Chocolate and coffee fudge torte with coffee syrup and amagnac marscapone

Sunday, April 16, 2006
Made using ground almonds, no flour, this torte is seriously rich, moist, and seriously moreish.

Coq au Vin with caramelised sweet potato and parsnip puree and crisps


Roasted pork loin stuffed with prunes, apricots and pistachios, served with creamed cabbage, roasted chateaux potatoes and broccoli with pinenuts


Curried parsnip soup with walnut and raisin bread rolls

Friday, March 24, 2006

Apple pie with creme anglaise

It's always tastes so much better when you pick the apples off the tree.

Floating Islands

Saturday, March 18, 2006

Creme anglaise, meringue poached in vanilla with raspberry coulis.
This was made by personal request by a friend. Indulgence at its best.


Friday, March 17, 2006
Picked this up in a deli in Malvern. It comes from a local cottage producer. Real honeycomb. Far more intense than the runny version, plus you get the texture - grainy honey and the honeycomb wall. A different world completely from your supermarket honey. It ended up in honeycomb and rum ice-cream.

Queen of puddings

Queen of puddings is one of those old school comfort puddings that keep you warm in the winter. An old english classic that you see in most english cooking books. Maybe times move on though, and old things get forgotten. Well they shouldn't - beause they're really quite nice. And very moreish. Especially when you make it with homemade elderberry and sloe jam as the middle layer, and free range eggs from the farm up the road - the ones with deep orange yolks for the base and viscous white for the meringue. Don't forget the peaks in the meringue either. It's a very important part, like making the peaks on the Christmas cake.

Grilled asparagus with parmesan and Rib eye steak with madeira jus, creamed leeks and dauphinoise

Monday, March 13, 2006

Bread days

1 - Saffron soaking in water

2 - Rolled into the dough

3 - Proving by the fire

4 - The finished article. So tasty warm that they don't last long.....


Pheasant for dinner

Sunday, March 12, 2006

The new addition to the garden. You always hear them when you're out walking in the Broadway hills. But now there's one that comes visiting the garden every day.

Seeing pheasants hanging outside the butchers is quite the most amazing sight. It made for the most amazing Christmas Day lunch a few years ago. Starting early, I pulled the carrots out of the ground and put the pheasant in the oven on timer while we went out wakling up to Broadway tower - a Christmas Day tradition. It was cooked and resting by the time I got back. In went the roasties with some thyme and rosemary fresh from the herb garden. Next I cut the breasts off the bone, hacked up the bones and caramelised it all in the roasting tray, deglazed it with the night before's left over mulled wine and let that simmer down. Then glazed carrots and crushed parsnip finished it off.
So what does all this tell you? Pheasants make memorable meals. But not this one - this pheasant (in the photo above, taken through the window) is like the new garden mascot.

Braised oxtail and pear and almond tart

Friday, March 10, 2006

Here oxtail sears in the pan, smoking the kitchen out. It's hard to match the toughness you feel on the outside as it sears with the flakiness you get when it's cooked. It takes at least 5 hours. By 6 or 7 hours it is a melting indulgence and tastes like something that shouldn't really be allowed....

Dessert in three stages:

1 - pears poached in syrup with fresh bay leaf and vanilla
2 - In the tart case with frangipane, before more frangipane goes on top
3 - finished tart with creme anglaise