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 4 – Something Green Smoothie

I wouldn’t go so far as saying that I missed the greens yesterday, but they have been contributing to a feeling that I’m doing the right thing.  Don’t get me wrong, yesterday’s breakfast hit the spot and is something I’ll be trying again, but I think I need to compensate today.  That said, I’m still…

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…

Day One – Blackberry Breakfast Smoothie

Taking learnings from yesterday I put the dry ingredients in the goblet along with the spinach and left in the fridge overnight with the unpeeled banana.  I’d weighed out the frozen berries so all good to go in the morning 3 Tbsp Rolled Oats 1 Tbsp Chai Seeds 1 Tbsp Flax Seeds 2 Dates, pitted…

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…

Chocolate Beetroot Muffins

So if you’ve not guessed already, I’ve a garden full of beetroot which needs using.  The varieties I grow stand well in the ground all season without going woody, which means I don’t tend to make lots of sowings but it does mean that by the end of the year I’ve got some massive beetroot….

Brown Tom

This is a recipe which we roll out every year at this time to deal with our heavenly glut of fresh tomatoes.  Frankly I’m quite surprised that I’ve never typed this one up – it’s one of our favourites, it’s really simple and it’s just an amazing comfort food for those end of summer evenings….

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…

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…

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…

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…

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…

Victoria Sandwich

Week 9: The Final – Mary’s Victoria Sandwich At last, a technical challenge which aligns with the promise it set out at the very start of the series, to showcase the basics of baking.  And it doesn’t get much more  basic than this weeks instructions:- “Make a Victoria Sandwich using two 20cm tins, filled with…

Herb & Garlic Fougasse

Week 6 – Botanical Week – Herb Fougasse Generally a strong week for all competitors with  a lot of last minute frantic fanning to cool the loaves in the last minutes and a little confusion over how to slash the bread, the biggest decision seemed to whether or not to add steam. Steam makes for…

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…

Brown Tom

This is a variation of an old family recipe that makes excellent use of all of those ripe tomatoes at this time of the year. A really simple and frugal dish that makes the most of one of my seasonal favourites. Serves 4 Ingredients 100g Pancetta, chopped 1 Red Onion, diced Pinch of Salt 2…

Bakewell Tart

Week 5 – Pastry Week.  Technical Challenge – Bakewell Tart As it happens just like Val, Bakewell Tart (pudding) is something that I make quite often.  I’ve a tried and tested recipe which the whole family loves so I’ve no intention of trying out this week’s challenge.  I know it’s a bit of a cop…