Making life delicious, one recipe at a time.

Making life delicious, one recipe at a time.

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Cutsie Cupcakes: Cookham

Cutsie Cupcakes: Cookham

I stumbled across the shop accidentally – it’s easy to miss –  but the word ‘cupcake’ caught my eye as I drove by one weekend. Sure, you can get cupcakes anywhere, and they’re ok but I was compelled to write about these cupcakes because they tasted so good. As a keen baker myself, I know when something is homemade. Cutsie Cupcakes have that homemade taste, texture and moistness that make them stand out from the run-of-the-mill grocery store treat. Even better, Cutsie Cupcakes look incredible. Teetering with giant swirls of butter cream, the little cakes look so tempting and often …

Prosciutto di San Daniele and Grana Padano

Prosciutto di San Daniele and Grana Padano

When I got the opportunity to try Prosciutto di San Daniele and Grana Padano I eagerly awaited their arrival, even resorting to stalking my post man, when I’d missed the delivery. This is one package that couldn’t survive in the depot over night. These two items for me, are like the dynamic duo of food – always perfect to eat together.

Typically I’m encouraged to use the items in a recipe and I’m not normally slow to decide upon the fate of ingredients. But this time it was different. I waited and waited for inspiration to strike but all I …

The Oxford Blue: Windsor

The Oxford Blue: Windsor

 

After an 18-month restoration, The Oxford Blue, which has served as a public house since 1829, has been elevated almost overnight to a culinary icon in the unassuming back roads surrounding Windsor Great Park. After only a month of trade The Oxford Blue has already had a visit from Michelin and is fully booked from Thursday-Sunday. With Steve Ellis as Chef Proprietor, the standard of dining was never in question, and the menu and quality of produce is excellent. Having worked under the banners of Jamie Oliver, Andrew Pern and Gordon Ramsay, Ellis has cherry-picked his favourite techniques …

Old Butcher’s Wine Cellar Famous Mulled Wine

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Perhaps it’s because I’m Australian, but I’ve never really picked up on the mulled wine tradition here in the UK. To me it tasted either too sour or overly spiced and stating the bloody obvious – what’s with warm wine?

But things change. A few weeks ago I dragged the boys down to the Cookham Christmas Street Fayre that’s held in the High St in early December. If you’ve never been, the Cookham Christmas fayre is a corker; jam-packed with amazing food stands, a couple of choice rides and plenty of gift stalls and alcohol – the perfect recipe for …

Local Food Hero: The Marlow Cheese Co.

Local Food Hero: The Marlow Cheese Co.

Cheese is a funny thing. The way we appreciate a fine cheese rather goes against the grain. Mould makes it more marvellous and the worse it smells the better it is. That’s how I knew the Cygnet cheese from The Marlow Cheese Co. was going to be a corker; it ticks both boxes

I’ve never tried a lactic cheese before, that’s the category of cheese the Marlow company’s debut effort falls under. It’s hard to describe as it’s got the consistency of a cream cheese or soft goat’s cheese but only when it’s young, and the slightly acidic, light citrus …

Food Hero: Rex Bakery

Food Hero: Rex Bakery

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Ok, so this one is not local, but it’s not that far away. Today I want to sing the praises of Glenn Stephens founder of the Rex Artisan Bakery in Little Chalfont. I want to shout to the roof-tops that I finally found a worthy ciabatta here in the UK. It’s not an easy thing to come by and I’ve been looking far and wide. Turns out I’m not the only one who loves Rex ciabatta…. they won an award for being the best in the country. You can enjoy Rex Bakery bread at Marlow’s Satollo who really know their …

Smoked Haddock Chowder

Smoked Haddock Chowder

Is it that time yet? If you’re not quite ready to get your blender out just yet, then this is the perfect soup for you. This recipe is not overly thick or rich and is in fact the perfect mid-season option if you’re looking for a light fish dish to add to your repertoire. Get creative with this one, go ahead and add peas, baby spinach and asparagus. There’s no roux or cream required for this chowder, so it remains light in texture, and if you can refrain from adding cream, light on calories also.

Smoked Haddock Chowder
Ingredients:
2 …

Suped-Up Scrambled Eggs

Suped-Up Scrambled Eggs

This recipe started life out as an omlette. I copied it from a little French cafe we used to go to back in Sydney called Bitton where it was served with slivers of toasted Turkish bread and monkey-nut chutney. I’m not great at making anything too tricksy at 7 o’clock in the morning so this dish became more scrambled-eggs, less omlette and because you can’t get Turkish bread or monkey-nut chutney in the UK, you can replace with some toasted slices of ciabatta and tomato chutney.

The combination of sun-dried tomatoes, ham, goat cheese and oregano creates a perfect blend …

Bring the World to Your Kitchen

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Britain loves curry. There’s no doubting it. But I could only list maybe two one excellent Indian meals I’ve had in the 5 years since I’ve been here; granted I do live outside of London, but that only further illustrates my point. I will however, sing the praises of my friend who makes onion bhajis when I visit that are out of this world, and who can whip up a most excellent dhal or curry in her tiny little kitchen right here in Maidenhead. When I asked her to recommend a good Indian restaurant she comes up short. Why go …

Triple Chocolate Muffins

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You might think a chocolate muffin is a simple recipe to find, an easy thing to make. I thought I’d found it here. But we were wrong. I’ve been looking for a long time for a recipe that’s worth making repeatedly and I’m fairly certain this Donna Hay recipe is the one. The actual recipe is from one of her magazines and was destined as something else, but I have re-appropriated the recipe for my own wicked purpose. I call these triple-choc because they have melted chocolate in the mix, cocoa and chocolate pieces. This recipe is rich, …