Category: Food & Drink

Easy Focaccia Style Bread Recipe

This Italian, focaccia inspired bread recipe is versatile and adaptable whilst at the same time easy to prepare and bake, a treat especially for those who enjoy Italian flavours. There are many regional Italian recipes and styles of focaccia bread, including garlic, chilli, herb and sweet variants. Truly a recipe to adapt to taste and occasion, use as a side dish with a meal, serve it with a light salad and cheeses or top with your choice of ingredients to serve pizza style. When you have some left over, focaccia makes amazing croutons when cut into small squares and toasted in the oven till crispy and served with a rich tomato soup. I’ve used...

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Roast Lamb Shank Recipe – In a Red Wine Sauce

Roast lamb shank in a red wine sauce, tender and cooked to perfection, a delicious twist on a Sunday roast or a romantic dinner for two.  A simple recipe and best pre-prepared the evening before to tenderize the meat but can be cooked the same day. I like to serve with a mustard mash and steamed curly kale or with some mini roast potatoes. I’ve heard say that when cooking with wine it’s best to use a good wine you would normally enjoy drinking and not just a random table wine. This roast lamb shank recipe serves two but can be used to serve...

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Lemon Drizzle Cake Recipe – Simple, Moist and Zingy

This light and moist lemon drizzle loaf cake uses basic ingredients, is easy to put together and most of all is very moreish once you’ve tasted it! This is one of my favourite classic cake slices. It has to be said that sometimes the simple pleasures are the best,  just like this simple but delightful lemon drizzle cake. Baked in a loaf tin and sliced is a wonderful addition to a coffee break or a tea time treat. The problem for me is with temptation,  I slice it thin and savour it but it’s entirely up to you how you handle the taste sensation of all that zingy lemon flavour! Ingredients   225g caster sugar   225g softened butter or olive spread/dairy free spread   4...

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Nottingham – Boozy Bones Bar and Grill

A family dinner in a relaxed atmosphere, delicious food and good company. Boozy Bones in the Hockley area of Nottingham was our chosen restaurant for celebrating a family birthday, and it certainly was a good choice. It was our first visit to Boozy Bones bar and grill and booked a table for 6. The seating arrangements are spacious, comfortable and well spaced which is something I appreciate in a restaurant.  We settled in and ordered from the menu which in itself is a tricky business, the choice is so mouth watering. I found Boozy Bones quite welcoming with it’s retro vintage style and well thought out seating plan, meaning that I didn’t feel squeezed in or overlooked and that’s important to me to help...

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Baci di Alassio – Chocolate Kisses

These delightful little ganache filled biscuits feature a soft, chewy centre and a crisp outer. They are named Baci di Alassio, which literally translates as ‘Kisses from Alassio’. The coastal town of Alassio is situated on the coast in Liguria, North West Italy, where they originate from. Serve these after a meal with a bowl of strawberries, a chocolate cream liqueur for a truly romantic setting.  Ingredients (Makes 18)  100g Belgian cooking chocolate  115g almond meal  165g caster sugar  15g sifted Dutch cocoa powder  25g honey  ¼ tsp vanilla essence  2 free range egg whites  60g heavy cream  Method Grease and line 2 baking sheets. Preheat oven to 220C, or 200C...

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Fruity or Chocolate Rock Cakes

I have always loved Rock Cakes, there is something so comforting in them and what better accompaniment to a lovely hot cuppa or hot chocolate in cold weather. Rock Cakes were originally a traditional British teatime treat in olden days and their popularity has spread around the world. Due to the fact the old original recipes of Rock Cakes had less sugar and eggs than normal cakes they were promoted heavily at the time of WW2 rationing. Plus at the time you could use oatmeal when flour was not available.  Here is my Rock Cake recipe to go with...

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Pignoletto – An Alternative To Prosecco?

Now, I am a self proclaimed Prosecco drinker or, if the purse allows, a Champagne quaffer. On a recent shopping trip as I browsed the wine aisle I came across a bottle of Sainsburys Pignoletto nestled within the Prosecco. I had never heard of it, so, with interest piqued, I picked up a bottle and added it to my basket. Later that weekend I produced the Pignoletto out of the fridge and announced to my husband we would be trying it. As he had also never heard of it, I had a little look into the background of Pignoletto....

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All Gone Cake – An Easy, Boozy Fruit Cake

An easy bake last minute fruit cake, with a shot or two of rum or whiskey for good measure and I can guarantee it’s all gone in no time. This full flavored boozy fruit cake is quick to make and uses mincemeat instead of mixed fruit adding extra moistness and taste, finished off with a sticky marmalade glaze. Without the added booze this makes a great addition to a pack up for a hike or can be dressed up a little more for an occasion. The appearance is a little darker than a farmhouse cake due to the brown...

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