Making life delicious, one recipe at a time.

Making life delicious, one recipe at a time.

Tag: UK food blog

Bread Pudding

Bread Pudding

One third of all landfill is food. That’s a total of 18 million tonnes of food that the UK throws away each year. With the food recycling programmes here in the borough, you have no excuse to let organic matter contribute to land fill. Now, excuse me as I get off my high horse long enough to share one of my own shameful food waste habits. Bread. Even though I try really hard not to over-buy and lord knows we run out more than we throw out; sometimes I get the odd half-loaf or ciabatta role that has gone stale …

Royal Virundhu: Maidenhead

Royal Virundhu: Maidenhead

There are people who ‘love curry’ and then there are people who actually love Indian cuisine. I’d had two recommendations to try the Royal Virundhu on Queen St in the last few months – which is usually enough for me to try something out for myself and I arrived early enough on a weekday to ensure I didn’t have to compete with the corporate crowd, if there was indeed one to report.

It was quiet, and we ordered a selection of vegetarian dishes. It’s my feeling that if you can make vegetables sing, then you can be confident that the …

Festive Rum and Raisin Tart

Festive Rum and Raisin Tart

I discovered this recipe back when I was living in London and writing for Foodepedia. It was a promotion for a butter brand and I offered to make it and write it up. Everything from the pastry to the filling, to licking the beaters covered in butter, rum and sugar, this recipe is smashing! With these staggering proportions of rum and butter – how could this tart be anything but decadent and delicious?

I make this most years and have experimented making smaller pies, but due to the delicacy and shortness of the pastry,  this recipe is best as one …

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 …

Blackberry and Apple Pie

Blackberry and Apple Pie

So many blackberries, so few recipes. I had to toss up between a pie or a crumble because I’m not interested in baking blackberries any other way. Whether you’re scrumping them from the side of the road or picking them off your neighbour’s rampant bush, blackberries abound and this pie is going to change your life. I have been known to take a nonchalant  stance when it comes to pie crusts. I’ve made a few good ones but mainly they’re not much to write home about. So I did a little bit of research before I made this pie and …

The Airport Gourmand

The Airport Gourmand

It’s almost that time of year when lucky Brits are jet-setting to all corners of the world in search of summer fun. For me, the holiday starts as soon as I set foot inside the airport; that meal before the flight sets the tone for good times ahead. Without question, Gordon Ramsay, Jamie Oliver, and Heston Blumenthal are the UK’s best-known chefs, each with their own restaurant empire. If you don’t have the time to visit one of their cafés, why not side-step the crowds and head to their respective holes-in-the-wall in some of the city’s major airports?

Plane Food,

Elderflower cordial

Elderflower cordial

“Elder be ye Lady’s tree, burn it not or cursed ye’ll be” so says the Wiccan Rede. If you want to cut an elder you must ask permission of the Elder Mother, the spirit said to inhabit the tree, “Old girl, give me some of thy wood and I will give thee some of mine when I grow into a tree.” The Elder tree has long been used for medicinal purposes throughout Europe and Asia and in times past to treat colds, flu, hayfever and arthritis. It’s been found that elderberries stimulate the immune system and some …

Book Review: Saffron Soul by Mira Manek

Book Review: Saffron Soul by Mira Manek

I recently had the epiphany that for me, there’s no point in buying a recipe book from a restaurant chef. I don’t want to cook like a chef and when I’m at home I don’t want to eat like I’m at a restaurant. When a long, busy day comes to an end and I’m contemplating dinner, I don’t want make or eat fussy food. I want simple food, clean food; a meal that’s not too difficult to prepare.  And so these days I much prefer the culinary insight of non-restaurant folk.

Enter Mira Manek and her debut cookbook Saffron Soul. …

Get Mor out of Your Sausage

Get Mor out of Your Sausage

I don’t normally like to post about new food on the market without offering up some kind of recipe to get everyone inspired. But for this particular product, I genuinely feel that they are best enjoyed unadulterated. MOR are a new line of sausages that launched at Tesco this month and just quietly I am pretty excited about them. We love sausages in our house but I feel guilty when time I serve them because I know full-well that they are mostly pig lips, sawdust and fat – over 20% to be precise. It’s not what I’d call good food.…

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 …