8 Kitchen tools I can’t live without!

Collecting kitchen tools and gadgets can be a dangerous thing to start (trust me I know – we HAD to extend our kitchen just make more cupboard space!). Over the years I have bought or been gifted loads of gadgets, gizmos and tools – many of them used once never to be seen again! But…

Sweet French Crepes

Proper homemade, fresh, thin and sweet french crepes are unbeatable. So much so, I have been known to eat quite a few in a row and will happily whip some up instead of a dinner! A french crepe, to me, must be freshly made, thin and I like them sweet! My default topping is pretty…

Breakfast Baked Eggs

Eggs are an obvious and pretty good choice for breakfast, but once you’ve fried, poached, scrambled and boiled they can get quite boring! Ideal for a leisurely breakfast or brunch, these smokey bakes eggs will really hit the spot. Serve with your favourite toasted crusty bread dipped into a lovely runny yolk! Because you are…

Proper Zesty Lemon and Lime Loaf

Ahhh lemon drizzle a firm favourite of mine. I LOVE citrus flavours, especially in baking, and over time my lemon drizzle bakes have become zestier and zestier. With the addition of extra lemon zest, lemon juice and lime this treat will really wake you up, so its ideal for elevenses with a lovely cup of…yup…

Chunky Cool Mango Salsa

Refreshing, cool and tasty, this chunky mango salsa is the perfect accompaniment to lots of meals, in particular spicy BBQ meats and fish. Best made in advance to allow the flavours to really mingle and develop; this is ideal to serve at a summer BBQ where you can prepare in advance but deliver an impressive…

Coconut & Lime Cupcakes

Last year I volunteered to bake some cupcakes as a raffle prize for a local project called The Green Space, god knows what I was thinking I’ve never baked under pressure before- just enjoyment! Non the less I was committed. It seemed sensible to stay on theme and create something green, but personally I am not…

Homemade Pesto (alla Genovese)

FOOD HISTORY ALERT!! Scroll down to skip this super interesting and not at all geeky bit…but if you’re like me and can’t resist a good background story, especially about food! then read on! Pesto, maybe not as we know it now; has origins as far back as the Roman Age.  The word Pesto originates from…

Katsu Curry Sauce (yup like Wagamama’s-possibly better)

Let’s face it, I don’t eat out much yet alone in chain restaurants (food snob alert!). But I’ll admit…I have been in Wagamama’s a few times in the past for one reason or another, and have to say their Katsu Chicken is a delight. Assuming that getting that unusual fusion of Indian and Japanese flavour…

Fluffy Brioche French Toast

You know when you just fancy something and nothing else will do? Well last night after a failed attempt at Racuchy (Polish yeast pancakes) I didn’t quite satisfy my sweet tooth. So when I woke up this morning I was not drawn to our usual hearty savoury weekend breakfast. It had to be french toast……

Prosecco, Prawn & Chorizo Risotto

Having eaten a rather bland risotto in a so called Italian restaurant many years ago – i’ll add it was the first time I had tried one! –  I was so disappointed that I NEVER cooked it, chose it or recommended it. I just didn’t get it. Truth is, I still find risottos rather bland…

Maple Glazed Roast Ham

Ham. A staple lunch box meat, consumed often, bought in packets or if you’re feeling flush – off the deli counter and usually slapped between two sliced of bread. Nothing wrong with that of course it’s rather convenient… but have you considered how much it costs for a couple of slices? When you can buy…

Cheats Croque Monsieur

It’s cold, you’re feeling under the weather – or maybe you just fancy something calorfically tasty. This quick cheats version of the croque monsieur is bound to hit the spot. Go on have two… A traditional croque monsieur can be surprisingly laborious to make with the béchamel sauce and the nutmeg etc… this simple speedy…