recipe testing – Cardamon or Thyme Cake?

This is my first attempt at a cardamon or Thyme cake, I love eating all kinds of cake but have never made one of these savory ingredients before! I have chosen to use a simple lemon cake recipe since as though its my first time, gently does it! But which is going to be the…

Irish Coddle

Having Irish roots, and travelling to Ireland a lot as a young girl with my family, you would think that I know a bit about Irish food, well I don’t! I cant remember what we use to eat over there at all. It’s my mum that’s Irish, and she cant even remember what she use…

Honest Burger Night

Pink burgers, and (according to @jayrayner1) edible crystal meth @honestburgers last night! πŸ˜‹πŸ˜―πŸ˜‹πŸ˜― . I was kindly invited to a Meat and Potato night at Honest Burgers in Manchester, we met the two co-founders of the business, who entertainingly told us all about how they have built thier chain up from a small kitchen I…

Chinese Aubergine’s and Onion’s with Egg Fried Rice

This was a dish I made as I had a craving for Chinese flavours, all I had was aubergine’s and onions, so that’s what I used. It made for a great combination in the end. Making sure the veggies had that dark char was really important. All in all this dish has every thing, it’s…

Chickpea and Lentil Daal

The recipe for this curry is just some quick, after work, thing I made up but it turned out to be a delicious, morish tea that felt like quite a treat. Ingredients 1tin of chickpeas, about a cup of red lentils, a tablespoon of good quality Madras curry paste, 1 chopped onion, 2 large garlic…

Summer Salmon and Basil Carbonara

This is a very loose recipe that can change depending on the amount of people you are feeding and according to your taste. It is a fast and exciting recipe to cook as it happens all at the last minute and you can see the dish come together as you toss the hot pasta in…

Wrapped and stuffed Pork Loin with cheese, sun dried tomatoes and onions

This was a real experimental dish! I wanted to create something decadent and different to the usual midweek meal, and this was certainly just that. This pork loin was very rich with the oozing cheese and crisp bacon. I served it here with roasted mustard and thyme aubergines and balsamic glazed radicchio. These sides were…

Speedy Tomato Sauce

I think the secret to a good tomato sauce is the quality of the tomatoes. I know this sounds obvious but I have been trying for a long time, with lots of different ingredients, to get a good tomato sauce and now I know, it’s all about the tomatoes haha! All you need to make…

Our Dinner Party – three courses, four wines!

So we were having two of our best friends over for a Saturday night meal, its classic dinner party territory, so I got thinking about a manageable but fancy three course menu. I felt it was a great excuse to do something that we wouldn’t usually have but I had to balance that with not…