Category Archives: All Food


Dead easy blaggis rolls

I am nothing if not a stereotype of myself. A passionate believer in independence for Scotland, I have Taggart as my ringtone, and more tartan scarves than Supergran. I even dye my hair ginger to look more Scottish. So, when Burns Night comes around, I

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Goats curd, walnut and orange salad

This Christmas Day, I wanted a starter that was light and easy to prepare. I found this one in “Do-Ahead Christmas by James Ramsden“. Unfortunately, however, it seems that you can’t get chicory in the centre of Manchester for love or money. I tried both.


Smoked haddock breakfast pots

This deliciously decadent breakfast is perfect for a special occasion, or just because. Who needs an excuse with food this good? Ingredients 10g butter softened plus extra for buttering 185g smoked haddock (skinned and boned) 200ml double cream 2 tsp English mustard 4 x free-range eggs

white onion soup

Onion soup with scallops and chorizo

The past few years, I’ve made Chestnut and Madeira soup for Christmas Day. This year, however, I wanted something lighter. This white onion soup was not only delicious but also looked beautiful. Ingredients 1 x knob butter 2 x white onions, roughly diced 1 tsp thyme, leaves


Salt & pepper seafood

There are very few things in this world I love more than seafood. If I had to make a list of what makes the cut in my world it would go something like this (not in any particular order): My husband and my hamster (they


All-in-one-baked mushrooms

When I first met The Thirsty Manc,  I thought that he was lovely.  He held open doors, walked on the outside of the road (something about a sword arm?) called when he said he would and was generally an all round nice man. Being a somewhat


Walnut, pecorino and parma ham salad with mustard dressing

A really lovely simple salad that works great as a starter, particularly before a heavy main course. The husband enjoyed this one so much he’s mentioned he’d like it as a mid-week meal with some crusty bread. Ingredients 1 x bag of crunchy salad Handful of walnut


Smoked Salmon and Caviar Verrine

If you’re looking for a show stopping breakfast, this one is hard to beat. Ingredients 200g smoked salmon Crème fraiche (about six tablespoons) Capers (I like to use about three tablespoons) Two- four teaspoons of caviar Caperberries Lemon Bilinis Preparation Mix the crème fraiche and capers with a