Green Romanesco Cauliflower Cheese

A few months back, while chatting with friends, I bemoaned my lack of adventurousness, inventiveness and originality when it comes to cooking vegetables at home. One of my friends disappeared momentarily, and returned with a copy of The Farm Shop Cookbook by Christine McFadden, which she kindly gifted me. A few weeks later, I got ... Read more »

Under Pressure: Raspberry Pancakes With Vanilla Mascarpone Cream

Ages ago, I took part in one of the Masterchef Invention Test sessions at the BBC Summer Good Food Show. Sponsored by Miele (who kindly invited me to attend) the sessions were essentially a challenge to produce a single dish in 30 minutes from a set of ingredients revealed to contestants just a few minutes ... Read more »

Choux Buns With Coffee Custard Filling

Indulgence Coffee is a book about nostalgia. Published in April, it’s part of a series by Murdoch Books which aims to celebrate vintage style and “a bygone era when dressing up, serving tea in fine china and writing personal thank you notes afterwards were regarded as simply good manners.” In that, it succeeds, full of ... Read more »

Beautiful Buttery, Brioche

Oh brioche, how I love thee! I love thine fine golden colour and amber crust. I love thine rich buttery flavour. I love thine soft, yielding fibrous texture. I love thee! I yearn to eat thee! Pete’s been promising to make me brioche for ages. Why does Pete have to make it, you might ask, ... Read more »

The Soda Bread Diaries

Having enjoyed the soda bread my friend made for a picnic in her garden recently, she sent me the recipe. It’s published in a book called The Baker’s Tale by Catherine Brown but is credited to James Burgess. The first time I made this soda bread (last Wednesday) I followed the recipe exactly and the ... Read more »