Recipes

Beetroot, Orange & Ginger Chutney

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Beetroot is a great vegetable to make into a chutney or relish. The ruby red colour looks fantastic and when paired with the flavours of orange and ginger, you just know it’s going to taste great.

Chilli Cheese Sablés

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Sablé is the French word for ‘sand’ and is a biscuit – almost like shortbread. It has the most delicious, crumbly texture which should only be baked until light golden brown.

Beetroot Cured Salmon

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I’ve been curing my own salmon for years. It’s easier than you think and is much more impressive and tastier than store bought stuff.

Orange & Cinnamon Brioche

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Brioche is an enriched sweet bread often eaten at special occasions in France. This is a recipe for a 1kg loaf but you can make these into small individual brioches if you like, and add any sweet spices such as nutmeg, cloves and even saffron.

Deliciously Rich Fruit Cake

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Everyone needs a good tried and tested rich fruit cake recipe up their sleeve. Whether you ‘feed’ it with brandy, marsala or alcohol of your choice is upto you, but make sure you make it a few weeks before you plan on eating it. It tastes much better if you let the cake mature, and if you are going to ice it then leave it to dry out around 1 week before so the icing sticks!

Slow Cooked Spiced Lamb

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Slow cooking is a great way to extract as much flavour as possible, and spices will only get better the longer you have to infuse them.

Coffee Nutty Pecan Cake

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Having a slice of cake with a coffee is a real treat and almost a must in my home. This coffee and pecan cake covers both bases, and you can add a splash of Marsala or Tia Maria if you fancy making it boozy.

Basic White Loaf

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Every keen baker needs a good go-to basic white loaf recipe, and this is mine.

Saffron Shortbread

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I think the name of this recipe says everything. Shortbread is truly delicious and if you make it yourself you can really play around with the flavourings. I love to use the delicate aroma and flavour of saffron, but you can use cinnamon, ginger and even lemon. Anything goes!

Lemon Madeleines

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Madeleines are a classic French cake baked in traditional scallop shaped madeleine moulds. They can be tricky to get just right, and when made well they are lighter than air. This recipe was taught to me by a baking expert and it hasn’t failed me yet.

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