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…

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…

Coffee Walnut Loaf Cake with Cream Cheese Frosting

Today I’ve started drinking green tea again. It does taste funny but, as with every new change we encounter in our lives, we adapt to it. I do tend to start my mornings with a big cup of coffee, and I intend to keep that habit. But the rest of the day I’ll be drinking…

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…

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…

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…