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Month: March 2017

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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Spaghetti Carbonara

Spaghetti Carbonara

This is one of my all-time favourite comfort foods. If I’m feeling cold/ill/tired/a bit miserable/just bloody hungry this is what springs to mind. Garlicky, creamy, salty, cheesy, yum. It is quick, easy and you only have two pans to wash up afterwards, brilliant. Ingredients: Spaghetti Clove of garlic, chopped Smoked bacon (1 rasher per person), diced Handful of mushrooms, sliced Cream, roughly 150ml 1 – 2 egg yolks (again this comes down to personal preference – I like it “eggy”,…

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Mexican Chipotle Meatball Wraps

Mexican Chipotle Meatball Wraps

This was a dish I put together when I was Winter-weather-craving something satisfying, but not too heavy – for this mood I find Mexican food really ticks the boxes – a big taste hit combined with fresh, punchy flavours. Meatballs in chipotle sauce is a popular Mexican dish, and is usually served more like a stew with rice. Here however I decided to combine the meatballs with homemade pink pickled onions, tomatillo salsa and sour cream in some corn tortilla…

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Chocolate Marble Cake

Chocolate Marble Cake

This is a very spectacular looking cake made by my sister Liz – infact several years she used the marble decoration for one of the cakes she baked for my wedding – I had some very impressed guests! It’s perfect for a birthday, and the flavour is great. It’s not that tricky to put together, as most of the sponge ingredients are added in one go – you just need a lot of bowls to melt all that different chocolate! Unfortunately…

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Icelandic lamb and wild thyme hotpot

Icelandic lamb and wild thyme hotpot

This recipe is actually a reproduction of a dish I made while camping in Iceland in 2015 in a 30 year old Land Rover, with my husband Tim and my great friend Liz. We were camping in the most beautiful campsite at Þakgil just north of Vik – almost a secluded canyon – green carpeted and surrounded by steep mountain walls high above a glacial valley. We had climbed up the winding gravel roads in the old Landy, stopping to take in…

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