Archive for the 'recipes' Category

Royal Milk Tea

Saturday, January 14th, 2017

Tastes exactly like canned Royal Milk Tea from a vending machine.

If you want to make Royal Milk Tea (instead of using a packet), the recipe is really simple:

  1. Measure out a cup of milk into a saucepan.
  2. Add sugar, cinnamon [optional], and a tea bag.
  3. Bring to the boil, then immediately turn off the heat.
  4. Leave to brew for a minute or two.
  5. Pour into a cup.
  6. Enjoy!

Tomato gazpacho

Saturday, May 21st, 2016



Lemon chicken linguine

Thursday, May 5th, 2016



The recipe is from Antonio Carluccio’s column in The Times.

The recipe for the chicken gnocchi is:

  • 350g chicken breast meat
  • 2 x medium eggs
  • 2 tablespoons of panko
  • 1 garlic clove
  • 2 tablespoons of parsley
  • bunch of basil
  • nutmeg

Zap the ingredients above in a food mixer (this can be done hours in advance).

Heat oil in a hot frying pan and use a tablespoon to measure out small balls. Cook for at least 5 minutes on each side. Add lemon zest and juice, and generous amounts of salt and pepper at the end.

Meanwhile cook linguine. Save a cup of the pasta water (very important).

Add chicken gnocchi and water to the pasta and serve with lots of parmesan.

Greek lamb bake

Thursday, January 14th, 2016


The recipe is this one. Surprisingly tasty!

Paprika chicken

Sunday, November 22nd, 2015


The recipe is this one from the BBC website.

Making a Christmas pudding

Thursday, October 29th, 2015


This year I’m going to try Nigel Slater’s recipe with quinces.

Making cheese pt 2

Saturday, October 10th, 2015



Hanging the cheese curds to separate out the whey.

Soda bread whiskey pudding

Wednesday, October 7th, 2015



Guinea fowl

Thursday, October 1st, 2015


Recipe from here. The guinea fowl (free range from Waitrose) was great. Wasn’t really convinced by the lentil sauce.

Banana cake

Saturday, September 12th, 2015

This was an excellent banana cake — moist and sophisticated.

Some differences from the recipe:

  1. I missed out the chocolate.
  2. I used a real vanilla pod instead of vanilla extract.
  3. I didn’t sprinkle sugar on top.
  4. The bananas were not too ripe.
  5. Cooked for about 55 minutes, half that time covered in foil.

Make kvass

Sunday, September 6th, 2015

Making kvass, a Russian traditional fermented black bread drink. This is the recipe (but I halved everything).


Some cakes

Saturday, August 29th, 2015

Jaffa cakes from this Jamie Oliver recipe:


They taste almost entirely unlike jaffa cakes though. Could do with more sweetness. The main problem is the recipe ingredients are all wrong: It needs more cake mix, about half the marmalade, and about twice the chocolate.

Cookies from this BBC recipe:


Not exactly sophisticated, but they taste OK.

Beef casserole and home made horseradish sauce

Saturday, July 4th, 2015


Sorry about the terrible photo. The food was delicious. Recipe was this one, and the horseradish recipe was this.

Fennel and kale tagliatelle

Monday, June 15th, 2015



Tasty! The secret is in the lemon and fennel fronds added afterwards, giving it a nice lift.


Recipe is this one but I didn’t bother with the onion.

Peppers chorizo halloumi pesto pizza

Sunday, June 14th, 2015


Not that good.

Rosemary, dates and caramelized onion pizza

Sunday, June 14th, 2015


Quite sophisticated.  Next time, cut the dates up smaller.

Red pepper pesto

Wednesday, June 10th, 2015


Home-roasted peppers, coriander, pimenton and pine nuts pesto, pasta, and fresh salad from the garden.

This is the recipe – don’t put too much paprika in it.

Tea cake

Wednesday, April 22nd, 2015


Very tasty! The recipe is from here

Beer bread

Sunday, April 12th, 2015



Peculiar, and not particularly nice. Recipe is this one.


Wednesday, April 8th, 2015