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…

Harissa Lamb Wraps

Sorry I’ve been MIA. There’s been a lot happening here. I won’t bore you with my scars. While I’ve been away, I have been cooking a lot for you guys. Rather like Nigel Slater, I’ve got into the habit of keeping notes of what I do, and any thoughts as well. As well as these,…

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…

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…

Jacko’s Simple Roast Chicken

And now, we come to one of the most important recipes any home chef should have in his or her repertoire, roast chicken. (Insert Homer Simpson style drool here) I suppose the roast chook has been a major part of my life since I was a little boy. I used to sit in the kitchen…

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…