Sunday, 31 August 2014


There is always time to bake anything the fabulous flavors of the cherry bakewell. This time my inspiration came from a delicious jar of morello cherry jam I picked up from the Castle Bakery in Beaumaris whilst taking a week away in Wales. The marbling effect is so easy to achieve and as it's an all in one recipe it will take you 15 minutes tops to prepare and an hour in the oven and voila! You will have a gorgeous looking loaf cake with the most minimal of effort. It's a winner all round.

Saturday, 30 August 2014


Jon is whipping up a pasta based treat in the kitchen tonight and you can't have pasta with some dippy bread to go with it. My top choice for pasta? Ciabatta of course. Since it's just been featured on the Great British Bake Off I thought it was the perfect time to have a crack at making my own and I have to say it came out spot on and the smell in our flat of freshly baked bread is amazing that I had to share the recipe with you all. Got some time to bake some bread? These loaves should defiantly be next on your list.


I've been really inspired recently by Sweets Made Simple on BBC2. Please please check it out if you haven't watched it as Miss Hope and Mr G and their enthusiasm is infectious. It was enough to get me off my bum again to make these delightful coconut ice squares. They require no baking, just a bit of muscle, some time to cool in the fridge and with just four ingredients, they are so easy to make as a homemade treat or gift for friends and family. They are a true classic and now you can make them too!

Wednesday, 27 August 2014


I'm very much a fan of the vegetarian lifestyle. I'm not one myself but going majorly veggie has helped me to lose a few stone. I do compensate the meat in my meals with a lot of Quorn however I know that a lot of vegetarians might not like Quorn so here is a spicy tomatoy rigatoni dish with big chunks of Aubergine as the "meat" of the dish. Sprinkle two types of cheese over the top and garnish with fresh basil and its so tasty I'm sure even the carnivores out there will be asking for more!

Tuesday, 26 August 2014


So you've got you hot dog buns proofing away so what's next? Well you can't have hot dogs with out a sauce. Now there a ketchup/mustard debate about this but if you want to try something different (and a bit more grown up) then give this recipe for a delicious BBQ sauce a go. Sticky, sweet and ever so boozy it's perfect for slathering between your buns. You should be able to have a big batch already in an hour, ready to carry on working your bread.

Monday, 25 August 2014


Today is the last day of our holidays so it's time for one last blow out meal and what better way to
treat ourselves than creating one of our favourite meals form scratch. That's right, it's a hot dogs on buns day! Lets start with the buns. These buns are so simple to make - not quick as you have to proof of course but you can get them on the go first and prepare the rest of your meal whilst you wait. Just remember to smooth your buns or you'll end up like knobbly ones like I made to the right (Whoops!)

Sunday, 24 August 2014


Another One Shot Sunday Roast now and this one comes inspired from some left over halloumi I had in my fridge from a BBQ we had during our week away in Wales. Using the halloumi as a base, I pooled together other ingredients I had in my cupboards; cannelloni beans, red peppers, tomatoes and basil to create a roast that is a great reminder of holidays around the Mediterranean islands. Throw in some potatoes and you once again have a Sunday roast ready to delight friends and family a-like.


Damsons are a fruit I'd not even heard of until two weeks ago. Now that I'm more immersed in foodiness I like to see what's in season and they are apparently due to be. Then by a strange coincidence when in the Llanberis slate museum gift shop this week (random I know!) I spied a jar of damson jam and thought it was sign. I snapped up a jar and used it in this recipe for some sweet puff pastry treats that are so quick to make you can have them in your gob in just over 1 hour.

Saturday, 23 August 2014


I have to admit that there is an ulterior motive for this recommendation. This special book containing 50 fab recipes to commemorate Fred the Homepride mans 50th birthday contains two of my very own recipes, the butternut squash quiche with Ashley's twist and my walnut brownies. This is the first time any of my creations will be in print and for me it's a very special occasion and one of my proudest moments. I've pre-ordered my copy and now so can you too!


Recently we discovered a fabulous Liverpool business, Childwall Food and Drink. They deliver fantastic fruit and veg boxes straight to your door at, what has to be said fantastic prices. Not one to turn down a bargain we bought ourselves a box and inside was a beautifully ripe pineapple. It's not something I would usually buy so I took the opportunity to bake this mouth wateringly moist banana and pineapple cake slathered with buttery caramel cream cheese frosting. I call it my "Totally Tropical" cake.

Saturday, 16 August 2014


This weekend, inspired by Sweets Made Simple and armed with my new baking thermometer I thought I would try my hand at making some homemade chocolates filled with a soft strawberry cream. Having read up on tempering chocolate I was ready to go and I have to say I think I did a good job. You can see from the main picture that the chocolate isn't 100% smooth however I think that is down to my execution of the technique rather than the recipe itself. I give myself an A* for effort.

