Chocolate and chestnut fondant

I have been thinking about making chocolate fondants for a while and today was the day. A friend was coming over and what better excuse? I am a firm believer that the better the chocolate, the better the result. My chocolate of choice is always Varlhorna. I didn’t have any at home so I tried … Continue reading

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Pulled lamb and chickpeas

I always worry that I wont have enough food when I cook for friends but this time I cooked quite a lot too much. I bought a shoulder of lamb for 5 people and there was plenty left over. I don’t mind at all as lamb is great the next day. I love the texture … Continue reading

Chestnut, macadamia, pecan and chocolate brownies

When we picked chestnuts I gave some to my neighbour. She was delighted and dreamily talked about the combination of chocolate and chestnuts. I dried most of ours and when I was asked to contribute with cake to a local rugby club to sell for charity I was delighted. I took it as a baking … Continue reading

Foraging for chestnuts

A few weeks ago whilst walking the dogs we saw that the chestnut trees were absolutely covered in chestnuts. They were not ready yet so this weekend we went back to see if they were ready and they were! It was a lovely Saturday morning and it was so nice to be out in the … Continue reading

Red wine and coca cola braised lamb shanks with chestnuts and yuzu bulgur wheat

I don’t know why but I have never cooked lamb shanks before, I have had them in restaurants and when I woke up this morning, listening to the rain pouring down outside I knew it was time. Robsons’s butcher had some lovely looking ones and I got one each for us, thinking there might be … Continue reading

Chestnut powdered hasselbacks potatoes with slow roast lamb

Regardless of the weather I know that winter is approaching when the chestnuts are falling off the trees. I love to forage and chestnuts are so great and fall of the trees in such abundance. This year we were a couple of weeks early but we managed to find enough to pick. I love the … Continue reading

Seafood starter, chestnut stuffed roast chicken and wild apple pistachio crumble

I saw some chestnuts weekend before last and promptly wanted to make roast chicken with chestnut stuffing. Every year we forage for chestnuts in a place where there are so many we could spend a whole week picking them and there would still be plenty more! Last Sunday I thought we should go there and … Continue reading

Christmas two ways, two days

It didn’t start well, on my way for some last minute shopping it was pouring down with rain and too windy to even try and use an umbrella! I felt half drenched and not Christmas spirited when I reached the stores but much to my amazement it was almost empty and actually a lovely experience! … Continue reading

Foraging for chicken stuffing and the S&M of the ice-cream world

Long overdue, so much has happened lately, but more importantly there has been a great mix of foods. Lunch on the run something is supremely unhealthy and is just a true filler, I bought a pasty with a chicken filling whilst waiting for the train. Once on the platform of course the train is never … Continue reading