A Secret Recipe for Parties! Empanaditas de Chorizo

Empanaditas de Chorizo (Chorizo Empanadas) Adapted from The Cuban Table: A Celebration of Food, Flavors, and History

A Secret Recipe for Parties! Empanaditas de Chorizo I am a BIG fan of pies, in all shapes and forms, not many escape my greedy clutches, and my top favourites are Shaker Lemon Pie,  Cheese, Onion and Potato Pasties, Cornish Pasties, Farmhouse Egg and Bacon Pie and Heirloom Apple or Fruit Tart. But, outside the European stable of pies, there… 

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Västerbottensost Cheese and a Swedish Midsummer Menu

Västerbottensost Paj

Västerbottensost Cheese and a Swedish Midsummer Menu Today, the 19th of June, is Swedish Midsummer……it marks the start of the summer holidays for most Swedes, as well as weekend of revelry, with Maypole dancing, singing, picking berries and flowers as well as enjoying food with family and friends, always outside, weather permitting.  By way of… 

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Get Summer Started with a Picnic in your Garden with Lots of Picnic Recipes

Get Summer Started with a Picnic in your Garden and Hovis Granary Bread (2)

Get Summer Started with a Picnic in your Garden with Lots of Picnic Recipes Summer is a time for lazing in the garden, taking trips to the seaside, fishing by languid rivers, barbecuing bangers, enjoying fish and chips on the quayside, late night drinks on the terrace and picnics. I don’t have a favourite season really,… 

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Bruschetta to Roast Beef! Cooking with Rachel Allen at Cactus Kitchens, London

Bruschetta to Roast Beef! Cooking with Rachel Allen at Cactus Kitchens, London

Bruschetta to Roast Beef! Cooking with Rachel Allen at Cactus Kitchens, London A couple of weeks ago I was invited to one of my favourite kind of events, a cook-a-long with a reputable brand and a celebrity chef! Panasonic invited me to attend an Ideas Kitchen cookery class with Rachel Allen at Cactus Kitchens (of… 

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Rhubarb & Custard Muffins with Hazelnut Crunch Crumble Topping

Rhubarb & Custard, Muffins, Hazelnut Crunch Crumble Topping, The Great British Rhubarb Recipe Round-Up, Roasted Rhubarb, Rhubarb and Custard Sweeties, Lavender and Lovage. Karen Burns-Booth

Rhubarb & Custard Muffins with Hazelnut Crunch Crumble Topping for The Great British Rhubarb Recipe Round-Up Fish & Chips, Blackberry & Apple, Strawberries & Cream, Sausage & Mash, Steak & Chips, Liver & Onions, Roast Beef & Yorkshire Pudding and Rhubarb & Custard.…….all of these recipes and ingredients are marriages made in heaven, and of… 

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A Master Class with Eric Lanlard: Art, Cooking and Dining on the High Seas

Cookery Club

A Master Class with Eric Lanlard: Art, Cooking and Dining on the High Seas Regular travellers of cruise liners expect only the best food and drink when on board ship – from full English breakfasts (with toast and marmalade), tempting afternoon teas, light salads and snacks to five course silver service dinners; but now discerning… 

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Easter Nest Cupcakes for the Easter Weekend Tea Time Table

Easter Nest Cup Cakes

Easter Nest Cupcakes for the Easter Weekend Tea Time Table It’s Easter Saturday and only a day away from all those Easter Egg hunts and waking up to see what Easter bunny has left for us this year! Now, I don’t know about you, but I have been loving the advertisement on the TV lately, for… 

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Easter Weekend Treats, Chocolate, Recipes and Champagne

This year I have decided to go a little “off piste” with my buns, in a manner of speaking! I will be using my old family recipe, as it really is a winner, but, I will be baking these buns in a muffin tray this year, (as you can see from my photos) in the manner of a French Brioche. I decided that we are going to go dainty for Easter tea, with smaller buns that are also a pretty shape; I was going to bake them in some traditional brioche moulds, but as they are vintage moulds, they are considerably smaller than the modern-day silicone moulds, and greed overtook “dainty” on that score!

Easter Weekend Treats, Chocolate, Recipes and Champagne Today is Good Friday and the start of Easter Weekend – it’s a day for Hot Cross Buns and Fish, a traditional meat-free day that I always observe. As we move through Easter weekend towards the joy of Easter Sunday (when Christ is risen) and with an abundance of… 

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St Patrick’s Day Feast: Soda Bread, Ulster Fry & Salt Beef with Champ

Soda Bread

St Patrick’s Day Feast: Soda Bread, Ulster Fry & Salt Beef with Champ St Patrick’s Day is just under a week away now, and although I’m not Irish, I welcome the opportunity to cook Irish food for my friends and family. There’s something very honest and wholesome about traditional Irish fare, and so when Ocado contacted… 

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Giving up Sugar for a Week with #SweetSmart: Oat, Berry & Orange Rock Cakes

Giving up Sugar for a Week with #SweetSmart: Oat, Berry & Orange Rock Cakes

Giving up Sugar for a Week with #SweetSmart: Oat, Berry & Orange Rock Cakes Last week, I gave up sugar, which is not as bad as it sounds, as I eat very little sugar anyway, being more of a savoury person, although I do like a home-made cake or biscuit! Also, with being on the 5:2… 

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