Making Mr Whippy | My Homemade Screwball Ice Cream

Whether you ordered Flake 99 in a cone or a bubble-gum toting Screwball in moulded plastic, at the heart of both was pale-as-snow, smooth-flowing, soft-serve Mr Whippy vanilla-flavoured ice cream. There were actually two variations of Screwball that Pete and I remember – the ready-filled ones with raspberry ripple ice cream under a cardboard lid ... Read more »

Sweet Potato & Ham Dauphinoise

You know that thing when you come up with an original recipe idea, and it’s utterly brilliant, and you’re so so pleased with yourself, and it’s so damn tasty, and you’re really excited about sharing your genius new idea with the world… …and then you search the internet and realise that the old adage “there’s ... Read more »

Ginger & Lemongrass Panna Cotta

When Gloucestershire company Selsley sent me some of their syrups to try, I was keen to think of some different ways to use them. I played it safe with the mulling syrup, using it to create warming winter drinks. It combines beautifully not only with red wine but with apple juice, cider and even beer. ... Read more »

Kavey’s Chicken Tarragon Pasta Bake

Do you ever envisage a new dish in your head, hoping it will be as delicious as you imagine? And when you make it, it’s even better? I can’t pretend it’s something that happens all the time – more often there are tweaks to be made… or rarely, the idea is quietly binned and never ... Read more »

Picanha (Rump Cap) Steaks with Port & Stilton Cream Sauce

Ask an Argentinian or Brazilian to recommend their favourite cut of beef and there’s a good chance they’ll choose picanha. Most commonly it’s barbequed or grilled, and is a core churrascaria menu item. With it’s thick layer of fat comes lots of flavour, and it’s tender too. Yet this prized South American cut is one ... Read more »

Gastrogeek’s Amazing Roasted Aubergine Macaroni Cheese

In this recipe from Rejina Sabur-Cross’ book, Gastrogeek, macaroni cheese is given a facelift with the unexpectedly delicious addition of smoky roasted aubergine, smoked cheddar and smoked paprika. To say we liked the recipe is an understatement! Not only did the textures and flavours of the dish come together to create a whole that was ... Read more »

Jelly Belly Jelly Bean Ice Cream (No Churn, No Machine)

I love Jelly Belly Jelly Beans.   I can’t remember a time when I’ve not loved them, having come across them in the USA during childhood trips. I didn’t know their history until now, though. The company that makes them was born back in 1869, when two German brothers emigrated to America and set up ... Read more »

Roquefort & Condensed Milk Ice Cream

Having challenged myself to make a savoury ice cream, I decided on blue cheese as my flavour, melting strong blue cheese into the no-churn condensed milk and double cream ice cream base that I discovered a few months ago. It was a bit of a nightmare!   I slowly melted 100 gram of Roquefort into ... Read more »