All recipes, both our own plus those reprinted with permission from cookbook publishers

My Beautiful Fruit Tart with Blackberries, Golden Raspberries, Bananas and Chocolate

The yellow raspberries I harvested from the allotment recently were so beautiful I wanted to make something pretty enough to do them justice. Having filled a couple of tubs with blackberries too, a fruit tart seemed an ideal way of putting both to good use. I’ve peered through the windows of countless patisseries, admiring the ... Read more »

Chicken & Pea Farrotto With Braised Gem Lettuce

What’s In A Name? Risotto – pronounced [ɾiˈzɔtːo] a classic Italian dish of rice cooked in wine and stock to a naturally creamy consistency; traditionally made with high-starch, short grain rice varieties; the grains are usually toasted in butter and oil before liquid is added gradually; to finish finely grated parmesan cheese is stirred in ... Read more »

Ice Cream Wednesday: Simple But Delicious Frozen Yoghurt

After Leila’s guest post for last week’s #IceCreamWednesday, sharing a recipe for delicious Plum & Earl Grey Frozen Yoghurt, I had a hankering for some froyo of my own. But sometimes, I’m just not in the mood for anything involving much of an effort. Suddenly, I remembered The Collective Dairy yoghurts, which I first encountered ... Read more »

Homemade Crumpets | Pete Bakes

You could be forgiven for believing that all I do is drink, but I’ve been known to venture into the kitchen as well. Especially if it involves yeast, and producing something that can be toasted and buttered. Ok, so technically crumpets aren’t baked but it’s close enough and ‘Pete Griddles’ doesn’t sound so good. A ... Read more »

Ice Cream Wednesday: Tarragon, Lemon, Lime & Tequila Ice Cream

Let me take you back, back through the mists of time, or maybe just this summer, to the very first Ice Cream Wednesday, when 11 ice cream lovers gathered with two ice cream machines and a wide range of potential ingredients, to make and enjoy as much ice cream as we could in a single ... Read more »

Ice Cream Wednesday: Plum & Earl Grey Frozen Yoghurt

This week’s wonderfully delicious #icecreamwednesday post comes from my friend Leila Dukes. Leila’s long been considering setting up her own food blog. Please join me in encouraging her to do just that! I considered using the phrase “guilt-free” in the name of this recipe, but I don’t believe that an ugly emotion like “guilt” should ... Read more »

Ice Cream Wednesday: Jean-Christophe Novelli’s Summer Baked Alaska

Two Wednesdays ago, Pete and I enjoyed a wonderful afternoon at the Novelli Academy, the Cookery School run by handsome French chef Jean-Christophe Novelli. Located in Tea Green, a small village on the outskirts of Luton, not far from the airport, the Academy is located in a beautiful 14th century farmhouse where Novelli also lives ... Read more »

Banana & Cardamom Ice Cream from Scandilicious

It would be easy to dismiss my friend Sig’s new book as jumping on the Scandi band wagon, but it’d be completely wrong to do so. Since June 2008 Sig has been sharing the joy’s of Scandinavian cooking via her blog, Scandilicious. Describing her heritage as Scandinavian-English-American-Irish-German-Jewish-Lithuanian (and born to a Norwegian father and English-American ... Read more »