South America…..Here we Come! 

It’s a little over 3 weeks now until our trip and I’m starting to get excited……South America, the last of the main 5 continents I’ve yet to visit!  My Spanish is coming along reasonably well. I now know how to say basic greetings, questions & order a beer! Although I do need to learn a…

An Alternative Version of the British Classic……. Shepherds Pie

I’m hoping that this comfort dish will aid my recovery from the nasty flu virus I had last week! We frequently had this dish during my childhood, growing up in the North of England, as it was cheap, nutritious and easy to make. I’ve swapped the traditional minced lamb for minced turkey, white potato for…

Berlin, a Cool and Liberal City, packed with History

It was my first ever trip to Germany last August when I visited Berlin for a long weekend. After speaking with a number of non-Berliner Germans whilst over there, it became clear that Berlin is uniquely different from other parts of the country, in relation to its open minded and liberal way of life. This…

Spag Bol with a Cheeky Little Twist! 

It’s quick, it’s tasty, it’s nutritious and it’s possibly one of best loved dishes in the world…..Spaghetti Bolognese!  The basis for my Spag Bol recipe is similar to that of a traditional recipe, with the main exception being a dollop of HP Sauce (Brown Sauce). Yes, good old HP Sauce!  Some of you may not…

Mother Kane’s Christmas Cake

Growing up, it was tradition that every October half-term my mum would make the Christmas cake.  My siblings and I would gather around to stir the mix and make our wishes. Then there was the obligatory licking the bowl, and subsequent fighting over who’s had the most. Fond childhood memories, probably because I was always…

The Classic Lemon Posset

Perhaps one of the easiest yet impressive deserts to make. Don’t be put off by its reputation. I’ve lost count of the amount of times I’ve made this for guests and it always goes down well. The posset is a light, palate cleansing desert, but you don’t need much of it due to its creamy…

Pumpkin & Pea Samosas 

Wondering what to make with all the pumpkins in the supermarkets at the moment? Try my Pumpkin & Pea samosa recipe. Although I’ve used more woody herbs in this version, you could spice them up a bit and alternatively use some chilli flakes & cumin.  Ingredients:  – 1/2 Medium Pumpkin, flesh removed      …

Cod & Chorizo Fishcakes with Roasted Tomato & Pepper Salsa

The chorizo gives the fishcakes a nice spicy twist, along with the cayenne pepper mixed in with the breadcrumbs. Any kind of salsa would accompany it well. I’ve gone with a classic tomato, pepper & basil salsa.  These fishcakes are perfect for making the night before your meal. I served them as a starter for…

Duck Breast with Plum & Tamarind Sauce

This quick to make sauce is a tasty sweet & sour combination. When I cooked this for the first last week I had it with some boiled rice, as it was the only thing I had in. However, the dish would go nicely with some garlic mash potato and/or stir fried vegetables. Ingredients:  -4 Duck…