Chocolate has been used for hundreds of years to seduce prospective beaux or to lure back those for whom the spark may be dwindling… and what better time of year than Valentine’s Day to put this into practice? ….Yes, I know that Valentine’s Day is a manufactured celebration designed to swell Hallmark profits, but sometimes
Trifles are the alternative to traditional Christmas pudding on the Christmas table in Britain, but are also made all year round. It’s very easy to make, can be prepared in advance and can be adapted according to taste and which ingredients you happen to have in the store cupboard! Most fruits can be used and
The recipe for the Coronation chicken – a cold chicken with curry sauce for the royal coronation – was my second great summer squeeze after homemade frozen yogurt and I owe it to those who tried it and asked for it. What with the birth of a new baby who is third in line to
Cheesecake has ancient Greek roots. Athenaeus, one of the well-known Athenian gastronomes referred to Samos cheese cakes, even including the recipe: "Take some cheese and crumble it, put it in a bronze sieve to drain, then add honey and spring wheat flour, and heat the mixture together ".
Summer pudding really is the quintessential British dessert. It uses the summer fruits that can be found in every hedgerow, farmer’s field and family garden. Blackberries, raspberries, redcurrants, blackcurrants – all bursting with juice; some gloriously sweet, some mouth-puckeringly tart. Although the British summer is notoriously unpredictable, this pudding instantly brings to mind long golden
This classic dessert was a staple at 70’s and ‘80’s dinner parties but waned in popularity, largely, I believe, because modern domestic grills don’t get hot enough to burn the sugar topping into a hard caramel. As with so many recipes, we cannot be sure where or how this one originated, but what we do
The combination of strawberry and chilli may strike you as an odd one, but I urge you to try this! The balance between the sweet and spicy is perfect in this easy recipe which gives an unexpected twist to the end of a meal. Strawberry and chilli sorbet is also wonderful when eaten using home
An article in the British Independent newspaper written by Alice-Azania Jarvis, has caught our attention, as it highlights the growing influence of food blogs, especially how they have affected the way the public chooses which restaurants to frequent.