Goats cheese, ham and rosemary tart

So at the risk of sounding like a broken, pastry obsessed, record; tarts are pretty standard weeknight fare for us. Although pastry is not particularly healthy I feel that the amount of vegetables makes up for this somewhat. Anyway, this is perfect for when you fancy something delicious in less that 30 minutes. To make ham, goats cheese and rosemary tart you will need: 1 … Continue reading Goats cheese, ham and rosemary tart

Chocolate finger cake

I should possibly thing of more whimsical names for my cakes. However, I’m not sure its quite me to call this something like “Fingerlicious chocolate cake” or “Chocolate decadence”. Anyway, this cake tastes dreamy, looks impressive and can be made by even the least confident of bakers. The only 2 pieces of advice to be given when making this is 1. make sure the sponges … Continue reading Chocolate finger cake

Blue cheese and hazelnut stuffed mushrooms

I’ve mentioned before that like most couples, when one of us eats out the one who’s still at home tends to eat what the other is indifferent to (or dislikes). When D is left to his own devices he likes hotdogs, I usually have prawns or mushrooms. So last Friday night I decided to have a vegetarian meal for once. To make your mushrooms and … Continue reading Blue cheese and hazelnut stuffed mushrooms

Mini Frittatas

It is often said that necessity is the mother of invention and lately this has been true of my weeknight cooking. Being busy at work means I’m constantly on my feet in the lab which means I’m coming home more tired than usual. Its easy under these circumstances to shove something in the oven (or even give into the temptations of the excellent chip shop … Continue reading Mini Frittatas

Things I used to worry about when I was 16

Today I came to the shocking realisation that its 11 whole years since I collected my GCSE results. Congratulations to anyone who has just got theirs (or their A Level results). I’m sure they were excellent and reflect a lot of hard work and application. I clearly remember collecting my GSCE’s with my Dad and then walking around the Millgate Centre in Bury eating toffees … Continue reading Things I used to worry about when I was 16

Salmon with ginger coriander and lime

Once this post goes live I will be counting down the minutes until one or other of my parents comments on it saying words to the effect of “but you don’t like salmon”. Which is actually pretty true. I eat most things but I’m not a salmon fan by any stretch of the imagination. However, in a bid to continue on our healthy eating streak … Continue reading Salmon with ginger coriander and lime

Vanilla sponge 2 ways – Dr Who cupcakes and Sprinkle Cake

I think when it comes to cake simple is definitely underrated. As it was D’s birthday this I obviously made him a cake. Not one to usually do cake making by halves I also made cupcakes to have at his birthday party. Simple vanilla cake is a big favourite with D (and his friends) so I thought I’d use the opportunity to sing the praises … Continue reading Vanilla sponge 2 ways – Dr Who cupcakes and Sprinkle Cake

Cocktail Night

Sweeping generalisation but most girls love cocktails; now I know there are many men who can sup even the pinkest drink adorned with the biggest umbrella and I applaud them wholeheartedly; however most of my attempts to make homemade cocktails have been with my girl friends. (Occasionally D and I will make noises about making them at home but we rarely get beyond gin and … Continue reading Cocktail Night

Nutella and Hazelnut Rolls

Sometimes, a new take on a tried and tested recipe produces some great results, especially where Nutella is involved. After quite a strenuous day at work on Wednesday all I really wanted to do with my evening was bake and eat Nutella, so I combined both of these wants into Nutella rolls, a recipe that combined the sweet bread dough of cinnamon rolls minus the … Continue reading Nutella and Hazelnut Rolls

Foodies Festival, Tatton

My wonderful parents and I were lucky enough to attend one of the Foodies Festivals in Tatton a couple of weeks ago. Foodies Festivals are dotted around the year in different places in the country (Brighton, London Edinburgh and Bristol to name a few locations). The Tatton event had an extremely relaxed feel the Sunday we attended and the emphasis seems to be on taking … Continue reading Foodies Festival, Tatton