Monthly Archive: May 2012

Diamond Jubilee Pavlova

Diamond Jubilee Pavlova

I was so very heartened by the popularity of my Diamond Jubilee Cupcakes that I thought  that I would adapt an old favourite to give it a patriotic makeover. Chopped bananas hide in the cream and compliment the fresh regal fruits above. I have adapted a Pavlova recipe from The Dairy Book of Family Cookery …

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Diamond Jubilee Cupcakes

Diamond Jubilee Cakes

Yes it’s time to get all patriotic again, dig out the bunting and be proud to be British and no I’m not talking about Eurovision (but actually these cakes would be equally good at your Eurovision party!). As a child the Silver Jubilee was an incredibly exciting time and now as a parent it is …

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Quick Ciabatta Pizzas

Quick Ciabatta Pizza

I keep a ball of mozzarella in the fridge most of the time as it is so versatile and can be made into a wide variety of meals.  This pizza was inspired by bruschetta and just kind of evolved.  It always goes down well with the family and is great with a salad or a …

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Prawn Savoury

Prawn Savoury

This is another recipe from my old St Michael 1000 Recipe Cookbook (well it’s not so much a book now, rather a mass of falling apart sections). I have adapted this recipe slightly to include Arborio rice and adjusted the quantities to serve 4. Don’t worry if your rice sticks to the pan towards the …

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Chocolate Puddle Pudding

I have had this recipe from a newspaper clipping for 6 years and only got round to making this wonderful pudding tonight. It had been posted on a notice board at my daughter’s playgroup and when Lulu (who ran the group) saw me starting copy it down, she unpinned it and gave it to me. …

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Cheesy Tuna Pasta

Cheesy Tuna Pasta

This is my daughter’s absolute favourite dish but I hadn’t been able to make it for more than a year as the key ingredient (condensed asparagus soup) was suddenly not available in any supermarket.  She has literally pined for this dish and I keep explaining the situation to her and how I have contacted the …

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Tomato, Carrot and Dill Soup

Tomato, Carrot and Dill Soup

Many moons ago I worked for a few months in a catering firm that was also a delicatessen.  One of the soups we made was Tomato, Carrot and Dill and it is the only flavour I can remember as it was my favourite. More than 2 decades have passed by and I decided it was …

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Chocolate Melting Moments

Chocolate Melting Moments

When I left college it wasn’t any of the teachers I was going to miss but my regular fix of Chocolate Melting Moments that weighed heavy on my heart.  So on the last day my friend and I went cap in hand to the cafeteria and explained our predicament to the catering ladies. They were …

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Crispy Coated Roast Potatoes

Crispy Coated Roast Potatoes

This is my version of a roast potato coating that can be bought from that supermarket which boasts “not just any……”.  Why pay good money for something that costs just a few pennies to make at home I thought and so I came up with this mixture which gives the potatoes a lovely savoury crispy …

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