Feb one ingredient

February One Ingredient: The Banana

BANANA I have chosen Banana for the February One Ingredient Linky that I host with Laura at How to Cook Good Food. I do hope you will share your Banana ...

Orange Ginger and Cardamom Loaf Cake2

Orange, Ginger and Cardamom loaf cake

Orange, Ginger and Cardamom loaf cake This cake is packed with flavour. The sponge includes ground almond, and to the batter is added a mix of raisins, crystallised ginger, cardamom ...

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Ginger Recipes – The One Ingredient Roundup

Better late than never, here is a collection of ginger recipes, thanks ...
Christmas tree biscuits

Christmas treats for Stir Up Sunday – a masterclass at Leith’s with Asda

Today is stir up sunday – the day to cook up your ...
quince pomegranate jam with cardamom star anise cinnamon

Quince and Pomegranate Jam with cinnamon, star anise and cardamom

Quince and Pomegranate Jam with cinnamon, star anise and cardamom. This recipe ...
Chocolate Cardamom and Walnut Krantz

Introducing We Should Cocoa November: The Bread challenge. And a recipe for Chocolate, Cardamom and Walnut Krantz

Chocolate, Cardamom and Walnut Krantz Perhaps you were intrigued by the 8-stranded ...

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Feb one ingredient

February One Ingredient: The Banana

BANANA I have chosen Banana for the February One Ingredient Linky that I host with Laura at How to Cook Good Food. I do hope you will share your Banana recipes. Whilst bananas are good all year round, the Windward Island Variety comes into season now (until May). I am hoping it will give us […]

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Orange Ginger and Cardamom Loaf Cake2

Orange, Ginger and Cardamom loaf cake

Orange, Ginger and Cardamom loaf cake This cake is packed with flavour. The sponge includes ground almond, and to the batter is added a mix of raisins, crystallised ginger, cardamom and orange flesh. I topped it with an orange juice infused sugar glaze and some slices of orange that I had poached in sugar syrup […]

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Ginger Recipes – The One Ingredient Roundup

Better late than never, here is a collection of ginger recipes, thanks to all the tasty submissions to the December (gulp) one ingredient challenge. If like me you are a ginger fan, I do hope you will be inspired. Whilst many of the recipes were based around Christmas, Ginger still has its place in warming […]

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Porcini risotto in parmesan bowls with truffle chilli scallops

Tales of our resettling and a warming comfort dish: Mushroom Risotto with Chilli Truffle Scallops in a Parmesan bowl

As I walked to work this week, I was struck by a young tree, shimmering with frost in the pink light of the morning.  One of many, on a nature-filled route that contrasts from my costly, cramped and often crawling tube journeys to work in the past. A great career opportunity and our expanded family […]

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Win a Christmas Hamper from Forman and Field with Knorr

Hello folks, Apologies for a relative lack of recipes recently. I am still unpacking and desperately looking for a space for my Kenwood Chef in my little rented kitchen! However there is a giveaway I wanted to share so it’s a brief post..! The lovely folks at Knorr and Forman and Field have put together […]

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December – A Festive One ingredient challenge: Ginger

I sitting here late at night, surrounded by packing boxes, about to move into rental property for a few months until we buy a house in Cambridge. I’m really looking forward to a larger space to live, play and work than we have in London, but while we are renting our space and lifestyle are […]

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We Should Cocoa – Chocolate and Bread recipes. Perfect comfort food!

A slice of bread with a generous spoonful of nutella. If  the bread is a toasted piece of sourdough with a lick of butter on it, for me the pleasure is all the more greater. It is not the most healthy breakfast but one that serves as a surrogate for an even higher degree of […]

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Pumpkin and Squash recipes galore – October’s one ingredient roundup

I have been remiss in acknowledging and linking back to the wonderful selection of recipes for October’s One Ingredient challenge, the ingredient based recipe link up that I host with Laura at How to Cook Good Food. I am in the process of moving job, home and family from London to Cambridge, so I hope […]

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Christmas tree biscuits

Christmas treats for Stir Up Sunday – a masterclass at Leith’s with Asda

Today is stir up sunday – the day to cook up your Christmas cakes and puddings. Gives them time to mature you see. Now for once I was ahead of the game. It was stir up Tuesday for me last week as I got a chance to get some cooking tips for Christmas from Leith’s […]

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quince pomegranate jam with cardamom star anise cinnamon

Quince and Pomegranate Jam with cinnamon, star anise and cardamom

Quince and Pomegranate Jam with cinnamon, star anise and cardamom. This recipe was a bit of an experiment for me, having never cooked with quince, or made jam in the past. However, the results are worth the effort, and clearly if I can make it so can you. The quince is infused with bright ruby […]

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Simple and In Season – the October roundup

I am sitting here in awe at the wonderful range of recipes that have been linked up to simple and in season this month. As many of you will know this monthly challenge, set up by Ren Behan is a great way to share recipes using ingredients that are in season local to wherever you […]

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Chocolate pecan pumpkin pie spice cake

Chocolate, Pecan and Pumpkin Pie Spice Cake

Chocolate, Pecan and Pumpkin Pie Spice Cake If you like squash and pumpkin this cake will delight you. A dense and rich chocolate cake, with the addition of sweet pumpkin puree, the crunch of pecan and a light buttercream topping flavoured with warming and sweetly spiced pumpkin pie flavours – ginger, cinnamon, allspice and nutmeg. […]

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Chocolate Cardamom and Walnut Krantz

Introducing We Should Cocoa November: The Bread challenge. And a recipe for Chocolate, Cardamom and Walnut Krantz

Chocolate, Cardamom and Walnut Krantz Perhaps you were intrigued by the 8-stranded plaited loaf on the recent Great British Bake-off series. If like me, you are less dextrous than you would like, why not try this two stranded plait. It is a Krantz. A Krantz you ask? Yes this Israeli recipe is from the most […]

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pot roast cod wih fennel pollen and saffron

Pot roast cod with Saffron and Fennel Pollen

I am continuing to explore some spices and herbs that I do not often use. Having spent much of my childhood inspecting a myriad of largely unlabelled, differently sized pots of spices, nuts and herbs in my mother’s kitchen, the scent component of flavour is an important one to me. This recipe then is one […]

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butternut roasted, ottolenghi

October One Ingredient Linky – Squash and Pumpkin and an Ottolenghi inspired Squash dish.

Here is a recipe for Roasted butternut squash inspired by Ottolenghi’s new book, Jerusalem. The dish abounds with the flavours of Za’atar, lime and tahini and a hint of dill pollen. It is served with griddled Halloumi and Polenta. It serves as an introduction to October’s One Ingredient challenge. The One Ingredient Linky is run […]

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Simple and In Season October

October brings with it dark evenings and the cold of winter begins. Yet there is much beauty in Autumn. The harvest season gives a wide and varied palate for the creative cook. Squashes, pumpkin, beetroot, artichoke, fig, blackberries, damsons. Some of my favourite fruit and vegetable are now at their best. With a newly eating […]

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Chocolate, almond and vanilla spiced up muffins

Chocolate, Almond and Vanilla Spiced Up Muffins

A few months ago, the food writer Vanessa Kimbell made a trip to Uganda to explore the world of fairtrade vanilla. This sweet and heady spice originally derives from Mexico, and is an Orchid vine. Hugely labour intensive to grow , it is second only to saffron in value. Vanilla is a major export from […]

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