Chocolate marble cake

This recipe is dedicated to my Grandma Edna.  Sadly she’s not very well and as the person who first introduced me to baking when I was only a wee girl, we have lots of very special memories together.  It’s unlikely that she’ll ever read this post but it makes me feel happy to share it…

Chocolate and raspberry ice lollies

On Saturday, at a friend’s BBQ, I enjoyed glorious weather and wine (and I got a little sunburnt).  None of us could believe how good the weather was and, as we all like to be an expert on the subject, a number of people were able to tell me that a full week of lovely…

Padron peppers

You know when you’re cooking a meal and you want something to nibble on?  Or when you feel like you want a starter but you don’t want the faff of masses of extra cooking?  Well PUT AWAY THOSE FATTY CRISPS AND NUTS! I HAVE A SOLUTION! Padron Peppers are small green peppers from North West…

Foolproof sausage risotto

I love carb-filled foods but they’re also the things that make me gain weight.  So, I have a few recipes up my sleeve that give me my carb fix without the big hips! (god i hate myself for that line. I really do.)  Anyway, my favourite is risotto. This one is sausage based and because…

Cheesy borek

Right this is the last Turkish recipe I promise!  I’ve done a few but think how good the meal will be if you cook all together! Courgette fritters, lamb kofta and borek! You could even add in some couscous which mixed with pomegranate seeds will taste AMAZING. Anyway, borek.  This is essentially fried filled pastry. …

How to make lamb kofta

Last week, I posted my recipe for courgette fritters.  Well, keeping to the Turkish theme, I have another dish for you! Lamb kofta are delicious and this version has a real kick which means it’s lovely with some homemade mint yoghurt.  It’s based on Rick Stein’s recipe. To make 12 which will easily do 3-4…

Turkish courgette fritter recipe

As you may know, a few months ago I went to Kalkan in Turkey with my family.  We rented a villa, ate and drank lots and enjoyed the sun.  There are many many restaurants in Turkey but one night we decided to hire our own personal chef.  I know it sounds a bit over the…

Chocolate and hazelnut cookies

I’ve been baking. I’ve got a busy week at work coming up and so I’ve decided to make some treats to help me power through the 3.30pm energy dip each day. Here’s my recipe for chocolate nutty cookies…. To make 16, you will need: 130g butter 75g golden caster sugar 75g dark soft brown sugar…

Simple cupcake recipe

When I was little, about 11-12 years old, I used to sneak into the kitchen when my mum thought I was doing my homework, get out the icing sugar and butter and make a small bowl of buttercream icing.  I’d then stand behind the door of the kitchen so as to be able to ‘hide’…

Chilli and orange cookies

  It may sound like a weird combination but chilli and orange is delicious pairing. It really works.  In fact, the warm, spicy, fruitiness is very similar to ginger.  Please give it a go, it’ll surprise you. You’ll need: 130g butter 75g golden caster sugar 75g dark soft brown sugar 1 egg ½ tsp of…