Monthly Archives: June 2016

Easy spiced brioche pudding in a lemongrass custard

Essentially this is my take on bread and butter pudding, using a spiced brioche loaf I had left over. I often make this pudding with left-over hot cross buns around Easter, which gives a very creamy and indulgent hot cross bun flavour throughout, but this works well with any bread, brioche, even stale croissants……. While this […]

Easy bitter orange pains au chocolat

England and France unite in this English breakfast variation on pains au chocolat, with the addition of a bitter orange kick from a little marmalade inside the pastries, as well as being used to glaze them. These are quite easy to make (thanks to a short-cut croissant dough, which lends itself very well here) and are wonderful […]

Simple ginger & lemon iced biscuits

Crisp ginger shortbreads topped with lemon royal icing! A few dried raspberry pieces on the icing add colour and further tangy flavour, but small pieces of stem ginger or candied lemon peel work wonderfully. The mixture for the biscuits themselves take moments to make up. They can be baked in advance and stored in an airtight container until you […]

The simplest asparagus & chicken tart

This is a very simple tart using what is the last of this year’s allotment asparagus, the rest of some chicken breasts I had gently poached for another dish and some general left-over bits and pieces. I always have a stash of all-butter puff pastry in the freezer for quick bakes such as these and […]

Tangy blackcurrant chocolates

  I have such a weakness for chocolate: mass-produced chocolate often hits the spot but the exquisite ones you can buy in artisan chocolate shops are always a treat. And with good chocolates, you only need to eat one or two to get that lovely, all-is-well-with-the-world feeling! Well, maybe three…….. However, I do like to make my own because […]

Spiced chicken & asparagus with a fresh courgette & carrot salad

These are two very simple and quick dishes that go so well together: a spicy chicken stir-fry with a refreshing, full-flavoured vegetable salad. They are also very low-fat, as well as being gluten-free. Now I love indulgent food (in moderation) and I really loathe the sort of healthier food that is in any way boring, tasteless and/or insubstantial. […]

Asparagus wrapped in phyllo dough: Secret Recipe Club

I recently joined the Secret Recipe Club – a group of food bloggers, each of whom is secretly assigned a food blog each month from another member of the group, from which you make and post about a recipe of your own choice. Nobody knows who you are assigned to and you have no idea who is perusing your blog […]