Christmas 2017 + Turkey & Broccoli Risotto

Whoa, that was a bumpy sleigh ride this Christmas. May I pass on a little word of advice? Don’t move home three weeks before Christmas. In fact, don’t move at all in December. Especially not if you are hosting Christmas.…

The Essence of Lemons

This is the start of a new series on the blog, looking at just one ingredient and what it adds to cooking, food and health. Lemon, Citrus limon Lemons were the first thing that came to my mind when I…

Pepped Up Veg

The usual colds are starting to go round now and I’ve been feeling a little under the weather of late, trying to fend off sneezes and snivels. I’ve been taking the herbal remedy Echinacea, which really seems to be effective,…

Stilton, Broccoli & Smoked Bacon Pasta

I do like a quick and easy pasta dish for a mid-week dinner, especially when it’s as comforting and tasty as this one. The other great thing about pasta dishes is that they are generally very adaptable so if you…

Lemon Curd and Chocolate Twists

I figured a return to food blogging wasn’t really legitimate until I post about, well, food. So here we have a quick, easy and totally scrummy recipe for a little something sweet to have with your mid-morning coffee. Lemon Curd…

Simple yet delicious puff pastry twists with lemon curd and chocolate spread.

Shrove Tuesday

Whether sprinkled with sugar and squirted with lemon, filled with sweet or savoury fillings or drizzled with Maple syrup, warm pancakes fresh from the pan are pretty hard to resist. And what’s more they’re such fun; fun to make, fun to dress and fun to eat! I love them with lemon and also filled with banana and honey, and for a savoury version this steak and camembert filling is pretty damn good, if I do say so myself!

Game for a Pie

January. It’s a bit of a D month, don’t you think? Dreary, drizzly, dull. It’s not really A-list, not like, say, blossoming April or sultry August. OK, enough of the word play, you get my drift. Christmas has long gone, everyone’s broke…it is, officially, the most depressing month of the year. Still, we’ll soon be crossing the boundary into February, onto Valentine’s Day and one step closer to spring.

But January has got at least one thing going for it: game. Whether you go for deep rich venison, flavoursome pheasant or the more delicate rabbit, game feels like a real luxury in this bare month. Make the most of the season while it lasts and why not mix up the meats with a hearty, full-bodied pie like this one?

Lavender Milk with Vanilla Shortbread Biscuits

I am a creature who likes her comforts. A fire to warm my toes by; a soft wool throw to wrap myself in; a hot bath to sink my body into. But my greatest comfort of all is my bed. With a squashy duvet, puffy feather pillows, a bedspread and cushions this is my haven and when I sink into it I cocoon myself. And at the end of the day this sleep-inducing drink promises to bring peace and sweet dreams. Continue reading…

A Peek Inside the Cookbook

Photography Cristian Barnett (www.crisbarnett.com), food styling Andrea O’Connor. Copyright Absolute Press. All rights reserved. Tweet

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