Monthly Archives: May 2008

  • Pistachio, Cointreau & Peppermint Opera Cake

    May 2008

    Phew! This cake is probably the most ‘difficult’ recipe I have ever cooked. My style is not one of fine technical skill or finesse. So (deep breath), here’s what the opera cake consists of : the joconde (a thin cake made with ground nuts), which is brushed with syrup and followed by a layer of buttercream, […]

  • Earl Grey and Lavender Smoked Duck

    May 2008

    I’ve been meaning to have a go at smoking duck with earl grey tea for ages as I love the flavour of bergamot and so I fashioned a steamer from a roasting tray, a cooling rack and some tin foil. I threw in some lemon zest and lavender stems and it came together really well, […]

  • Lavender and Honey Lamb

    May 2008

    English lavender is apparently the best to use for cooking. The floral, pine like and slightly citrussy flowers combined with sweet honey and orange zest was a winner. A word of warning though, don’t go OTT on the lavender, it has similarities to rosemary and I suspect it will taste equally like perfume if you overuse […]

  • Barbecued Pineapple Salsa with Mackerel

    May 2008

    I always come back to this pineapple salsa. If you haven’t tried cooking the fruit in this way, then do – it’s super sweet and summery. Barbecued Pineapple Salsa 1 ripe pineapple, sliced fairly thick 2-3 ripe tomatoes, diced 1 red chilli (de-seed or not, up to you), chopped finely 1 small bunch coriander, chopped, […]

  • Polish Cucumber Soup

    May 2008

    I couldn’t wait to make this soup. Given to me by a friend (his mum’s recipe), it is apparently a traditional Polish dish. I was so excited when I got this as my friends’ mum had been kind enough to specify details such as which brand of preserved cucumbers are the best (Krakus, below) – […]