Basic but Impressive · Cake Time · Party Food

Stackable Chocolate Christening Cake

The top layer of this (Flo’s Christening cake) is the top tier from our wedding cake, defrosted and re-iced, but the bottom layer was a solid yet delicious chocolate cake, capable of stacking and shaping with minimal effort or construction issues. These ingredients will make four tiers of 8 inch cake tins, although we only… Continue reading Stackable Chocolate Christening Cake

20 Minute Meals (max!) · Basic but Impressive · Bread · Cheese · Comfort Food · Party Food · Sauces & Dips

Super Cheesy Fondue

When cheese on toast won’t quite cut it, but you don’t want anything more fancy than melted cheese and some really tasty bread!   Ingredients 1 clove of garlic 375ml white wine 200g emmental 200g gruyere 200g comte 25g corn flour 1 loaf bread (either a chunky walnut or classic French baguette)   Method Cut… Continue reading Super Cheesy Fondue

Basic but Impressive · Cheese · Comfort Food · Party Food · Sauces & Dips

Gordon’s Hot Crab Dip

I’m not much of a crab fan, but this incredible hot, cheesey dip is an absolute game changer!   Ingredients 80g butter 2 garlic cloves 3 shallots, thinely sliced 1tsp mustard powder 1/2tsp cayenne pepper 125ml cream 150g cream cheese 160g grated cheddar 350g crab meat 2 tbls lemon juice 2tsp Worcester sauce 3tsp fresh… Continue reading Gordon’s Hot Crab Dip

Cake Time · Christmas · Comfort Food · Party Food · Plan Ahead

Gma’s Signature Christmas Cake

To be made on the last weekend of the October half term, and fed with booze right the way through until Christmas. Dreamy!   Ingredients 8oz plain flour 8oz brown sugar 8oz butter 1tsp cinnamon 1tsp ground ginger 1tbsp black treacle 4 eggs   Fruits to be prepared the day before Bottle of sherry 6oz… Continue reading Gma’s Signature Christmas Cake

20 Minute Meals (max!) · Cheese · Comfort Food · Party Food · Plan Ahead · Sauces & Dips

Cheese Artichoke Dip

This served with some sliced fresh bread – nothing could be better (I meant to take a photo, but we accidentally devoured it before I could get to my phone!)   Ingredients 4oz  grated mozzarella 10oz thawed frozen spinach 14oz canned artichoke hearts 2 large cloves of garlic 8oz cream cheese 2 tbsp sour cream… Continue reading Cheese Artichoke Dip

20 Minute Meals (max!) · Basic but Impressive · Cocktail Hour · Fish · Party Food · Plan Ahead

Salmon Rillettes with Cucumber Pickle

Part starter, part lazy weekend lunch, this is simple, delicious and dangerously moreish. Ingredients 150g butter 1 tsp water 200g salmon fillets Lemon juice to taste Fresh nutmeg Black pepper for seasoning Sliced fresh bread to serve 1 cucumber, thinly sliced 1 small onion, thinly sliced 25g caster sugar 1 tsp salt 200ml cider vinegar… Continue reading Salmon Rillettes with Cucumber Pickle