Tags: Mother’s Day

Double Chocolate Cheesecake with fresh strawberry sauce and creamy chocolate drizzle

This double chocolate cheesecake with fresh strawberry sauce is such a useful recipe to have. We all need to know desserts that are great for many occasions, such as Valentines day or for when families gather for the holidays. This tastes almost like a mousse cake but is creamier. This is food of the heavens,…

Strawberry and Pistachio cupcakes

My love affair with cupcakes lives on. Even tho’ fashion has changed. After cupcake mania, I think cake pops were followed by flavoured meringues which have made way to free-from bakes. I’d like to think these delightful strawberry and pistachio cupcakes are a bit like the French bob. Super fashionable from time to time but still…

Pimp your Victorian Sponge (33 ways).

There are times in your life when knowing how to pimp your Victorian sponge cake can seriously save the day! I was responsible for making a Victorian sponge cake for my Nan’s 90th Birthday party. Making a classic Victorian sponge was a bit of a no brainer, but I wanted to make alternative Victorian sponges…

Raspberry and Blackberry Frozen Yogurt Daiquiri

Cocktails are one of life pleasures. Ones with herbary and sugar round the rim, classic ones in Martini glasses, ones that sparkle with bursting Champagne bubbles, but mainly, for me, cold, fruity sweet ones like my Raspberry and Blackberry Frozen Yogurt Daiqiri. This one is a delicious berry, thick and creamy, cold one, perfect for…

Frozen Honey Yogurt with Lemon curd puddles topped with Lemon snow

It’s this time of year in England when you may be warmed in springlike sunshine, or equally it could snow. Either is possible in the space of a week. My frozen honey yogurt dessert represents the weather in March. Honey sweetened yogurt looks towards the summer, sharp lemon snow suggests winter still lingers.

Mother’s Day Chocolate and Raspberry ‘Millefeuille’

Instead of handing over a box of chocolates for a Mother’s Day gift, turn the chocolates into thoughtful and scrumptious Chocolate and Raspberry ‘Millefeuille’. These can make a perfect Mother’s Day dessert too! Handmade gifts for Mother’s Day always go down very well and handing over a homemade gift this Mother’s Day will gain you…

Toast and Marmalade chocolate slices

I adore quality handmade chocolate bars. Especially unusual flavours such as my Toast and Marmalade Slices. If I added up the hours of my life spent dreaming up exciting gifts made with chocolate, I could probably have grown a cocoa tree plantation to feed my addiction. These Toast and Marmalade chocolate slices do make a wonderful…

lemon curd cheesecake with lavender and white chocolate

This is possibly my favourite dessert creation yet. Definitely up there in my top 5. The smooth sweet creaminess of the topping with the tanginess of the lemon curd. Then you have the bite of the white chocolate on the crumbly buttery biscuit base and that elegant hint of lavender…

Summer berry Eton Mess with passion fruit cream

My daughter is an Eton Mess fan and they are, I quite admit, perfect as they are. But, if you do want to mix it up a little, using summer berries bursting with juice and layering the ‘mess’ with a smooth passion fruit cream is a jolly good way to do it! Berry Eton Mess…

My favourite quinoa salad with pomegranate  and pistachios

This started life as an Ottolenghi recipe, but over the years it’s been adapted time and time again. I’ve now settled with this one which is definitely my favourite version. It’s a perfect salad to have up your sleeve for all the bbq’s and family get-togethers this time of year. It also makes a brilliantly…

Mother’s day lunch at The Barn Coworth Park hotel

I get a bit spoilt on Mother’s day with chocies, flowers and cookbooks. I feel so lucky and grateful that it’s often a bit ’emosh’, as they say. This year we had a wonderful lunch at The Barn, Coworth Park hotel, in Surrey. The atmosphere was bustling with families large and small. So, not the sort of place you have to stick out your pinky-finger, but more like you are sitting at a big kitchen table that happens to have extremely nice wine glasses…