Salted Caramel Apple Sundaes

I made these for Thanksgiving this year, and everyone went absolutely crazy! The best part was I didn’t even have to serve it. I set out a build-your-own sundae bar and asked everyone to create their own masterpiece. Feeds 8 – 10 Ingredients For the salted caramel sauce: 340g sugar 4 tbsp water 120ml doubleContinue reading “Salted Caramel Apple Sundaes”

A Summery Celebration

This is a fantastic menu that is way more achievable than it looks. Impress your partner, friends or family with this summery meal fit for a celebration. Rosé Prosecco Melon and Prosciutto with Basil and Olive Oil Black Olive Tapenade and Goat’s Cheese Crostini Crispy Cod with Pine Nut Romesco Sauce and a Rocket SaladContinue reading “A Summery Celebration”

Chicken in a Creamy Mushroom and Brandy Sauce

An elegant but surprisingly easy meal that will make you feel as though you’ve stumbled into a French bistro. Lay down a white tablecloth, light lots of candles and uncork a bottle of creamy Chardonnay for a chic evening in. Travel, in the comfort of your own kitchen. In terms of accompaniments this needs nothingContinue reading “Chicken in a Creamy Mushroom and Brandy Sauce”

Cheesy Potato, Leek and Bacon Gratin

A cosy, warming dish that would be a perfect side with a baked ham or some white fish. It also makes a very satisfying main meal just in itself, though you won’t win many points toward your 5-a-day. (Not that this would stop me.) Slice the potatoes either by hand or using a processor withContinue reading “Cheesy Potato, Leek and Bacon Gratin”

Crispy Baked Mussels on the Half Shell

I have written previously on the merits of mussels. This is a fun party dish that combines the elegance of steaming in white wine with the fun of a crisp canapé. It works best with large mussels because you are cooking them twice, thereby reducing the risk of overcooking. But of course, you don’t alwaysContinue reading “Crispy Baked Mussels on the Half Shell”

Chicken, Chorizo & Swiss Chard Phyllo Bundles with an Avocado and Tomato Salsa

A lovely light dinner or exciting first course, these crispy bundles really deliver on taste and texture. If serving these as a first course, divide the filling into 6 and use one sheet of pastry per person for 6 bundles, using unchanged quantities of everything else. If you haven’t got any cooked chicken to hand,Continue reading “Chicken, Chorizo & Swiss Chard Phyllo Bundles with an Avocado and Tomato Salsa”

Lemon Trifle

This is an intensely lemony, dreamy dessert that falls somewhere between a trifle and a tiramisu. Though there are a few steps, they’re all very easy – and very worth it. As you work through the recipe, use a fine zester for the lemons, taking care not to zest the bitter white pith. Speaking ofContinue reading “Lemon Trifle”

Mini Chicken, Bacon, Leek & Chestnut Pies

These pies just say Christmas! Big enough to be generous, but small enough for a party snack, if I saw a plate of these beauties any time over the festive period, I would instantly know I was welcome. If homemade shortcrust pastry isn’t your thing, you can buy pre-made shortcrust pastry in most grocery stores.Continue reading “Mini Chicken, Bacon, Leek & Chestnut Pies”

Cauliflower and Truffle Soup with Parmesan Crisps

I don’t usually go in for cream soups, though there’s actually very little cream in this one and it feeds a lot of people. Either way, this soup is delicious and that’s justification enough. It makes a wonderful starter for a celebration meal, or a cosy lunch after a bracing country walk. Feeds 6 –Continue reading “Cauliflower and Truffle Soup with Parmesan Crisps”

Chocolate Pomegranate Seeds

A fuss-free ending for a casual meal. Feeds 4 Ingredients 100g good quality chocolate (70% cocoa solids) Seeds of 1 pomegranate, dried with paper towel Method: Line a baking tray with parchment paper. Over a double boiler (heatproof bowl over a pot of barely-simmering water), melt the chocolate. Remove and set aside. Tumble in theContinue reading “Chocolate Pomegranate Seeds”