Starters

    FLORAL SALAD WITH PICKLED AVOCADO

    August 25, 2016

    I make no secret of the fact I’m just a wee bit obsessed with avocados. This vibrant salad sounds fancy but it’s actually quite simple and can be whipped together in no time. I bought my edible flowers but most gardens are rich with other edible varieties such as pansies, lavender, borage, chive flowers, violets or rosemary flowers. Pickled Avocado 1 small shallot, finely chopped 1 tablespoon white wine vinegar Juice of half a lemon Sea salt 2 large avocados, pitted ½…

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    Starters

    SICILIAN OLIVE, FIG & WALNUT PATÉ

    I love figs. I love olives, and always have a good supply of both on hand. This is my throw-together-10-minutes-before-the-guests-show-up dip. The figs and olives are a perfect balance of savoury and sweet, with…

    August 14, 2016
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    Baking Dessert

    PECAN PRALINE & CHOCOLATE ‘TOBLERONE’ TART

      It’s Dads birthday so I’ve whipped out a super-easy recipe I created five years ago for The ‘PIE’ cookbook. It’s almost like a Toblerone and has a rich and silky ganache filling and delectable toffee crunch. Serves…

    August 6, 2016
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    Mains

    HOCK, FENNEL & POTATO SOUP

    It’s a socks over tights  kind of weekend which always calls for hearty soup. This luscious hock and fennel version is delicious yet simple. You can swap out the fennel for onion if you can’t…

    July 20, 2016
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    Baking

    HONEY & GINGER CRUNCH WITH SEA SALT SPRINKLES

    Who doesn’t love ginger crunch? I’ve taken the beloved Edmonds version and flipped it on it’s head. I’ve doubled the topping, upped the base, substituted honey for golden syrup and sprinkled with sea salt. Yum!…

    July 12, 2016
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    Baking

    THE PERFECT BROWN SUGAR BROWNIE

    When it’s cold outside I bake brownies.  I love desserts of all kind, but nothing can cheer me up like a brownie and a hot cuppa. Inspired by a Kokako cafe recipe shared by a…

    July 2, 2016
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    Mains

    CHICKEN, LEEK, THYME AND MUSHROOM PIE

    A homemade pie is a thing of beauty, and this chicken, leek, thyme and mushroom pie is no exception. I usually cheat and use store-bought pastry and ready-roasted chicken, but always make the creamy white sauce from scratch.…

    June 20, 2016
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    Baking Dessert Recipes

    SUBLIME KEY LIME PIE

        It’s such a luxury to have limes in season and not cost a small fortune! This pie is traditionally made with Florida key limes and takes me back to our care-free (child-free!) days…

    May 15, 2016