The humble sausage roll gets a face lift

The humble sausage roll is a family favourite in our house; they are a dinner and a kids party staple. So when I saw this sausage roll cheats version on a lifestyle show while flicking channels; I thought it was worth giving a try… OMG these are absolutely delicious!! As the sausage mix is done…

Spicy chorizo and red kidney bean vegetable soup

It’s raining; it’s pouring…and I’m in the need of a one pot winter warmer to keep me going! This tasty soup certainly meets my needs; it includes a spicy chorizo sausage to warm me up, lots of fibre and protein and heaps of nutritious vegetables. It’s actually so thick, that you could even call it…

A birthday cake fit for royalty

It was my birthday recently (lets not dwell too much on it) and I wanted to make myself a decadent and rich chocolate cake to celebrate/drown my sorrows! This no bake chocolate biscuit cake is apparently a favourite of the Queen’s as well as Prince’ William and Harry; it was even Prince William’s groom’s cake…

Pistachio cake with lime drizzle

I’ve just taken down the last of the limes from my lime tree; they were starting to fall off anyway! After giving away the majority of them, I decided it was time to try another lime cake recipe. Needless to say my husband was very happy to hear it; he LOVES limes! This recipe is definitely…

Is cinnamon babka really the ‘lesser babka’?

It’s a stormy rainy day and I’m in the mood for baking! There’s nothing quite like kneading beautiful silken yeast raised dough on a wintery day while wearing your pajamas. I obviously love the simple things in life!! Babka is a wonderful sweet bread filled with swirls of chocolate or cinnamon. It’s similar to brioche…

An Eggcellent Easter Gift!

It’s so easy to make your own Easter gifts, especially when it involves chocolate! My girls decided they wanted to give homemade chocolate eggs this year, so I bought an egg mould; loads of chocolate and an assortment of lollies. Though instead of making whole eggs, we decided that a half egg filled with sweets…

Zesty lime and coconut slice

Our lime tree has flourished over the last few years, so much so, that I need to use my limes for something other than just gin and tonics…not that there’s anything wrong with that! This coconut and lime slice is a beautiful blend of sour and sweet but if you can’t get hold of limes;…

Roasted pumpkin, spinach and feta quiche

This roasted pumpkin, spinach and feta quiche is a wonderful vegetarian dish that beautifully combines the sweetness of roasted pumpkin with salty feta. It’s perfect for a summer evening dinner served with salad and a glass of chilled Semillon Sauvignon Blanc. Ingredients 1 or 2 frozen puff pastry sheets 1/2 small pumpkin, chopped into small…

Creamy Nutella liqueur – just in time for Christmas

Are you a fan of Nutella and vodka? Well have I got the liqueur recipe for you! It’s super easy to make which means you get to drink it in no time at all, and it also makes perfect gifts at Christmas for all your like minded Nutella and vodka friends!! This recipe was adapted…

The gingerbread house experiment

I absolutely love gingerbread as it includes all the delicious spices of Christmas and its smell revives happy childhood memories. Every Christmas I make a big batch of gingerbread biscuits to give as gifts, but this year I decided to think big and try to construct a gingerbread house, without having the required prerequisite engineering…

Chocolate mousse with olive oil

My husband and I have just had our ninth wedding anniversary, but considering that I’ve just had my wisdom teeth out, romance or celebrations won’t be high on my list; just pain killers and ice packs!! As I have to exist on mushie food for a while, I decided to make this delicious chocolate mousse…

Tiramisu – a little pick me up

Tiramisu is one of my all time favourite desserts. It’s light and delicate with a not so subtle coffee kick. No wonder tiramisu translates to ‘a little pick me up’in Italian. This recipe is a cheat version as it uses freshly whipped cream instead of whisked egg whites but it’s quicker and easier to make….