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Espresso Martini Trifle
Trifle is best made at least 6 hours ahead so it has time to soak and the flavours infuse. I use store bought custard and cake so it's super easy to assemble. I've made it using a 2 layer chocolate sponge...
Moroccan Spice Mix
This is a versatile seasoning mix that adds a complex savoury flavour that is aromatic rather than "hot" and not too cinnamon-y. It works well with beef, lamb or chicken dishes as well as a seasoning for veggies. I use...
White Chocolate and Strawberry Truffle Logs
As pretty little home-made edible gift from your kitchen, these sweet treats wont break the bank. You’ll need a cardboard tube from the centre of a roll of cling wrap (or something similar) to use as a mould. The rest...
Fudgy Chocolate and Nut Rolls or Bars
The filling for these delectable chocolate treats is super easy to make - ideal for little edible Christmas gifts. It’s also pretty stable once set, so the finished product is easy to wrap and store. You’ll need a mould of...
Christmas Berry Wreath Pavlova
A wreath shaped pavlova is a show-stopping and inexpensive festive dessert. Use any fresh fruit that will look pretty and not turn brown. You can use regular whipped cream in place of maple cream or for more indulgence try a...
Apricot, Fig, Orange and White Chocolate Pan Forte
Pan forte is the ideal cake to make as a Christmas gift as it gets better over a week or two, so its perfect for making ahead or taking away on holiday after Christmas. The name simply means "strong bread"...
I often call these little tartlets my "anti Christmas mince pies", as they're a deliciously festive alternative to mince pies during the festive season (something to offer all the people who don’t like fruit mince) they're also are great with cuppa...
Pimms Classic Punch
By the glass or multiply the quantities to fill a jug - either way Pimms is the classic summer refresher. For a special event swap the lemonade for prosecco- lush! Ingredients per serve 50ml PIMM'S No.1 150ml lemonade sliced strawberries,...
Balsamic Roasted Vegetables with Garlic
Delicious as a side dish to roasted or bbq meats, these tasty roasties are also excellent added to a cous cous salad or scattered over a pizza or into a pasta sauce, so make the full amount even if it...
Really Good Roast Spuds
The best roast potatoes are crispy, golden and sticky on the outside and fluffy inside. I'm always asked how I get my spuds so crispy and fluffy so here it is. If you don't have a meat or main dish...
Christmas Cake Ice-Cream
Several years ago we ran a competition that asked people about their Christmas cake traditions, the results were a total surprise. Literally hundreds of the respondents admitted to buying, receiving or baking Christmas cakes every year religiously when not a...
Rich Chocolate Truffle Logs
Made from real chocolate, this truffle mixture is rich and luxurious. You’ll need a cardboard tube from the centre of a roll of cling wrap to use as a mould, the rest is easy. Kremelta is simply a flavourless vegetable fat...
Gin and Lemon Trifle
Trifle is great for an informal gathering or special event as it’s so easy to assemble. If making for a family dinner you could make in individual glasses (see tip below) and omit the gin from the kids ones. Ingredients...
My friend makes the best mulled wine. It simply smells like Christmas. There is no better aroma to greet you after a cold day skiing or any cold day for that matter. Mulled wine is also a good way to...
Mallowpuff Chocolate Puddings
These cute little treats are very decorative and easy enough for preschoolers to make. They are great table decorations or easy inexpensive Christmas party favours. Ingredients Mallowpuffs – however many you need White chocolate for melting Jaffa’s or red jelly...
How to Roast a Turkey
Turkey is very lean so basting with pan juices and covering with sliced bacon and a layer of foil is the usual method employed to keep the meat moist and succulent while imparting flavour into the flesh. Frequent opening of...
Chocolate Truffles 3 Ways
Truffles make an indulgent yet affordable treat - perfect as a gift. This one base mixture can be finished 3 different ways to you can have a mixed selection of goodies to gift (be sure to keep at least some...
Christmas Mince Pies
I think the thing that makes bought mince pies such a letdown and homemade ones so good, is that the bought ones are far too sweet. The pastry needs to be a contrast to the sweet filling. I make a...
The these easy truffles a perfect accompaniment to a coffee and make a cute and inexpensive gift. Ingredients 1 250g pack gingernut biscuits 120g cream cheese, at room temperature 150g white chocolate, melted 1 cup thread coconut or ½ cup...
How to Cook a Christmas Ham
A Ham at Christmas is marvellous. It may scorch the wallet initially but, per serve, a ham is good value, looks impressive, goes such a long way and keeps well, so you can enjoy it for several days after Christmas....