Basic but Impressive · Christmas · Plan Ahead

Homemade Christmas Mincemeat

Warning, this makes around 2 litres of mincemeat – it’s a big recipe, for big Christmas fans!   Ingredients 850g mixed dried fruit (combination of raisins, currants, cranberries and sultanas) 50g chopped almonds 50g glaced cherries 50g mixed peel 50g stem ginger (in syrup) 2 lemons 2 oranges 225g bramley apple 350g dark brown sugar… Continue reading Homemade Christmas Mincemeat

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

Cake Time · Comfort Food · Plan Ahead · Pudding

Sticky Toffee Tray Bake Cake

This is a bit of cheats version, as you can make the sauce separately (and ahead of time) and then just combine all the gooey goodness at the last minute before serving.   Ingredients 100g butter 175g light muscavado sugar 2 large eggs 115g self-raising flour 1tsp baking powder 1tsp bicarb of soda 3tbsp black… Continue reading Sticky Toffee Tray Bake 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

20 Minute Meals (max!) · Basic but Impressive · Cocktail Hour · Party Food · Picnic Inspiration · Plan Ahead · Sauces & Dips

Broadbean and Feta Bruschetta

Great layered up for parties, or deconstructed for picnic ease   Ingredients 1 loaf of fresh French bread 300h broad beans (fresh or frozen) ½ bunch fresh tarragon Olive oil 1 clove garlic 100g feta cheese 4 tbsp natural yogurt Black pepper to season   Method Boil the broad beans for 5-8 minutes, until the… Continue reading Broadbean and Feta Bruschetta