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 […]

Apple & Pistachio Danish Braid

Apple & Pistachio Danish Braid

For the first time I read the new recipe for the month of The Daring Bakers, I got excited. No fancy schmancy cakes with lots of layers and different fillings or bizarre frozen cheesecake lollies. No, this challenge’s end result I was actually keen to eat. Unfortunately, it had to wait a while because we […]

Chocolate & Pistachio Brownies

Chocolate & Pistachio Brownies

Brownies as they should be: moist, soft and squidgy on the inside and slightly crisp on the outside. Shop-bought and other recipes I’ve tried but these brownies are by far my favourite. This recipe is foolproof; never have I had a disaster with this one. Many would agree that chocolate is the ultimate comfort food. […]

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, […]

Chicken with Apples in a Creamy Calvados Sauce

Chicken with Apples in a creamy Calvados sauce

Poulet Vallée d’Auge is the French name for this classic dish from Normandy and Brittany, which are the dairy and apple-growing regions of France. Chicken and apple is a match made in heaven. Paired with a light creamy sauce enhanced with some brandy is simply divine. This fricassée is seriously more-ish. Once you start you […]

Nigella’s Old-Fashioned Chocolate Cake

Chocolate Cake

Back in late March Neil’s 50th birthday (oops, I said it) was coming up and I asked him what he would like as a special meal. Chocolate cake was one of the requests. (Neil is a self-confessed chocoholic and his excuse is he’s in touch with his feminine side.) He regressed by telling me on […]