Mulled Wine Frangipane Pies (Alternative Mince Pies)

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Hands up who doesn’t like mince pies? I love them myself but I know a lot of people who can’t stand dried fruit, but still like the warming flavours associated with Christmas. With that in mind I decided to create a recipe for alternative mince pies – full of spicy cinnamon, cloves and ginger but without the dried fruit. (more…)

Le Manoir aux Quat’Saisons, Great Milton

Le manoir-012Above any restaurant I have always wanted to visit Le Manoir and experience their incredible seasonal food and wonderful hospitality. They have held two Michelin stars since the year I was born, whatever you think of the system, that is pretty impressive.

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Orange and almond cake

orangeandalmondcakeIn early September I look forward to Autumn, the rusty leaves, the sharp sunshine and the amazing sunsets. By early November I am grumpy. The nights draw in, it rains too much and I find myself eating a bit too much chocolate. This is also the time when I start brightening up my cooking and baking – adding more chilli to curries, extra garlic to sauces and summery flavours to my baking. (more…)

Rosie Skyes’ new menu at the Pint Shop

chicken thigh curry at the pint shop cambridge

Chicken thigh curry

If I told you that one of the best places in Cambridge for a curry was a pub and restaurant centering around meat, bread and beer then you’d probably think I was mad. But let me tell you, the Pint Shop’s chicken curry is up there. I was delighted to make this discovery when trying out their Autumn menu, devised by their new development chef, Rosie Sykes. (more…)

Chocolate banana bread

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I try to pretend that banana bread is a valid breakfast food, especially if sprinkled with oats or nuts, but in this case adding chocolate firmly puts banana bread into the cake category. This is one of the best ways of making chocolate cake, you get squidgy-ness from the bananas and a beautiful crisp top, much like a brownie. If we’re calling it bread you could even slice it up and serve it with nutella. Just a suggestion.
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