How To – Shortcrust Pastry

I have never pretended to make my own pastry, it’s always been shop bought. But I was making a pie and couldn’t find any pastry anywhere so thought I’d give shortcrust a go. What a revelation! So easy and much better after baking than ready made. These amounts make enough for two large sheets, suitable…

How To – Slow Roast Lamb

It’s that time of year again! Spring lamb is a wonderful roast, superb flavour, the right level of fat and a real seasonal treat perfect for Mother’s Day or Easter. Lots of people worry about having a gristly and chewy roast but I covered a standard recipe to sort this out here. However if you…

Recipe – Raisin and Coconut Flapjacks

Flapjacks are the easiest things to make, they really are. So versatile too, you could swap the coconut and raisins for anything! My friend makes his with blueberries and they look lush. For 8-10 thick flapjacks you will need: 250g porridge oats 130g butter 3 tablespoons golden syrup 80g soft brown sugar 100g Californian raisins…

Recipe – Catalan Chicken and Chorizo Stew

At time of writing, global travel is being restricted and we’re all staying home more. So we need to bring a bit of Mediterranean warmth to our food. This is a wonderful stew, full of colour and flavour, inspired by fantastic pot stews I’d had on trips to Barcelona. For 4-6 people you will need:…

Recipe – Spicy Bean, Bacon and Eggy Bread Bake

    I haven’t done a breakfast recipe in a while and after pancake day thought it was time to revisit one of my favourites. This is a really easy recipe to knock together and super tasty. For 4-6 you will need: 2 tins baked beans 1 tin chopped tomatoes ½ tablespoon paprika ½ tablespoon…

Recipe – Classic Treacle Sponge

I’ve been thinking a lot about comfort food. I think it’s all the rainy weekends we’ve been having. My Nan was a master of traditional puddings like jam roly poly and treacle sponge so I thought I’d have a go at the latter. It’s really easy to throw together but you do need the right…

Recipe – Spanish Omelette with Smoked Bacon

We all know Stacey’s mum makes a mean omelette (and very little else) in Gavin and Stacey. A really easy meal centre for a midweek meal but a Spanish Omelette is a simple meal centre for the whole family. It only takes half an hour and can be thrown together. You can chop and change…

Recipe – Strawberry Jelly

I searched high and low on the internet for a recipe for a bog-standard strawberry jelly, as I was making a trifle for Christmas. Could I find one without something silly like elderflower or Prosecco in it? No! So I made up a recipe myself and it worked a treat. The flavour is like nothing…

Recipe – Cinnamon Roll Ice Cream

I love cinnamon rolls – the Starbucks cinnamon swirl is a total addiction and the fact I work for the company that bakes it makes it worse! In my view, the guys at Fabrique Bakery do the best cinnamon rolls in London and I recently purchased a load there. With a couple left over,  couldn’t…