Lemon curd is one of those products where I’m unable to eat the commercial stuff, but adore a good homemade version. Sharp, tangy and sweet all at the same time, it’s fabulous spread on hot buttered toast, as an alternative to jam on scones and as a cake filling or topping. It even works beautifully baked into cakes.
Christmas is traditionally a time for baking biscuits and I usually make the most of it. I tend to make an old favourite or two, but also use the occasion to try out a some new recipes. One of them, this time, was to be Christmas Butter Biscuits.
No Christmas dinner is complete for me without a dish of steaming braised red cabbage. Slow cook it with an apple and some spices and the humble red cabbage is transformed into a dish fit for a king.
I know, I know, the nut roast has had a bad press over the years. But thankfully the days of dried out bits of tasteless, hard, leathery tack are long gone. A nut roast is a perfect vehicle for all those delicious Christmas roast accompaniments, not forgetting the stuffing, gravy and cranberry sauce. It also stops the vegetarians feeling excluded in a mixed meal.
Knives are an integral part of any kitchen, but how many of us actually have a good set of Chef’s knives? I’ve been using a motley collection to chop, cut and slice most of my life and living in a Cornish cottage, I never expected to see a contemporary and stylish knife set, such as this one from Edge of Belgravia, sitting on my kitchen counter top.
I’ve been hearing a lot about bowls recently, smoothie bowls, Buddha bowls and rice bowls seem to be all the rage. I thought it was time to join in and come up with my very own take: the quinoa bowl. It was also a chance to showcase not only the contents, but the beautiful Japanese vessel in which it was served.
Now that we are into December, I am starting to feel a little festive. I also feel it’s legitimate to talk about Christmas, although I did make a figgy almond and whisky Christmas cake back in November. In fact Christmas is advancing with frightening rapidity. If you’re feeling stuck for ideas, here are a few items I’ve received and appreciated. You can also find some edible homemade Christmas gift ideas, just click on the link.
These sumptuous raw chocolate truffles do not have the name bliss balls for nothing. Try one of these and you’ll wonder why you’ve ever bothered with conventional truffles. Well maybe I exaggerate a little, but only just.