Iced Pistachio Biscuits

It’s not often that this happens but every now & again, I do like to make something pretty. Something iced, patterned or bejewelled with a thousand sprinkles. I’m quite a lazy decorator, I usually just opt for a drizzle of something & a sprinkle of seeds, buts or petals but when the occasion calls for …

Raspberry Macarons

Continuing the romantic vibes this week, except today I’m bringing you something a little bit daintier & definitely fancier than your usual cake or biscuit, raspberry macarons. Something that does require a little bit of patience & practice but that’s what makes them all the more special to make for someone as a gift (not …

Red Velvet Bundt

Everything is better baked in a bundt, fact! Why? Because the tin literally takes all of the hard work out of the decorating & faffing to make your bakes look beautiful (win, win!). I won’t tell you exactly how many bundt tins I own but let’s just say that I keep Nordic Ware in business. …

Tiramisu

It’s safe to say that I’m in a romantic mood at the moment what with Valentines day just around the corner, how do I know? Because I found myself making one of my all-time favourite desserts, tiramisu. Quite possibly the purest & simplest of desserts & definitely the queen of coffee flavoured treats. It’s my …

Rhubarb Panna Cotta

Romance is in the air & Valentines day is just around the corner. Not usually one’s to make much of a fuss on the day (we usually just buy each other an obscenely rude card) but, it is another excuse to indulge a little, so we do usually celebrate with good food… a slap up …

Chocolate & Blood Orange Cake

Am I still squeezing every last ounce of recipes out of blood oranges? Yes. Was that the world’s worst pun? Quite possibly (not even sorry). Much like all of my seasonal favourites though, so long as we have them, I’m going to enjoy them. I’ve set my seasonal standards & fully intend on sticking to …

Spicy Blood Orange Chutney

As the longest January on record (fact) finally bids us farewell, marmalade season is still in full swing. We all know that my fondness of marmalade could rival Paddington himself, but even I have to (very reluctantly) set a limit on how many jars of it I make. Even with a pantry full of lemon, …

Blood Orange & Almond Cake

When you combine the words ‘blood’ & ‘cake’ you’d be forgiven for rendering images of gory Halloween creations, however from January to early March the word ‘blood’ actually becomes rather appetising. Now, to my knowledge there are very select times in life where blood is willingly consumed, usually this comes as part of a fry …

Blood Orange & Cardamom Tart

The shining star & highlight of the winter citrus season for me has got to be blood oranges. A somewhat gruesome name for what is actually a beautifully coloured, sweet little citrus fruit. These thick skinned oranges may look like regular oranges from the outside but inside lies a brilliantly blushing crimson red flesh. This …

Grapefruit Marmalade

Making & filling endless jars with marmalade has to be my favourite annual rituals of the kitchen. Each January, when everything seems dull & lifeless, along comes a season of colourful, zesty, citrus fruit that bring hope & reminds us that all is not lost during these long winter months. The reason I call my …