Haggis for life!
In this house, haggis is for life not just for Burns Night. It is something that we eat throughout the year when we are looking for something full of flavour, spice and comfort, yet is easy to cook and can be served in a myriad ways.
Haggis is so easily available now (in the UK at least, I think America is no longer banning it either), and there are plenty of varieties including vegetarian, wild boar and Moroccan spiced. I’ve even had a couple of examples of Lancashire haggis, so it pays to try a few and find the one you like. I actually really like the veggie version, although I haven’t used it here, and I think you wouldn’t miss the meat in this dish at all if you wanted to use one. Continue Reading
The Chocolate Truffle Shuffle
My love of chocolate is no secret, but there is a special place in my heart for a good truffle. We spent a few weeks happily munching our way through the new collection of truffles from Beech’s Fine Chocolates, just to prove that point. Continue Reading
Cheese and chef skills
Yey! I can still cook!
I was so lucky to be invited to a hands-on cooking workshop at Le Cordon Bleu a while ago. Yes I admit, it made me do an excited squeal at the thought of cooking in the hallowed kitchens of the world’s most famous cookery school! The invite came from Parmigiano Reggiano so it was even more perfect because cooking + cheese = my idea of heaven!
We started talking about Parmesan; the farmers who make it, the aging, the markings on the rinds of those rounds (if you look at my Facebook you will see I am obsessed with hollow cheese rounds with food in them!), the protected status etc. Of course we tried it- aged to 18 months (young and cheeky- good for cooking), 24 months (flavourful, a bit of crystallisation) and 36 months (love at first bite – bold, mature, a real mouthfeel). I am sad I don’t see it on cheeseboards more – people are keen to use in food but it really is delicious in its own right as well.
Parmigiano Reggiano is such a versatile cheese. Whether it is on a cheeseboard, as a seasoning or as the star of a dish it really is a kitchen trouper. Continue Reading
First: A Life Update…
Sorry it’s been pretty quiet on here of late. I scheduled a lot of posts for while I was getting over my op, but since I’ve struggled with my concentration so am still not able to write much (or very well). So I’ve decided to park all of my great recipe ideas and reviews for a few more weeks until I can give them the brain power they deserve – but I’ll be coming back at you with a bang in the new year! You’ve been warned; dig out your stretchy pants as it will be comfort food all the way (spoiler – I have the most luxurious brownie up my sleeve and savoury popcorn to name just two)!
But I LOVE you all so want to give you a little pre Christmas giveaway so you can bake festive goodies or put under the tree for your own budding baker. Continue Reading
If you live in the north of England, and love food, then you will know of Booths Supermarkets. For the past couple of years they have realised a beautiful Christmas Book to showcase their festive fare, and the 2017 version hit the stores today (3 Nov).
Luckily for you, I have eaten my way through Booth’s Christmas range and can confirm it is wonderous.
Can’t bake? Yes you can!
Great British Bake Off will soon be coming to an end for another year, but every year it ignites a mass passion for baking which, before it came along, just hadn’t been seen before. It has encouraged loads of people to take up baking and, in this world which can be a bit trying at times, having a cake to hand to share with loved ones is a wonderful thing.
But what if you don’t have the ‘kit’ for baking, or don’t know if baking is for you, or don’t have time to create wonderful flamboyant creations? Look, not every bake has to be a show stopper. Sometimes, you just want/need to eat it, not marvel at it’s aesthetic wonder!
It’s not pretty, but it’s tasty
I am easing myself back into cooking again after my brain op: the freezer food has all been used, and while I am keen to be cooking, I still can’t follow a new recipe (which is a shame as I have bought four new recipe books and am just looking at the pretty pictures!). So I am making simple one pot meals which I know inside out. However, this can get a bit dull so I am looking for new sauces and mixes to spice things up.
You may have noticed that I love chocolate brownies: both baking them and eating them! All my own brownies are here, but while it is Chocolate Week I thought it would be great to round up other foodies best brownie recipes as well. Continue Reading