Strawberry Ice-Cream Cake

Serves 8-10 I ended up making this once because I had bits of left over ice-cream all over my freezer. The layers of different ice-cream, with biscuit in between is really impressive and you can make it as big or small as you want to. You can use any flavour combinations and make this as…

A Fuss-Free Monday pasta!

This is a wonderful out of the pantry creation that requires a little cooking time. You don’t have to be hands on with it, but if you pop it on early and leave it to slow cook, you can get on with your chores and simply cook up the pasta later and serve dinner. It…

Audrey’s Yoghurt Cake (Gateau Yaourt)

Serves 8 I’ve always enjoyed reading novels that tell stories of French country living, featuring quirky characters who are quintessentially French. I’ve been intrigued by this slow, sometimes hard, way of life where things are done “just so” and pride is part of every bit of French produce or dish that is prepared. Imagine my…

Turkish Delight Pavlova

Serves 8 to 10 Nothing says love quite like rose petals so why not spoil your loved one with this show-stopping dessert this Valentine’s Day. This pavlova is much easier to make than you would imagine.   Here’s what goes in: For the meringue: 5 egg whites 280g of castor sugar 1 teaspoon of baking…

Melanzane

Serves 4-6 The weekend is a good time to cook some slow food. Perfect for this Melanzane Parmigiana which requires some preparation time. I’ve put this on the blog before, but I’m bringing it back up to the top as a meat free dish which I’m promoting on my Instagram page this week – “7…

Breakfast for the holidays

At last, I find myself on holiday and back in my favourite place by the sea, where I can begin to unwind, prepare for Christmas and spend time in the kitchen cooking for friends and family. This will hopefully result in more recipe sharing! Today the wind is howling, so we are having breakfast indoors…

Chocolate Pavlova

Pavlovas make such an impressive dessert and I love how versatile they are- you can leave out the chocolate and change this to vanilla flavours instead, allowing you change toppings to things like passion fruit or lemon curd. But today we’re all about the chocolate, which I thought would be a perfect Sunday treat! Here’s…

Leek, Asparagus and Fennel Lasagne

This is a Jamie Oliver inspired recipe. I was reading “Jamie Cooks Italy” this weekend, digging deep for some carbo-loading inspiration ahead of the 94.7 cycle challenge. Fascinated by the unusual combination of ingredients, and the fact that I had several enormous fennel bulbs in my garden, I decided to give it a try, with…

Pink Gin and Fairy Cakes

My blog has suffered many interruptions this year, mostly because I’ve been busy putting my recipes together in a book. I’m delighted to share that “Pink Gin and Fairy Cakes” has been published and I’ll be selling it at the Kingsmead Christmas Market this week Thursday. This market is a must on your Christmas shopping…

A meat-free Monday pasta

Here’s a quick pasta sauce that you can make without too much time or effort. Perfect for a Monday, especially if you’ve joined the #meatfreemonday movement! Here’s what goes in: 2 tins of chopped, peeled tomatoes half a cup of chopped red and yellow peppers half a teaspoon of crushed garlic half an onion, chopped…