Chocolate Macarons

This recipe is all about the technique. Get your folding right and tap all the air out of your piped mixture and you should be ok! I like to make macarons when i have time on my hands and am in the mood for a baking challenge, they are hard work but very rewarding. My…

Pistachio, Orange and Cranberry Biscotti

Today’s recipe is from Pistachio, Orange and Cranberry Biscotti from Sainsburys Cakes & Bakes -Everyday Recipes book. I tend to pick up this book when I am in the mood for baking but not quite sure what I want to make. It is full of great recipes that will further the skills of any amateur…

Its competition time! L’Originale Balsamic Vinegar

In celebration of the New Year the competition is now open. Simply like for a chance to win a truly amazing product… I have one Aceto Balsamico Tradizionale Di Modena D.O.P. – Balsamic Vinegar set available for the taking RRP €115/£102. If you haven’t heard of L’Originale before, make sure you watch the video below….

Ginger Biscuit Shapes

  I used this recipe to top my 2017 Christmas cake however feel free to create all different shapes and sized gingerbread’s. The key to this recipe is making sure the dough stays as cold as possible throughout the entire process. This recipe works best if the dough is refrigerated for 24 hours. If you…

Decadent Chocolate Brownie Traybake

I developed this recipe for my 2017 Christmas Cake I wanted to make fondant presents with a brownie centre however I struggled to find a recipe. It needed to be solid enough to hold fondant in place and not dry out too quickly. Be sure to use a good quality dark chocolate and the best quality…

Festive Banana Bread

Finally! It’s the time of the year when everything you make, bake or decorate has to have a festive twist! It has also been a busy week of Christmas parties and lunches, so our pantry and fridge has been abandoned a little. My Bananas were on their last few days of survival, so I needed…

Vietnam

Vietnam Ho Chi Minh->Nha Trang–>Dalat–>Hoi An->Hanoi–>Halong Bay->Hanoi–>Sapa– Ho Chi Minh Ho Chi Minh- also known as Saigon is one of the most incredible cities I have ever been too. From the minute I arrived I was completely taken aback by the culture and day to day lives of the people. The city will tantalise all your senses,…

Hog Roast Sausage Plait

This recipe can be adapted to make simple sausage rolls for everyday eating or to create a show-stopper centrepiece for any dinner table. I came up with the idea after cooking a Sunday slow roast pork shoulder, I wanted to use the leftovers to make something truly exciting. If you are making your own pastry you…

Tiramisu Yule Log

Here is a recipe that was made by accident… When my Coffee, walnut and cocoa nib cake didn’t quite rise I decided it was the perfect time to practice something a little different for the upcoming holidays. This recipe can be made boozy by soaking the sponges with a few drops of alcohol (brandy or…

Iced Vanilla Sugar Cookies

Its Guy Fawkes night! Time to make an edible fireworks display. This recipe is also a great opportunity to practice my piping skills in time for Christmas! Although up close some of my piping is quite messy, I had so much fun and am really proud of the overall finished display. Use this method to make…

Smoky Green Soup

It happens to us all, we returned from weekend break and realised all our veg was almost on the turn! There was quite a lot and throwing it all away seemed wasteful, instead i picked up a few extras from the supermarket and turn it all into a wonderful, fresh soup. For this recipe it…