Sweet Thai Chilli Macarons – Flora’s Revenge!

And so another series of Great British Bake Off has finished, the nation has finally finished mopping up those tears after Nadiya’s closing speech. A worthy winner from 3 impressive finalists, but part of me wishes Flora had made it through the semis. Also, her desire to plaster everything in sight with macarons was her…

Spicy Caribbean Salsa

A spicy fruit based salad to accompany my Caribbean pork dish This salsa needs assembling quite quickly to prevent the fruit from discolouring – getting it mixed with the lime juice will help retain all of the vibrant colour and flavours Ingredients 2 ripe Avocado, stoned & peeled 3 firm Bananas Pineapple chunks, diced 1…

Coconut Rice & Beans

A nice spin on ‘rice and peas’ which accompanies Caribbean dishes very well.  When you get everything into the pan you’ll be wondering what you’ve done wrong – it looks like a rather odd pudding rice dish, but have faith & do not stir!!! Warning!!! Do not stir this dish – it will break up…

Chicken Korma

Just to show that you can use this method to produce a curry with lots of rich sauce, he’s one of my Chicken Korma’s.  You should be aware that Korma’s don’t usually tick my boxes – I tend to find them too sweet, too rich and too mild for my tastes.  This recipe addresses these…

Pre-cooked Chicken for Curry

Stage 2 of creating your restaurant-style curry is to pre-prepare your meat. The target here is to get the meat to a point where the cooking can be completed in a few minutes, and seasoned to a point where the meat doesn’t taste bland in the final curry sauce You can do this in advance…

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…

Cranberry & Cherry Hot Cross Buns

OK, so I’m a couple of days late – these should have been ready on Good Friday but there was so much going on!  A great variant of the traditional Hot Cross Bun, this uses alternative fruits for a alternative the the seasonal favourite.  If you wish, replace the ginger and dried fruit* with 160g…

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…

Ginger Tea Loaf

This recipe has been on my ‘to do’ list for ages.  I’d had great success with my old family recipe for Yorkshire Brack but wanted to create a ginger variant.  This version uses the same principles but carries the ginger warmth and complementary orange flavours. The generally wet mix and sticky final effect means establishing when the…

Pumpkin and Sunflower Seed Soup

This recipe uses a starchy pumpkin like a kabocha or acorn squash rather than the firmer ‘crown prince’ or butternut squash, which blend down to give the most perfectly smooth texture and amazing dark golden colour.  Because of this texture, it really needs something else to provide a little interest and toasted sunflower seeds go…

Broccoli Pugliese – By Special Request!

I wasn’t going to type this one up, but I’ve had a special request from Paula, so here it is.  A really quick and simple way to spice up your broccoli and turn it into an interesting accompaniment.  It can even be prepared in advance, holding on to the cold blanched broccoli until you’re about…

2013 Chillies

2013 Chilli Success! I don’t normally take the liberty of documenting my gardening delights on my recipe blog, but I felt the need to capture this for posterity. Over the past few years I’ve been searching for ‘the perfect chilli’ to grow for my recipes, and this year was no exception. What made this year…

Pumpkin & Sausage Pasta Sauce

Finally, I’ve managed to finish off my roasted pumpkin with this great pasta sauce! Quite different from my other pumpkin recipes so far, but using classic combinations for Italian cooking, this is another sauce based on a pack of good quality shop-bought sausages, deskinned to form a wonderful rich meaty sauce when combined with the…

Spicy Pumpkin Loaf

OK – you heard me say it – I only used 2/3rds of my roasted pumpkin when I made my Roast Pumpkin Soup.  In these days of austerity, I’m hardly going to through the rest away now, am I?  I’ve got 2 very different recipes here which turn this pre-cooked pumpkin into star dishes.  Please…

Green Jalapeno Jelly

What better way to preserve that rich green intensity of my unripe jalapeños than in a fruity jelly?  What’s more, it’s also helping me get through some of my many cooking apples. As this is a pectin free recipe, we need to follow a 2 stage process – the first of which is to make the…

Fruity Festive Chutney

So you’ve used half of your pumpkin on creating the Caribbean Pumpkin & Habanero pickle – what are you going to do with the rest?  In an attempt to demonstrate that 2 very similar recipes can give oh, so different outcomes, have a go at this!  A wonderful fruity chutney which will be perfect in…

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…

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…

Alex’s Savoury Tricolour Plait

More Alex-Daddy quality cooking time over the holidays.  This time it started with an early morning awakening  “Daddy, I want to make a 3 coloured plaited loaf.  It will have basil and paprika and something yellow.  Let’s make it today!”.  With a little bit of thought, I came up with the following, and it has…

Cinnamon, Pecan and Orange Kringel – A Mother’s Day Special!

This recipe makes a very impressive celebration centrepiece, but it’s remarkably easy to make.  The traditional ‘Kringle‘ is a Scandinavian pastry dish, often pretzel shaped and can be either sweet or savoury.  This is an Estonian version, and is very similar to a Danish Pastry (my favourite!) The outside has a crisp, cinnamon crust, giving…