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…

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….

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…

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. …

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…

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…

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…

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…

Chocolate & Chilli Extract

Some years ago I made my own Vanilla Extract – this has been really successful and a much better option than buying over-priced bottles in the supermarket. I’ve applied a similar process to create a Chocolate & Chilli extract – a classic combination which is quite difficult to replicate in baking as the chilli heat…

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…