Monthly Archives: May 2014

RHUBARB, GINGER & CHOCOLATE CAKE WITH AN ORANGE GLAZE

Rhubarb and chocolate wasn’t a combination I’d tried before, but what I had had in the past was dark chocolate teamed with blackcurrants.  It was divine, and I wondered, when thinking about what to do with a recent batch of rhubarb, whether rhubarb and chocolate might work on the same sort of principle that that […]

PENNE PRIMAVERA WITH DOLCELATTE

I had a bulb of fennel left over from when I’d made the gratin a couple of days ago, so I decided to use it, along with some onion, as the base of this dish.  I cooked them both down until silky and beginning to caramelise, then I added the other vegetables and sautéed gently […]

CHOCOLATE, BANANA & HAZELNUT CAKE, WITH CINNAMON & BRANDY CHERRIES AND CITRUS & CARDAMOM ICE CREAM

I didn’t have plans to serve these together, honest.  The ice cream got made first, just a little tub, as we had half a tin of condensed milk left over from the chocolate caramel shortbread that B made, and obviously, it would be a shame to waste it…  It was my third attempt at using […]

FENNEL & SHALLOT GRATIN

We used to make a version of this using plenty of butter and lashings of cream.  Don’t get me wrong, it was delicious, but for me at least, too rich to eat more than once in a blue moon.  I’ve been wanting for a while now to try a pared-down version, using less dairy.  Well, I finally […]

CUMIN & SAFFRON FLAVOURED PANEER

Making paneer, in my opinion, is a magical thing.  You start off with liquids but in no time at all, you unveil this very solid, material thing that you can hold in your hands.  Ahhhh, a little cheese baby!  And then on top of that, of course, making it at home is not only economical, but […]

DECADENT CHOCOLATE CARAMEL SHORTBREAD

I’ve really been cramming the posts in lately, haven’t I?  To me it sounds a little counter-intuitive, but I’ve actually been finding that I’ve been more productive when working from home if I break my time up and have regular breaks where I focus on something completely different than the job in hand.  Posting recipes (and, […]

MARINATED CAULIFLOWER & CHICKPEAS WITH CHORIZO & SPICES

Big thanks to Elaine for posting her recipe for cauliflower and chickpea shish taouk.  I’d been meaning to try it out for ages, but you know how it is – it’s all too easy to mentally log things one day only for them to somehow slip behind the sofa of your mind, to be re-discovered […]