Strawberry & Elderflower Gateau

Ingredients: 2 x 200g sponge flan cases (25cm) 6 tbsp strawberry jam or conserve 400g strawberries (look for ones that are a similar size), halved 600ml double cream 2 tbsp icing sugar, plus 150g 5 tbsp elderflower cordial 5-6 raspberries or some pink food colouring gel small handful pistachios (optional), slivered or roughly chopped (see tip) strawberry coulis or cream, to serve Instructions: Remove the … Continue reading Strawberry & Elderflower Gateau

Rustic Loaf

Ingredients 175ml (6 fl oz) water 1/4 teaspoon quick yeast 225g (8 oz) bread flour 225ml (8 fl oz) water 1/2 teaspoon quick yeast 275g (10 oz) bread flour 5 tablespoons wholemeal flour 1/4 teaspoon salt   Method The day before making bread, place 175ml water, 1/4 teaspoon yeast and 225g bread flour into pan of a bread machine. Select dough cycle and let knead … Continue reading Rustic Loaf

Strawberry Daiquiri

Ingredients: 60ml light rum 30ml freshly squeezed lime juice 15ml simple syrup 1 cup ice 3- 5 fresh strawberries (reserve one for garnish) Method: Muddle the strawberries in a cocktail shaker until crushed and most of the juice has been released. Pour in the light rum, fresh lime juice, simple syrup, and fill the shaker with ice. Shake vigorously for approx. 25 seconds. Fine strain … Continue reading Strawberry Daiquiri

The Penicillin

Ingredients: 60ml blended Scotch whisky 25ml fresh lemon juice 25ml honey syrup 3 slices fresh ginger 10ml single malt Scotch Sugared ginger to garnish (optional) Method: Using a wooden muddler or mixing spoon, muddle the fresh ginger in the bottom of a cocktail shaker until it is well mashed. Add the blended Scotch, lemon juice, and honey syrup, and fill shaker with ice. Shake vigorously … Continue reading The Penicillin

Mediterranean-Style Lamb Chops

Ingredients: 2 tbsp chopped fresh mint 1 tsp finely chopped fresh rosemary 3 garlic cloves 3 tbsp olive oil 4 lean lamb chops or cutlets 1 aubergine, sliced 4 courgettes, sliced 2 red peppers, cut into large chunks 2 yellow peppers, cut into large chunks 85g/3oz feta cheese, crumbled 250g/9oz cherry tomatoes Method: Using a pestle and mortar or food processor, blend together the mint, … Continue reading Mediterranean-Style Lamb Chops

Anatolian Lamb, Couscous & Flatbread

Ingredients: Lamb 4 lamb fillets, sliced into 1cm slices 2 tbsp of soy sauce 1 tsp ground cumin 1 garlic clove, finely crushed 40g of golden syrup 1/4 bunch of rosemary, finely chopped 1 tbsp of vegetable oil Couscous 200g of couscous (plus 200ml boiling water) 40g of pine nuts, toasted 40g of raisins 1 tbsp of parsley, chopped Salt To serve 200g of Greek … Continue reading Anatolian Lamb, Couscous & Flatbread

Croque Madame

Ingredients: 150ml whole milk ¼ onion 4 black peppercorns 1 bay leaf 20g unsalted butter, plus a knob extra 20g plain flour Olive oil for frying 4 thin slices sourdough bread 160g gruyère, comté or a mix, grated 4 slices thick-cut ham 2 large free-range eggs Method: Gently heat the milk, onion, peppercorns and bay leaf in a pan. When the milk starts to simmer, … Continue reading Croque Madame