Broad Bean, Courgette and Feta Pasta

When I go home at the weekend, I come back laden with delicious fruit and veg from my dad’s garden. It’s always a nice challenge to figure out what I am going to cook with them. I find with fresh vegetables, you have to use them up quickly or they go bad -unlike vegetables from the supermarket which are sprayed with ‘God-knows-what-icide’ to preserve them for longer. I came up with this dish on a whim when I was hungry for supper and wanted something quick. More …

Cheese and Onion Tarts

Everyone has a guilty pleasure, for me it’s cheese and onion crisps and a glass of ice cold beer. Some combinations are just irresistible. Cheese and onion are the perfect mix of salty and sweet, which I can never get enough of it. I decided to interpret this into a more grown up snack in the form of a cheese and onion tart. More …

Mini Madeira Cakes

 Madeira cake is one of my favourites. It seems wholesome and homely, even if it is full of butter and sugar! My grandad used to love a hunk of Madeira with a piping hot tea, sweetened with half a bowl of sugar. I made these little cakes for the OH, as he too likes a plain and simple cake. I came home that evening and found him spreading butter onto the Madeira cake . I had to laugh, as that’s exactly how my grandad ate his. It turns out that’s how the his Dad ate his too. I personally like mine just as they are without extra butter. More …

Olympic Torch Cupcakes

The Olympics is starting this week and I can’t wait for it, especially the opening ceremony. We just returned from a weekend away in London and I couldn’t help but get caught up in all the excitement.  The whole city is awash with colourful flags and all the store fronts are creatively themed for the Games. For some reason it reminded me of The Hunger Games, with all the pomp and ceremony. That in turn got me thinking about the amazing fire dresses that Katniss wore for the opening Tribute Parade. So, with the whole idea of parades and flames on my mind, I decided to create a flaming torch cupcake.   More …

Pepper, Tomato and Feta Lattice Tarts

I love anything lattice, lattice bakewell tart, lattice apple pie. There is something about lattice pastry that really appeals to me. It’s like knitted pastry…what’s not to like? I bought a lattice cutter on my honeymoon in Madeira – yeah, I know, I am a real blast to bring on holidays. We found this crazy little shop that sold kitchen gadgets among other things (they also sold giant baby Jesus statues, and a saucepan that would hold a large human – but that’s a different story). More …

Pear, Pomegranate and Pistachio Salad

Pomegranate seeds are not only beautiful to look at, but also delicious to eat. They remind me of little red rubies, all glowing and shiny. They bring such freshness and colour to a salad, kind of like tiny drops of cold rain on a scorching hot summer’s day.  I created this salad with a few of my other favourite ingredients.  Pears are such an underrated fruit, but they have a fantastic flavour and texture. Conference pears are my favourite variety of pear. I also used a delicately flavoured Irish goat’s cheese to give this salad a touch of creaminess. More …

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