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 Experiment – The Results!

So my week of smoothie experimenting is over. 10 different smoothie, some more successful than others.  Lots of lessons learned there and I walk away with a formula which works for me.  That’s not to say its right or wrong – all of this is clearly very subjective & a matter of personal taste I…

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 7 – Blueberry Smoothie

How traditional could this get?  Lets just keep this simple and follow the pattern that seems to work well.  This needs to work – soon after I’ve finished I’m off for a swim… 200ml Almond Milk 125g Blueberries 1 Banana 2 Tbsp Oats 1 Tbsp Chai Seeds Add everything but the banana to the goblet…

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 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 2 – Tropical Green Smoothie

I definitely needed something different.  It’s not particularly radical given the ingredients at hand but what could be better than a taste of the tropics first thing in the morning?  I must be getting in to this – I’ve done away with the recipe books & research & I’ve already started improvising… 75g Pineapple, frozen…

My First Smoothie

This was really quite a hard decision to take.  I wanted something which was representative of my goals, but was really quite scared that it would be so awful I’d be switched off from the very start.  I finally settled on this recipe which has a fairly good proportion of fruit to greens, some oats…

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…

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…

Orecchiette with Broccoli

A traditional recipe from Puglia – a region of Italy which (in my opinion) must have the best red wine in the world.  As ever, simplicity rules, using simple seasoning to emphasise the 2 key elements to this recipe – the chewy eggless pasta ‘ears’ and the season fresh broccoli If you’ve prepared the pasta…

Eggless Pasta Dough

This traditional pasta dough often used in southern Italy and Sardinia with no eggs gives a lighter, more chewy pasta which tends to be cooked with sauces to full absorb flavours. This can be used for a variety of traditionally shaped pastas – I use this for Orecchiette Cavatelli Pici Trofie Follow the links above…

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…

Chilli Jelly -Choose your weapon…

I’ve a freezer full of chillies which I just won’t get through, so what better thing to do that make chilli jelly – perfect for Christmas stocking fillers! But wait – which chillies to use?  I have vast array of varieties and this recipe can be adapted for all.  In due course I’ll make a…

Tomato Cobbler

Autumn is finally closing in but I’ve still a large number of tomatoes to use up.  What better on a chilli October evening than a warming end of summer cobbler? Te cheesy basil scone topping soaks up all of the fresh juices, but the tomatoes are still the starts of the show Serve with a…

Tomato & Red Onion Tart

Another great way to use up all of those seasonal tomatoes.  Here I’ve used my 3 favourite varieties – Floridity, Sugar Gloss and Sungold The slow roasting intensifies the flavours and turns this into a real taste of summer For the cheese I’ve used a mix of Cheddar and Parmesan. Make your own Puff Pastry…

Lacy Pancakes

Week 4 – Batter  Technical Challenge – 12 Heart Shaped Lacy Pancakes In the immortal words of Mel & Sue – “Are you a flipper or a tosser?” I can honestly say that I can’t imagine a more futile challenge!  Why on earth spend the time making lacy pancakes?  They’re tougher than normal pancakes/crepes, they…