Classic Creme Brulee

Crème Brûlée is one of those classic French dessert recipes that chefs seem to insist on “enhancing”: adding bits of fruit, nuts or – worse still – oatmeal! I suppose their reasoning is that nobody could possibly be interested in such a simple dessert in these complex foodie days. Well, they are wrong. Crème Brûlée is […]

Mélange à la Provençale – Potatoes Baked with Tomatoes

In September in London we have fresh, crispy mornings, and very sunny, still hot days, but ending in chilly evenings when we need to reach for a cashmere shawl to warm up. I still think “summer” when I see the local tomatoes, and I am already in fall when I buy potatoes. We can still […]

Strawberry Tart with Crème Patisserie

Nothing smells of an English summer like strawberries.I have wanted to make crème patisserie for ages and thought it would be the perfect accompaniment to the strawberries in this classic, unfussy tart.For the base of the tart ,of course, we are using our yesterday recipe-‘ pate brisee’ ….and now you probably kow what I was […]