Pea, Ham and Mint Soup

Pea, Ham and Mint Soup

This Pea, Ham and Mint Soup recipe came to life following our fabulous trip to Europe earlier this year (1000 Miles, 2000 Metres, 3 days and 4 countries; European Road Trip 2017 Stage One.). Once we arrived home we realised that we may have put on a teeny tiny bit of extra weight, having fervently sampled as many local delicacies as possible. In an effort to slightly reduce our waistlines I put together a series of tasty soups for our…

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Chilli Con Carne

Chilli Con Carne

Chilli is great – easy, cheap, filling and delicious. Ok, this recipe is pretty far from an “authentic” chilli con carne, but it is what our family has been making for many years. I’ve never met anyone else that adds sweetcorn, but the sweetness balances out the smoky depth of the beans and the heat of the chilli beautifully. I tend to prefer using chilli powder here, instead of chilli flakes or chopped fresh chillies, as the extra spices included…

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1000 Miles, 2000 Metres, 3 days and 4 countries; European Road Trip 2017 Stage One.

1000 Miles, 2000 Metres, 3 days and 4 countries; European Road Trip 2017 Stage One.

You could say we managed to cram a fair bit into the first leg of our grand road trip, though that would imply that the rest of it has been slower paced. The first stage of our two week, 2,700 mile European tour in two classic cars (one 50 year old MGB and one 43 year old MG Midget) went…relatively smoothly. No breakdowns thankfully, which was a bit of a concern as our MGB had essentially been stripped down and…

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Goat’s Cheese and Cherry Tomato Cous Cous

Goat’s Cheese and Cherry Tomato Cous Cous

I love the smooth creaminess of goat’s cheese, and it adds a rich depth to this salad. This is a fantastic summer lunch – so quick and easy to throw together, with fresh punchy flavours. Enjoy out in the sunshine with a glass of homemade lemonade. Ingredients: 100g cous cous 125ml chicken stock (preferably made with organic stock cubes) 125g goat’s cheese, crumbled Handful of cherry tomatoes, quartered 4 spring onions, chopped Handful of fresh herbs – such as basil…

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Slow-Cooked Shoulder of Lamb with a Puree of Wild Garlic and Caramelised Onions

Slow-Cooked Shoulder of Lamb with a Puree of Wild Garlic and Caramelised Onions

It was my birthday last month and, unusually, I decided I didn’t really feel like cooking. Having not long before created a three course Mother’s Day meal, I decided to take it easy on my birthday and that we’d all go out to the local pub the night before. We had a great meal at The Harbourmaster in Aberaeron (it’s a fantastic place, definitely one to put on your visiting list if you head this way), and I then thought why not…

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Dauphinoise Potatoes

Dauphinoise Potatoes

This may be getting a bit close to the Irish stereotype, but I really love potatoes. Smooth creamy mash, buttered new potatoes, hot chips sprinkled with flaky sea salt, crispy roasties, fluffy baked potatoes…. But dauphinoise are something else – they also hit my other weak spot, cream. If an item on a menu is served with dauphinoise potatoes, then it pretty much guarantees I’ll be choosing it. It’s very simple to put together – the key to cooking them…

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Smoked Salmon Risotto

Smoked Salmon Risotto

It’s become rather a tradition in our family that on special occasions, e.g. birthdays, the family member in question picks whatever meal they would most like and I cook it for them. So as it was Mother’s Day last Sunday, Mum got to request her favourite meal. Together we produced Smoked Salmon and Dill-infused Creme Fraiche on “Blinis” to start, followed by Fillet Steak Stroganoff, with Passionfruit Cheesecake to finish. It was utterly delicious – expect to see the recipes…

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A Bunch of Gingerbread Tulips

A Bunch of Gingerbread Tulips

This is a really nice recipe, which makes a great crunchy biscuit with a warming kick. The dough works very well for traditional Christmas biscuits – or a gingerbread house if you’re feeling ambitious. Here I wanted to create a bright bunch of tulips, great for Mother’s Day or another special gift. The icing is somewhat time consuming but really adds a pretty impressive finish to a tasty biscuit. To make the tulip shapes I used a simple tear drop…

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A Spring In My Step

A Spring In My Step

I can tell Spring is coming, as I am suddenly developing an interest in my garden again. Instead of wanting to hibernate inside in front of a fire, or cook dishes with lashings of cream and butter, my mind starts to turn to plans for outside. The days are getting longer, sometimes even warmer, and life is beginning to appear, even in my wild hilltop garden patch. Down in the valleys the daffodils are really getting going and there are…

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Banana Pancakes

Banana Pancakes

Banana pancakes are one of my favourite weekend breakfasts. They are so quick and easy to knock up; the trick is to let the bananas get really brown and squishy before you mash them up into pancakes – super sweet treats! Ingredients: 1 large overripe banana 1 medium egg, beaten 1 tbsp plain flour 1 tsp honey Method: Roughly mash the bananas into the beaten egg. I like to leave fairly large pieces as I love biting into the caramelized…

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