Author: Faye Creasey

Canti Prosecco 2016 – A Party Starter

Prosecco? Ooh go on then, don’t mind if I do! Having been more of a champagne fan in the past I find myself purchasing more Prosecco these days. It seems to be that bit more palatable for some who are not wine fans so we can meet in the middle and obviously, the cost is cheaper. A little bit of Prosecco history…… Prosecco is a sparkling wine (although not all Proseccos are sparkling, some are flat). It is made in the Veneto region of Italy. It tends to be sweeter than champagne. Prosecco is named after a village, a...

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Lemon Meringue Cocktail

Inspired by my fondness of the dessert and having Limoncello in the fridge I gave myself the task of creating this delicious cocktail. Limoncello as you  is such a refreshing liqueur, one of the great tastes I acquired during my travels through Italy. In Italy, Limoncello is extremely popular and I am glad to say that many stockists and restaurants around the world now sell this zingy liqueur in drink or dessert form. It is sometimes nice to have something special to offer guests when they are over for festivities such as birthdays or Christmas and I find this drink is...

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Spiced Christmas Biscuits

These are so easy to make and are perfect for Christmas with their spicy flavour. It is a great recipe to get children involved with, especially the decorating at the end – the fun part! You can create whatever you wish with this recipe, such as stars, Christmas trees, hearts or reindeer. They can even be personalised as gifts and presented in clear cellophane and tied with a festive ribbon. You will need: Cookie Cutters 3 baking trays (for approximately 50 small biscuits) Ingredients: 250g self raising flour 1 tsp ground cinnamon 1 tsp ground ginger 1 tsp mixed...

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Spicy Ginger Parkin

This cake is very seasonal and perfect for chilly autumn nights and occasions such as Bonfire Night. I have changed one traditional recipe by adding mixed spice to increase the spiciness. You can leave this out if you want the more traditional recipe. Ingredients: 220g Butter 240g Golden Syrup 100g Treacle 90g light Muscovado Sugar (Soft Brown Sugar) 100g Oats 250g Self Raising Flour 2 tbsp Ground Ginger 2 tsp Mixed Spice 1 Large Egg 5 tbsp Milk Method: Grease and line a 22cm/9 inch square cake tin. Melt together the treacle , syrup, sugar and butter until all the...

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Scrummy Homemade Granola Bars

These tasty granola bars make good and easy picnic/snack food. The beauty of this recipe is you can use pretty much any combination of dried fruits/nuts and seeds to suit your tastes. You will need: 14 x 8 inch approx deep tray Ingredients: 350g oats A handful of crunchy cerial. ie branflakes 2 tsp cinnamon 140g butter 160g honey 100g light brown soft sugar 50g sesame seeds 50g dried cranberries 50g mixed nuts, chopped 30g pumpkin seeds Method: Grease and line the baking tray and heat the oven to 180c (350F) Heat the butter, honey and sugar in saucepan...

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