I’m starting to make my foodie gifts for Christmas and these whisky fruits and nuts are one of my favourite things to make and go down a treat with family and friends, especially my brother who would probably be happy with a hamper full of these and nothing else!
Like so many people my favourite comfort food since childhood just has to be tomato soup. A hug in a mug. While my Mum was a prolific soup maker she never made tomato soup, that was always left to a certain Mr Heinz and his 57 varieties.
Nothing says Autumn more to me than the sight of plums all over the trees and of course in the shops. That Autumnal fruit that gives us the sweetness of summer for a little bit longer. This sugar free spiuced plum jam has that summer time flavour with the winter warmth of spices and no…
I love stuffed veggies, they are a staple in Greece, from stuffed aubergines to courgettes, tomatoes and even the courgette flowers themselves, of and vine leaves too, do they count? Anyway this recipe is for a spiced stuffed aubergine, with a more Moroccan twist than my usual Greek sort.
As you all know I just love pesto, I’ve made it with everything from the usual herbs to veggies, weeds and even fruit. I’ve even made pesto ice-cream and writted a book about the stuff, so making pesto butter seemed totally logical to me.
Dips for me are a must-have for everything from picnics, to BBQs, parties to lunches or nibbles and drinks with family and friends. This simple spinach and ricotta dip ticks all the boxes and is healthy too so what’s not to like about it.
I love sardines, both those from a tin (can’t beat them on toast) to fresh sardines. I really developed a taste for those when I worked in The Algarve a good few years ago. These sardines with beetroot and blueberry salsa are just my thing.
I’m still using up the raspberries in the garden and making full use of the herbs that are over flowing the garden. None more so than the mint of course which is everywhere. This raspberry mint jelly uses both the great effect, easy to make and super to taste.