d) 2 – 3 hrs

Braised Lamb Shanks with Thyme, Roast Carrots and Baby Onions

Braised Lamb Shanks with Thyme, Roast Carrots and Baby Onions

When I first read this recipe I got filled with scepticism. How can it possibly taste good? It contains no wine, let alone stock. The concoction will probably be bland and boring. Unfortunately, it was high time for a change in the lamb shank department which we usually drown in red wine, stock and some […]

Beef, Mushroom & Ale Pie

Beef, Mushroom & Ale Pie

Four days after Gabriel’s birthday it was Neil’s turn to celebrate his. After countless offers from my parents to take him out for a meal he still preferred my home cooking to any restaurants in the area and with good reason.

Shepherds Pie

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Just like Spaghetti Bolognaise/Bolognese there are more variations to Shepherd’s Pie than you can wave a stick at. Everyone’s got their own twist on this classic British dish and each time it tastes a little bit different but we all get the general idea of what it’s (supposed to be) like. Shepherd’s Pie and Cottage […]

Coq au Vin

Coq au Vin

After trying out countless of Coq au Vin recipes, I chucked them all away and cooked the dish from scratch….my way. I never did get hold of a rooster as is the traditional way of preparing this classic dish. Nor did I drown the bird in a whole bottle of red wine. None the less, […]

Chicken Liver & Roast Butternut Squash Pâté

Chicken Liver & Roast Butternut Squash Pâté

First of all I’d like to thank Margot of Coffee and Vanilla for nominating me in November’s Inspiring Food Photography. Competition is indeed tough, considering I’m up against Suganya of Tasty Palettes and Leemei of My Cooking Hut. Go and take a look, but don’t forget: VOTE FOR ME! Just kidding. Not really. Come on, […]

Lavash Crackers with Baba Ghanoush

Lavash Crackers with Baba Ghanoush

Eagerly refreshing the Daring Bakers’ Challenge page every hour I let out a big sigh of relief when I saw it’s not going to be a humungous layer cake. These cakes were definitely not doing my diet any good. Having eaten authentic Lavash in Istanbul (Turkey), I was somewhat puzzled by the “cracker” part. I […]

Beef, Prune & Guinness Stew

Beef, Prune & Guinness Stew

Nothing yells Irish more than Guinness. Two billion Euros’ worth of the dark, frothy stout gets poured in glasses around the world every year. Now that’s a lot of pints, people. Surprisingly, Guinness is healthier than the average beer like Corona, Samuel Adams, Budweiser, Heineken, you get the picture. Why? Guinness is lower in alcohol, […]

White & Dark Chocolate Peanut Butter Chunks

White & Dark Chocolate Peanut Butter Chunks

Warning: This turns brainy and docile old ladies into scatty, hyperactive big kids. Let me explain. The annual Hockley Scrabble Christmas party was coming up and I volunteered to make my favourite chocolate cake. As luck would have it, a few days before the event our old and half-useless oven gave in and with its […]