Creamy Martini mushrooms on toast

Martini? Yup. Extra Dry (other brands also available…). Truth be told any white boozy liquid will do. I came up with this recipe because I drank all my white wine (surprised?) not much else to it. Great as a snack, light bite or starter – mushrooms on toast are a tasty quick option. Did I…

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…

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…

Dutch Baby Pancake

Breakfast… the most important meal of the day… and it seems the most mundane too! …

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…

Open Sandwiches ‘Kanapka’

This is another one of those things I just grew up with and never thought twice about. The ‘kanapka’ – which roughly translates to sandwich-  seems to be very much an Eastern European thing, though they do have some history in the UK from the middle ages where slabs of bread were used as plates…

Loaded Potato Skins

The name says it all!  Loaded with cheese these beauties taste as naughty as they look!  Not recommended for anyone watching the calories!  These are ideal as a snack or a side to BBQ or grilled meats and fish – just as easy to make in large quantities  as they are for two!  And if…