Killer Whale Cake

When I made this cake (and others), the plan in the back of my mind was to write up these blog posts with detailed instructions and plans on how to replicate them. Obviously that was a crazy idea – I don’t remember the details, I didn’t take any notes and I don’t have the patience…

Spiced Roasted Nuts with Rosemary & Sea Salt

These nuts! What a revelation. Such an easy snack to make, and so much healthier and more impressive than chips. They aren’t hot; they are spiced rather than spicy. If you want them to have a bit of spicy warmth, increase the cayenne pepper. This amount of nuts fits on one baking sheet for me…

Mom’s Beef Curry with Sliced Banana & Poppadoms

My mother used to serve this curry at dinner parties. She’d make us something else to eat beforehand, and I remember asking why we couldn’t eat what they were having. The answer? “It’s curry, you won’t like it”. Ha! Challenge accepted. This is one of the easiest curries to make, and the sliced banana is…

Dinner Party 5: Eight Amigos for a Mexican Fiesta

The Scene: ‘Eight Amigos for a Mexican Fiesta’ pretty much sets the scene for this one. 1x small house, 8 rowdy friends, Mexican food, and more booze than is usually (ever) a good idea. Also, I have a giant inflatable chilli ‘borrowed’ from a Red Hot Chilli Peppers concert, so I’m winning at themed decor. The Starters: Some people…

Cheese Scones with a Touch of Cayenne Pepper

It’s been a long time since I’ve added a blog post. Moving house, with the resulting chaos and admin, has just about eliminated any desire to cook for the last two months. However, Mother’s Day seemed the perfect time to get back to baking, and I have a very savoury tooth at the moment. I…

Fresh Fig & Feta Salad with Toasted Walnuts

Fresh figs are quite elusive. Preserved figs, more commonplace: on a pizza, with cheese on crackers and/or Parma ham. But it seems like a rare occurrence to see fresh figs in the supermarket. Which makes no sense, because they must have a full season, just like any other fruit? So when I do see them,…