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…

Wonderfully Spicy Carrot and Walnut Cake

My new oven was delivered this week which means i can finally see how my bakes are getting on in there! My first bake was down to a family visit, i whipped up this delicious carrot and walnut cake in under 3 hours.  Follow this very simple recipe for a perfectly balanced, wonderfully moist cake….

Coconut muffins – Sugar & Butter free 

This recipe is super easy and really fast to make. The idea was to produce a sugar free option that didn’t lack flavour and I think these are it! I would describe their consistency as a fluffy scone – Post baking is the time to add your own toppings if you are after a sugary…

Pear, Blackberry and Coconut sponge cake

This recipe was developed to use the remaining pears from our garden and the freshly frozen berries picked this season to make the ultimate winter sponge pudding. It is a true hug in a bowl, served warm with cream or vanilla bean custard. With this recipe i welcome winter with open arms! Ingredients: 7-8 small…

Christmas Cake – 2017

Below is a guide to making and decorating a Christmas cake. You will need to bake the cake a minimum of 2 months before Christmas in order for the fruits to soak up the alcohol and to allow the flavours to develop.  For the cake: Before you get stuck into it, this recipe ideally requires…