Oven-Baked Prawns in Garlic-Chilli Butter

Seeing as it is now the range among my fellow food bloggers to give non-recipes now and then, I’ve decided to start giving a few suggestions in this manner. The first dish I’m going to share is for prawns that are baked in a foil parcel with a mixture of butter, garlic and dried chilli…

French Apple Tart

This is just about the easiest recipe I have ever made. It’s five ingredients, and you can make it in just over thirty minutes. And it looks like you went to a posh patisserie, and brought it. The idea for this comes from Ina Garten, one of my favourite Food Network personalities. I just love…

Maple Syrup and Dark Chocolate Chip Layer Cake

When my brothers and I were growing up, our mother made us whatever cake we wanted for our birthdays; vanilla or chocolate with buttercream and jam mostly, but for herself it was always a basic sponge with jam, and in 2012 I decided to do something about it. After flicking through my collection of baking…

Easy Sticky Toffee Pudding 

Now that we are in autumn, it just feels right to give a recipe for this type of pudding. Ever since I was small, I have loved Sticky Toffee Pudding, so much so that whenever we went round someone’s house for Sunday lunch, one would be made in my honour. And it was what I…

Simple Iced Chocolate Birthday Cake

For the past few years I’ve made the birthday cakes for my family. I usually tend to do a frosted layer cake, whatever variety they want. I don’t think I would have the patience to shape cakes into numbers or whatever, and anyway I prefer doing the former to the latter. Does this make me…

Cappuccino Pavlova

A fantastic dessert for any special event, any time of year. I don’t know about you, but I believe that everybody should have a couple of showstopper desserts in their repertoire; and this is one of mine. Everybody in the family who’s tried this has loved it, which I am very pleased about. The first…

My Mother’s Apple Cake

A great cake from my mother’s notes, and it is a family favourite. My mother has a very good apple cake in her repertoire. An almond sponge with a layer of apple baked in the middle, and very good it is too. She gave me the recipe a few years ago and I shared it…

Orchard Roast Lamb

An absofuckinglutely brilliant way of roasting lamb. This way of cooking lamb has long been in my Mum’s repertoire, and it is gradually becoming part of mine. Mum saw this being cooked on a television show years agop, I see from her notes that it was from a show that has a vicar. Very cryptic…