Asparagus Tart with semi-confit cherry tomatoes

I’ve fallen in love with these semi-confit cherry tomatoes which I used to decorate my asparagus tart. They look amazing, taste amazing and are so simple to prepare. I think they may become my official dish decorator for 2014 as they transform everything into an art piece!! And whilst I’m busy raving I should also … Continue reading

Porridge, Pumpkin seed & Cranberry Muffins

Thank goodness for muffins! Quick, easy, fool proof and delicious. As winter advances I’ve decided to take my porridge oats on a culinary road trip and add them in to everything from muffins to crumble. Surely they all become healthier that way?! Anyway the real excuse for these muffins was afternoon tea with a few … Continue reading

Pear & Chocolate upside down cake

Pears, pears and more pears and all from the one tree. I don’t know how folk in olden times kept up with picking, pickling and preserving their crops but it’s exhausting! I’m turning my hand to a more immediate treat with this cake as reward for the last few weeks endeavours. ingredients 150g butter, 25g … Continue reading

Hazelnut meringues for mum

I’ve spent days, months and years trying to master meringues and as a friend kindly pointed out at one of my recent dinner parties “you’ve finally cracked it!” Past disasters have led to many an Eton Mess to disguise my misdemeanours in the kitchen but this recipe has been a fail safe. I first cooked … Continue reading

Tomato, Mascarpone and Zucchini flan with aromatic herb salad

We eat more zucchini per capita in our household than any other vegetable as it is virtually the national vegetable of Italy and also one of the easiest “green” things that my husband will eat! Interestingly it is botanically regarded as a fruit, despite most frequently being referred to and cooked as a vegetable. So next time you … Continue reading

Baked custard pots with rhubarb & mint

Every time I ever make a dish that requires egg whites only I struggle to find something quick and easy to use up the yolks. It’s that dilemma of in order to make one dessert you’re obliged to make two leading to the inevitable question of “do I really need to eat 2?” Obviously not … Continue reading

At home with the builders (again!) et voila, un Pear Clafoutis…c’est tres bon!

I’m a bit of a francophile having spent a lifetime holidaying in the south of France and also living in Le Mans during my university years, and I regularly butt good humoured heads with my Italian friends over who has the best wine and cuisine. The Italians, as indeed are the French, are extremely proud … Continue reading