|Posted by me on November 4, 2016 at 5:35 AM||comments (0)|
One day (so legend has it) Henry the Eighth was strolling through Hampton palace and happened upon Anne Boleyn and her girlfriends eating these tasty little pastries from a silver dish, now Henry was so enthused by them that he decreed that only the royal household should be allowed to wrap their diamond encrusted gnashers around their pastry, almond and orange filling that he selfishly locked the recipe away in a...Read Full Post »
|Posted by me on July 26, 2015 at 3:55 PM||comments (0)|
There is an unwritten law, somewhere, that you can’t go to the Gods own county of Yorkshire without sampling a freshly baked curd tart, if by any chance there isn’t such a law then there jolly well should be!
Curd tarts are the English version of a baked cheesecake, long before those pesky American’s decreed that only they know how to make a New York cheesecake, we made them in ‘old’ York...Read Full Post »
|Posted by me on July 26, 2015 at 2:30 PM||comments (0)|
Here in Lancashire there is good natured rivalry between the towns of Chorley, Accrington and Eccles as to who produces the best fruit filled pastry ‘cake’. Despite being an inhabitant of the market town of Chorley, I much prefer the sugar encrusted puff pastry Eccles version compared to the plainer Chorley or Accrington short crust pastry cakes that are traditionally eaten slathered in a bit’o best but...Read Full Post »
|Posted by me on November 25, 2014 at 4:00 PM||comments (0)|
I can't describe just how good this gorgeous tart is and is the perfect alternative to traditional mince pies at Christmas but its just as good eaten any time of the year. Cumberland Rum Nicky originated in Cumbria in the North West of England as a favourite of Sailors in the 1800's returning from the West Indies on ships laden with Rum, fruit and spices and the 'Nicky' part of the name possibly refers...Read Full Post »
|Posted by me on October 28, 2014 at 9:50 AM||comments (0)|
Serves 6 as a starter
What you need
12 slices of prosciutto or Serrano ham
20g green pesto
2 medium eggs
Salt and pepper to taste
125g mozzarella cut into 12 equal pieces
100g sun blush tomatoes, drained (1 tablespoon of oil reserved for the dressing) cut length ways into thin strips
6 tablespoons of balsamic vinegar, boiled in a s...Read Full Post »
|Posted by me on April 30, 2014 at 12:15 AM||comments (0)|
I adore tomatoes, especially pert little golden globes that are still clinging to the vine and have the aroma of warm summer days. My parents who live in Surrey, grow just THE juiciest little 'matos that I frequently sneak into the greenhouse to devour them by the handful whenever I visit.
The tomatoes for this simple tart were bought from a local farmers market and are almost as sweet as my mums an...Read Full Post »
|Posted by me on March 25, 2014 at 1:10 PM||comments (2)|
When I was contacted by Liz in Canada about a pineapple tart that she used to enjoy in her native homeland of Scotland I knew there was a challenge afoot... There were absolutely no recipes on the internet and very little information as to what it consisted of but I am a glutton for punishment and there is nothing I like more than a challenge. So armed with the basic information I had, I did some research int...Read Full Post »
|Posted by me on February 28, 2014 at 7:10 AM||comments (0)|
There is something quintessentially English about a pork pie and I don't know of any other country that makes Hot water pastry. Crisp pastry enrobing succulent flavoursome pork with a layer of either jelly or in this instance Juicy Brambly apples on the top.... Absolutely delicious! I am very fortunate to have organic pork delivered to my front door by a young farmer with a smallholding and I like to make something different with...Read Full Post »
|Posted by me on February 18, 2014 at 2:40 PM||comments (0)|
Fresh raspberries and apricots are a fantastic combination that remind me of long summer days and day trips to France where I would practice my dreadful mastery of the French language and scoff tart au apricot from backstreet patisseries. Over the years I have made many versions of this delicious zingy little tart but never with gluten free flour so I thought it about time that I corrected th...Read Full Post »
|Posted by me on February 12, 2014 at 12:10 AM||comments (0)|
Ooh la la, its nearly that time again when grown men scour the florists (in the case of my husband…. the nearest supermarket) for a bunch of red roses that doesn’t cost the national deficit of a small country and will remain alive for longer than a few hours hidden in the back of the car…
Yes my friends it’s the month of L’amour, of hearts and flowers and all things slushy as Valentine’s Day ...Read Full Post »
|Posted by me on February 11, 2014 at 3:25 PM||comments (0)|
Tinga de pollo is an absolutely fabulous Mexican dish made with smoky chipotle chillies, tomatoes and garlic and remains one of my all time favourite dishes when we visit good Mexican restaurants.
