Opera Cake

I saw this on Great British Bake Off and thought I’d have a go. For a first attempt I am pleased. Not ecstatic, but pleased. Opera Cake   Author: Mike Recipe type: Cake Cuisine: French Serves: 8 Prep time: 90 mins Cook time: 20 mins Total time: 1 hour 50 mins Print   A richly […]

The time is almost here…

It’s that time of year when everything gets a little darker, colder and, for some people, a bit sad. Not me, I love all seasons. This is the time when I start thinking about winter warmers like thick soups, and comfort foods like my famous brownies. Now, when I say famous, they are. Within the […]

A week away, at last!

Picture taken from the Primrose Cottage website

I have just come back from a week away in Dorset. It’s not often I get away. Not often at all. In fact, the last time my wife and I went away was for two days, about 8 years ago! My wife and I stayed at a little cottage in Marnhull, kind of between Shaftesbury […]

Chocolate Ginger Cake

Ginger and other spices combine with treacle and brown sugar to make a dark, sticky, very British teatime treat. And the chocolate is the gilding on the cake Chocolate Ginger Cake   Author: Mike Serves: 8-12 Prep time: 30 mins Cook time: 45 mins Total time: 1 hour 15 mins Print   Ingredients 150g butter, […]

Eggs Benedict

Sometimes, you just need that opulence that butter and eggs gives! Eggs Benedict   Author: Mike Serves: 4 Prep time: 15 mins Cook time: 10 mins Total time: 25 mins Print   Ingredients For the Hollandaise 3 large free-range eggs, yolks only ½ lemon, juice only 250g/9oz butter, melted pinch white pepper and salt For […]

New home, same website

Well, what a fun day this has been. I bought serendipity.co.uk a week or so back, when it became available, according to the domain registrar. Turns out they jumped the gun and transferred it out before the grace period was up. So Nominet took the domain back. So here is the same website on a […]

Fragrant Pilau Rice

Fragrant Pilau Rice   Author: Mike Cuisine: Indian Serves: 4 Prep time: 20 mins Cook time: 20 mins Total time: 40 mins Print   This is my favourite pilau rice recipe, it is from Jo Pratt Ingredients 450g/1lb basmati rice (for a more authentic flavour and texture it is best not to use easy-cook rice; […]

Easy Chocolate Cake

This cake is deliciously moist, and is fat-free! (OK, it doesn’t use butter…) This recipe was the one good thing to come from a job that went really badly. Easy Chocolate Cake   Author: Mike Serves: 12 Prep time: 20 mins Cook time: 35 mins Total time: 55 mins Print   Ingredients 225g/8oz plain flour […]

Jamaica Ginger Cake

  Jamaica Ginger Cake   Author: Mike Recipe type: Cake Serves: 12 Prep time: 30 mins Cook time: 45 mins Total time: 1 hour 15 mins Print   I love this cake! It’s deliciously moist with a lovely ginger kick. It’s light enough to enjoy at any time. Ingredients 250g unsalted butter 275g soft dark […]

Coconut Beef Curry

  Coconut Beef Curry   Author: Mike Recipe type: Main Meal Cuisine: Indian Serves: 4 Prep time: 20 mins Cook time: 1 hour 30 mins Total time: 1 hour 50 mins Print   Reassuringly tasty and simple, this is a great one for Friday nights in! Ingredients 2 tbsp oil 1 large onion. sliced 2 […]