Duck Terrine with Asparagus

Duck Terrine with Asparagus. Have you ever been wanted to make a terrine but thought it looked too difficult?  I’ve never been keen on really complicated dishes but many years ago I realised that a  terrine is really just a question of assembly, putting in the oven, cooling and slicing. I usually make a game…

Gammon with Bourbon Ginger Glaze

Gammon with Bourbon Ginger Glaze. What is better than  a piece of gammon at an Easter or  Christmas get together? Do you remember those tins of ham in the 70’s that were the centrepiece of the family buffets?  My dad, the cook, always referred to it a ‘plastic ham’ and avoided it like the plague. He…

Mozzarella Sausage Rolls or Mooing Pigs

Mooing Pigs or Mozzarella Sausage Rolls. No I haven’t gone mad. Every year at Christmas I make sausage rolls as my boys love them. They also love mozzarella so I had a dirty little thought. What if I could get mozzarella in the sausage rolls? Wouldn’t it all ooze out? Luckily my little experiment was a…

Chicken and Bacon Ring

This Chicken and Bacon Ring is really easy to make ahead and is delicious served hot or cold. It is a great way to use up some roast chicken and makes a filling family meal that is impressive enough for entertaining. And the best thing? It uses ready made croissant dough that keeps for ages in the…

Caprese Tart

This  Caprese Tart is one of my favourite creations this year as it always goes down well. In Summer our guest season is in full swing so it’s great to have an easy vegetarian dish that also doubles as a side dish. Serve this Caprese Tart warm with salads like Coleslaw for lunch or cold for a…

Pork and Peanut Moneybags

These pork and peanut moneybags are another product of leftovers! Rummaging around in the chest freezer, (it was cool,) I found some pork mince and in the fridge I had some leftover filo pastry. We normally have some sort of Asian dish on Saturday, but as new guests normally arrive on Saturday, it has been moved…

Sticky Chicken Wings

Chicken Wings…who can resist? These Sticky Chicken Wings are perfect for summer eating. They are great served hot and in the unlikely event of having any leftover, they are great cold for a picnic. They can be cooked on the barbecue or in the oven with the sticky barbecue glaze and they are really easy…

Rocket and Walnut Pesto Pasta

My walnut pesto pasta is really easy to make and can be used in any pasta dish. Slip in a few rocket leaves and some  walnuts and you have the perfect pasta salad for barbecues, a quick vegetarian supper or a tasty  topping for tomatoes. This is one of my family’s favourite dishes and they…

Seared Tuna Niçoise Platter

Seared Tuna Nicoise Platter.  How can you resist a beautiful piece of tuna cooked simply? This is a lower fat dish for summer which is easy to put together for casual dining. If your experience of tuna is of the canned variety then  you have to try this.

Salmon and Asparagus Frittata Bites

These Salmon and Asparagus Frittata Bites are perfect for summer entertaining such as a buffet or picnic as they taste great hot or cold. This recipe is easy and you could substitute spring onions, prawns or peas for a change along with some dill.  Dare I say it but these are low-carb too for anyone…