Four course birthday dinner

So I recently reduced my work hours to 4 days a week which means less money to spend on food but more time to cook it. Oh the irony. Having said that it had reinvigorated my creativity through the need to be more thrifty with my purchases and with a plethora of factory shop fronts…

Chocolate without mint cupcakes

Having bought some of the cutest cup cake wrappers recently I couldn’t resist giving┬áthis recipe I came across a go. I wasn’t in the mood for mint and I couldn’t locate the White Wings mousse mixture required, despite visiting three supermarkets, so I made up a mixture of icing sugar, cocoa and whipped cream and…

Simple breakfast with added decandence

As a result of our gourmet feast we have a few pretty speccy ingredients in the fridge which I’ll be using to ramp up a few staples over time. For this simple breakfast I decided to use the salmon roe but the truffle paste is staring at me and begging to be combined with eggs…

Pea soup with home made bacon croutons

I sent this recipe to my taller half when he was out ideas for soup last week. It’s a really quick recipe that’s easily doable on a weeknight. We altered the recipe a little bit by substituting the chervil with flat leaf parsley and adding in some crispy fried croutons at the end made from…

Wednesday spring lamb with Karen

We had our dear friend over for dinner on a ‘school night’ so I went for something tried and true. Home made olive tepenade coated lamb cutlets (because it’s a great time of year to include lamb in a menu), potato, onion and gruyere cheese gratin and blanched asparagus with aged balsamic. Much of this…

Dinner for four

We had the pleasure of some delightful folks’ company on Saturday evening so we went all out and made a four course seafood extravaganza. Sasha also treated them to an array of his own beers which were all well received. I’m not in much of a creative writing mood today so I’ll get down to…