Monthly Archives: March 2015

JAFFA-CAKE CAKE, WITH BLOOD ORANGE MARMALADE & CHOCOLATE GANACHE TOPPING

I saw a lovely post from My Kitchen Witch about homemade Jaffa cakes. I’m partial to a Jaffa cake every now and then, it’s sort of a guilty secret. They’re often on offer in the shops for 99p and I can’t resist them. By the time I’ve eaten five, however, I can’t ignore the dryness […]

GLORIOUS GADO-GADO

Gado-gado wasn’t really something that was on my culinary radar, until a couple of weeks ago when I was flicking through a charity shop find – Madhur Jaffrey’s Far Eastern Cookery, a book to accompany the ’80s TV series of the same name.  It was a bargain – priced at a mere quid – so I […]

CHOCOLATE CARAMEL SHORTBREAD WITH ORANGE & SALTED PISTACHIOS

This isn’t something we have very often.  In fact, I posted a very similar recipe almost a year ago, and that was the last time we made it!  But after tasting this, I’ve decided that it deserves more than just an annual celebration.  Life is short, after all. The fruity tang of orange and the salty crunch of pistachios turn the typical, […]

TABBOULEH-INSPIRED GIANT COUSCOUS SALAD

At work the other day, I spent a little time chatting to a twinkly sort of man who at one point in the conversation paused, and then announced, ‘Joy is to be found not in the event of finishing an activity, but in the very act of doing it.’ Now, I can think of a number of […]

ASIAN DRESSED RICE SALAD WITH AVOCADO & NORI

This rice salad is quite a gem – satisfyingly savoury and very, very moreish. B’s mum made it for us a few months ago and I’d been meaning to make it myself ever since. I’m not sure where the original recipe came from, but it gave recommendations to eat it alongside ginger and soy marinated […]

EASY BLACKCURRANT LIQUORICE ICE CREAM

I’d been wanting to try using the combination of blackcurrant and liquorice in ice cream for a while now, but we’ve become so hooked on the coffee, cinnamon and rum ice cream I first made about a year ago that it’s hard to bring myself to experiment with different flavours.  But I’m kicking myself that I […]

CHESTNUT, CHOCOLATE & HAZELNUT COOKIES

My previous post involved caramelised chestnuts, and I mentioned that I’d blitzed some of them up until smooth to give a bowl of luxurious purée. I ate a couple of spoonfuls of the stuff straight, but I’m not a sugar monster, and needed something to tone it down. I decided to experiment with baking it […]