Recipes, lots of them, all delicious


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*.

Chinese Recipes

Chinese food is full of flavour and colour and is much healthier than the versions we regularly sample in classic take aways.  Lots of brightly coloured stir fried vegetables, lean chicken, steamed fish, flavoured with soy sauce,…

Chinese Dumplings

Chinese Dumplings are handcrafted morsels of deliciousness, also known as Pot Sticker dumplings as they stick to the pot.

Chocolate and Ginger Christmas Pudding

Christmas puddings are traditionally made on Stir Up Sunday, around 6 weeks before Christmas. Gather the family around to stir the pudding in a clockwise direction and each make a wish.

Cranberry and Orange Mincemeat

Homemade mincemeat is amazing, cheat and buy the pastry if you must but never cheat on the mincemeat you will notice the difference.

Soda Bread

Soda bread has to be the easiest bread on the planet, no kneading, no proving and really quick to make, add sundried tomatoes and pumpkin seeds for extra flavour and crunch.

Pumpkin Soup

A lovely warming soup, great for sharing on Halloween or Bonfire Night. If you can get hold of small squash or mini pumpkins try slicing the top off, scooping out the seeds and using them as a bowl to serve the soup in, looks amazing

Halloween Soul Cakes

Ingredients: makes 12 cakes good pinch of saffron 2 teaspoons milk, and a little extra 150g butter 150g caster sugar 2 eggs 500g plain flour 1 tablespoon mixed spice 1 teaspoon allspice 3 tablespoons currants How to make soul cakes…

Chicken Curry - from 500 Baby and Toddler Foods, from 6-9 months

This is a favourite Saturday Night staple, I make two versions, one for the children without chilli and one for the adults with, or serve fresh or lightly fried red and green chilli slices on the side so people can heat it up to their own tastes. Page 79 of 500 Baby and Toddler Foods published by Apple Press.

Black Truffle Sauce for Pasta Recipe - requested by Emma Freud

If you don't have any black truffles you could cook the pasta and stir through 4 tablespoons of truffle oil, lashings of freshly ground black pepper and a couple of handfuls of wild mushrooms sauteed gently in truffle oil.

Simnel Cupcakes

Simnel cakes were traditionally made for Mothering Sunday when people in service were given the Sunday off to go home to their Mother Church.