Autumn. My favourite season. Season of woolly jumpers, cosy nights by the fire, golden leaves, crisp weekend walks and apples. All of these things I love and most especially the trees in our garden, picture perfect for a few weeks with delicious red and green apples. I have no idea what variety the red apples … Continue reading Apples – Saucy, Tarty or just Plain Crumbly?
So, in the many weeks since I last posted, I've held my second supper club and it went really well. The feedback was great and afterwards I had a lot of requests for future nights and plenty of pre-bookings for my next event. Unfortunately, the new manager of the cafe I'd been using isn't interested … Continue reading Something old, something new, something borrowed….
On Saturday night, I invited a few friends over to help me do a trial run of the menu for my Italian Night. These are good friends who I can trust to be constructively critical and who will give me a reality check regarding portion size, as my gauge is completely skewed thanks to giant … Continue reading Italian Night Trial Run
Well, it's been quite a few weeks since my last posting thanks to holidays and stuff. I did think at one point that I might post while I was away, but chilled out mode kicked in almost instantly and the thought of typing seemed too much like work. Speaking of which, I'm back at work … Continue reading Taking a break (from everything but cooking)
This month's Delicious Magazine is an Italian special and it's been well thumbed, referred to and splattered with sticky ingredients this week as I've tried out a number of the recipes in the name of research for my next Supper Club. It's Italian-themed (no kidding!) and will take place once again at The Whistle Stop … Continue reading Peaches, Prosecco, Parmesan and other Italian foods beginning with ‘P’
So, after many, many weeks of planning and preparations, the big night finally came on Saturday past. My first supper club (I did start out calling it a bistro night, but was warned off by the competition! A story for another time perhaps). I held it at The Whistle Stop Cafe in Whitehead, which is … Continue reading Supper Club a la Mexicana
I didn't have much cooking to do at all this week, which was actually quite nice. I ate out. A lot. So I'll definitely need to do two diet days and not one in the week ahead. I've been on the 5:2 diet for a couple of years now to help me keep my weight … Continue reading A Week of Feasting, Celebrations and New Toys
A couple of weeks ago I posted about a slow-cook chilli beef and a mojito inspired cheesecake I'd made and I hinted that the cheesecake in particular needed some tweaks and refinement. So, this weekend, as a practice run for my Mexican bistro night in June (which is now fully booked no less!), I made … Continue reading Mexican Night Preparations Part 1
A local cafe has decided to take a punt and allow me to run my very first 'bistro' night there in a few weeks. Big thank you to Tracy at the Whistlestop Cafe in Whitehead and to my neighbour Maeve who is partnering with me in this venture! Ever since Tracy agreed, I've been mulling … Continue reading Slow-Cook Weekend – Real Chilli Beef and Mojito-inspired Cheesecake
Pretty much every weekend I buy a loaf of Tiger Bread from my local supermarket giant. It generally doesn't last too long with two teenage boys around who think any slice thinner than the Oxford English Dictionary is a sign that rationing's been brought back into force. If, however we get to Sunday morning and … Continue reading Rescue Plan for a Stale Tiger Loaf
I love a good brownie, but until I discovered and tweaked this recipe, I'd never been able to make one I was happy with. They were always too dry or crumbly and never gooey enough. Not so with these bad boys. They are gooey, rich and chocolately and the added spices give them a perfect … Continue reading The Ultimate Spiced Cappuccino Brownies
Serves 12 | 470 cals per serving | 45 mins + 60 mins cooking + overnight chilling Youngest son loves baked cheesecakes - I find them a bit heavy usually, but this one is pretty light and very tasty. I especially love the nuttiness of the crust on this one. The caramelised apples on top … Continue reading Baked Vanilla Cheesecake with Caramelised Apples