Apple and Sultana Hot Cross Scones

Scones are a brilliant starting place for any beginner baker and homemade scones fresh from the oven are far superior to supermarket scones. I’ve given the classic scone a slight twist with the addition of apple and seeing as we’re in April and Easter is around the corner, I added a cross on top of…

Ham and Cheese Sliders

When I hear the word ‘slider’, I think of mini burgers and searching images on Google, you’re bombarded with images of tiny (but delicious) burgers. The term however can also refer to generally a small sandwich served on soft rolls and it’s the latter which I want to share with you. These are my take…

Simple Rich Chocolate Pots

Desserts are a fantastic time to show off a little bit of skill and flair using your culinary skills to leave a lasting impression on your guests. My Rich Chocolate Pots take hardly any time to make, uses only 1 bowl so there’s hardly any washing up and are rich tasting and a delicious way…

Valentine’s Day White Chocolate and Cranberry Cookies

The combination of white chocolate and cranberry is classic in a biscuit; in fact I even used as the basis of one of my 12 Days of Christmas recipes, my White Chocolate Cranberry Crunch Biscuits. Instead of doing a crunchy biscuit, I’m combining white chocolate and cranberry with my signature soft cookie recipe and as…

Crystallised Stem Ginger Cookies

Ginger is one of the building blocks of Chinese cuisine and it is well known (and increasingly backed up by science) that ginger has many health-bearing properties; Confucius said “do not take away the ginger” because ginger can reduce internal heat and fever. With all that, here’s another, less traditional, recipe that would be perfect…

Sweet Beancurd Soup (腐竹糖水, Fu Juk Tong Sui)

Millions of people across the world will be celebrating Chinese New Year on January 28th and it’s the Year of the Rooster. And in honour of Chinese New Year, I’m showing you how to make one of my most favourite Chinese desserts, Sweet Dried Beancurd Soup, 腐竹糖水 (fu juk tong sui). Fu pei is the Chinese…

Chocolate Brownie Pudding

Sometimes you just really need a pudding on a cold night to make you feel so much better. And in amongst the revision for my first university exam, I managed to find a bit of time to rustle up a Chocolate Brownie Pudding. This pudding is rich and chocolatey and is just so utterly comforting;…

Homemade Chicken Enchiladas with a Homemade Spicy Tomato Sauce

Enchiladas are a favourite of many people with a tasty meat filling in a tortilla wrap covered with a flavoursome tomato sauce and topped with melted cheese. My version is filled with sliced chicken breast mixed with spicy pickled jalapenos.    The chicken breast is panfried in cumin oil. I simply place cold oil into…

12 Days Bonus: Roast Chicken Dinner for 5 for £5

When you think of student food, you might think beans on toast, instant noodles and cold sausage rolls out of the fridge. In my first semester of university, 2 of those were meals that I ate when I became really desperate and was just way too tired after a long day of lectures to cook…

Day 12 of 12: White Chocolate Confetti Popcorn

We’ve arrived at the last of my 12 Days of Christmas and I have a very special recipe for a wonderful sweet treat that uses a very simple ingredient: popcorn! Popcorn has seen something of a revolution in recent years. It’s transitioned from a snack you have at the cinema while watching a movie to a…

Day 11 of 12: Chocolate Slabs and Chocolate Bark

While it’s all good spending money on gifts from the shops, usually the gifts that mean the most are the ones with the most thought behind them and sometimes this means making them by hand, whether that’s wrapping up a shoebox for Secret Santa or making a homemade Christmas card. Edible gifts are always much…

Day 8 of 12: Gingerbread Hazelnut Latte Biscotti

If you’ve been following my 12 Days of Christmas series (and I can’t believe that we’re here on Day 8 already, the time has flown by!), you know that I’ve been a bit obsessed with making biscotti; I’ve already made White Chocolate and Cranberry Crunch Biscuits and Red Velvet Hazelnut Biscotti for Days 4 and…

Day 7 of 12: Essential Cuisine Turkey Gravy Review

Essential Cuisine makes award winning stocks and premium gravies and this Christmas, they have launched a new Turkey Gravy to accompany your roast dinners with all of the trimmings. Seasoned with a hint of sage to boost its savoury goodness, the gravy can be made in advance and stirred into the cooking liquid. And even…

Day 6 of 12: Melted Snowman Chocolate Cupcakes

Back on Day 2 of 12 Days of Christmas, I posted my recipe for Melted Snowman Chocolate Chip Cookies. The story behind those was the idea of seeing your snowman melt away slowly and needing some comfort with some warm chocolate chip cookies. I’ve since seen quite a few melted snowman themed bakes which involved…

Day 5 of 12: Red Velvet Hazelnut Biscotti

Red velvet cakes seem to be popular with lots of people these days with a chocolate sponge coloured a bright red is paired with a classic cream cheese frosting. I decided to venture into the world of red velvet but in biscuit form by devising a recipe for Red Velvet Hazelnut Biscotti with White Chocolate…