Red pepper chicken

I adore Spanish food but it’s one of those cuisines I’ve tried and failed to master, my recipes invariably less flavourful than something you’d find in a jar!  When I mentioned this to a Spanish […]

Ultimate arrabiata

I’ll probably be hunted down by any Italian cook who values tradition, but this pasta sauce  is one of the recipes that I’ve tinkered with over the years and is the one that serves me best.  […]

Tasty tomato soup

Of all the classic soup recipes, tasty tomato will always feature in my list of top flavours, especially when you need something heart-warming and cheering. Whether in a mug huddled round a fire or in […]

Molasses

Molasses – known as black treacle in the United Kingdom – is a by-product of refining table sugar. The most common form is from refining sugarcane or sugar beet, but other forms of extraction exist, […]

Rustic cabbage panade

If you want a sneaky way to get the kids to eat their greens, here’s a good one. Heart-warming and rich, it’s ideal from warming everyone up on a cold day. Adding optional cheese will […]

Cheat’s macaroni cheese

My daughter’s favourite meal is mac and cheese and there’s been an occasion when she’s put in a request and I just haven’t had time to knock one together.  Fortunately, my mother came round and […]

Cheese and bacon savoury muffins

I’ve seen countless savoury muffin recipes and have no idea why I’ve not tried one until now.  Probably because my sweet tooth always associates muffins with sugar.  I’ll confess to not liking sandwiches.  It’s an […]

Faithful brownies

These are my fail-safe emergency brownies.  If I’m having company or have been asked to prepare something for guests at the last minute, this is usually my go to recipe.  It never, ever lets me […]

Brown rice syrup

Brown rice syrup, also branded as rice malt syrup, is a runny sweetener like honey and is sold in jars. It is more generally found in Chinese or health food shops rather than in basic […]

Lush hot chocolate

If you’re a traditionalist you can add some whipped cream and marshmallows to increase the indulgence value.  I’ve recently discovered the wonders of a slug of rum added to hot chocolate (apparently quite popular with […]

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