Panettone Bread and Butter Pudding

not many people are keen on panettone – is it bread or cake? It’s too dry to be cake but not doughy enough to be bread.  What do you have it with?  How do you slice it?  How do you serve it?  Are those raisins and bits of candied peel? 

Chicken Fettuccine Alfredo

Pimped-up fettuccine alfredo! Easy. Ingredients: Chicken breast (aim for 1 per person) Spanish onion Garlic Cream Thyme Parmesan cheese Lemon juice Parsley Seasoning https://www.youtube.com/edit?o=U&video_id=6ZEeFW1PG8s Method: 1st: Chop the chicken breast into slices, or equal size pieces and fry in oil/butter. 2nd: Dice a small Spanish onion and 2 cloves of garlic.  Once the chicken is cooked,…

Mushroom Arancini

Start by making a mushroom risotto but make sure to ALWAYS make a little bit extra just so that you can make these easy to create, amazing arancini!

Salted Caramel Panna Cotta

Salted Caramel Panna Cotta Typing those four words has made my mouth water! Classic panna cotta is normally served with a strawberry coulis to off-set the silky-white texture of the creamy panna cotta.  At the very least, slices of strawberry or other fruit will be used to finish the dish – even if just as…

Fresh Pasta – Tortellini

A couple of years ago, or was it last year? I was given a pasta machine for my birthday.  And whether this was a gift given out of love or the thought that I’d be inviting people around to eat fresh pasta on a regular basis I don’t know BUT what I do know is…

Panna Cotta

There’s always room for dessert! You sit down at your local trattoria to stay out of the lunchtime sun knowing exactly what you’re going to have for dessert – panna cotta.  More grown up than ice-cream but just as cooling and light.  You plan your antipasti and primo piatto with this in mind, making sure…

Party

Having established a benchmark of food and drink at my parties a few years ago, what could I pull out of the bag to feed my 20+ guests this party round?  After all I can no longer get away with several bags of doritos and assorted dips! Do I provide my standard party medly of spiced…

Vegetarian

The recent Horsemeat scandal has left farmers incensed as meat sales have plummeted, supermarkets have lost billions in profits and governments struggle in vain to draw a line under the scandal over horsemeat being sold as beef. So with consumers ditching beef for veggie ready meals it makes me question why people feel that creating vegetarian dishes…

Blue Monday

“You got paid early in December ready for Christmas, so you are currently skint. Your New Year diet regime has now slipped and you are hoovering up food like there’s no tomorrow.” New Year’s resolutions start flying out the window and all those gym clothes you bought are a constant reminder of how little exercise…

Autumn

Wet, windy Wednesday’s tropical storm (apparently the tail end of Hurricane Nadine) was the herald that Summer was over. Cloudless, cerulean blue skies turning to ghostly grey and the drop in temperature were the clues to make everyone assume that Autumn was on its way. Patio furniture and BBQ sets have been hidden away until…