Orange Flower Cake

My work has a healthy love of charity bake sales, for which I’m very grateful. It allows me to eat plenty of delicious things (calorie free cos it’s for charity obvs) and practice my baking skills, and all for good causes. The most recent event was a bit different, where we baked full cakes instead…

Potato Dauphinoise

Is there anything more gratuitously delicious? Potatoes loaded with cream and covered in cheese and baked to carby, garlicky perfection. Ingredients 1 kg potatoes, peeled. Pop them in a bowl of cold water after peeling to stop them browning as you slice and assemble everything. I used Maris Piper potatoes which worked well. 3-4 cloves…

Yorkshire Puddings

I love, love, love Yorkshire Puddings. I’d always been too nervous to make my own until recently – and now I can’t believe I haven’t been doing it all this time! These ones pictured are not my best – I’d mucked up the timings of the roast I was doing so in the ensuing flap…

Chorizo and Cheese Potato Skins

These are such a tasty and moreish snack – dangerously snackable! Ingredients Potatoes (we used maris pipers), up to about 12 small/mid sized. About 1/4 of a chorizo ring, very finely chopped. A handful strong grated cheddar Salt & pepper to season One or two chopped spring onions. Sour cream for dipping   Method Microwave…

Japanese Food in Seoul

We visited two Japanese restaurants whilst in Seoul, both very different and very good. The first was near Bukchon Hanok Village – a traditional ‘village’ in the Gye-dong area of Seoul. After a morning of traipsing around the hilly streets admiring the gorgeous traditional buildings, we headed off for lunch. The restaurant we found was…

Korean Chicago Pizza

It seems a little weird to go for Chicago pizza when in Seoul, but we’d passed this place on a previous day and it had given me and Jenn quite the craving. I was also curious to try it as I’ve never found anything close to the proper Chicago pizza that I got from Lou…

Salmon & asparagus tartlets

These are really nice as a light dinner, or cold the next day for lunch – they’d be a great addition to a picnic. Ingredients (makes 7-8 tarts using 4-inch tins) About 500g shortcrust pastry (I used shop bought but feel free to make your own) 2 eggs 2 salmon fillets, any skin removed, flesh…

Korean BBQ

Korean BBQ was definitely something I’d been looking forward to experiencing and I wasn’t disappointed. I think we were wandering around the Itaewon area when we came across a BBQ place we fancied. I ¬†was excited by the setup when we got inside: You know it’s going to be exciting when there’s a barbeque on…

Mini apple pastries

These were little spur of the moment pastries I whipped up, as I had some leftover pastry and I fancied something sweet. They were so tasty and quick, and just used ingredients I had in the house. My pastry was shop bought (I know, boo) but it’s even more of a good store cupboard dessert…

First night in Seoul & Korean fried chicken

A quick note on all my South Korea related posts – while I was very picture happy throughout, I kept forgetting to note down names of places we ate. Where possible I’ll give a rough idea of the area each place is in, but these posts will definitely be more of a celebration of the…

Mozzarella-stuffed Meatballs

I had great fun making this – it’s so decadent and full of flavour. For once I made a proper side dish with the pasta instead of just having it as a vehicle for the sauce, and it all just went together in a mass of cheesy, tomatoey goodness. Yum! Smoked mozzarella adds a slightly…

Din Tai Fung, Seoul

A thousand apologies for my extreme lack of posting lately. I’ve been working and holidaying and in the midst of my very first house purchase (eek!) so it’s been a busy few weeks! But I’ve got plenty of delicious things to post about – starting with some highlights from my recent trip to Seoul. I…