GBBO week 9 – lemon fondant fancies

Okay I know I have only just posted my tudor pie (chicken and leek with hot water crust – delicious), but I am catching up before the GBBO ends tomorrow (sob, end of an era as who knows how it will be reincarnated on Channel 4?). For patisserie week there were the options of savoury […]

GBBO week 5 – Danish pastries

I was going to title this blog post ‘Easy Danish pastries’ because the dough I used was a cross between a rough puff and an enriched dough, so it wasn’t as much hard work as it could have been … however, it wasn’t that easy either, so I thought it best not to mislead with […]

Cookbook Challenge – Ferran Adria’s The Family Meal: Peas & Ham, Roast Chicken

I was a bit worried that Andrew was being too ambitious when he chose The Family Meal cookbook by Ferran Adria – he of El Bulli fame. The book is called The Family Meal because it focuses on meals cooked for staff at the restaurant as opposed to those cooked for paying guests, which at […]

GBBO 2014 challenge week 4 – self saucing lemon pudding

Oh blimey, what was going on with the Bake Off this week? #Bingate made for fantastic viewing, and I am sure that the programme-makers were delighted to see how Twitter went ballistic over ‘Dirty Diana’ and her apparently sabotage of Iain’s baked alaska. Has a baking show ever had so much fuss? I doubt it […]

Crab and chilli with homemade tagliatelle

As I may have mentioned (boasted) in previous posts, Andrew has been making very heavy hints about wishing for more pasta to feature on our menus … by buying me every conceivable piece of pasta making kit to attach to my beautiful KitchenAid. Not that I am complaining – I love pasta, and I love […]

GBBO challenge week 4 – custard tart

Find out more about my GBBO challenge. Custard tarts! I love them. We used to get them as a treat from the bakers when we were younger, although I haven’t had one for a few years. I have, however, made a custard tart before – Andrew’s nan fancied a sweet treat and I had just […]