Perfect Picnic Pasties

Perfect Picnic Pasty’s (Who doesn’t like a bit of alliteration?) They are also perfect to serve teenage boys after GCSE’s /10 year old girls practising for ‘Britain’s Got Talent’ and stealthily stealing Labradors. A pasty satisfies my comfort food cravings, forays into my childhood memories (we always took them to the beach…that and a thermos of hot chocolate, plaid rug … Continue reading

Boozy Bread and Butter Pudding

This is a recipe I wrote for Welsh Border Life, an Easter edition. Boozy Bread and Butter Pudding   This is a great recipe to serve up for a dinner party pud or leave out the brandy for the topping off of a family Sunday roast… that bit prior to the unheeded call for help with the washing up. The … Continue reading

Smoked Salmon Blinis

Smoked Salmon and horseradish Blinis   Ingredients 115g/4oz self-raising  flour 2tsp caster sugar 1 large free-range egg 110ml/4fl oz milk Small handful of fresh chives Small packet of smoked salmon 3 tbsp of horseradish sauce 1 200ml tub of crème fraiche 1 lemon   Method Mix the horseradish sauce and crème fraiche together in a bowl. Set aside in the … Continue reading

A Flan will always save the day!

A Flan will always save the day!   When you are the proud and happy owner of an Aga or Rayburn there are a number of time saving tricks you can employ to be the ever ready hostess/ feeder of Rugby teams/ annoying domestic goddess. One of my favourites is to make up a large batch of pastry and line … Continue reading

Pork and Cider Casserole

We cooked this recently for the Herefordshire Women in Business group, or WIB to their friends! Either the ladies were just terribly polite or it was a rousing success, hopefully the latter. This serves two, but the recipe easily scaled up for easy entertaining. Use Herefordshire cider and locally reared pork for a real local treat! Ingredients 450g/1lb pork tenderloin, cubed. 3 tbs flour 1 … Continue reading

Chicken, Ham and Leek Pie

Ingredients for the short crust pastry I made a large quantity because I wanted to make a deep pie in a square fruit cake tin. I lined the tin in bake o glide which is a silicone baking sheet, which I cut to fit. 1lbs 8oz/700g plain flour 12oz/350g butter Tsp mixed dried herbs Pinch of salt and pepper Ingredients … Continue reading