Camp Bestival Planning

Mojitos for tomorrow night and in an ideal world all we would need is three things: Tequila, salt and limes, we wouldn't need anything else to get us through the weekend as no food would be required or remembered. However, we have children so that's not going to happen *sighs wistfully*.

Chocolate Lipsticks

My middle daughter is 15 years old tomorrow, so I figured this was a good excuse to have a go at making chocolate lipsticks.

Jelly Brains for Halloween

These take around 20 minutes to set due to use of Geloozoon or Gellan Gum, a molecular gastronomy powder which makes instant setting jelly. If you don't have any of this in your kitchen (!) then you can use agar agar which sets pretty quickly or gelatine*.

Roast tomato, chicken and lentil soup

This soup was made up from leftovers in my fridge. A few sad looking tomatoes and red peppers, left over chicken from a Sunday roast and some lentils to add extra protein. It was delicious.

Slow Roast Shoulder of Lamb with a Moroccan Twist

This is a fabulously easy meal that is equally good for a midweek family meal, Sunday lunch or supper for friends.

Chicken Tagine with Couscous and Harissa

This makes a delicious family friendly midweek meal. You can start making it the night before or in them morning and allow it to marinade, if you forget just leave it as long as possible

Halloween Recipe Development

The workshop teaches spherification (caviar pearls), reverse spherification (blackcurrant bubbles), deconstruction (chocolate powder), gelification (instant setting spaghetti jelly)

Ravioli and Victoria Sponge with the children at Saturday morning cooking club

In Tring this week the children at Saturday morning cooking club made Mini Victoria Sponges to rival those on the GBBO while in Princes Risborough we made Ravioli and Tortellini

Cheese and Ham Ravioli

Homemade pasta is really easy to make, you can mix it in a food processor or mixer using a dough hook. ‘OO’ flour gives the best results, if you can’t get hold of this then use a strong plain flour recommended for bread making.

Bean Burgers with homemade slaw

These are not your average boring bean burgers; these are packed with flavour and taste fabulous, serve them with homemade coleslaw and if you don’t have time to make the curry paste then use some from a jar.

Ginger Snaps with spelt flour

One of my favourite classic English biscuits, ideal for dunking into tea or coffee and super quick and easy to make.