Recipe – Double Chocolate Cupcakes

The king of cupcakes! A bobby dazzler of a treat, a version of my vanilla cupcakes here but perfect for those chocoholics (like my missus and son!) This is an easy mixture to put together and goes into the larger muffin cases, so make sure your cupcake tray is deep enough. Note I use ten…

Recipe – Turkey, Bacon and Cheese Burgers

This summer sun just keeps going! It’s fantastic and so I’ve been doing more BBQ recipes and experimentation. These are great, tasty burgers with less fat content than a typical beef version. For six, you will need: 500g minced turkey 4 rashers smoked bacon 100g grated mature Cheddar cheese 1 teaspoon paprika Handful flat leaf…

Recipe – Easy Fruit and Coconut Biscuits

Biscuits are the easiest things to make, with minimal ingredients even young kids can get involved. Everyone loves the result too! To make 10-12, you will need: 100g cooking margarine 50g golden caster sugar 100g self-raising flour 50g dried currants 50g desiccated coconut with little more for sprinkling Preheat the oven to 170 degrees. Flour…

Recipe – Gooseberry and Frangipane Tart

Many moons ago I had a school trip to Sweden and I was served this, I never forgot the flavour so thought I’d track down a recipe and give it a go. It’s wonderful, especially as we come into gooseberry season. You will need: 1 roll of short crust pastry, taken out the fridge half…

Recipe – Vanilla and Raspberry Cupcakes

The grown-up fairy cake. It’s still a fairy cake, just adult sized! This is an easy mixture to put together and goes into the larger muffin cases, so make sure your cupcake tray is deep enough. Note I use ten cases in a 12 case tin, this gives you fewer, bigger cakes! For 10, you…

Recipe – Classic Victoria Sandwich

This is the cake of cakes. I judge anyone’s capability in baking by how well they can make one of these. One of my interns a couple of years ago (hello Laura!) was a superb baker and her Victoria Sandwich was the finest cake I’ve ever had! So here’s my stab at it. The golden…

Recipe – BBQ Chicken Tikka and Onion Bhaji Kebabs

Onion bhajis are a really great ingredient, if you haven’t tried them in a chicken sandwich, I urge you to! I thought I’d try them on a skewer with chicken tikka as a BBQ treat and they were amazing! For 4-6 people, you will need: 3 skinless chicken breasts The juice of 1 lemon 150ml…

Recipe – Moroccan Lamb Chops

I really like Moroccan cuisine, especially the mix of spices and fruits which compliment each other so well. This is a simple marinade which works really well with lamb and can be used for frying or BBQing. For four people, you will need: 4 British lamb loin chops 2 apricots 2 tablespoons pomegranate molasses 1½…

Recipe – Strawberry Custard Tart

Boy do I love a good custard tart. One of my closest friends is big in custard tarts (well, he’s FD for a major manufacturer!) and I can never quite believe it when he tells me how many they make each day. I saw a version of this the other day with rhubarb but thought…

Recipe – Smoked Bacon and Cheddar Quiche

Summertime is a great time for quiche. And quiche doesn’t have to be bland Quiche Lorraine from a shop, it can be really fresh and full of gorgeous flavours. This is one of my favourites, it combines smokey bacon with really strong cheddar for a wonderful meal centre. To feed to up 6, you will…