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…

Mini Lemon and Plum Savarin

Week 8: Patisserie Week – Savarin It’s semi-final week, and I’ve been away, so this post is really quite late (photos to follow – sorry) A ‘high end’ desert, the Savarin is a yeast leavened sponge saturated in alcohol based syrup, usually served with cream and fruit.  Paul’s Savarin was exactly this.  His orange sponge…

Tropical Fruit Pavlova

I can’t really take much credit for this one – Alex saw a picture of something very similar in a Tescos magazine and immediately declared that this is what she wanted for her birthday party, instead of a cake.  So yesterday Alex had her very first ‘Pizza and Pavlova Party’ Well, I have to admit these…

Fruit & Ginger Biscuits

A wonderful spicy biscuit just right for the festive season.  Full of festive fruit – I’ve chosen sour cherries and apricots as well as the stem ginger, but you can adjust to taste.  The chocolate is a nice touch, balancing off the treacle, and the sugar roll gives a great crunch.  Adding the oatmeal provides…

Meringue Kisses #WasteNot

If you’ve been following @HughsWarOnWaste you’re probably as angry and annoyed as I am at the unnecessary amount of food that is just being discarded for no good reason. Clearly there are some serious problems with our retailers and suppliers which need to be be addressed, but there’s plenty we can do ourselves to make better use…

Raised Vegetable and Barley Pie

I’d been planing to cook a Christmas Pie for our veggie dinner for some time, and came across an old article in something like the Good Food magazine which looked like a promising avenue of inspiration. Although this did for the basis of my recipe, there were one or two elements  didn’t like, or in…

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…

Cranberry Punch

Of course if you’re the one driving, or perhaps just a little underage for the alcoholic cocktails, an Earswick Donkey probably isn’t for you. This Cranberry Punch goes down well as an alternative Serves Plenty Ingredients 200ml Cranberry Juice 500ml Orange Juice 600ml Sparkling Apple Juice, such as Appletise 1 Lime, thinly sliced 1 Satsuma,…

Earswick Donkey

So if you’ve followed my recipes for plum & slow gins & liqueurs, you’ll have been drinking this seasons for a few weeks now. You’ve probably given the odd bottle away as a present, maybe served up liqueurs after dinner, but what to do with the rest? Cocktails! My Earswick Donkey is a festive take…

A Man, A Plan, 3 Menus, Christmas

Yes, it’s that time of year again.  Last minute running around, preparing for the big day(s).  Again, we have a number of events going on over the Christmas period and it’s a time when my natural Project Management tendencies kick in to play.  Schedules, shopping lists and menus for the Christmas period are now in…

Italian Slow Roast Shoulder of Pork

Shoulder of Pork is another ‘cheap’ cut of meat which lends itself to slow cooking.  Treated properly, this can make the most amazing roast dinner, requiring very little effort once it’s gone in the oven.  The fatty layers mean the meat does’t need basting as it cooks, and doesn’t need covering.  The Italian spin from…

Cassata Siciliana – The alternative to Christmas Pudding

So you’re entertaining for Christmas, but you want something a little different?  Just as rich and decadent, but maybe something chilled, or something a little bit lighter than the traditional pudding?  Give this cassata a go.  Packed with the festive richness of christmas pudding fruits soaked in rum, filled with creamy ricotta and covered in…

Turkey Giblet Gravy

So your bird is in the oven, roasting away, and you’re left with a vacuum sealed bag of poultry body parts – what are you going to do with these?  Make a great stock for your gravy, of course.  First of all you have to establish whether or not you want to include the liver….

How to Roast a Turkey

So you’ve bought your turkey – hopefully a free range, hand raised bird from your local farm shop like mine which you know will have the best of flavours.  If so, you’ve probably just collected it a day or so before it’s needed.  If you’ve gone to the supermarket, your turkey is probably frozen.  Make…

Christmas Tarts – The alternative to a traditional mince pie

I know, I know, it’s not even Christmas, and already you’ve had your fill of mince pies.  Yes, they’re really festive, but after a while you start to appreciate that there’s, well, just too much pastry.  And that mincemeat?  It’s very nice, but this is a special occasion, surely we can add a bit more…

Christmas Cake – It’s never too late!

Christmas Cake – It’s never too late! You don’t need to make your Christmas cake months in advance.  My easy ‘last minute’ Christmas cake recipe can be made just a couple of days beforehand and still taste wonderful  Obviously, the sooner you start, the better it will be, but don’t think you’ve missed the boat….

Brussels Sprouts with Chestnuts & Chorizo

Fed up with those sprouts already?  Want something a little different?  This has a wonderful sweet, spicy fullness which works so well with the brussels Sprouts.  Even the kids liked them!  Sprout and bacon always work well as a combination, but Chorizo adds a little something extra… Ingredients 750g Brussels Sprouts 250g Chestnuts, roasted, peeled…

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…

Turkey Gravy

So you’re roasting your turkey to perfection, but what about that gravy?  Well, if you’ve followed the recipe, there’s really nothing to it.  If you follow my turkey roasting recipe, and buy the best quality free range bird, there will probably be no need even to season the gravy- this will be the best you’ve…

Poinsettia

A wonderful festive fizz with sharp citrussy fruit, best served with a dry sparkling wine (or Champagne, if you’re really trying to impress…) Ingredients 500ml Cranberry Juice 125ml Cointreau 1 bottle dry champagne style sparkling wine, well chilled  Fresh raspberries to decorate Method Mix the cointreau and cranberry juice in a jug and keep in…