My Mum has a theory that she's not a great cake baker. I beg to differ as her coffee and walnut is the stuff of dreams; pillowy soft sponge with just the right amount of bitter coffee and almost buttery walnuts. A huge slice and a cup of strong black coffee is my pick me up heaven.
I am never happy. No, I don't mean I'm a depressive. I think I was depressed for about 2 months back in 1999, but other than that have been lucky on that front. I'm just never happy with my lot. I have this constant suspicion I am missing out on things. I have to try everything once. It's a recipe for disaster. Like poor impulse control in infants.
You guys asked for an easy pizza recipe and here it is! Who better to show you how to make pizza than 'Italian Stallion' Gennaro? Using an age-old family recipe he guides you through every step from kneading the dough to making the classic margherita topping. This is everything you need to know about pizza in one video folks.
Contrary to popular belief, I do not spend that much time in the kitchen. What I do is I have sessions where I put my favourite music on loud and spend a couple of hours every few days stocking up my kitchen with the lovely basics that I can easily use to whip up super-fast, super-nutritious food on my lazy days (more time for the beach).
Cream the butter and sugar for four minutes in a stand mixer using the flat beater starting low speed and working up, or six minutes with a handheld electric mixer or about 8 - 10 minutes with a wooden spoon. The mixture will be lighter in colour than when you started and very creamy...
Do you love cooking and eating fish but live quite a distance away from a fish shop? ... there are secrets to extending the 'freshness' of fish for as long as possible. You can keep getting the healthy benefits from fish even when you live far from the seaside.
I think it's really important for children to be involved in food preparation, as the more they know about cooking and healthy eating from a young age, the more likely they are to use those skills in later life.
This is a simple risotto to make and the combination of peas, spinach and parmesan is delicious. It is very important that you cook the rice with the onion for the first few minutes so the rice will be hot when you add the hot stock. This way the rice will cook evenly and the risotto will have a chewy bite.
When you're expecting a new baby, there's a lot to think about. Are you and your little one getting the nutrients you need, as well as thinking about food safety? On one of my first visits to my obstetrician, he gave me a booklet on the food that is unsafe to eat during pregnancy, and it seemed daunting at first. The trick is to focus on what you can safely enjoy!
Scones are one of these fortunate recipes that yield great reward for very little effort. Both sweet and savoury scones are a doddle to make and a real joy to eat.
I couldn't ignore blogging about mangoes with all the drama surrounding banning the import of mangoes into the UK. For anyone who knows me of course you'll know that I couldn't live without out them!
Here's an easy recipe that I reckon even mothers of three, with their lack of time, general misery and poor pelvic floor might be able to knock up. These truffles are that easy...
This is a very simple recipe and a great way to eat asparagus. The anchovy butter is so good you will spread it on toast the next day.
Italian sausages are delicious in a pasta sauce as they are a combination of fresh and cured pork with seasoning so they are almost like a seasoned mince. Adding the swiss chard to the sauce gives it more texture and is a great way to use chard stalks.
This is such a simple pasta dish but very delicious. When you make it you will definitely want to make it again. The brown shrimps have a very unique flavour and combined with the zucchini butter and garlic taste even better.
It's been an exciting week of welcoming old faces and introducing new on Food Tube. We've been back-flipping around the kitchen with a parkour legend, getting to grips with a seriously big cheese, hanging out with the lady who introduced the gastro-pub to NYC and preparing to celebrate St Patrick's Day...