What Katie Ate: Blood Orange and Rosemary Cake

I love an interesting and unusual combination of flavours that sparks the imagination.  When I saw this cake in What Katie Ate, by Katie Quinn Davies, and it happened to be blood orange season I knew that I should give it a try as part of this month’s The Cookbook Guru.   Using the whole orange…

What Katie Ate Inspired Wholemeal Irish Soda Bread with Seeds

     Long time followers of my blog will remember me waxing lyrically about soda bread about 18 months ago.   I was making at least 2 loaves a week and mixing up my flavour combinations every time to create some truly lovely loaves of soda bread.  The inspiration for this obsession came from the cook…

Baby Potatoes with Asparagus and Caper Dressing

Some great recipes I stumble upon are all about the visual image that accompanies them in a cookbook, whilst others are the combination of flavours that sing to my palate long before they are a reality.  When the two meet in the same location its a happy joy for me and one that I’ve felt…

Pork Cooked In Milk 

I’m not quite sure what appealed to me about this recipe in The River Cafe Cookbook which we are exploring at the moment for The Cookbook Guru.  Maybe it was the unusual method of cooking the meat in milk, or perhaps it was the combination of sage and lemon with a slow cooked pork that…

Grilled Chilli Sauce

Sometimes it is simplicity which works the best with food.  I’ve been discovering this as I’ve been exploring the latest cook book that we are looking at for The Cookbook Guru, The River Cafe Cook Book by Rose Grey and Ruth Rogers.  The recipes take regional Italian cuisine, staying true to local tradition and priding…

Lady’s Kisses (Baci di Dama)

Who can resist a little morsel of sweetness with their afternoon coffee?  When its tinged with the flavour of my European travels then I’m even more of a sucker.  This biscuit is reminiscent of shortbread, but not quite so crumbly.  The addition of lemon zest and vanilla essence to the blend of almond and flour…

Torta Rustica di Noci e Caffe: Rustic Coffee and Walnut Cake

Some flavours are just meant to be together and one of them in my opinion is walnuts and coffee.  There is something quite magical about the combination and in particular when added to cake generally results in a winner.  Having baked this cake I can honestly say that opinion has not changed yet. This recipe…

Cheese Daisies

Another vintage contribution from this month’s The Cookbook Guru book, these savoury biscuits were so simple to make and were delicious.  Taken from Margaret Fulton’s Cookbook, they are described as being perfect to be served with pre-dinner drinks and I think Mrs Fulton hit the nail on the head.  Made with a combination of cheddar…

Tomato Magic

With a title like Tomato Magic how could I not be intrigued by this recipe. As I’ve been exploring Paula Wolfert’s The Food of Morocco for The Cookbook Guru I’ve been very much concentrating on learning the building blocks of what creates the flavours in Moroccan savoury foods. Seeing this recipe gave me a little…

Saffron and Lemon Chicken

Anyone who knows me knows how much I love the spice saffron.  The smell evokes so many childhood memories for me that I love to cook with it just to take a trip down memory lane.  When I was charged with creating this recipe as part of The Cookbook Club earlier this month I was…

Macaroons

Who knew that macaroons were so easy to make?  Now I’m not saying these turned out like Adrian Zumbo’s perfect round discs of colour, but the flavour and texture was awesome  Given I was using a 1907 recipe from Mrs Beeton as part of The Cookbook Guru I certainly wasn’t wanting them to be high-end French patisserie…

Exploring The Humble Potato with Tessa Kiros

I really had a tough time deciding what recipe I was going to cook from January’s book for The Cookbook Guru.  So many beautiful recipes and not a lot of time. As I started flicking through the pages, lingering over recipes that sparked memories of my travels I started to realise that there was quite…