Thursday, 28 February 2019

Chicken, Red Pepper and Mango Salad with Ghee Roasties

Chicken, red pepper and mango salad with coconut dressing with ghee roasties

This supper is from Nadiya’s Family Favourites by Nadiya Hussain. We all loved this salad, I baked the chicken for ease (instead of frying). The little balls are crispy coated peanuts, Nadiya said she liked the chilli ones best.  I’d never bought them before, but they are a lovely crunchy addition to the salad.  In the background is Nadiya’s ghee roasties (same book), they are so good! 

Tuesday, 26 February 2019

Donal’s Char Sui Sausage Rolls


This is an online recipe from Donal’s Asian Baking TV series (Foodnetwork UK website). Char Sui Sausage Rolls. Such a fab recipe, different enough to be intriguing, but familiar enough to be comfort food. Delicious either way! Some salad and your supper is done.


Monday, 25 February 2019

Nadiya’s Rainbow Fudge

Chocolate Rainbow fudge

This one comes from Nadiya Hussain’s Bake Me a Celebration Story, one of her children’s books that came out last year. I’m such a Nadiya fan I bought it anyway! This is a super sweet treat, I made it a little less so by using two thirds milk choc to one third dark.  🙂

Saturday, 23 February 2019

Supper from Mary Berry Classic

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Spicy Chorizo Pasta

Mary Berry’s book from last year was called Classic.  I made our supper from it last night. I have a chorizo pasta that I’ve been making for years from Rachel Allen, and if it’s the chunky chorizo I have that is what I make.  This one here is made with the (salami style) sliced chorizo packets. It’s light and quick.

When I was looking through the book I came across the recipe for these chocolate truffle pots, which I can remember making last year, and had to make them again.  They are like a milk chocolate Bailey’s mousse with a digestive / Baileys / chocolate truffle on top. They are fun and good for a little treat on a weeknight. 🙂

Chocolate Truffle Pots

Thursday, 21 February 2019

Ina’s Foolproof Blondies

 Chocolate Chunk Blondies

I’ve made these quite a few times now, and they are delicious. I half the recipe amount and bake in a 7 inch tin. I’ve made them with choc chunks and choc chips and they have always turned out well.

My daughter decided she wanted hers warm with cream last night, and what a great call that was! A few seconds in the microwave and tah dah - warm cookie puddings! From Barefoot Contessa Foolproof by Ina Garten.

Wednesday, 20 February 2019

Weeknight Bolognaise

Weeknight Bolognaise

I’m having a Barefoot Contessa spell of cooking at the moment, and delicious it has been too!

This one is Ina’s weeknight Bolognaise from Barefoot Contessa How Easy Is That? It’s a great recipe, a quick ragu that tastes much longer simmered than it actually is (clever). I popped in some olives, because they needed using up, but really the recipe is perfect as is, no additions necessary. I used Malbec for the wine, which we though was a good choice here, it wasn’t overpowering, but gave  a good winey flavour.  Ina’s choice of orecchiette was perfect, it cradled the sauce just right.

Monday, 18 February 2019

Raspberry Panna Cotta from Ina Garten

Raspberry Panna Cotta

Hubby and I are huge fans of Panna Cotta, and since Barefoot Contessa Cook Like a Pro by Ina Garten came out last year I’ve been dying to try the recipe.   It’s like raspberry ripple ice cream in softer form - with the raspberry flavour turned up to full.  You could definitely stretch the portion size with this recipe, as the cream is rich.

I brought these glasses back from holiday last year, and just love their casual elegance. I used to bring clothes or jewellery home from visiting anywhere, now it is food and serving things! However, if you can enjoy the little everyday things, life is better. 🙂

Sunday, 17 February 2019

Chicken Marbella from Ottolenghi’s Simple

Chicken Marbella

Hello, long time no blog!

Starting blogging again with a gorgeous recipe from Ottolenghi Simple by Yotam Ottolenghi. This was his 2018 new book, and a fabulous one it is too. Is it simple? Yes, it’s easy cooking, but the flavours are complex and satisfying. The phrase I kept seeing online was ‘Simple for Ottolenghi’ and that is spot on.

This dish is Yotam’s ode to the original recipe from The Silver Palate Cookbook of Chicken Marbella. A different spin with dates and date molasses which was very good.