Whole Wheat Mushroom and Kale Tartlets

These are a great little party piece if you happen to be having a buffet. You could even roll them out for that Boxing Day family gathering you’re just beginning to worry about. The recipe is for whole wheat pastry, which you can make from scratch. If you’re short on time, or if you want…

Chocolate and Peanut Butter Caramel Slices

I made these for a buffet we were having recently. The idea behind them was a soft chocolate filling on pastry with a caramel topping, all cut into small squares for people to pick at as and when they wanted them. This is not a quick dessert to make, but the results are worth the…

Sundried Tomato and Black Olive Bread

Breadmaking has been a passion of mine for about 30 years. I was a teenager when I first learned to combine flour and water to make a dough, that adding yeast would make it rise and just enough salt would give it the perfect flavour. I learned that bread didn’t happen quickly. It had to…

Seeded, Plaited Wholelmeal Bread

Wholemeal bread has always been one of those foods that’s easier to buy than it is to make. Wholemeal flour is denser that its processed counterpart and, as such, is trickier to get a light bread from. I’ve long since given up the idea of 100% whole wheat in my breadmaking, so now I opt…

Halloween Spiced Pumpkin Muffins

We love Halloween in our house, and we go all out every year with the decorations and the food. We dress up and take our son out to trick-or-treat in the early evening and we have party food waiting for us at home, even if we’re not having anyone around. For me, of course, the…

Peach and Frangipane Tart

I first came across a frangipane tart in my twenties and I was immediately awe-stricken by the firm, almond filling surrounding soft, delicious fruit. It stayed with me for some time and I made my first one a few years later from a recipe book. Despite the pleasure it gave me, I’ve only made it…

Roasted Fennel and Broccoli Quiche

I wanted to experiment with some different gluten-free flours to see what results I could get. I’ve been using buckwheat flour as a staple for a while now and I wanted to change it up a bit. Not everyone can eat buckwheat. Also, I don’t want my gluten-free recipes to contain only one flour. For…

Vegan Scones with Homemade Strawberry Jam

Before making these, I can’t remember the last time I had a scone. I didn’t even miss them until I was sitting down eating one, then I remembered how good they were. Sweet and crumbly, they taste of outdoor adventures in warmer weather. Paired with strawberry jam (and cream if you like), scones are a…

Chocolate Orange Cheesecake Tart

I’ve always loved chocolate and orange as a combination. Chocolate and mint is ok but, for me, chocolate and orange will always win out. This, like all opinions on food, is highly subjective. Samantha, my wife, has a preference for the choc-mint combo, though she does like the orange as well. This dessert makes use…

Vegan Quiche Lorraine

  Who hasn’t enjoyed a quiche at one time or another? For most of us in our pre-vegan days, this enjoyment came from packaged quiche bought from the chilled section of the supermarket, its top wrinkled slightly from the cold and the pastry soft. Rare was the opportunity to taste a quiche fresh from the…