Video – Festive Mince Spirals

My friend James decided to have a go at a mince pie twist – mince spirals using puff pastry! Really simple and easy with lots of options for decoration. The best bit is I didn’t have to bake it!

Video – Mince Pies and Compound Butter

In this week’s Youtube video we go all festive, Jack and I make mince pies and our friends Jonny and Lina show how to make a compound butter perfect for indulgent Christmas cooking.

Recipe – Easy Mince Pies

Christmas brings us many things. Silly jumpers, drinks with friends, and food. Lots and lots of food. Mince pies are a favourite of mine but however good some of the supermarket ranges are now, nothing beats homemade. These are very simple to do, but give you the flexibility to adjust your filling to your own…

Recipe – Classic Profiteroles with Chocolate Sauce

I’ve never made choux pastry before but I’m a huge fan of the kind of things you make with it, especially eclairs and these, proper old school profiteroles. This makes around 16-20 which is good for around 4 people, you can scale up accordingly! You will need: 150ml water 70g plain flour 50g unsalted butter…

Recipe – Niclas’s Greek Pitta Breads

My oldest son Niclas is discovering the delights of making his own food as he’s away at university. He loves travel and exploring different cultures, more than any other country though Greece is a firm favourite. He has developed a recipe for pitta breads which is fantastic, he even did a Greek Night with us…

Recipe – No Bake Strawberry Cheesecake

Cheesecake is something I have eaten regularly but never made, which is odd because it’s very easy and versatile. You can add anything to the mix or the topping for a wide variety of results. Jack asked for a strawberry cheesecake so I thought I’d finally have a go! You need at least five hours…

Recipe – Dean’s Brinjal Bhaji (Vegan Aubergine Curry)

My friend Dean is a bit of a secret culinary whizz. His family background is eastern Mediterranean so he has a lot of knowledge of cuisine across that neck of the woods and far beyond. We had a chat about rice funnily enough, and I encouraged him to cook something for the blog for his…

Recipe – Jonny and Vito’s Redcurrant Jelly

This is the first recipe to accompany my new YouTube series for Dad That Cooks, which encourages dads to cook with or for their children. Jonny is a very good friend of mine, a proper foodie, and not only does he have a fantastic garden where he grows a bounty of fruit and vegetables, but…

Recipe – Double Chocolate and Coffee Cookies

Cookies… something I know a thing or two about as I work for a big bakery that specialises in them. But there are so many recipes out there for them, it’s difficult to find a decent one that always works. This always works! It’s effectively a double choc cookie base so you can leave it…

Recipe – Honeycomb / Cinder Toffee

Who doesn’t love honeycomb? Well, two of my three sons for a start as I discovered yesterday! All the more for me and the missus. Honeycomb is on the one hand so easy to do – 3 ingredients and water – and on the other hand relatively pressured and exciting for around 10 seconds. Lots…