Grilled Lemonade

That’s right, you read it – grilled lemonade.  While it may initially sound totally impossible, you’ll soon see that not only is it possible – it is THE way to drink fresh lemonade.  Fresh lemonade has a delicious mix of sweet and sour that provides a cool, crisp freshness on a hot day.  By dipping…

Creamy Chicken and Mint Pasta

Last week I was fortunate enough to be cooked a delicious meal using pasta, bacon and creme fraiche.  It got me thinking about how wonderful creme fraiche is as an ingredient – particularly as a basis for a sauce.  Thicker and less sweet than single/double cream, it absorbs and spreads other flavours outstandingly well.  For…

Sundried Tomato and Pine Nut Risotto

  Earlier last year I fell in love with sundried tomatoes.  The concentrated, rich, oily flavour packs a punch unlike any other tomato product.  Perfect with pasta, on toasted bread, or on some strong cheese – perhaps my favourite use of sundried tomatoes is in this dish.  While the tomatoes provide the flavour, the pine…

Pumpkin Syrup (for Halloween Cocktails)

While I’d like to take another cheap shot at the pumpkin-spice latte drinkers out there, quite frankly I don’t need to – they do a perfect job of showing their basicness by holding them.  I jest, I jest – I’ve tried a PSL and I quite enjoyed it.  However what bothered me was that for…

Creamy Spinach and Chicken Pasta

Introduction It’s no secret that I love a good few hours in the kitchen preparing a dish.  Alas, not everybody has the time or the love of cooking – for many, cooking is merely a means to and end.  However, this doesn’t mean you have to abuse your stomach and taste buds with pre-packaged microwave…

Smoked Salmon and Dill Risotto

Smoked salmon is such a wonderful bold flavour, and it seems to be one of those fish that most fish-haters make an exception for.  However, the power of its flavour can almost be its weakness – without some creaminess or acidity to balance the rich saltiness of the fish it can put a real strain…

Avocado and Pepper Stuffed Squash with Sweetcorn Purée

I’ve never been one of these people to shy away from a meat-free meal, and recently I’ve been trying to increase the amount of vegetarian foods in my repertoire.  Of course, not everybody is so easy to convince – many people have an idea of vegetarian cooking as lacking substance or not being filling. This…