Red Velvet Cake – #ICakeYou with Betty Crocker

White Rose - Red Velvet

Valentine’s Baking – Perhaps the Reason I am Single! Valentine’s Day is looming and I’ve been experimenting a bit.  I wanted to try making those pretty cupcake roses you see around.  And, I wanted to make a Valentine’s bake.  My lack of skills with an icing bag meant I really didn’t want to rely on […]

Sous-Vide Balsamic Duck Breast – a Thermocook Recipe:

Sous Vide Duck Breast in a Thermocook

Thermocook Sous-Vide – Balsamic Duck Breast: One of the biggest attractions for me of the Thermomix was having a kitchen utensil that was really multi-functional.  I’ve never quite been able to justify spending over a thousand pounds though.  So, I was (and still am) really excited to be given the opportunity to review and use […]

Healthy Moroccan Style Sausage Casserole

Moroccan style sausage casserole cooked

Low Calorie Moroccan Style Sausage Casserole with Heck Chicken Sausages: I haven’t given up cooking, though at times it may seem that all I am doing is eating out.  I have a store of healthy and tasty recipes that I’ve been working on over the last few months just waiting for Christmas to be over. […]

Christmas Yule Log Made Easy with Betty Crocker

Betty Crocker Yule Log

Festive Yule Log Recipe for Christmas: A traditional yule log recipe is based on a Swiss roll mix.  I CAN make Swiss rolls.  I first tried when I was at school.   I whisked and whisked my eggs and sugar till they were nice, yellow and frothy (so I thought) and then, enthusiastically folded in […]

Leek, Potato and Bacon Hotpot with Jarlsberg Cheese

Leek potato bacon hotpot

A Simple One Pot Recipe – Leek, Potato and Bacon Hotpot: Do you sometimes forget how much you like an old recipe?  Leek, Potato and Bacon Hotpot must have been one of the first things I made as a student – pure comfort food, it really comes into it’s own in the winter months when […]

Red Pepper and French Goat’s Cheese Risotto

Goats Cheese Risotto

Comfort Food for a Cold Day – Red Pepper and Goats Cheese Risotto: I love goat’s cheese.  Piquant and crumbly young cheeses or sweet buttery ripened cheeses – they all have their place on the perfect cheese board.  I suspect I first came across French goat’s cheese during the long summer holidays of my teenage […]

The Perfect Steak Sandwich

Mediterranean Vegetable Steak Sandwich - small

Classic Steak Sandwich – a Scrumdowner Special: Cooking from scratch (or nearly from scratch, because I don’t propose baking your own bread especially for these steak sandwiches) couldn’t be easier.  I’ve been experimenting with thin cut rump steak, making quick and delicious snack, lunch or supper dishes in the form of steak sandwiches. Perfect to […]

A Spookily Delicious Stormy Rum Cocktail from Kennington

Storm Clouds and Thunder

Storm Clouds and Thunder over Kennington: I have probably done more cocktail mixing classes than anyone in London other than a professional mixologist.  I go along and join in various events, shaking away with the best of them to make a whole range of cocktails.  I’ve done special rum cocktail mixing events.  I’m a regular […]