These fruity mini puds flavoured with stem ginger are much lighter than a traditional rich Christmas pudding and don’t need to be made weeks in advance. Makes: 6 - Ready: 1 hour 30 minutes
With Christmas past (and all its associated over indulgence) time to enjoy a light and refreshing dish which will wake up those tired tasted buds.
Here’s a wonderfully simple recipe that requires no cooking.
If you are entertaining this dish is ideal as it is better made a couple of days ahead and then re-heated gently in the oven.
What can be better than a sweet, buttery tarte tatin.
Mackerel are in season and caught now, in abundance off the coast at Shoreham!
The gooseberry is indigenous to many parts of Europe.
This recipe makes an elegant starter for a summer dinner party and all the preparation can be done the day before. Serves 4.
20,000 years ago, asparagus was eaten near Aswan in Egypt.
These little biscuits make lovely home-made gifts for family and friends at Easter.
The recipe I have chosen for February is quick, easy and incredibly hearty.
Here is a recipe I have adapted from Rachel Demuth which produces a wonderfully light and well risen sponge.
At the end of this month we have Halloween followed by bonfire night at the start of November - this is a wonderful addition to the menu for both days
Our warm dry Spring should prepare us for a really good apple season. This cake needs firm apples which hold their shape.
Known as cocks (males) & hens (females) the cocks contain more white meat than the hens. You can tell them apart by their tail flap – it’s narrower and more pointed on the cock and they also have larger claws.
One of my favourite summer fruits is the apricot – their colour, velvety skin and smell are all ambrosial.
The Ancient Romans used this wonderfully iridescent and striped fish to make a sauce called ‘garum’, not unlike Nam Pla which is used a lot in Thai dishes. Delicious and speedy. They used it as to flavour dishes and in medicine and cosmetics (ooh!)
Wild Salmon is a brilliant source of protein, essential amino acids and vitamins A, D, B6, B2, Niacin, Riboflavin, Calcium, iron, zinc, magnesium & phosphorus and mainly unsaturated fats.
They can grow to be 4ft tall. They are packed with magnesium, iron and calcium. They make a lovely dry, crisp wine. Butterflies love them especially the Red Admiral and the Painted Lady.
Valentines Day or Saint Valentines Day, celebrated on the 14th February, is an anniversary celebrating love and affection.
Before the potato arrived in England its place in dishes was taken by either the parsnip, turnip or other root vegetables.
Most cranberries are water grown. They are grown in bogs and float in the water which makes gathering them very easy.
The butternut squash originates from Mexico and has a nutty, sweet taste similar to a pumpkin.
This will make enough for about 24 slices of Ciabatta. It will serve 6-10 as a starter or 3-4 for lunch.
As its barbeque season I thought I’d offer you an idea for Mackerel
This is a really great dish for a summer dinner party dessert.
It’s very hard to come by really good candied peel.