Chocolate Tray Bake with Strawberries & Cream

British summer time + Wimbledon tennis = strawberries and cream in our household! Add in a chocolate tray bake and you have the makings of an even more luxurious treat for an afternoon tea in front of the tennis! ingredients: 50g cocoa, 6 tbsp boiling water, 100g softened butter, 200g caster sugar, 3 eggs, 125ml … Continue reading

Rhubarb, Orange & Mint Trifle

Now I confess right from the off that I stole this recipe from my good friend Sabine who made this delicious dessert for a May Day BBQ last week and although it wasn’t explicitly made for me, lets just say that my love of rhubarb strongly influenced her choice of dessert. I’ve had to make this from memory … Continue reading

Pomegranate Pavlova

Ever since Vincent Simone innocently referred to “par-lava” as “all a bit of a pavlova” on this years series of “I’m a celebrity” we’ve fondly been using the reverse, as in anyone for a piece of par-lava, when serving pavlova. My husband has been known for a few comical lost in translation moments…dodgy bag for … Continue reading

Pumpkin, Bacon and Leek Flan

For this post I’m duelling with a home-made pastry versus easy peasy shop bought pastry. In reality I’m not picking sides as I regularly buy puff pastry but when time allows I do believe you can’t do better than buttery home-made. Savoury flans and quiches are a great crowd pleaser for buffet style entertaining but … Continue reading

Peach & Rhubarb Roulade for a summer supper with friends

My desserts are slowly and surely improving although amongst friends I’m still known for a few of my previous Bridget Jones catastrophes, not quite as bad as purple soup, but I’ve had to make a few creative saves to salvage some recipes gone astray. The most frustrating thing is that desserts are the “piece de … Continue reading

Recipe: An end to meringue madness with a Forest Fruit Pavlova to be proud of!

It’s been a busy weekend in the Sambolino household with some back breaking work chopping logs in the garden followed by digging our new veggie patch so we can put our green fingers to the test, not to mention sweeping unwanted scorpions from the kitchen where they seem to have taken up residence. Add to … Continue reading

Ready steady pancakes….preparing for Shrove Tuesday

As Pancake day, aka Shrove Tuesday, comes round once again I have decided it is high time I find out a little more about the history of Shrove Tuesday and not just indulge in the eating of pancakes, although I’ll obviously be doing some of that too! In modern times the wheels of marketing have … Continue reading