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,…

Orange and Cranberry Sausage Rolls

And so my mission to pioneer new Christmassy foods continues!  Sausage rolls are an absolute classic – whether they’re part of a pub lunch, cheekily grabbed from a Gregg’s on the way to work or making up the beige spread at a buffet, a good sausage roll is a real staple.  Strangely, they don’t appear…

Roast Chestnut, Mushroom & Red Wine Risotto

The time is now that many people are assembling their Christmas menus, and what’s atop most lists?  Turkey?  Goose?  Ham?  All fantastic center-points of a Christmas Dinner…but what of the vegetarians?  Nut Roasts are certainly a popular option, though for many this means a quick ready-made one from the supermarket which in some cases may…

Sweet Crab Rice Cakes

Crab meat, that elusive beast.  So many claim to be you, so few are!  Still, we know better, do we not?  That unmistakable, sweet delicate flavour delivered in an oh, so fragile flaky form.  Finding the freshest of crab meats is rather tough on the average shop, so for this I simply used tinned and…

Cashew and Spring Onion Stuffed Chicken Breast

Stuffed chicken breast is one of those deceptively easy recipes – slice it up and put it on a plate at a dinner party and it will look delightfully sophisticated.  Most importantly, it keeps the chicken moist and substantial – nobody likes dry chicken.  Of course you can substitute different things in the stuffing –…

Crostinis

Introduction Not going to lie to you – this is just posh toast, but they work fantastically as appetizers or hors d’ouevres; a wonderful way to start a dinner party so the guests aren’t antsy awaiting the first real course. Here are just a few suggestions for what you can do – not recipes so…