Pumpkin layer cake with mascarpone cream and sugared pecans – this stunning cake is truly irresistible and perfect for any Autumn celebration.
I’ve been dying to share this cake recipe with you as it is just SO GOOD. Seriously, it is one of the best cakes I have ever made/eaten. I know that I probably say that a lot, and maybe I do just love most cakes (in fact I definitely do!), but this pumpkin layer cake with mascarpone cream and sugared pecans might just be my ideal cake. (more…)
Christmas may be over and we may be in the throes of the usual January healthy eating resolutions, but I think that there is still place for cake (there is always place for cake); particularly one that uses up leftovers. I had a jar of my homemade mincemeat left over from Christmas; it would probably have kept till next year but I don’t have much storage space so wanted to use it up quickly. I had already made mincemeat and marzipan cinnamon buns and had bought a new bundt tin in the sales that had yet to be used so mincemeat bundt cake it was. (more…)
These chocolate dipped Lebkuchen are really easy to make, keep well and embody all the flavours of Christmas. Lebkuchen are a traditional German festive biscuit, similar to gingerbread but are softer and more cakey. They are made with honey, ground almonds and lots of spices and are topped with a sweet glaze as well as often being dipped in chocolate. (more…)
Last week I spoke about Spring having finally arrived, the weather getting warmer and the sun making an appearance…. well my happiness was sadly very short-lived as soon after that post was published the weather took a turn for the worse and it has been cold, wet, windy and miserable since then. So much for craving light, summery salads and barbecue foods; I have gone back to cooking hearty soups, stews and comfort foods such as this slow cooked lamb Rogan Josh which I served with rice and some quick, flaky roti flatbreads. (more…)
Harissa halloumi & roasted vegetable wraps – harissa marinated halloumi cheese, roasted vegetable and houmous flatbreads with spiced sweet potato wedges.
I’ve been trying to lay off the baking a bit for a while after overdosing on sweets over Christmas… On Christmas Eve I spent the entire day in the kitchen preparing four desserts, two for Christmas day and two for Boxing day! So I’ve got another savoury recipe for you today, harissa marinated halloumi, roasted vegetable and houmous flatbread wraps with spiced sweet potato wedges. It is a relatively healthy meal, with plenty of veg and tonnes of flavour and is very easy to throw together. (more…)
We are fully into December now and I can’t quite believe just how quickly this year has vanished. Despite being initially resistant to the idea that it is nearly Christmas (see this post!), I have begun to accept it, and even to look forward to it (mulled wine may have played a part…); I still haven’t had my first mince pie though, although I have been craving one (or three (or five)). (more…)
I have only recently discovered the joys of a slow cooker – the ability to just throw everything into a pot, abandon it and come back hours later to a delicious meal. Slow cookers aren’t just good for meat and stews though, you can cook a lot of things in there that you maybe wouldn’t think to; things like brownies, macaroni cheese, porridge, steamed puddings and cheesecake…. (more…)
I don’t think that I have ever been to a bonfire night celebration as an adult, though the holiday is tinged with nostalgia; as a child I remember being bundled up warm and heading out as a family to watch the local firework display and burning of the guy; or building a bonfire in the back garden (check for hedgehogs!) and fashioning a guy from old clothes and newspaper and then gleefully setting fire to it… There are certain foods that are always reminiscent of Guy Fawkes night as well; crisp, cheesy jacket potatoes, mulled apple juice (though I prefer the grown-up kind now!), squidgy gingerbread, toffee apples, and marshmallows toasted on the bonfire; I used to let mine catch fire so that they were burnt on the outside and liquid on the inside… (more…)
I’ve been on a bit of a compulsive blackberry picking drive recently; I can’t seem to take the dog for a walk without coming home with a bagful of blackberries, it just seems a shame to walk past the heavily laden brambles without at least nabbing a few… I have made jam (recipe coming soon!) and I’ve been eating an awful lot of blackberry compote, which is delicious with yoghurt or porridge, but I think I enjoyed it most when I paired it with this creamy, comforting coconut and cardamom rice pudding. (more…)
As promised in my last post, another rye recipe…I have actually made that marbled rye bread twice since posting it, it is so good! I’ve been eating marbled rye bread sandwiches for lunch every day and I haven’t had enough of it yet! I made something a little sweeter this time though – rye shortbread biscuits flavoured with masala chai. If you haven’t heard of masala chai before, it literally translates as mixed spice tea, and it is exactly that – black tea brewed with a blend of spices. The exact blend of spices used varies quite a lot so I went for a mixture of cardamom, cinnamon, ginger, nutmeg, cloves, allspice and star anise, you can adapt the mixture depending on what spices you have/like; it is also common to use black pepper so add a pinch of that if you fancy as well. I also added some ground black tea leaves to my shortbread, this is entirely optional but seeing as chai means tea I figured there should be some in there! (more…)