My grandson's birthday party loomed on the horizon and I found out that the latest take home gifts were cake pops. Being fond of my kitchen gadgets I decided I really needed to buy a cake pop maker.
I have to say that I was pleasantly surprised with the Sainsbury's Harissa Paste. The meal was truly delicious with lovely North African flavours.
Just imagine the look on your family and friends faces when you tell them that you made cheese that they are eating!
Three Christmases ago my Mum and Dad gave me a lovely fish shaped dish, for fish pie, as my Christmas present. So I decided to make a fish pie and to use Mum's dish. As luck would have it, I also had just the right recipe for it.
While Jen was making our delicious Indian meal, I just happened to say that it would be nice to have some Chapatis to go with it. Somehow I ended up making them...
I was absolutely thrilled to receive not one but two awards from Kim at Treats and Trinkets! Thank you very much Kim. I am really sorry that it has taken me so long to pass on the joy of receiving them to other bloggers. I’m afraid work has to come first and I have been a [...]
I love Indian food and I love beetroot. So I decided to experiment a bit and came up with this Indian Style Beetroot. The sweetness of the beetroot works really well with the zing of the spices!
Not only is Mushroom Pulao Rice very easy and very quick, it is also absolutely delicious and is a great accompaniment to any Indian meal.
We love Indian food in my family, but we don’t really have the time to go out to restaurants. So, I decided to have a go at making my own and I started experimenting (as usual). At first I bought the jars of sauce mix and added my own ingredients to make them taste how [...]
We've visited Betty's Cafe Tea Rooms on a number of occasions but we'd never had Afternoon Tea. We both decided that we really needed to remedy this oversight. Oh, it's a tough job but someone's got to do it!
I was overjoyed last week to receive my first award for the site, Just Baked awarded me a Versatile Blogger Award! I had decided I would write this post about it today when, lo and behold, this morning I received ANOTHER Versatile Blogger Award, this time from Jennie- The Messy Baker! Many thanks to both, I’m really over [...]
I love rhubarb. I think it is a very under-used fruit. So I have decided to come up with a few different ways to use it. Now I'm onto Rhubarb pie. A simple yet truly delicious dish.
The very first thing my Mum taught me to make was shortcrust pastry, and this is the recipe she used. I have used this recipe all my life and it has never let me down.
I received an email a couple of days ago telling me about the Crazy Cooking Challenge and that I had only 3 days left to enter! The challenge was to create a Blueberry Muffin. So I panicked for a few minutes wondering how I could create a blueberry muffin, cook it, decorate it and photograph it in time to enter the challenge. Then I put my thinking cap on and came up with an idea.
I have wanted to make this Eggs in a Nest Bun for years and have never got around to it. Until now... It's fun and easy to make and the family will love it.
I have been making birthday cakes for many years now and the challenge never gets any easier. I'm now making them for my grandsons who are even more adventurous in their choice of cakes.
Spring is really in the air at the moment my rhubarb is growing as if there is no tomorrow! I'm making Rhubarb and Ginger Muffins and using my cream cheese frosting on the top.
Over the years I have a eaten a few Hot Cross Buns, but they have never quite matched up to my childhood memory. So, over the past few weeks I have been trying to recreate the Hot Cross Buns of my childhood.
I have been making this dish for years but I don't know why it's called Pork Pippin because I tend to use Bramleys in this recipe, not pippins.
These crushed potatoes couldn't be easier. They're a variation of mashed potato but glammed up a bit. You can serve crushed potatoes with any dish and they will add that subtle little extra to the flavour.
For some reason, Brussels Sprouts are a veg that you either love or hate! I love them and I got to thinking about how I could cook this yummy vegetable besides just boiling them.
I love bagels! Is it the chewyness of them or the shiny bright crust, or is it the hole in the middle? I have a go at baking my own.
I really enjoy a good Cappuccino, don’t you? But, there’s a couple of drawbacks to them, they can be quite expensive if you buy them from those well known coffee chains, and they’re also difficult to make at home. Well that’s what I thought before my husband gave me the Mukka Express for Christmas, years [...]
I really enjoy a good Cappuccino, I love the ritual of making them. Over the years I have had lots of great gadgets for frothing milk.
