Banana Bread

May 9, 2012 Banana Bread this is an easy recipe and can be prepared in minutes.   You can use wholemeal flour if you wish and substitute the butter for oil, but the butter gives a richer flavour. Ingredients 4-5 tablespoons butter, softened 2 eggs 2 or 3 very ripe bananas 2/3 cup sugar 1 1/3 cup all-purpose {Tags: , , , , } {More...}

Beef Stroganoff

February 17, 2012 Beef Stroganoff a favourite Russian dish which can be served with rice or noodles or just with a chunk of crusty bread.  My husband likes it with chips. Ingredients 6 Tbsp butter 1 pound of top sirloin or tenderloin, cut thin into 1-inch wide by 2 1/2-inch long strips 1/3 cup chopped shallots 1/2 pound {Tags: , , , , } {More...}

Cheddar Cheese Soup

February 10, 2012 A warming dish for winter lunch or supper and can be ready in minutes.  Serve with fresh crust bread or granary bread for a hearty meal. Ingredients 4 Cups Chicken stock 5 Tablespoons Butter 4 Tablespoons Flour 2 Carrots, peeled and diced 4 Spring onions, diced 6 Ounces Grated cheddar cheese 2 Sprigs parsley, chopped {Tags: , , , , } {More...}

Chicken Liver Paté with Apples and Brandy

January 13, 2012 Chicken Liver Paté with pples and Brandy is a luxurious spread for fresh bread or crackers to serve as a snack or starter.  You can replace the brandy with apple juice for a non-alcoholic option. Ingredients 8 Tbsp (1 stick) unsalted butter, at room temperature 1 Granny Smith apple, peeled, cored, and cut into 1/2-inch {Tags: , , , , } {More...}

Smoked Salmon Spread

Paté and Spreads
Smoked Salmon Spread is easy to make and very good spread on crackers or even in sandwiches for a picnic.  For a healthier spread use a low-fat cream cheese. Ingredients 2 (8 ounce) packages cream cheese, softened 12 ounces smoked salmon, chopped 3 drops hot pepper sauce (optional) 2 tablespoons chopped chives Dash of Lemon {Tags: , , , , } {More...}

Clear Tomato Soup

December 21, 2011 Clear Tomato Soup is a light first course soup and can be made very quickly it only takes about 5 minutes to prepare and 20 minutes to cook.  This recipe will serve 4 for a starter. Ingredients 1 tbsp olive oil 1 large onion, finely chopped 5lb/2.25kg really ripe tomatoes Salt, pepper and sugar A {Tags: , , , , } {More...}

Mushroom Paté and Wild Mushroom Paté

Paté and Spreads
December 9, 2011 Paté makes a great starter to any meal and they are very easy to make and will keep for up to a week in the fridge.  Here are two recipes one very basic the other for a more extravagant  wild mushroom paté . Basic Mushroom Paté  Ingredients 1 cube butter 1 pound of mushrooms 1/2 cup of {Tags: , , , , , } {More...}


Croissants crescent shapes French pastries can be eaten alone or with a delicious sweet or savoury fillings. Ingredients 1 1/4 teaspoons active dry yeast 3 tablespoons warm water (110 degrees F/45 degrees C) 1 teaspoon white sugar 1 3/4 cups all-purpose flour 2 teaspoons white sugar 1 1/2 teaspoons salt 2/3 cup warm milk 2 {Tags: , , , , } {More...}

Poached Eggs

November 4, 2011 Poached eggs a quick way to serve eggs and one of the best low calorie ways to cook them.  Good on toast or on top of  Bubble & Squeak.  There are many ways to cook poached eggs this is just one of them Ingredients Eggs 1 teaspoon vinegar Salt and pepper to serve Method Bring {Tags: , , , , , } {More...}

Pesto with Fresh Basil

Pesto can be served with a number of dishes such as gnocci or you can use it as a marinade for chicken breasts or lamb steaks.  It will keep in an airtight jar in the fridge for a few days but also a good idea is to freeze it in ice cube trays- Ingredients 2 cups {Tags: , , , , } {More...}