Custard and Creme Anglaise

Subtly different, Creme Anglaise is both richer and more temperamental than a good pouring custard. The differences in preparation are really quite trivial, and for all but the grandest f entertaining, the custard alternative is probably the best bet.  It will give greater volume and much less chance of splitting I also use an alternative…

Base Curry Sauce

Do you want to make a curry just like the ones you get in the restaurant?  Do you want to know how to create a curry in 20 minutes?  Do you have a family with differing tastes and requirements when it comes to Indian food?  Then you need to invest some time up front and…

Sangre del Diablo

So, my chilli experiment was a success. I’ve been left with bags of chills of all varieties, intensities shapes and sizes.  I’ve got some fresh, many frozen and plenty dehydrated for use in the  months to come.  But I’m left with 1 problem – my Morouga Chillies.  They’re just, well, frightening!  They are unbelievably hot,…

Alex’s “Larkin” Jelly

Larkin is my pet Chilli!  I’ve grown him in my bedroom for the last 2 years, and he’s so big he now touches the ceiling.  He’s a Bishop’s Crown Chilli and has very pretty fruit which I like to eat whole (I really like chilli!), but Daddy says that Larkin has had his day, and…

Fruity Hot Sauce – Peaches and Scream!!!

Mango, Peach & Fatalii Chilli Sauce – the hottest, fruitiest sauce in my kitchen! Fatalii peppers are just perfect for this sauce, bringing a really citrussy zing along with its scorching heat.  This is amazing stuff, and not for the faint hearted (or the weak hearted, for that matter).  Use anywhere where you need both…

Marinara Sauce

A lot of confusion seems to surround the understanding of ‘Marinara Sauces’, especially outside of Italy.  One thing’s for sure – it DOESN’T contain any fish or seafood.  One commonly held school of thought is that it was a simple sauce cooked on the boats by Neapolitan mariners.  This can be considered as the mother…

American Pancakes & Gooseberry Syrup

More substantial than the ‘Bristish’ pancakes, and less messing around with all of that tossing, American Pancakes (or Scotch Pancakes? – I can’t really tell the difference – education invited!) are a quick and simple option to eat at any time of the day.  On holidays in the states, I lived off these for breakfast…

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…

Plum Liqueur & Plum Gin

I’ve been looking out for sloes all season with the anticipation of turning out a batch of Sloe Gin, but just haven’t discovered any.  What I do have in bucket loads are plums (- when we moved into the house we must have taken down 2 dozen self-set plum trees and left the 2 most…

Mole Poblano

Mole (pronounced mo-lay, Mexican Spanish for ‘concoction’) is the name given to a range of traditional Mexican sauces, of which Mole Poblano is probably the most famous. This sauce has extremely complex and refined flavours, blending the superb combination of chocolate and chilli to produce a rich, dark, thick sauce which particularly complements chicken.  Despite…

Piri Piri Sauce

Well, sort of.  Piri Piri sauce should be made from red Piri Piri peppers (obviously) or Bird’s Eye chillies, but this is made from Cayennes so it isn’t quite as hot.  Piri Piri sauce is a basic hot sauce or Portuguese origin It’s really easy to make as there is not cooking involved – just…

Chipotle Sauce

I first came across Chipotle sauce whilst on holiday in New Orleans.   I was surprised to find that McIlhenny, the manufacturer of the eponymous ‘ Tabasco’ sauce (you know, that small bottle of hot sauce that’s been sitting in the back of the cupboard for the last 10 years?)  makes a whole range of…

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…

End of Summer Bolognese

Over the years I’ve come across a wide range of Bolognese recipes, from the sublime to the rediculous.  In my student days the emphasis was on pushing nutricious volume from cheap ingredients.  A few years ago I developed a much more opulant recipe, with a higher proportion of top quality meat and a depth of…

Chilli Dipping Sauce

A quick dipping sauce for chinese dishes.  Try this with the Guo Tie.  You can vary the heat by adding more or less chilli flakes.  Alternatively add some grated ginger and chopped spring onions Cooking Time – approx 2minutes Serves4 Ingredients Generous pinch of Dried Chilli Flakes 1 tbsp Bioling Water 1 tbsp White Wine…

Chili and Cranberry Sauce

If you still buy your cranberry sauce in a jar, stop wasting your money. Cranberry Sauce is the easist thing in the world to make. Minimum ingredients, minimum effort, minimum time, tailored to your own personal tastes. This is the traditional sauce for turkey and cold meats, but with a hot chili twist. Adjust the…