Bread pudding is popular in the US, England and Latin America. The Latin American name is Dulce de Leche. In the Spanish language, dulce means sweet and leche means milk. In England, it was used as a recipe for stale bread and was called the poor man's pudding.
For anyone who is doing it for the first time, or who feels a slightly sense of dread then read on. Some of this is obvious stuff, but I personally find it very useful to have everything in one place. Here's my plan, for what it's worth...
This makes an impressive starter for a supper party, served with home-made quince jelly or spiced pears and a few elegantly-arranged salad leaves, but it's equally good for lunch with hunks of country bread, cornichons and a big crunchy salad.
These mini mince pies have a double dose of flaked almonds and Amaretto in the mincemeat and a marzipan star on the top. They're an almond lovers dream. Teeny triple almond injections. I adore them. I hope you do too. Of course you can make them in a larger holed tin if you like.
It pays to get ahead at Christmas. A bit of effort now - assuming you have the freezer space - and you'll have something warm and comforting to come home to after Midnight Mass or to feed the assembled family when you've all tired of turkey.
This is almost too quick to knock up. Like one of those cake in a cup jobs that leads to 10pm cravings and tighter jeans. This freezes well and is delicious toasted for breakfast with a little butter spread on it.
The cones are smaller than other pines and have interesting distinctive 'tongues' that protrude between the cone scales. If you can't forage pine needles, fresh rosemary will also work in this Christmas cookie recipe.
Serve however you like - I eat mine by the spoonful. But you could add on top of some banana "ice-cream", on top of muesli or nuts, onto raw desserts, onto some sprouted toast, just however you take you jam you'll want it be as good as this!
It wouldn't surprise me if yet-to-be discovered scrolls revealed that saffron was among the gifts given by the Three Wise Men that Christmas long ago. Forget frankincense and myrrh, ounce for ounce, good quality saffron actually costs more than gold. It's the world's most precious spice.
I've been to LA. I've been to New York. I've been to Miami, albeit briefly. I have been to San Francisco many, many times. If I were to visit an American pal for Thanksgiving this is what I would take. Though I doubt it'd stay frozen what with the long transatlantic flight.
Don't you love the way a certain ingredient can totally enhance the flavour of another ingredient? Whether it is peanut butter and jam or strawberries and cream, some foods just taste better when served with another. Usually opposites attract; sweet and sour, crunchy and smooth, juicy and chewy, salty and sweet...
I was down my local Tesco Metro looking for tinned tomatoes when it struck me I hadn't eaten dog food before. So I ran round to the pet convenience section and spotted these tasty treats and totally bought them!
Look, I know Christmas is coming and all that, but just for a day, maybe even a few days (depends how long these last) I think we should stop and appreciate something that isn't overly spiked with cinnamon, ginger, cloves or nutmeg. I know that might seem controversial what with stir up Sunday just having passed, but hey, let's try and eat something that tastes of sunshine and summer.
egrets - I've had a few - and that includes eating traditional American pumpkin pie. All my American friends love it. I find it sickly and dull. I think it's one of those things, like Marmite, that you either grow up with and have an abiding fondness for or loathe at first bite.
So I was down my local Morrison's and my girlfriend saw this little guy and was all like "I totally bet you can't open this" and I was all like BET I CAN! and then she was all like "I totally bet you can't make a decent curry though!" and I was all like BET I etc.
Innovation in any means should be about accessibility and relevance. If you create something that's relevant to your own tastes, you're guaranteed to make something new by virtue of your own unique disposition, and hopefully you'll find a new favourite for you and your friends.