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Summer berry sponge

Summer berry sponge

Happy summer solstice everyone! It’s the longest day of the year for those of us in the Northern Hemisphere, which means more hours of daylight (and hopefully sunshine) and as far as I’m concerned that’s cause for celebration. One year (a really, really long time […]

Summer squash pancakes

Summer squash pancakes

How does this look for a summer brunch!? Golden fluffy pancakes that will help you on your way to your five-a-day? Yes please! I’m a sucker for anything that involves dill so these are a winner for me. They make a pretty hearty breakfast but […]

Cheers to World Gin Day.

Cheers to World Gin Day.

Hello my lovelies!

As today is World Gin Day I thought I would do a round-up of all the recipes on here that feature gin. It turns out though that I’ll sling a splash of gin into pretty much anything, so rather than present you with a novel-length post, I’ve selected a few of my favourite recipes for desserts and cocktails using my tipple of choice to share with you.

Lavender greyhound

Perhaps you’ll be tempted by a lipsmacking lavender greyhound.

Or maybe Elderflower gin & tonic jellies are more your thing…

I just love this fragrant and floral English country garden cocktail.

For something deliciously decadent you could bake this beautiful Gin and lemon tart.

Has anything ever looked more refreshing than this Elderflower Tom Collins?

Love lemon drizzle? Then why not try this wonderfully moist boozy bergamot and gin soak cake?

And finally a cherry rickey is a perfect way to toast World Gin Day! Cheers! x

Raspberry & white chocolate cheesecake puffs

Raspberry & white chocolate cheesecake puffs

I reckon that choux pastry gets a bad rap. People think that it’s super-hard to make when the truth is it’s really not and it’s no more temperamental than any other sort of pastry. You simply need a decent a pair of biceps for all […]

Cheese & chive welsh cakes

Cheese & chive welsh cakes

These are a lovely savoury twist on a sweet tea-time classic. You don’t have to limit them to afternoon indulgence though – these have proved very popular for breakfast and brunch topped with fried or poached eggs. You can use any hard, medium-fat cheese you […]

Vegan mango gin flip

Vegan mango gin flip

I love an egg white based cocktail but they aren’t the kind of thing that you can make all the time, unless you’re also going to make custard all the time (or something else to use up all those leftover egg yolks). Some people are also a bit put off by the idea drinking raw egg white in a cocktail, or you might simply want a vegan alternative.
Whatever the reason, I urge you to give this cocktail a go. It’s got such a lovely velvety texture from the aquafaba and lots of refreshingly tropical flavour from the mango and lime.

Make the mango puree by simply blending the flesh of a very ripe mango until it’s completely smooth, it shouldn’t need any extra sweetening.

Ingredients
serves 1
35ml aquafaba (the water from canned chickpeas)
15ml simple syrup
15ml lime juice
35ml gin (I used Cotswold)
30ml mango puree
ice

Shake the aquafaba for a minute on its own in a cocktail shaker, this helps to aerate it. Add the remaining ingredients and plenty of ice and vigorously shake again. Strain into coupe shaped glasses, garnish and serve.

Rhubarb & custard shortcakes

Rhubarb & custard shortcakes

I don’t actually think I can get enough of rhubarb. I bloomin’ love the stuff! The ancient plant in my garden is much happier this year than last year which means I have a small but steady supply of it too. This is a lovely […]

Chocolate, hazelnut & coriander shortbread

Chocolate, hazelnut & coriander shortbread

Since I changed the name of this blog I’ve been thinking about how it’s maybe a bit strange that there aren’t actually that many recipes on here that use coriander. It’s my name so I feel a little bit like it should be my trademark. […]

Coconut water margaritas

Coconut water margaritas

Allegedly it’s spring here in the UK. The weather has yet to get the memo. All too often it’s still cold and wet and grey. So obviously, with cinco de mayo coming up, I’m going to make myself a few of these and pretend that I’m somewhere warm and sunny!
These are a nice alternative to a traditional margarita, very refreshing and not quite as tart. As some people claim that coconut water is good for you then that must mean that this is a health drink too right…?

Ingredients
makes 1
juice of half a lime
125ml chilled coconut water
30ml tequilla (I use Patron Silver)
15ml simple syrup

Shake all the ingredients together with plenty of ice and then pour into the glass of your choice, with or without extra ice. Garnish with slices of lime and a salt rim if you like.

Rhubarb & custard cake

Rhubarb & custard cake

The upside of baking your own birthday cake is that you get to have exactly the cake you want. The downside of baking your own birthday cake is baking your own birthday cake! I don’t actually mind to be honest, the kitchen is my happy […]