Berry Good Ice Cream

I love a no-churn ice cream. The method of combining condensed milk, softly whipped cream and whatever flavours you can imagine is limitless. This is an easy, lazy, summery ice cream you can keep on standby. Ingredients 400g frozen mixed berries, thawed 1 x 397g tin condensed milk Zest and juice of 1 orange 2Continue reading “Berry Good Ice Cream”

A Very English Garden Party

Summer is finally here, and restrictions in the UK are slowly but surely lifting for social gatherings. To celebrate, how about a traditional English garden party? You’re invited! Come join the party in my garden… The Set-Up For me, a garden party needs a string or two of bunting, a couple of lawn games, andContinue reading “A Very English Garden Party”

My Edible Garden

I love this time of year because I am reminded just how magical the food growing process really is. Anyone who has seen apple blossom in its full glory will know what I’m talking about: a breath-taking display of beauty designed to lure in pollinators, and will soon become a wonderful source of food forContinue reading “My Edible Garden”

I’ve just finished planning a party.

I’ve just finished planning a party. All completely academic, you understand, but exciting nonetheless. I have identified 12 of my favourite people, mentally rented tables, chairs and lanterns and set up the antipasti grazing table (prosciutto, salami, olives, sliced manchego and chunked parmesan, slices of ripe melon, brined artichokes, crusty bread and really good oliveContinue reading “I’ve just finished planning a party.”

Tuscan Bread Salad

Traditionally this salad is a great way to use up yesterday’s bread. Particularly in Tuscany, where the bread is unsalted and goes stale in about three minutes, this salad is practically the only use for it. (Sorry, Italians.) That being said, any rustic loaf – fresh or otherwise – is absolutely fine. Feeds 4 asContinue reading “Tuscan Bread Salad”

Roasted Red Pepper Soup

A super-fast, easy soup. Jarred peppers are already cooked and peeled, giving you great flavour for zero effort. This soup is quick enough to whip up for lunch on a workday, but it’s elegant enough that I’d serve it as a first course for a dinner party. It can also be chilled down and servedContinue reading “Roasted Red Pepper Soup”

Melon and Prosciutto

The Italian classic. Feeds 4 – 6 Ingredients 1 small ripe cantaloupe 8 slices prosciutto A few small basil leaves Good quality extra virgin olive oil Salt and pepper Method: Halve the cantaloupe and use a spoon to scoop out the seeds. Slice into moons and carefully remove the rind. Arrange the slices casually –Continue reading “Melon and Prosciutto”