Garlic, Rosemary & Parmesan Pizza

I’m constantly looking for good garlic bread recipes.  I’ve tried many different ones, from baguettes to pull apart loaves to sliced ciabatta, with cheese or without, olive oil versus butter etc etc .  This garlic pizza bread which I made recently was really good and probably the garlic bread I’ll revert to going forward.  If … Continue reading

Linguine with Creamy Prawn & Garlic Sauce

Prawns, garlic and cream are a heavenly combination.  This pasta is one of my favourites but maybe not something to indulge in every day. It’s rich and delicious and just the thing for a cold night when you don’t have much time to get dinner on the table but want something super tasty. Ingredients – … Continue reading

S’Mores Pie – Chocolate & Marshmallow Goodness

S’Mores are a classic American campfire tradition.  Chocolate and marshmallow are wedged between Graham Cracker biscuits and held over the fire until melted and gooey.  Sounds great and incorporating that concept into a pie is even better.  This pie is rich so small slices are called for. The best way to cut it is when … Continue reading

Parmesan Chicken

Ina Garten, aka The Barefoot Contessa, made this recipe for Mel Brooks when he came for dinner one evening.  It’s a very simple concept – take a thinly pounded chicken breast, coat it in parmesan and seasoned breadcrumbs, fry and top with a mixed leaf and avocado salad with a tart lemon vinigarette, then cover … Continue reading

Roy Finamore’s Broccoli Cooked Forever

I know the thought of overcooked broccoli won’t make anyone’s mouth start watering.  The image that springs to mind is the over-boiled, mushy, waterlogged vegetables from our childhood.  Now everything is cooked “crisp tender” and thank goodness for that.  Except, maybe not.  This recipe for broccoli cooked for two hours (yes, 2 hours) is probably … Continue reading

Fillet Steak au Poivre

 This classic French dish is an oldie but a goodie.  Being lucky enough to live in a country where you can barbeque outside just about all year long, fillet steak is the only steak I prefer to pan fry rather than grill.  Somehow the char of the grill I think interferes with the delicate flavour … Continue reading

Truffle & Parmesan Oven Fries

You would swear when tasting these chips that they were deep-fried.  In fact these oven fries have a depth of potato flavour that is often missing in deep fried chips.  The secret to making them so crispy is to pre boil the potatoes first, as you would with roast potatoes.  Up until recently I would … Continue reading

Pulled Lamb Tacos

  Pulled beef and pork are very popular Tex-Mex dishes in the States but I thought a pulled lamb would work equally well.  Craving tacos and wanting a change from the usual mince mixture, I gave this a try. Lamb shoulder is preferable for this dish, a leg of lamb wouldn’t be as moist or … Continue reading

Hazelnut, Almond & Sour Cherry Cake

This is great cake to have with a cup of tea or coffee.  It’s easy to throw together and you won’t need to get out any heavy machinery in the way or processors or mixers.  The fruit can be switched around to suit whatever you have on hand, raspberries or blueberries would work well, fresh … Continue reading

Porcini Butter

I always keep a couple of logs of flavoured butter in the freezer to slice and put on steaks or other grilled meats.  Café de Paris is long standing favourite (I’ll post a recipe for it shortly) but this porcini butter is just as good and choosing between the two can be hard.  I’m finding … Continue reading