Beef, Cheese and Tomato Pie – Happy British Pie Week!

It’s British Pie Week!  I almost missed it, hence this recipe coming to you almost halfway through this most hallowed of traditions (est. 2007).  I certainly feel as though pies have become a real mainstay of my little blog here: beef, blue cheese and blackberry; lamb, goat’s cheese and apricot; boxing day pie; devonshire squab…

Pulled Pork Buns with Spiced Apple Sauce and DELICIOUS Stuffing

There are those times in life when you have a lot of people to feed and a huge list of tasks to do.  Putting up decorations, tidying up, normal daily jobs – no time to spend hours in the kitchen getting all manner of complex things ready.  Well, this recipe is absolutely the solution for…

Pumpkin and Goats Cheese Pasties

That wonderful time of year is upon us again!  While the days might be getting shorter and colder, that’s no reason to despair.  There’s a real joy to rediscovering those coats you haven’t seen in months, embracing scarves and beginning to smell the smoke of chimneys around once more.  It’s also a time to enjoy…

Devonshire Squab Pie

English food has a certain reputation that I won’t get into right now, but suffice to say if you ask somebody to name traditional English dishes you’ll probably get the standard fish ‘n’ chips, roast dinner, maybe a cream tea…not a whole lot more.  I’ve always found this to be a real shame, as there’s…

Chilli, Lime and Feta Potato Salad

Potato Salads are a classic for a reason – the robust potato, a friend for all occasions, is the perfect vehicle for the creamy, slightly sour dressing that comes with a potato salad.  There’s room for plenty of other vegetables in there – pickles, capers, sweetcorn, onions.  The sauce can be adapted for greater decadence…

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…

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…

Cottage Pie (Packed with Vegetables for Fussy Eaters)

While I am absolutely a lover of food and enjoy trying out new things, I am also undeniably a fussy eater.  Particularly when it comes to the textures of vegetables, I have a whole list of things I can’t generally stomach, even if I like their flavour – banana, mushroom, cooked tomatoes, courgette, aubergine, peppers,…

Goats Cheese and Broccoli Quiche

I believe it was Jaime (private school girl) who once said…quiche!  I recently developed, through a cooking friend of mine, a real interest in custards and the links between them.  Crème brûlée or crème caramel, cheesecake or ice cream – what a fantastic, simple, versatile thing.  And to think, it’s nothing more than dairy thickened with…