As we Brits are so famous (or infamous) for our love of pies I thought I would combine the two with a yummy filo based creation, bursting at the seams with warm spices, plump aubergine and little white tender chick peas.Read Full Post »
|Posted by me on February 11, 2014 at 10:05 AM||comments (0)|
A few years ago my hubby and I went to the beautiful Greek Islands on a Cruise ship and we came across a little back street bakery selling a delicious puff pastry, spinach and herb pastry that the locals were queuing out of the door to buy. After a lot of smiling and pointing we managed to buy a slab for our lunch and wandered around the old town of Corfu with the sun shining in an azure blue sky sharing just the most delicio...Read Full Post »
|Posted by me on January 22, 2014 at 1:55 AM||comments (0)|
M’Hancha sounds like a weird Disco dance that you performed in the 80’s complete with rolling hand movements and gyrating hips but it is in fact a gorgeous almond, pistachio and rose water filled pastry infused with orange and lemon zest from the sunny climes of Morocco.
M’Hancha literally translated means ‘coiled snake’ and making the almond and pistachio filling wrapped in delicate layers of fi...Read Full Post »
|Posted by me on January 9, 2014 at 9:35 AM||comments (1)|
Whenever I talk to people about pastry the one kind that everyone shies away from is good old fashioned choux and yet it’s one of the easiest pastries to make if not one of the most versatile. Savoury or sweet, choux is a fabulous pastry to master and if you nip onto You Tube I will show you how to make fabulous pastry in a matter of minutes. This wonderful vegetarian savoury ring is full to the brim with chunky mushr...Read Full Post »
|Posted by me on January 2, 2014 at 10:45 AM||comments (0)|
This is a fabulous way of using up cooked turkey, chicken, gammon or even pork and is one of my favourite ways of utilising a glut of cooked meats left over at Christmas. Readymade hash browns are a fantastic quick and topping for pies and tarts, simply leave them to defrost then crumble them over your chosen filling. I particularly like them on top of a creamy fish pie instead of the traditional mashed potato or my sons favo...Read Full Post »
|Posted by me on October 5, 2013 at 7:30 AM||comments (1)|
Although I live in Chorley, Lancashire I originally hailed from Croydon in Surrey so I consider myself a bit of a 'dirty Southerner'! There are few things I miss about the South of England, Sunshine, my family and friends and the lovely seaside town of Brighton in Sussex are a few that I care to mention but I also miss a couple of foods that are just not available in the North of England, Rock salmon from the chippy all cover...Read Full Post »
|Posted by me on September 20, 2013 at 8:30 AM||comments (0)|
There is nothing so boring as a sausage roll, they have always got too much pastry and not enough under seasoned sausage meat and when I spy them sitting forlornly on the buffet table next to an even sadder plate of mini pork pies or scotch eggs my taste buds take a dive into the bottom of my socks, which is why I thought it time to bring the boring old sausage roll screaming and kicking into the 21st century.
Glistening, golden...Read Full Post »
|Posted by me on August 28, 2013 at 9:00 AM||comments (0)|
Sometimes you just need something incredibly quick and easy to slap into the oven when unexpected guests turn up for a few drinks and there isn’t a packet of crisps to be found in the cupboards.
These delicious cheesy nibbles are adapted from our lovely friend Gary’s mum who makes them every time we descend on them for the weekend in glorious Selsey Bill in West Sussex. They go down a treat wi...Read Full Post »
|Posted by me on October 30, 2011 at 9:55 AM||comments (0)|
The North of England is renowned for its pastry, think Eccles or Chorley Cakes, Grasmere gingerbread and Betty's Hotpot but go further North and you will get to the Scottish town of Ecclefechan and their culinary offering the Ecclefechan tart. With its buttery rich filling, full of plump fruit, flaked almonds and a hint of orange they are ridiculously easy to make and offer a wonderful alternative to the traditional mince pie at Chri...Read Full Post »
|Posted by me on October 21, 2011 at 5:35 AM||comments (1)|
When I lived at home my mum used to cook this gorgeous savoury pie on a regular basis for tea, served with creamy mashed potato and fresh vegetables. Its mildly spiced with curry powder but if you like a stronger curry flavour then just add a little more.
It is very quick and easy and will serve a family of 6 for next to nothing, the best thing is that it utilises left over mashed potato, if you dont have any mash left over fro...Read Full Post »