Making life delicious, one recipe at a time.

Making life delicious, one recipe at a time.

Author: Lara

Sachertorte and Sausage in Vienna

Sachertorte and Sausage in Vienna

We’d been dreaming of whisking the kids to Vienna for a slice of Sachertorte to teach them the art of cultural and culinary indulgence. The moment finally happened, we booked our flights many months in advance and the lead up to our trip was long and full of sugar-plum fantasies of shining baubles and cosy cups of glühwein (mulled wine), but mostly of sausages. And expectations were out of control.

Our first stop was to Schonbrunn Palace and as with most large and extravagant sites of interest, we had to book tickets and wait for our slot. The kids weren’t …

Coconut and Cashew Crumble

Coconut and Cashew Crumble

I’m stuck in a cycle of baking the same old recipes because everyone loves them, and eats them which isn’t so bad really. But things can get stale – so I’ve been branching out. It’s not always successful as I discovered with the Lumberjack Cake. A moist, dense combination of apples and dates with a delicious caramel coconut topping. However, it sat on the cake stand half uneaten because half the family liked it and half didn’t. But the real reason was that the recipe, I think, was flawed. I could taste the baking powder/soda and this tainted the flavour …

Indonesian Beef Curry

Indonesian Beef Curry

OK so this is not really a curry, not as you might know it, but it caught your attention nonetheless. Growing up in Australia, we get exposed to a huge range of Asian culinary influences but, here in the UK it’s very much focused on Chinese, Japanese and Indian. It’s great to see Thai restaurants and street-food stalls popping up and Vietnamese is gaining traction in London, but Indonesian food is yet to have any sort of impact. I’ve always thought of Indonesian food as similar to Malaysian; a milder blend of flavours yet strong with umami. Not overly spicy …

Tomato Soup Two-Ways

Tomato Soup Two-Ways

It’s been all pumpkins, cobwebs, candles and autmunal pickings from the garden this week. As usual, we were overly ambitious with our jack-o-lantern designs this year and we spent most of Sunday afternoon carving pumpkins, listening to Jonny Trunk’s 50p vintage Halloween tunes and drinking lemon drop cocktails. I love this time of year. It was tempting to re-post my Hazelnut-crusted pumpkin pie recipe, but instead, I thought I’d share a couple of robust yet simple tomato soup recipes to warm the cockles as the October heat-wave finally gives way to more appropriate lower temperatures. The first is a …

Thali and Street Food in Southall

Thali and Street Food in Southall

He doesn’t know it, but in the last few months I’ve developed a co-dependent relationship with Gordon Ramsay. At first I watched for the explosive drama and classic Ramsay expletives, but then I got hooked on the catch phrases of surprise and expressions of disgust. UK, USA or Costa del Sol; if Ramsay is there, I’ll watch it. It took me a while to try out his Best Restaurant series – because after all – who wants to see Gordo when he’s being nurturing and fostering positivity? But it turns out that Gordon Ramsay’s quest for the best is the …

Cheese and Onion Pizza

Cheese and Onion Pizza

It could well turn out that I develop a whole range of crisp-flavoured pizza toppings but for now, let’s just stick to this one. It’s not really crisp-inspired, it just turned out that the flavours I threw together one night tasted deliciously familiar. Of course you can use which ever cheese and onion combination you like. It could be cheddar and mozzarella coupled with spring onions, or a goats cheese and some caramelised red onion…but today I’ll share the combination that won my heart.

It begins with my long-term love-affair with cheese. It’s OK, my husband knows. He also understands …

Spicy Coriander Corn Fritters

Spicy Coriander Corn Fritters

It’s corn season. I hope you’ve been grabbing those husked cobs on the shelves because now is the time to enjoy. The best way to eat fresh corn in season is of course to simply throw it in the oven – husks and all – and bake for about 20-30 minutes. The silk and husk prevents the corn from drying out, and you’ll be left with the unadulterated perfection of sweet, juicy corn on the cob. You can see in the photo how well the kernals retain their moisture using this method.

But if you’re look for a delightful brunch …

Spicy Breakfast Beans

Spicy Breakfast Beans

Sometimes, on a Saturday morning, I watch a whole lot of The Pioneer Woman episodes as I finish my breakfast. Being in a family, this means that someone is usually in earshot of Ree Drummond’s twang as she waxes lyrical about cowboys and ‘life on the ranch’ and on one particular occassion, AT was around as she cooked up a big ranch breakfast. There were hashbrowns, baked eggs and all sorts of goodies being made and of course he asked if I could make something ‘like that’, listing ingredients like green peppers and onions.

II always try something once. And …

Local Food Hero: Cookham Bakehouse

Local Food Hero: Cookham Bakehouse

A hero, in every sense of the word for me, Karen Brymer of Cookham Bakehouse deserves the spotlight this month at Feeding Time Blog. With the Real Bread Campaign kicking off #SourdoughSeptember – now is the perfect time to highlight the quiet revolution Karen has begun for the bread-loving folk of Maidenhead, Cookham and the Royal Borough. Karen has lived right here in the village for 11 years and with a couple of kids at home, she needed to find a more suitable, less London-based career and came up with the idea of making bread. It all started a few …

The Royal Oak Teepee: Marlow

The Royal Oak Teepee: Marlow

For our growing community of writers, growers, eaters and influencers, the Royal Oak pub at Marlow hosted an evening of fun, food and fizz to celebrate their new garden teepee. Spacious yet intimate, chic and casual, the luxe and laid-back tent is decked out with plenty of seating, suede and bark upholstered banquettes, log seats, sheepskin throws and cowhides with a generous sprinkling of succulents and candles. Parked in the old boules section of the pub’s outdoor space, the teepee is now available to hire for team-building, parties, christening, birthdays and anniversaries. With a fire-pit in the centre and adjustable …