Monthly Archives: June 2017

Home-made Mascarpone cheese

Using just two ingredients, Mascarpone cheese is so simple to make and tastes better than commercial Mascarpone. And it only costs about one third of the price compared to buying it. Seriously, if you are a fan of this gorgeous cheese you can make up a large batch in minutes (plus overnight chilling). You can vamp it up somewhat, too, […]

Pistachio and lemon macarons

When it comes to macarons, I have a penchant for fruity ones: the sharpness of a punchy filling with the sweetness of the shell hits the spot for me every time. Ever since I finally got to grips with macarons a few years ago (after literally dozens of failed attempts), I like to make a […]

Panzanella: arguably one of the finest salads in the world!

Great food does not need to be at all complicated or time-consuming. Sometimes the combination of humble ingredients can become something quite majestic. A panzanella is a case in point and it is certainly one of the easiest and best salads you can have. Taking literally seconds to throw together, it is a celebration of […]

“Death by chocolate” drip cake

  Moist chocolate sponge, white chocolate & vanilla buttercream and dark chocolate ganache combine to give a somewhat naughty chocolate cake: but then a chocolate cake that is not naughty is rarely worth having! I made this cake for my A Level students recently as part of our department’s annual Chocolate Cake Challenge. About the […]

Chocolate & orange bi-coloured viennoiserie

Bi-coloured croissants and the like have been doing the rounds for a few years and has been on my “to make” list for some time, especially as they can look striking. In essence, you have a croissant dough with a second, coloured dough running through it. This is my first attempt at these bi-coloured pastries […]

Gorgonzola, pear & walnut cheesecake (savoury)

Whilst a sweet cheesecake can be a thing of great joy, a savoury one is often even more special for me. The flavours of Gorgonzola, pears and walnuts make a great match at any time and here the sweet juicyness of the pears with the sharp kick of balsamic vinegar work well with the rich tangyness of the cheesecake. […]