Making life delicious, one recipe at a time.

Making life delicious, one recipe at a time.

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Avocado & Baby Gems with Honey-Mustard Dressing

Avocado & Baby Gems with Honey-Mustard Dressing

I stole the idea for this dish from a restaurant in Notting Hill called Pizza East. A fairly amazing establishment, and not just because I saw Mark Strong there. They serve up pizzas and delicious cured meats but it was their vegetarian offerings that I became acquainted with. I was blown away by the quality of each dish, there were fried battons of polenta, pomegranates, purees and an assortment of complex meat-free arrangements but the stand-out plate was the simplest of all, some leaves and avocado drizzled with a vinaigrette.

I like to serve mine up with a sweet …

Warm Halloumi Salad

Warm Halloumi Salad

I found this recipe in the Waitrose magazine of all places. Created by grain & gluten-free bloggers Hemsley & Hemsley, this salad combines a few of my favourite things, one of those being halloumi cheese. Wilted lettuce is another feature that doesn’t get much press but is truly a sensation. Once you can get over your preconceived notions of how lettuce should be eaten, you’ll be throwing lettuce into your stir fries and including it as a warm side in no time.

I love that this salad is warm. I love that most of the ingredients will probably already …

Summery Sides

Summery Sides

I know it won’t last, but in this heat, getting dinner ready in the hottest part of the day can be a nightmare of sweat and cursing. Well it is my house. In summer, salads rule, and if you’re brave enough to turn on the hob, maybe a piece of meat to go with. Nothing fussy, with as little heat generated possible.

Here are some side dishes that are simple and yet super delicious. The bean salad is a favourite passed down from mum and the pea and mint salad is happy discovery from when a friend came to dinner. …

Caldesi in Campagna: Bray

Caldesi in Campagna: Bray

The village of Bray is tucked away on the south side of the Berkshire town of Maidenhead. But it’s not like most other villages. Bray is home to two of the country’s three, three-starred Michelin restaurants; but Heston’s Fat Duck and Alain Roux’s Waterside Inn aren’t the only reasons to pay a visit. In 2007 Giancarlo and Katie Caldesi took over site that was once an old pub. Built in 1860, The Bargee once fed and lodged the barge folk of the Thames. Today though, it’s called Caldesi in Campagna, and despite the company it keeps, the restaurant recently won …

Caramel Chocolate Slice

Caramel Chocolate Slice

The ingredients for this classic Australian slice are simple, as is their preparation. The skill in this dish though, lies in the technique. Unlike some other recipes where you might have a generous mistake buffer, if you over cook any of the components of this recipe or it will not work or taste as good as it should; you’ll get a hard base, a chewy middle and a lack-lustre topping. This recipe is sort of like Millionaire Shortbread; the biscuity bottom is not shortbread but rather coconut based.

Keep a watchful eye on the cooking process. Don’t let the base …

The Old Swan Uppers: Cookham

The Old Swan Uppers: Cookham

We’ve been kicking around the Maidenhead area for about 5 years now and we’ve done our fair share of exploring the local fare. For us, eating out usually means finding a place that serves a burger because with two boys, that’s the only way of tempting them to eat out. But who am I kidding? I love burgers too. We love burgers so much that when we’re not eating them out we make them at home on a Saturday night.

Feeding Time Blog

The Old Swan Uppers in Cookham is probably my favourite drinking pub in Cookham. I love the low-ceiling-fire-place ambience, I …

Healing Chicken Soup Infused with Turmeric and Ginger

Healing Chicken Soup Infused with Turmeric and Ginger

Maybe you’ve noticed, but I’ve not written a post for a few weeks. It’s because I caught a virus which was bad enough, but then I went ahead got myself a nasty chest infection. The doctor calls it pneumonia. I haven’t baked for weeks and there are so many things I want to try like Honey and Co’s disassembled feta cheesecake and sour cream and pecan loaf. But for now all I’ve managed to muster is some chicken soup.

You might have heard chicken soup being called ‘Jewish Penicillin’ and after doing a bit of reading I discovered that it …

Marco Pierre White in Windsor

Last Thursday night I attended a VIP event at the newly launched MPW Steak House Bar and Grill  in Windsor. Situated inside the recently refurbished Castle Hotel Windsor, which is now part of the luxury M Gallery Collection of the Sofitel group, this latest addition to the Marco Pierre White family of restaurants is everything you might expect from the ever-expanding franchise. It’s a bit exciting to have an MPW restaurant open up in Windsor because while you might think a global tourist destination would have a number of high quality dining establishments, it is in reality, woefully devoid …

Blueberry Pancakes

Blueberry Pancakes

Finally. Finally it’s beginning to feel like spring. On May Day we went to see the Ellington Morris Dancers perform their first dance for the season. Based in the Maidenhead area, this gang call themselves the Ellington troupe because Ellington was the name of Maidenhead in the Doomsday Book.  The Ellington dancers perform early 20th century morris dances from Cotswold villages such as Adderbury, Bledington and Bampton, and Lichfield in Staffordshire and of course from Ellington’s own tradition and a few Border Morris dances. You can catch these marvellous morris dancers do their thing each Wednesday evening at village pubs …

Roman Holiday

Roman Holiday

Eating well on holidays is not an easy thing to achieve. It doesn’t have to mean finding the perfect French bistro in France because often you’ll find excellent global cuisine in the most unexpected places. Even in your home town, finding good food takes time and is usually the result of taking risks; and sadly, both risk and time are things you can’t really spare when you’re abroad.

Feeding Time Blog

Feeding Time Blog

I didn’t simply ‘get lucky’ in my recent Parisian trip, I put the effort in before I left to find restaurants, take personal recommendations and I didn’t have the kids tagging …