Pains au Chocolat

This is not a chocolate croissant. This… is a pain au chocolat. Ok, so maybe that isn’t quite true but these flaky, delicious pains au chocolat are surprisingly easy to make and are just so much better than the ones you can get from a shop (at least in most places – I wouldn’t rate…

Mushroom Lasagne

Ahh my old friend mushroom pasta. I try to move away to new flavours but mushrooms and pasta and cheese just go together so well and together create the best lasagne I have had in a long time. Alternating layers of mushrooms and ricotta fillings, separated by perfectly cooked pasta dough and topped with a…

Chocolate Babka Wreath

This babka recipe is simply the best. It is delicious, soft, light and ultra-versatile. For this version, I have stuffed the babka with a chocolate filling but you can also use dried fruit, a cinnamon roll style filling or even poppyseed based ones. Not only can this be eaten on its own but a slightly…

Teriyaki Beef Meatballs

I am a huge fan of sauces. They can transform a dish and the right choice of sauce can cover a huge multitude of sins. The biggest issue that can arise when making a sauce is the consistency. You don’t want it so thin that it runs off the other elements of a dish but…

Lemon Meringue Pie

There is no need to cry over lemon meringue pie… that is assuming none of the myriad of things which could go wrong do. There are a lot of techniques involved in a lemon meringue pie; however none of them are actually too difficult – and almost anyone who has baked before will have tried…

Mushroom Ravioli

For something so simple, ravioli really do take a lot of effort to make. Homemade ones are delicious; you can tailor them to your own tastes or the tastes of those you are cooking for – however I really would recommend saving them for a special occasion. Homemade ravioli would be perfect for the starter…

Pressed Biscuits

Biscuits have always been – and are still – my nemesis in the kitchen. I have always struggled to get them fully cooked and crispy but not burnt or soft and chewy like giant cookies but neither raw nor overcooked. These pressed biscuits are small enough that you can basically guarantee that you will not…

Gochujang Chicken

About a year ago, I went out for lunch with my mum to the Bang Bang Oriental Food Hall in north London. I cannot remember what I had to eat (possibly dumplings, a Thai curry or pad Thai?) but my mum has a bowl of bibimbap. This came with a side of chilli sauce for…

Chocolate and Raspberry Caramel Bone Cake

After last year’s nauseating brain cake (check out how to make it here), and the spider cake that followed it (not for the arachnophobic among you), I thought I would tone down the horror of this year’s Halloween cake – not least because I still have to travel in public with it. So, of course,…

Pumpkin Soup

Halloween is approaching and that means it’s time for all things pumpkiny and spooky. This week we are going for the pumpkin and next week will bring the horror. Whether you like Halloween or not, we can all agree that it does a great job at stopping Christmas from sneaking earlier and earlier every year…