Banoffee Pie

Desserts are something I rarely tackle – I’m not a huge lover of baking and have always favoured savoury food over outright sweetness.  However, it suddenly dawned on me just how long it’s been since I had this classic dish and I couldn’t get it out of my mind.  The name – a rather obvious…

Black Pudding Scotch Eggs

  Scotch Eggs are perhaps the greatest picnic food ever made.  The delicious, multi-layered treat with savoury sausage, a gorgeously soft egg and that crunchy exterior.  Eat them hot or cold,  as part of a meal or as a snack, breakfast, lunch or dinner.  This particular version utilises the deep, gorgeous richness of black pudding…

Vegan Lasagne

There are so many reasons why somebody may choose to stop purchasing and consuming animal products, but that doesn’t necessarily mean that they dislike the taste of these things.  Particularly in the early days of veganism, the cravings for a sausage roll or cheese sandwich may be very strong.  While not a vegan myself, I’ve…

Beef Lasagne (My First YouTube Recipe!)

That’s right!  I’ve finally decided to  bring The Guesscipe Book to YouTube.  This first ever episode was very much a test activity for myself and as such there are still plenty of rough edges I’d want to shave off before attempting another one of these.  But, overall I quite enjoyed the experience! The full ingredients…

Buck’s Fizz (Mimosa) Cake

For a fair while in my adult life I wondered what these “mimosas” that I kept hearing about – usually in relation to American brunches – were.  It was only a year or two ago that I discovered it was nothing more than ordinary Buck’s Fizz – the official drink of Christmas morning here in…

Rum Flambéed Pineapple with Berries and Ice Cream

There is such a joy to flambéing food – perhaps it appeals to that inner neanderthal in all of us that feels innately proud upon creation of fire.  Perhaps it’s just because it feels cool holding a pan of flaming food.  However, it must be remembered that it is so much more than just showiness,…

Sweetcorn and Red Pepper Cornbread

Cornbread!  So named for the cornmeal that gives it that vibrant orange colour.  Not a true bread, in the sense that it isn’t a dough so much as a better, but it serves some very important purposes.  It also comes together far quicker, taking only about 40 minutes from start to finish!  Perfect for mopping…

Garlic and Herb Crushed Potatoes

Potatoes are just the best.  Can we all agree on this?  There are about a thousand different things you can do with them, boil ’em, mash ’em, stick ’em in a stew!  And yet one of the simplest ways of cooking these delightful apples of the ground is by far one of the best.  This…

Slow Braised Leg of Lamb in Red Wine Gravy

Spring has sprung once more, and while at the time of writing it’s unlikely you’re going to be spendin time at any family gatherings, there’s still no reason you and your household can’t get together and enjoy the beautiful, rich flavour of a slow cooked lamb.  It is of course the time of year where…

Cider Braised Sausages

  There’s something so reliable about a delicious portion of bangers and mash – the full, meaty sausages with smooth, buttery mashed potato smothered in a warm helping of gravy.  As far as weekday dinners go, it’s simple and effective.  However, even the most humble sausage could even do with a bit of posh dress…