My husband and I hosted Christmas for the first time last year. In previous years I had always helped the hosts – obviously preparing food, and helping with lots of wrapping and decorating – but putting on the whole show unsupervised, as it were, was a different experience. And here’s what I learned. Do notContinue reading “What I learned last Christmas”
Grazing boards are very in right now, and for good reason – they look impressive and generous, but come with a relaxed vibe – exactly what party food should be. However, don’t be taken in by those glamorous grazing boards you see posted across Instagram. Those huge boards are packed completely full of anything andContinue reading “The Grazing Board”
There are a few different ways you can clean mushrooms (as long as you’re not running them under water). I used to go down the route of wiping the mushrooms with a damp paper towel, but now I just use a silicone pastry brush to quickly brush off any visible dirt. The silicone seems toContinue reading “Clean your mushrooms with a silicone pastry brush”
Otherwise known as tomato puree. Spoon out heaped tablespoons of leftover tomato paste onto pieces of cling film. Twist the ends of each section like a candy wrapper and store in the freezer.
A few last minute tricks to the rescue. Too salty? Add a splash of water, a good grinding of pepper and 1 tsp redcurrant jelly / a squeeze of honey. Lacking depth? Add some Worcestershire sauce and a grinding of pepper. Too thin? Keep boiling it down over a high heat, stirring often. If it’sContinue reading “Gravy SOS”
If you’re lucky enough to grow your own tomatoes, or you just happen to have a bunch of tomatoes lying around, this is a fantastic way to use them up. Use in pastas, bruschettas or as part of an antipasti platter. To make these, halve a bunch of cherry tomatoes and place in a bakingContinue reading “Oven-Dried Tomatoes”
My mother says, If you can read, you can cook. And it’s absolutely true. Good cooking comes from experience and practice. If you haven’t got the experience, that’s what recipes are for. And if it doesn’t work out, blame the recipe! Give yourself lots of time if you’re trying something new. Ideally, kick everyone outContinue reading “Cook with Confidence”
Here’s how to prepare them… Top and tail the beans and run a vegetable peeler down the edge of the top and bottom, as shown. Cut the beans on the diagonal and boil in salted water for 5-6 minutes, until tender. Drizzle over a little olive oil and a pinch of salt.