My first foray into Empanadas

This was an accidental experiment in that when I entered the kitchen in search of some inspiration I had no idea what I may end up cooking that day. All I knew was that I fancied pastry, and when my book fell open at Empanadas a small spark was ignited. I tasted Empanadas for the … 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

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

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

Pastry Cutter Pear & Rhubarb Flan

Last christmas my good friend CJ brought me a pastry cutter for creating a lattice effect after we watched a cookery show with baked apples in lattice pastry and I’ve spent the entire year feeling guilty for not using it. That is until now of course. With a tree full of pears in the garden … Continue reading