Duck with a Quick and Easy Cherry Sauce

If you want a very easy, quick but indulgent dinner then look no further! love this as a treat quick dinner. Crispy skin, gorgeous duck and a tart but sweet sauce. Cherries are in season just now but I use frozen cherries at other times of the year if fresh ones are not available. Ingredients:Continue reading “Duck with a Quick and Easy Cherry Sauce”

Strawberry and Vanilla Whipped Cream Cake

This cake is the taste of British Summer captured in a cake! Juicy strawberries, delicious soft vanilla whipped cream with a light vanilla scented sponge…amazing! Relatively quick and easy to make too. This would also work beautifully with raspberries, blueberries, sliced peaches or nectarines….up to you, as long as the fruit is ripe and tasty.Continue reading “Strawberry and Vanilla Whipped Cream Cake”

Hot and Cold Chocolate and Vanilla Baked Alaska Cake with a Milk Chocolate Sauce

I know baked Alaska is traditionally made from plain sponge base, strawberry jam, vanilla ice cream center and french meringue, but I was trying to combine my son’s favourite desserts (chocolate cake, vanilla ice cream and toasted marshmallows) in one cake. It was gorgeous: rich french chocolate cake base, cold vanilla ice cream centre, coveredContinue reading “Hot and Cold Chocolate and Vanilla Baked Alaska Cake with a Milk Chocolate Sauce”

My Mum’s Beef and Spinach Cannelloni

This is my favourite pasta dish of all time! It is comfort food at its best. When I was a little girl I would always ask my mum to make this for my birthday dinner. It does take quite a while to make but is worth the time and effort…It’s also one of the reasonsContinue reading “My Mum’s Beef and Spinach Cannelloni”

Double Fried Fluffy and Crispy Chips

I am certain most people know how to make chips, but sharing just in case! Double frying means you can easily achieve a soft fluffy interior and a crispy outer. Well worth the extra effort, and it is actually better to do the first frying of the chips, then refrigerate them (or even freeze them!)Continue reading “Double Fried Fluffy and Crispy Chips”

French Fruit Tarts

Crisp buttery pastry, filled with luscious vanilla crème patissiere and juicy fruit, what is there not to like! These take a while to make but are definitely worth it! I usually make double the amount of pastry and freeze so it is handy at a later date. Ingredients: for a 28 cm diameter tart orContinue reading “French Fruit Tarts”

Jamie Oliver’s Hot and Sour Rhubarb and Crispy Pork with Noodles

Think beautiful meltingly tender, fall-apart, crispy pork and tangy noodles. So so good! This is adapted from Jamie’s original recipe. Ingredients: For 4 people 800 g boneless pork belly, rind removed cut into 3-4 cm pieces. Sunflower or vegetable oil Salt and pepper 375 g egg noodles 4-5 spring onions finely sliced 1 fresh redContinue reading “Jamie Oliver’s Hot and Sour Rhubarb and Crispy Pork with Noodles”

French Coq au Vin (Chicken in a red wine stew)

This is a French classic, and easy to make! A good one to make in advance too as the flavours develop if you make it ahead . Very tasty and the meat is so tender it just falls off the bone…. Ingredients: For 4 people 1 chicken jointed into pieces, or I buy 1 kgContinue reading “French Coq au Vin (Chicken in a red wine stew)”