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Bacon and leek quiche

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This is another of my Mum’s tried and tested recipes and it’s really tasty and easy to make. You can either make the pastry yourself, or use cheat pastry from the shop if you want to make it quickly during the week (which is what I did!). Smoked bacon works really well with this recipe, but you could use unsmoked if you prefer. Use a loose bottomed tin for this so that it is easy to remove after baking, and leave to cool for 5 minutes before serving (or serve cold too). Continue reading…

Rich chocolate almond cake with white chocolate frosting

Last week we had a pre-birthday celebration for our lovely friend Hannah, and everyone brought something along to contribute to the meal. We were set the challenge of making a birthday cake – but what sort of cake do you make for the person who made you the most amazing wedding cake?! So we decided to go for a super-chocolatey cake, but found two recipes that we liked. Tom was in charge of cake making and went for a combination of the two recipes: the first was by Rachel Allen and the second was from The Cooking Ninja blog. I was in charge of the frosting, and this originally comes from a Mary Berry recipe that we also found on the BBC Food website. You’ll need to use a 21cm loose bottomed cake tin, lined on the bottom and buttered on the sides – best to get this ready before you start! Continue reading…

Our amazing wedding cake

Our gorgeous friend Hannah very kindly made our wedding cake, and it was wonderful! It was actually the first wedding cake that she has ever made – can you believe that?! The detail in the flowers was incredible, and many people thought that lots of the flowers were real! I used our new snazzy camera to take these close-ups of the flowers that we’ve kept, and have put together this little gallery to show off Hannah’s amazing talent. Enjoy!

Butternut squash soup

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Butternut squash isn’t something that I’ve cooked with a lot before, but recently I’ve realised how delicious it is and I seem to keep choosing it! Here’s a delicious recipe by Nigel Slater, which I saw on TV last week on his programme Nigel Slater’s Dish of the Day. It was first broadcast on 23rd November 2012, but you can watch it on the BBC website. The recipe isn’t written out but I’ve transcribed it – on the clip it shows you how to make some crisps out of the butternut squash peelings, but I’ve not included them here. I also had a sweet potato in the fridge and decided to throw that in for good measure, but that isn’t part of the original recipe. Continue reading…

Petra Segreta Resort and Spa, Sardinia

We went to Sardinia on honeymoon and stayed at the incredible Petra Segreta Resort & Spa. It was definitely a ‘once in a lifetime’ holiday for us and it was pure luxury. The food was the best we have ever eaten, the location was perfect and it was absolutely wonderful. If you’re looking for relaxation or a dream honeymoon, this place comes highly recommended. We booked through Sardinian Places, who also come highly recommended too!