I’ve been tagged! The wonderfully crazy Choc Chip Uru from Go Bake Yourself has linked to me in this game, a great way to find out a little more about your blogging peers! Please pop along to her site and find out more about her! The Rules: 1. You must post the rules. 2. Post [...]
For years I had made this type of omelette for my family and had no idea that I was in fact making a tortilla. It wasn't until we were on holiday in Spain and my husband ordered a tortilla that we realised that what I had been cooking for the last umpteen years was in fact a tortilla or spanish omelette!
I have a stack of my home-made Plum Jam that I made from my huge crop of plums last summer, and thus my Plum Frangipane slice was born.
After making these delicious Fudgy Lemon Bars, I found I had a bit of the base dough left over. Now I hate to waste anything, so I rolled it out into a circle, scored it into segments and baked it. Et voila, fantastic shortbread biscuits! If you want to make them, just follow the first [...]
I have been busy experimenting in the LoveFoodCookFood kitchen again and have inadvertently come up with a twist on an old family favourite. Does that happen to you? It happens to me all the time. In fact , it is fairly safe to say that most of my recipes come from these happy mistakes. I [...]
I have a confession to make. I have never made this recipe before! I found these yummy looking Fudgy Lemon Bars in the Brownies and Bars recipe book while I was browsing through it at my sister-in-law’s kitchen table. In fact it is one of the reasons that I just had to buy the book [...]
These Fudgy Lemon Bars are delicious, zesty, sticky and sweet all at the same time. I had to bake them because I had never seen a recipe quite like this.
Ever since I saw the film "Chocolat" I have wanted to make my own chocolates. So you can imagine my delight when I opened one of my Christmas presents, from husband, to find that it was a Chocolatiere!
Cream cheese on top of a cake? No, surely not! In fact, in my humble opinion, Cream Cheese topping has to be the most delicious cake topping of all time because it isn't too sweet.
Isn't Carrot Cake called Passion Cake in some places? This set me off on a thought process that culminated in yummy Valentines Passion Cake muffins
One of the numerous dishes we had for our lunch was Chicken in garlic, or Pollo al ajilla, and it was so delicious that I just had to find out how it was made and have a go at making it for myself.
These delicious Mediterranean Roasted Vegetables are quick and easy, but everyone will think you've laboured for hours to make them!
This Recipe makes delicious rich Chocolate brownies in your conventional oven.
This is my Chocolate Brownie recipe I adapted to work with the Sweet Treats Brownie Maker and it makes 16 delicious brownies. once you get the hang of it you will start to turn out perfectly yummy brownies with ease.
I saw the "Sweet Treats Brownie Maker" and fell in love with the design of it. But I have to say, I am agreeably impressed with the results
A steak and kidney pie or pud is most definitely cold weather, middle of winter, British food. To me it is comfort, back to childhood, food. Mum used to cook up a huge pie (I come from a big family), bring it to the table where she would carefully dish it up, making sure that [...]
Steak and Kidney pie is about as British as you can get when it comes to good traditional home cooking. I really love it, but, it can be time consuming to make. Over the years I have devised a few time saving ways of making them. One is to make up a double amount and [...]
The other day when I was planning to cook a steak and kidney pie for dinner, my husband turned round and said “You don’t get Steak and Kidney pud any more, do you” I realised that not only was he right, I had never made one. This problem had to be rectified immediately. As luck [...]
I think Suet pastry is most probably the easiest pastry to make, and the most versatile. You can use it for all sorts of things from pies to puddings, either sweet or savoury. And what would hearty stew be without a dumpling or two?
My Kenwood Mixer is my most used kitchen gadget. It comes in handy for all sorts of cooking and baking, but what I use it for the most is bread making using the dough hook. It’s really great for making more than one loaf at a time, and with a lot less effort. If you [...]
I love my Kenwood and would not be without it. I use it to make so many different things from bread to sausages. What I loved about it was that it was such a fantastic multipurpose tool. Not only did it come with lots of different attachments, I could also buy more if I wished.
We discovered Patatas a lo Pobre in the white villages in the Sierra Nevada in Spain. It's delicious and has become a family favourite. This video will show you how to make it.
What would Christmas be without a sherry trifle? My mum used to make a lovely Raspberry Sherry Trifle that always went down a treat with everyone at Christmas. As a variation I developed this summer fruits trifle for a taste of summer in the depths of winter!