We invited some dear friends to supper last night for an impromptu birthday celebration. Although I’m not the world’s most prolific or skilled baker I decided to make a cake. My inspiration was a delicious apple and almond cake I tasted at the delightful Southern Cross cafe in Edinburgh – it made such an impression on me that I vowed to recreate it. It’s supposed to have some flaked almonds on top to make it look pretty but the cupboard was bare yesterday so that didn’t happen. The resulting cake is both light and dense, moist and crumbly – easy to make and well worth the effort.
The Riverford broad beans were too good to wait…
Last night’s simple dessert accidentally turned into something bloggable that I was encouraged to share. I started off by halving some apricots to roast and serve with yoghurt, and the addition of a few extra ingredients along the way elevated it to something special. Continue reading
I first tasted this slaw during a trip to Bologna several years ago, and it quickly became one of my favourite side dishes. A perfect accompaniment to fish, chicken or red meat, it works just as well without the olives.
I find the biggest obstacle to choosing and eating the right foods for every meal is my inbuilt programming of what a meal ‘should’ be. Working with clients, I have learned that breakfast is the meal people find most difficult to reimagine.
Last year, on Christmas Day, we had the most delicious goose I have ever tasted — with crispy skin and dark, tender flesh you could carve with a knife and fork. This year I can’t resist a repeat run… Continue reading
That nibbly time of year is approaching when I find myself missing those little dainty ‘croustades’ that I used to buy and fill with delicious concoctions in the days before I was gluten free. I’ve been wracking my brains for an alternative and realised I could make little containers with slices of courgette. Continue reading
The fig season is upon us and, while I love adding slices of raw fig to a cheese board, they are even more delicious baked in the oven with goat’s cheese. Continue reading
I made this the other night to accompany some (home-cured) duck prosciutto. The duck was good but the salad took all the praise, so I thought I’d blog it in its own right. Continue reading
I needed an uber-simple but ultra-healthy supper last night. Hubby was going to yoga (very impressive) and I was very tired. Fish and broccoli was the plan, but how to make it delicious as well as speedy? Here’s what I did: Continue reading