Cracked black pepper and fig bread

There is something incredibly satisfying about baking a loaf of bread. The smells wafting from the oven, the crack of the crust and the taste of warm butter laden fluffy dough can hardly be surpassed and so I urge you to give it a go. Cracked black pepper and fig bread is one of the…

Teriyaki salmon with stir-fried sprouts

I’m a bit of a sucker for sprouts.. I may well have sent an excited snap chat to my fellow sprout lovers when I saw my first lot back in November. I just can’t get enough of them. So when I found purple sprouts I’m happy to admit that I was far more excited than…

Salmon terrine

This is my go to starter at the moment- it’s easy to make and tastes amazing. I tend to make it a night or two in advance so there’s no last minute cooking- or washing up! I’ve made it for my last two dinner parties and it’s certain to appear on Christmas Day. Leftovers have…

Santa macarons (with salted caramel chocolate ganache middles)

Is there a broken one I can try? Look, there, that one’s not quite round, surely I can taste that one now?! There’s one little problem with making macarons in my house. You have to wait. Unlike brownies and bread you can’t eat macarons straight from the oven. And you have to wait a while-…

Tonka macarons

I know that this post is about macarons but it starts with a story of fudge and the most fantastic restaurant I know. As I’ve discussed before I spend the end of every summer in the Highlands of Scotland. The land near us, sheltered by the mountains to the north and south and with the…

Tomato, chilli and red lentil soup

I made a rather disappointing soup the other day. I had a bulb of fennel and a few carrots hanging around so I thought I’d roast them and make soup. Hmm I wasn’t convinced- even when boosted by fennel seeds and plenty of S&P it was bland. I’m sure it was down to the lack…

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Chestnut and cinnamon turkey macarons

Gobble gobble… When my boyfriend suggested I made ‘gobble macarons’ to celebrate thanksgiving I was a little confused. What on earth did he mean? But after a little explaining (apparently it’s the sound you make when you eat turkey) and one very quick search on Pinterest I was sold! Gobble macarons were on the weekend’s To…

My favourite bolognese

I think that sometimes the simplest things done incredibly well make the biggest impact. That’s why I’m posting this bolognese. One simple trick turns ordinary mince into something extraordinary. Bake your mince! Don’t fry it. Bake it. Sounds weird I know- I saw the idea in Tom Kerridge’s book but then when he explained it it…

Pistachio macarons

I’m having a macaron moment, I just can’t stop making them. I am determined to perfect my recipe, to make flawless macarons every time. I’m definitely not at flawless yet but these were definitely progress! The first challenge of making macarons is the wrinkly feet because without those they would just be colourful biscuits. Thankfully…

Chicken and chorizo paella

Disclaimer: this is not an authentic paella. I am fully aware that paellas do not traditionally include chorizo. After the uproar surrounding Jamie Oliver’s pig featuring paella I considered changing the name of this to chicken and chorizo rice pot, but then I thought why? I’m not sure any of my 28 twitter followers will…