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…

Christmas Chutney 

Okay, here we go. The most popular recipe in my Christmas repertoire. My mother’s been making this since November 1990 when she brought herself a copy of Delia Smith’s original Christmas book; and now, twenty six years later, I make it. From my own copy. Brought in the charity shop at the end of the…

Balsamic Pickled Shallots

Now that is coming up to Christmas, I shall try to provide a few ideas for food gifts, etc, for you over the next few weeks. Homemade chutneys and pickles. The ones my Mum genuinely makes, year after year. When I was growing up, up until fifteen at least, I loved Christmas. I loved the…

Simple Banana Bread

It is getting colder by the day here. What the fuck? But then we are approaching winter here in Hampshire. Luckily I love Autumn and Winter. Here’s why. * The way how the house feels chilly in the mornings when you first get up.  * The fact that you can now indulge in comfort food…

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 Bakewell Galette

A scrumptious tart ideal for afternoon tea on a rainy day. I love anything made with almonds. Korma curries, prawn for preference; any form of biscuit; and best of all, a Bakewell tart. When my brothers and I were young boys, our mother would always get in packets of them by a well known ‘exceedingly…

Sweet Chilli Chicken

Today’s recipe is sort of inspired by a traditional Filipino dish, but done as a stir-fry, and it is dished up with egg-fried rice. I seem to be doing an awful lot of Oriental cooking at the moment, not that I am complaining; Oriental cuisine is one of my favourites. When I was growing up,…

Coconut and Chocolate Chip Banana Bread

A delightfully greedy treat to have for a weekend breakfast, or elevensies. I was going to make a Coconut and Cherry Banana Bread the other day, and I discovered half a bar of dark chocolate leftover in the pantry that needed to be used up. So in a rare moment of inspiration, I decided to…

Coffee and Chocolate Loaf

A simple loaf cake from that well known London bakery, The Hummingbird Bakery I’ve made this cake from The Hummingbird Bakery twice, but I’ve only eaten it once. Everyone who has eaten this told me that it’s like a brownie. So I guess that’s good. The first time I made this cake was for my…

Carol Next-Door’s Coconut Loaf Cake

This recipe is from my mum, and she in turn recieved it from our former neighbour Carol, hence the name “Carol-Next-Door’s Coconut Loaf Cake.” The actual recipe for this cake comes from New Zealand, where Carol and her husband Stan lived for several years. And it is a taste of my childhood. When I first…

Simple Tex-Mex Chilli

Ideal for all these rainy days we seem to be having this summer. Where has the summer gone? It’s July for fuck’s sake. Not bloody April! Anyway,  with Tuesday being a mix of sun and rain, and having to use a package of minced beef from the fridge, I decided to cook a pot of…

“Oh Fuck, Company’s Coming!” Chocolate Cake

Sorry for the profanity in the title. It just seems appropriate. Imagine the scene. You’re having a lie in one Saturday morning, when you get a text from your Mum who had left earlier to go to town with her gay friend. “J’s coming in for dinner later, can you please make something for dessert?”…