected status by the EU, They’re not Cornish Pasties. In fact these take that inspired idea from the Hairy Dieters of using pizza dough instead of pastry for a low fat pie and applying…

Sprout & Sweet Potato Colcannon

Most of the country is probably sick of Brussels Sprouts after Christmas.  I love them – and looking for alternative ways of cooking them is always a bit of fun. My Sprouts with Chestnuts & Chorizo recipe seemed very popular over Christmas (they were really good), and not the shops are trying to offload their…

Christmas Leftovers – Baked in a bun…

So, you’re left with heaps of turkey & mash and stuffing and sprouts.  Why not use it to stuff a chelsea bun dough for an alternative Boxing day ‘leftover sandwich’? You can use anything you’ve got to fill the enriched dough, and it works just as well with savoury fillings as sweet.  If your leftovers…

Parmesan Grissini

These ‘cheese and onion’ breadsticks are terrific for a party.  Unlike the Olive & Tomato breadsticks, these are baked for longer at a cooler temperature to get them really crisp Makes 40-50 Ingredients 250g Strong White Flour 250g Spelt Flour 10g Fast Action Yeast 6g Salt 1 tbsp Sugar 100g Softened Butter 150ml Full Fat…

Meat & Potato Pie

A traditional dish from ‘up north, the Meat & Potato pie takes these the wonderful richness of Shin of Beef Stew and throws in a rich puff pastry potting.  Great for a simple entertaining dish which can be prepared ahead. You can use just about any cut of beef, but to get an even cook…

Yorkshire Brack or Tea Loaf

This is an old family recipe of Yorkshire Brack, or Tea Loaf, which was served cold, sliced and buttered with a fresh cup of tea.  A really easy recipe to make, it contains no fat at all.  My main reeason for making this was as a preparation for a Ginger Brack recipe, which will be…

Madeira Cake

Madeira Cake is a classic rich, golden, moist sponge flavoured with lemon.  Traditionally served with afternoon tea and often with a glass of Madeira, hence the name.  Today, Madeira cake is often used as a base for many other recipes requiring a sponge base such as a trifle, tiramisu or this wonderful zuccotto, but you…