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People often ask me how I get inspired to create my recipes. Well some of my inspiration comes from weird and wacky places like kids toys, movies or events, but more often, it comes from eating out. I prefer to dine in restaurants that are noted for their creative food rather than places with the same blah menus. As many food bloggers will agree, why go out when everything on the menu you could easily make yourself. More …

Courgette Chips with Garlic Mayonnaise

As a food blogger, I am always interested to see what people are cooking. Vegetable crisps and fritters seem to be really popular online, at the moment. Courgettes have been featuring alot as they are plentiful and in season right now. I looked at a few different recipes and adapted my own based on the flavours I like.  I made my courgette chips covered in delicate panko breadcrumbs and parmesan cheese and served them with a creamy homemade garlic mayonnaise. More …

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 …

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