Chocolate Pecan Pies

  Pecan pie is one of the quickest and simplest bakes, just requiring some melting and mixing in a pan, a pastry case and oven. Dark chocolate adds a dimension of decadence to the mix.There were thirteen of us around for Boxing Day so I made a couple of 9 inch pies....more

Braised Eggplant with Homemade Garlic Chilli Sauce

Fusion food, when it works, takes you not only on a journey, but a multi-stop trip. As food writer Ching-He Huang puts it, fusion food is also the "fine art of mixing it". No one region dominates and no region merges to the point of obscurity. So, as with any good plate of food, the beauty of this very simple stir-fried aubergine/eggplant dish  is in the right balance of garlic, soy, chilli, vinegar and coriander....more

Banana and Passionfruit Cake with Coconut Cream Cheese Frosting

This cake was the brainchild of my dad, who, tired and dazed from a 3am wake-up call as we plotted down the M6 to collect mum from Heathrow, strung a few words together to formulate an answer to my question of what birthday cake he wanted....more

Dinner Tonight: Grilled Salmon with Fennel and Cannellini Mash

This impressive salmon dish with a fennel and white bean mash ticks all the boxes. Quick and easy, affordable, nutritious and suitable to most diets, but most of all, delicious, and just a bit different....more

Root Vegetable and Cardamon Cake with Cream Cheese Frosting

I considered naming this post ‘Leftover Cake’ but I feel that such a title would disguise the fact that this cake is an exceptional, not merely acceptable, way to use up your food. First and foremost, it’s a great cake; I’d happily go out of my way to purchase the ingredients to make it. All the better if you find yourself with the appropriate leftovers....more

Fried Zucchini with Garlic Yoghurt Dip

These are are cheap to make, ready in minutes, and utterly delectable!...more

Jamaican Snowball Truffles

Christmas is just around the corner, and truffles is always a crowd pleaser. Here's a tropical twist on the traditional Oreo Truffle recipe, using gingersnaps and coconut.These truffles are a kind of tribute to all the people who are lucky enough to find themselves in the southern hemisphere at this time of year....more

Tricolore Pistou Soup

This colourful Italian-inspired soup would make an impressive entrée or main. ...more

Black Bean and Sweet Potato Enchiladas

This is a definite meat-free favourite with everyone I know. Carnivore to the core? We'll see about that.There is bags of flavour and tonnes of nutrients from these vegetarian enchiladas. The mix of spinach, black beans, sweet potato, tomatoes and onions provides you with a variety of nutrients (adhering to the 'eat your way around the rainbow' style diet). And the real beauty of this dinner is that you don't have to cook the root veg first. Instead, the sweet potato is grated in, so you almost forget it's there....more

Plum and Spiced Marzipan Clafoutis

Prepare yourself for Christmas with this delicious twist on a classic summer fruit dessert. It's also a great way to use up left over marzipan from your Christmas cake.I think the spiced marzipan transforms the flavour profile of this dessert. To add a bit more Christmas cheer, I added some spices (cinnamon and black pepper) to compliment the plum flavour....more
Oh that sounds good. I think the sticky date pudding sounds REALLY good too.more