Making life delicious, one recipe at a time.

Making life delicious, one recipe at a time.

Category: Good Stuff

Ricky Ricardo and Reposado

Today, it’s all about Christmas cocktails. This is an unusual recipe, and an unexpected flavour sensation, strictly for those who love the finer, more understated pleasures in life. If you’re after something bold and sweet like a Cosmopolitan, then look away because the Ricky Ricardo is smooth and subtle and guaranteed to make your Christmas party sizzle. While Christmas brings the colder weather, it invariably raises the indoor sweat-factor. Whether it’s at a pub, venue or someone’s house, once you’ve shut the door on the outside, inside soon becomes a veritable sauna of body heat and high-thermostat settings.

This tequila-based …

Oven-Baked Buffalo Wings

Oven-Baked Buffalo Wings

There’s no use fighting it. Party season has arrived, it’s upon us, we’re boarding the train to Christmas Town and I’m going to get that ball rolling with this amazing recipe, that until now – I’ve kept to myself. Buffalo wings; they’re not made of buffalo meat, they get their name from their place of origin – the New York city of Buffalo. As with most of these legendary dishes, the truth about how they came about is a little bit misty but let’s not worry about that.

These buffalo wings make a super addition to any party menu. They’re …

Thai Fish Cakes

Proper Thai fish cakes. I can guarantee you’ve never had them before, because since moving to the UK, neither have I, despite the fact that they abound on pub menus all over the nation. I’m going to throw you a bone here and share a recipe for proper Thai fish cakes. The bouncy and pungent kind that are made and enjoyed by Thai people and Australians and anyone else fortunate enough to have a good Thai restaurant near them. The best part is that they’re easy to make and you probably already have most of the ingredients in your kitchen.…

The Gateway Cheese and Beautiful Boards

In the lead up to Christmas, I get the opportunity to try new products and sample foods being launched for the festive season. It is a rare occasion that I’ll turn down the chance to try cheese or chocolate and happily I had the good fortune to take delivery of both recently. Paxton and Whitfield are one of the country’s oldest and most respected cheese mongers and so I’m always so pleased to try whatever they send. This year I tried the Trio of Contemporaries selection which proved to be a finely selected group of fresh and imaginative cheeses to …

Local Food Hero: Gordon Stores Maidenhead

It’s October and in our family that means pumpkin carving, autumn trees and turning on the heating. We carved out pumpkins last night and draped some cobwebs and spiders around the place. Just a bit of fun for Halloween which is one of my favourite festivities. People say Halloween is an American cultural quirk and one that’s being steadily adopted here in the UK. But before you start hum-bugging this spooky celebration, just remember it all started here in Britain – well according to some scholars anyway. The Celts were celebrating Samhain long before the Christian festival of All Hallows …

Local Food Hero: Palmieri’s Gourmet Italian Cafe

Real Bread Campaign

This loaf of bread might not look special but if you could smell it and taste it, you’d realise that it wasn’t like other loaves of bread. It’s special because it’s real bread and it’s special because you can only get it on a Thursday at one place in Maidenhead. This bread is the reason that I’m celebrating Palmieri’s as one of my local food heroes. As part of the Real Bread Campaign  Italian cafe Palmieri’s in Maidenhead make fresh bread made on-site every Thursday. Available only after midday and prepared by Roberto Palmieri, it is without a doubt the …

Chicken Tinga

Mexican feast @feedingtimeblog

Let the photo set the scene; Father’s Day, Pineapple Margaritas made with reposado tequila and chipotle-chicken tinga served with tostadas, guacamole, and limes. This is the second Mexican feast we’ve had at the Cory house this year and I’m hoping that my experiments will become less of a special occasion and more of a weekly occurrence. I was sent a package of dried chillies of all varieties from the gang at MexTrade UK, but it was the tiny tins of chipotle chillies adobo that they threw in that I started with.

I’ve never cooked with chipotles before and I …

Home Espresso Blends and the Third Wave

Apparently we’re in the midst of the third wave coffee movement. This was news to me. I didn’t even know there were waves where coffees were concerned but it turns out that things are moving pretty quickly and there’s whispers of a Fourth Wave. Sort of like feminism I suppose, but much less important (to some), the development of coffee culture throughout the western world has become a rather serious affair. I recently found out that it wasn’t my national pride swelling but an acknowledged fact that Australians are considered the frontier folk of good coffee. So I guess what …

Pozole

Pozole

You probably don’t know what pozole is. I didn’t until recently. In fact I’ll admit that I’m embarrassed at how little I know about Mexican cuisine – despite the fact that I love Mexican-style food so much. Note I’ve used the word ‘style’ because it’s not Mexican food that I’ve always loved, it’s really something else. Call it Tex-Mex, call it what you like but it’s a match made in heaven and sadly the closest thing we’ll get to eating Mexican food outside of Mexico. Corn chips, cheesy dips, anaemic guacamole and Old El Paso packet mixes are about as …

Pease Porridge Hot

When I originally thought of posting a recipe for split pea and ham soup, I knew it was going to be problematic. Like dhal, pea and ham soup is not pretty, but worse, it’s not textured like dhal. In reality it’s one of the ugliest meals you’ll ever eat. I remember when my mum used to make it, she’d throw chunks of red kransky sausage in and it was like digging for treasure. It distracted us from noticing how this tasty soup looks in fact, like grey slop. So instead of showing you photos of this unattractive soup, I thought …