Little Orange & Lime Cakes from Brazil | Bolinhos de Laranja e Limão

It’s rare for us to make cakes the traditional way any more; creaming together butter and sugar, beating in the eggs and folding in the dry ingredients by hand is not only time-consuming but tiring on the arms too. Instead, for the last several years we’ve mixed most cake batters directly in our food processor, ... Read more »

Individual Marzipan Cakes | All About the Almond

These delicious individual marzipan cakes are thanks to my friend Lisa, who made them recently using a Nigella Lawson recipe for a full size marzipan cake. Lisa decided to pour the batter into a muffin mould to make individual cakes instead of one large cake, which appealed to me hugely. I took note of her feedback ... Read more »

Southern Fried Chicken | Making Use of Sous Vide

I’ve been trying to nail Southern Fried Chicken for quite some time. Some recipes call for the chicken to be brined before cooking. Others marinade the meat in buttermilk instead. Some recipes don’t feature brine or marinade at all. Some cooks coat the chicken with nothing but flour and spices; others use buttermilk or an ... Read more »

Pete Bakes: Mrs Beeton’s Scones

A few months ago, after yet another session of making jam (with cherries from the Brogdale National Fruit Collection) that added fifteen more jars to the already-full-to-groaning jam cupboard, Pete decided some simple and tasty scones were just the ticket to make an inroad into the jam lake I cooked into existence. This recipe is ... Read more »

A Higgidy Pork and Apple Stroganoff Pie with Cheddar Crust

Camilla Stephens began her culinary career developing food for (UK-based) coffee chain, the Seattle Coffee Company. When it was bought out by Starbucks, she stayed on board creating tasty treats to be sold across the chain throughout the day. Somewhere along the way, she learned to make really tasty pies. Fast forward several years to ... Read more »

Feather Light Smoked Cheese Gnocchi from The Amalfi Coast

Husband and wife team Katie and Giancarlo Caldesi are well known for their eponymous Italian restaurant and caffe in London, their second restaurant in Bray and their London cookery school, La Cucina Caldesi, at which Katie is the principal. The couple also starred in a BBC series called Return to Tuscany, about the cookery school ... Read more »

Cookie Dough Crumble

When we headed up to Islay for a week’s holiday recently, I took along a jar of my home-made apple pie filling, canned a few months ago using apples from our allotment trees. The plan was to make a pie for dessert one evening. A fruitless supermarket search for ready-made short crust pastry (and a ... 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 »