Paul Hollywood’s Gingerbread



I love baking on a Sunday morning, and as I haven’t done any for a while I thought that today would be a perfect day to try this new recipe! It comes from Paul Hollywood’s ‘How To Bake‘ – I think there was a series of the same name, but even if you haven’t seen it it’s worth getting the book! In the book the gingerbread is served with poached pears, but I haven’t bothered with those here. If you want to have a go at making else from the book, Mr C-C (husband of Daria, my partner-in-craft) has made the pork pies, which went down a treat! Continue reading…

Chilli chocolate pots


This is possibly one of my favourite desserts ever, and it’s surprisingly easy to make! If you don’t like chilli chocolate then you could just use good quality dark chocolate, but the chilli gives it a nice warming aftertaste. I used Lindt chocolate for this recipe, which comes from The Hairy Bikers’ Great Curries. It goes really well after a curry – make sure you check out my posts about the Chicken tikka masala and Saag aloo which are also from this great book! Continue reading

Chicken Tikka Masala


I love a good curry, and have recently discovered The Hairy Bikers’ Great Curries book, which has pretty much every curry and side dish you’d ever want to make in it! I have to say that now I’ve made my first one from scratch (yes, I’m happy to admit that!) I’m going to make them every time. Using fresh spices really makes a difference, and the effort is worth it. I’ve started with my favourite, this chicken tikka masala – look out for the saag aloo recipe today too, as I served that with the meal. Continue reading…

Christmas Shortbread


If you’re looking to make something a little bit different to mince pies this year, then look no further! Tom’s Mum made these last year and they’re absolutely delicious – replacing the pastry with shortbread is a stroke of genius and they are perfect for a super-sweet treat. Helen found this recipe in the Cumbria Times and Star, published on Friday 14th December 2012. Continue reading…