Cappuccino pavlova (#52)

What a journey it has been! I’ve finally got round to posting the magical fifty-second recipe. I can’t quite believe it. Admittedly it took just over 18 months rather than one year, but I’ve got so many other meals and bakes that I’ve made but not written up that I’m afraid the blog is just…

Rocky road (#50)

Getting there. Getting there. 18 months and not 12, but hey ho. It’s been fun. So I hope no one is in the mood to hold my feet to the fire for not reaching 52 new recipes by the end of 2017. Now this is a dessert recipe that has got the office going crazy….

Marshmallow rice krispies squares (#45)

So there’s a lovely little light touch recipe to make when you want a naughty breakfast snack – although, I confess, I can’t categorize them as anything other than dessert. A cheeky one from Nigella Express, I couldn’t help but make these. Partially as I actually had a whole bunch of related ingredients leftover from Nigella’s…

Spiced beef, potato and apricot tagine (#43)

It took me a while to get round to making this one. For numerous reasons: There’s a two hour stint in the oven, there are apricots involved, and the ingredients list looks intimidating (although it really shouldn’t to me considering my burgeoning spice draw). For a weekend dinner party this one would be such an impressive…

Korean beef and rice pot (#42)

This one requires a trip to Waitrose. A big Waitrose. Gochujang chili paste is the thing you need, which is part of Waitrose’s cook’s ingredients. I’m sure you’d probably be able to find it in other big supermarkets, but I relied on the ‘Trose. Also I have searched for it in the medium-sized Clerkenwell store…

Frankfurter sausage rolls and mustard sauce (#41)

Don’t doubt, but believe. I’ve been eyeing this one up for months. Partially because as a child I absolutely loved frankfurters, even if they do have ridiculous amounts of fat and salt to batter your metabolism with.  Another reason is because I do just love a good sausage roll. Actually, aside from just being a…

Quick chicken cacciatore (#40)

This one is going to be one of my new staples. If you skim read through the pages of this blog you’ll see the words ‘quick’ and ‘easy’ paid as the highest compliment to many of the recipes. Is it considered unsuitable in someone who enjoys cooking that they prefer to have it done and…

Fried brie, prosciutto & fig sandwich (#39)

Gosh, what a delight. This is a hungover Sunday morning meal for the gods. Cheese. Meat. Fried bread. Dream upon dream, joy upon joy. The route to happiness has opened before us. I, probably like you, saw the fig in the recipe and originally thought ‘nah, I’m okay thanks’ but it’s a superb addition. You…

Spiced chicken salad with bite (#38)

This is the first time I’ve eaten something that can be called a salad and I’ve thought ‘I’m enjoying this’. As unfair to salads as that opening line was – I promise that I do love my veg – I question those that eat salads in any capacity other than as a starter to a…

Carrots and fennel with harissa (#37)

This is one of those rare occasions where I’ve sacrificed having a hearty meal just to try test a side dish for you. Well, not quite. I promptly ate this and then went on to eat something more substantial in addition to enough sides for 4 people. Now, if you have a relatively plain piece…

Honey pie (#35)

No, I am not using some ghastly soppy reference to the lady in my life – although you are more than welcome to use whatever terms of endearment you so wish, however 1950s they may be. No, this is in fact a recipe for an incredible tart which you’ll dream of returning to. I will…