Friday, 15 August 2014


My signature bake is my Bakewell tart. It always gets requested by my friends and family and has won me prizes in many a competition. So inspired by week two of the Great British Bake Off 2014 I've gone all biscuity on myself and transformed my fabulous tart into some equally delicious biscuits. All the great taste of that tart but with less fuss and in bite sized pieces. What's not to like!

Thursday, 14 August 2014


This recipe (I hope Whovians may appreciate the title) is something I rustled up last night using up the ingredients in our kitchen before we head off on holiday. I've made an easy peasy bolognasy before which was packed with chili heat. This bolognase is more fragrant and herby so is much more suited for those who are not a fan of spice. It's so simple and quick and can be knocked up in less than an hour. Perfect if you don't want to spend the whole evening in the kitchen.

Tuesday, 12 August 2014


 Believe it or not summer is still upon us and some days a nice cold pasta salad is the perfect thing for a warm summers dinner. This recipe uses crispy fried chorizo, a sprinkling of pine nuts, some freshly chopped avocado (and a secret ingredient) to create a delicious dish full of flavour punch and different textures to create something that will both stimulate the eyes as well as the taste buds. Its a fabulous quick and simple dish which you can serve as a main or as a side at a BBQ.

Monday, 11 August 2014



I'm not really one for cracking out a cupcake/muffin. For one they can be a bit of a disaster for me taste why and secondly I've never been any good at fancy decoration. However with a new passion fruit and lemon curd I needed to try out and some recipe I thought I'd give these bad boys a go and you know what? They turned out to be quite the yummy both in taste and on the eye.

Sunday, 10 August 2014

"3-3-2" PIE

Whats the name all about? Well it's quite simple. This delicious pie has 3 types of cheese, 3 types of mushrooms contained within two types of pastry. I maintain that a true pie should always have a pastry base and lid and I've covered my puff pastry lid with Parmesan whilst the filling is rich full of Cheddar and mozzarella which melts to go all beautifully gooey and stringy. Its such a comforting evening meal ideal for a rainy weekend when you just need something to warm your up from your head to your toes.

Saturday, 9 August 2014


I love tarts! No don't be smutty, of course I mean a scrummy pastry base filled with a delicious filling. Of course I've made many a sweet tart like my famous bakewell tart but one of my favourite bakes has to be a cheesy tart. Now we all know about Lorraine and her quiche but it's not very original or veggie friendly. Here is my "Cheesimato" tart. Herby pastry lined with tomato chutney, filled with a cheese and onion savoury mix and topped with breadcrumbs and cherry tomatoes. Great for a summer meal!

Thursday, 7 August 2014


There are some great berries in season at the moment and we are always told that we should eat the seasons. The problem I have is that I'm not a fan of raw fruit so I can only stomach fruit when it's bake. Jon knows this so when we had some fruit in the kitchen about to turn he did the best thing possible and made this beautifully sticky and sweet crumble which I call Toffee "Apple-Berry" flavor. Its so quick to make, uses up all your fresh berries and is so quick to make. Whats not to like?

Tuesday, 5 August 2014


I'm always looking for different and exciting bakes and not just the sweet variety. Sometimes savoury bakes can be equally delicious. Ive been dabbling with homemade pizzas recently so when I came across the Stromboli it looked like something that would not only challenge me as a home baker but would also be amazing as part of a weekend picnic tea. A scrummy pizza dough lined with basil, mozzarella and cured meat all rolled up into a beautiful parcel that once sliced really does have the "wow factor".

Sunday, 3 August 2014


I hadn't made any ice cream for a while so I though it was time to crack out another "Ice Cream Sunday" recipe. This time I'm going for a true weekend treat. This is a beautifully creamy, smooth and rich Crunchie ice cream which big and little kids a like will really enjoy. The recipe uses Crunchie rocks which you can find in most supermarkets but you can use bash some Crunchie bars with a rolling pin instead if you can't find them. 

Whip some up today to serve with your Sunday pud. You know you want to!

Saturday, 2 August 2014


The weekend is her and it's start to think about this weeks Sunday Roast. It's also been a very long week in work so it's time to crack open the wine and relax for the weekend. White wine and chicken is a classic combination but I only really see it in stews and casseroles but never really on a whole roast bird. Here I've created a fantastic marinade that really pumps that wine flavor into your roast, complimented with some garlic, lemon and fresh herbs for a delightfully fragrant and oh so adult Sunday Roast. Prepare and marinade the night before and
you certainly won't be a "winey" diner!