Monthly Archives: March 2014

CHOCOLATE BEETROOT (…& COFFEE, & CARDAMOM, & ALMOND) CAKE

There’s a couple of cafes that we go to regularly that make really, really good chocolate beetroot cake: rich and dense, sandwiched together with a thick layer of cream cheese icing – the kind of cake that you have to share a piece, because if you were to have a whole one all to yourself you’d […]

STICKY DUCK AND CITRUS SALAD WITH PICKLED CUCUMBER

This refreshing salad is packed full of bitter-sweet flavours which unsurprisingly are an excellent foil for the rich, dark duck meat.  The balanced flavour combination of this dish is matched by the textures of it, too – juicy mandarin segments, crisp salad leaves and the crunch of the toasted cashews – I spent the whole meal trying to […]

ROASTED DUCK & GREEN VEG STIR FRY

Under the weather and craving chocolate, what did I do?  Eat a vitamin-packed stir fry?  Well, I did, but I didn’t do it instead of eating chocolate. I ate the damn chocolate.  And exceptionally enjoyable it was, too.  Then, satisfied of that very particular craving and determined to fill myself up with goodness, I made this stir fry, full of […]

FRUITY RHUBARB & RASPBERRY FLAPJACKS

It’s been a while since I’ve made flapjacks, and these were a reminder of just how good they can be when you’re in the mood for something sweet.  I doubled up the quantities that I usually would use as some of these were being spirited away, and I very nearly messed them up by forgetting […]

ORANGE AND CRANBERRY SCONES

There used to be a café in town that did the most delicious scones.  I’m not sure how many cream teas we ate there over the past couple of years, whilst sat outside sunning ourselves and people watching.  Sadly, it closed a few months ago, and I don’t know of anywhere else local that even […]

ROASTED POTATOES & PARSNIPS WITH LEMON & INDIAN SPICES

It’s been a hectic couple of weeks over here, and somewhere along the way, the sun has started coming out, the evenings have been staying lighter for longer, and bulbs have begun to bloom.  I do love this part of the season, the blink-and-you’ll-miss-it beginning – I just have to try and blink less…  Anyway, […]

ASIAN STYLE CHICKEN BROTH WITH MIBUNA, FENNEL, CHESTNUT MUSHROOMS & CARROTS

B and I had a weekend off together, and properly enjoyed it, making the most of Saturday’s sunshine and warmth by sipping coffee and people watching outside in the morning, before picnicking and having a good enough attempt at a ramble in the country in the afternoon.  We topped the rest of the day off […]