Ina Garten’s Seafood Gratin

I’ve been making this delicious seafood gratin for a quite a while. It’s a great recipe to have in your repertoire for when you’re entertaining and want a dish that can be fully prepared in advance but I also cook it regularly just for us. The original recipe calls for lobster as part of the seafood mix … Continue reading

Perfect Easy Roast Duck

A lot of people think of duck as a difficult cut of meat to cook at home and roasting a whole duck in particular seems to cause a lot of anxiety. But in actual fact roasting duck is very simple and straight forward and given  its high fat content very forgiving as far as cooking times … Continue reading

Scallops Mornay – Creamy Scallop Gratin

Scallops Mornay or as the French call them Coquilles St Jacques is the sort of dish that just screams special occasion. It’s rich, decadent and totally delicious. I made this as an appetiser for our Good Friday dinner but it was so good that I’m just waiting for another occasion to make it again. Actually … Continue reading

A Baked & Glazed Ham for Christmas

Baked ham is somewhat of a new addition to our Christmas table. I only started making it a few years ago when my husband received a gift of a beautiful organic picnic ham, and I’ve been addicted ever since. There are so many recipes out there for baked ham, with all different kinds of glazes … Continue reading

Coconut Cake

A couple of weeks ago it was my niece’s birthday and she requested either a coconut cake or a coconut cream pie as her birthday cake – too many episodes of Gilligan’s Island I think! I dismissed the idea of a coconut cream pie although that does sound rather delish and opted for the coconut … Continue reading

Jamie Oliver’s Lamb Shoulder Tikka Masala

If you’re a regular reader of this blog you’ll know that I have a thing for slow cooked lamb such as this soy and garlic braised lamb shoulder or this slow cooked lamb pasta but this recipe by Jamie Oliver is the daddy of them all. Talk about a lot of bang for your buck! First you have … Continue reading