What I learned last Christmas

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”

The Grazing Board

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”

Clean your mushrooms with a silicone pastry brush

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”

Oven-Dried Tomatoes

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”

Cook with Confidence

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”