Recipe – Hot Cross Buns

A highlight of my Easter, I love hot cross buns. I like mine toasted and smothered in butter and jam. Just thinking about them makes me drool! Here’s my recipe, which takes a few hours with all he proving but is worth it for the soft, hot loveliness from the oven… For 10-12 buns, you…

Recipe – Individual Beef Wellingtons (Valentine’s Special)

Not everyone is good in the kitchen, and it may be a bit of a generalisation, but this is especially true for men. I’’ve met several chaps over the years whose cooking expertise extends only to microwaving a pasty. Valentine’’s Day comes around only once a year and presents the perfect opportunity for men to…

Recipe – Christmas Pudding Rice Krispy Bites

These are a great option for a tasty festive treat, perfect for Christmas parties or if random family descend on you! They last for ages too, so you can make up to a week in advance. For 12-15 you will need: 30g mini marshmallows 2 standard Mars bars (or 3 multipack ones) 50g unsalted butter…

Recipe – Battenberg Trifle Showstopper

Every year I attempt something new and a bit scary for our Christmas lunch dessert. Previously I’ve done ice cream bombs and huge trifles. Everyone in our house loves a trifle, so this year I thought I’d create something of my own, a Battenberg Trifle. This has all the components of a trifle but looks…

Recipe – Cranberry Sauce with Port

It’s never to early to prepare for Christmas lunch and homemade cranberry sauce is not only incredibly easy to make but can easily freeze a few weeks in advance of the big day. Or make it a few days before Christmas Day or any day you’re having poultry.  For 8-10 people, you will need: 300g…

Halloween Sweet Treat Recipes

Halloween is great fun, a perfect excuse for dressing silly and eating some weird and wonderful food. I remember before Jack came along we played donut bobbing, hanging up a dozen Krispy Kremes down the hall and getting people to try and eat them. It wasn’t easy! I’ve put together three simple recipes for Halloween…