12 October 09


Chocolate and Amaretti Torte with a Divine Chocolate Frosting

The recipe for this chocolate and amaretti torte with a divine chocolate frosting could not have come at a better time than during the national Chocolate Week 2009. I am a chocoholic and a piece of good chocolate can melt my heart in seconds.

We were invited for supper by Janie and John Turner from UK Thermomix a month ago when Janie made a version of this super deliciousness for pudding. It was superb and has been playing on my mind ever since.

The simplicity and ease of this recipe is striking, however packed with flavour it is guaranteed to produce oohs and aahs from everyone who is privileged enough to get a slice.

The whole recipe gets made in the thermomix apart from the baking of the cake. There are loads of reasons why I love my thermomix but two serious reasons are the fact that I only


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11 October 09


Orange and Cardamom Soaked Brioche Buns

Credit goes to Valentine Warner for inspiring me to make these fabulous orange and cardamom soaked brioche buns. I was watching Val on telly a few months ago making something similar with a boozy syrup. I could not stop my mouth watering and even had dreams about these naughty little devils.

As soon as I had the time and ingredients I made my own version as the idea was bugging me. To no ones surprise I was completely converted and utterly in love!

I have to issue a severe sugar rush warning, do not eat before bed time as you will definitely bounce around the room and I do not take responsibility for sleep deprivation!

I did mention in the method that you should leave the brioche buns for a minimum of 6 hours to absorb the syrup but if you can resist leaving them for a day they will


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09 October 09


Wild Boar Bacon and Lemon Thyme Popcorn – My Tribute to Partick Swayze

This recipe is a bit of fun and yummy at the same time! The perfect Saturday afternoon recipe when you have  time on your hands, the weather is uninspiring and it’s a bit too early to relax in front of the telly.

I know wild boar bacon is not a ingredient that you purchase every day from you local supermarket but I found these amazing bright pink and lovely thick slices on the Susan Adam’s Wild Boar of Brompton Stand at the Aldeburgh  Food Festival. When I spotted the wild boar bacon I was hooked and challenged at the same time. I challenged myself to think outside the box and buy ingredients that I would normally look at but put back and not buy. Yes you guessed right I’m a bit boring, play it safe and a traditionalist in my own rights! So the challenge is to let myself go


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06 October 09


Venison and Smoked Pancetta Meatballs with Curly Kale and Parsnip Mash; Red Onion Gravy

Autumn is well and truly upon us and it’s time to indulge in the hearty and homely dishes that makes this season that little bit more interesting.The Game season has begun and I was delighted to find venison and partridge at the Aldeburgh food festival last week. I bought a packet of venison mince for a quick and hearty mid-week supper later in the week.

The dish met all expectations and will easily make you forgive and forget of all the evils and nastiest that a gruelling day has thrown at you. Tuesday evening was time for a glass of red wine and an appointment with the packet of minced venison from the weekend.

As venison is very lean it can be fairly dry and therefore I wrapped the meatballs in smoked streaky pancetta or smoked streaky bacon would have been just as good. I made a deliciously tangy sweet


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