Recipe – Chocolate and Beetroot Cake

Yes, that’s correct! A chocolate and beetroot cake. It’s far better than it sounds, the beetroot gives you a fabulous colour and moistness with only a hint of beetroot flavour. There are a few recipes online that don’t really work but this is my version, which uses chocolate chips in the batter, you could melt…

Recipe – Chunky Apple and Cinnamon Cake

The start of autumn brings us lots of windfall fruit, especially apples and pears. There are some wonderful British apple varieties and many of them make a lovely apple cake. This cake can be frozen so if you have a lot of apples, make a lot of cake! You will need: 225g self raising flour…

Recipe – Chilli Cheese Scotch Eggs

If I could give it all up and run my own artisan food business, I’d make scotch eggs. Absolutely my favourite snack food, gone are the days when you have to put up with soggy mass-produced versions. You can do anything with them and once you’ve tried home made it’ll be very difficult to go…

Recipe – Toad in the Hole

I am a little bit obsessed with Yorkshire puddings at the moment. Jack loves them – I’m sure he’d have them with every meal! I thought I’d sneak this in before the summer came as it’s a great, cheap family meal perfect for cold days. To feed 4-5, you will need: 10-12 sausages, Cumberland preferably…

Recipe – Yorkshire Pudding Lasagne

Yes, lasagne using Yorkshire pudding. I thought, why not? You hear a lot about fusion but never really much fusion using traditional British foods and I’ve created Yorkshire Pudding Wraps before so can see the benefits of flat-sheet Yorkshires. This replaces the pasta strips with Yorkshire, creating a more moist, flavoursome lasagne with a slightly…

Recipe – Egg and Bacon Pie

Bacon. There, I said it. For meat eaters everywhere the thought of a bacon sandwich in the morning warms the cockles of your heart. And if you’re splurging, an egg and bacon sandwich is something else…! A perfect combo that goes brilliantly in a pie. To serve 4-6 you will need: Two packs of ready-rolled…

Recipe – Broccoli and Stilton Quiche (Vegetarian)

Another day another quiche! I love pastry too much to stay away from it in hot weather and quiche is a great versatile meal centre, hot or cold. Here’s my favourite vegetarian version, really good, super mature Stilton is key! To feed to up 6, you will need: 1 roll shortcrust pastry 150g tenderstem broccoli,…

How To – Boil An Egg

It should be easy but it isn’t always! We love boiled eggy and toast soldiers (as I’ve called it since I was little) and it took me a while to crack (sorry!) the right timing for soft boiled eggs. My method is to get a pan big enough for the eggs you want to do,…

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 – 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…