French Pork Pie with Chestnut & Apple

My version of the pork pie – Petit Pâté de Porc des Cévennes – as shown on Masterchef: The Professionals  for one of the challenges – it uses belly pork, smoked Black Forest ham, cooked ham, apple and chestnuts, all encased in puff pastry (rather than hot water crust pastry that is used for traditional British pork pies). Essentially it’s a pork pie pithivier! Continue reading “French Pork Pie with Chestnut & Apple”


Thai prawn bites in a coriander & sesame seed pastry

Juicy marinaded prawns in a coriander and sesame seed pastry make wonderful nibbles and are very easy to make. They are excellent served hot or cold. Continue reading “Thai prawn bites in a coriander & sesame seed pastry”

Miniature Savoury Choux Balls

I had already made a post some time ago extolling the joys of savoury choux but here are two more lovely fillings: cheese sauce with ham and mushroom duxelles with garlic. Just perfect for canapés or with a salad for a light lunch. Continue reading “Miniature Savoury Choux Balls”


Thai-style Butternut Squash Soup with Prawn Dumplings

Spicy vegetable soups are a delight to eat, especially at this time of the year with the wet and dreary weather sweeping the UK. Good comfort food, a generous bowlful of this type of soup is almost a meal in itself when served with some home-made bread, spread liberally with butter. Continue reading “Thai-style Butternut Squash Soup with Prawn Dumplings”


Roasted Garlic Breadsticks

Roasted garlic, with its squidgy, sweet intensity, is a great addition to any bread; I often mix several bulbs worth into a standard bread dough after its first rise resulting in a bread with random, but not too infrequent, jewels of heavenly garlic. With these breadsticks, small bursts of sweet garlic punctuate each mouthful beautifully and the subtle Parmesan flavour adds depth without dominating. Continue reading “Roasted Garlic Breadsticks”


Raspberry and white chocolate Wedding Cake

I had already made and posted a “trial run” of the main cake for my recent Civil Partnership when I had a go at it back in the summer but why stop at one main feature when there could be two? So a macaron tower HAD to be included…… Continue reading “Raspberry and white chocolate Wedding Cake”