Category Fruit

SAVING AN OVERRIPE MANGO – MANGO, LIME, COCONUT & ALMOND HALWA

I hate wasting food.  Whilst it’s not often that something gets thrown out in our kitchen, I have to admit that it does happen sometimes, making me berate myself internally (and occasionally externally.)  A few days ago, I bought some golden, pretty much perfectly ripe mangoes.  They were like fruity nectar, all juicy and delicious, and most got eaten […]

GOOSEBERRY & ELDERFLOWER CHEESECAKE

I spied a few punnets of bright green gooseberries sitting at one end of a local farm stall a few days ago.  First of the season – I wasn’t expecting to see them yet – and didn’t need convincing to take a punnet home.  I wanted to try teaming them with an elderflower cordial we’d made recently, […]

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 […]

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 […]

SUNKEN APRICOT, RASPBERRY & ALMOND CAKE

I had plans to make a Venetian carrot cake the other day (we’ve got a bit of a backlog of veg box carrots piling up…) but on my way home picked up a punnet of rosy apricots for a mere quid.  They called out to me to use them in a cake, so I shelved the […]

BRAMLEY APPLE, RHUBARB & MARZIPAN CAKE

A little lumpy bumpy, a little on the rustic side, this is a cake with a double identity – if you pop it in to bake just before you sit down to supper, then it’ll be ready for you to eat your first slice warm, all steaming and puddingy, with custard or cream.  But by the next day […]

SPICED PICKLED QUINCE

I hope you all had a good weekend, whether working, playing, resting, drinking, eating, or any of the other possibilities.  It rained heavily here for most of yesterday, which gave us the perfect excuse to get cosy indoors with Judy Delpy, Bill Murray, and a spiced roast with lots and lots of sides.  And when an unexpected touch […]

(NOT QUITE) SUMMER PUDDING WITH RHUBARB, RASPBERRIES & ROSEWATER

If you follow my blog, you may have noticed that I love rhubarb.  You may also have picked up that I’m in to fruity puddings in general.  Don’t get me wrong, chocolate desserts can be amazing, but the sheer variety of things that you can do with fruit gets me really excited.  I remember the […]

RHUBARB, PLUM & CARDAMOM CRUMBLE

B suggested, a while ago, that we make a crumble involving rhubarb, plums and cardamom.  There was no consideration needed on my part, just a day with time enough to do it.  The humble crumble is one of my favourite puddings, but let me get one thing straight:  when I say ‘humble’, I do not […]

WHITE WINE, HONEY & ROSEMARY POACHED PEARS WITH SAFFRON & ROSEMARY FLOWER ICE CREAM

After seeing a honey and rosemary cake over on Cottage Grove House, I started to crave those flavours, and the idea to infuse them into poached pears popped into my head whilst tidying the kitchen and seeing the fruit sitting on the side. These two pears beckoned me over, and told me in no uncertain […]