Breakfast Starters

Egg in the hole(toad in a hole)-the best sunday breakfast

Isn’t it amazing what you can do with an egg and a slice of bread?! Here’s a novel and fun way to serve eggs and toast at breakfast- toad in a hole,aka egg in a basket or cowboy breakfast,one eyed jack, birds nest,amongst other names. Ingredients: 1 slice of bread 1 egg 1/2 Tbsp butter […]

Appetizers Main Courses Starters

Stuffed Tomatoes

Never tried stuffing a tomato before?This is a great starter (main course,appetizer) and great for a warm summer day when you don’t feel like cooking anthing much.Difficulty………. so easy your kids could make this!!!!!!!!!!! Ingredients: 4 medium tomatoes 1/4 cup of your favorite breadcrumbs 2 tbl butter, melted 8 basil leaves, chopped 1/2 cup monterey […]

White Wine

Chenin Blanc

Chenin Blanc could easily be classified as one of the great ‘noble’ grapes. That’s because all around the world, in different climates and soils, it can produce exceptional wine. In France, in Joan of Arc country along the Loire river, it shows its diversity. The dry whites range from basic to very fine. It’s important […]

American (USA) Desserts

Give me red…Red Velvet Cake Roll

I’ve have always wanted to make a red velvet cake (RVC) for as long as I can remember. It scared me (!)….like so many other people around the globe… It was only last week I lost my red velvet virginity – I seem to be losing my virginity a lot these days. Red Velvet cake […]

Sides Starters

Is Your Salad Making You Fat?

Salad…whether you love it or hate it, you need to be aware that salad is not always a nutritious and healthy option. Don’t get me wrong, I love salads and eat them all the time. They can be good for you but, depending on what you put in and on them, salads can also be […]

British Desserts

Apple Tart

Who says British food is bland and boring? If you’ve ever tasted in the morning apple tart with vanilla (or cinnamon) ice cream,well, then you know the fallacy of that statement. If you want to make a very quick (and yummy) apple tart ,look no farther than the freezer section of your grocery store- Tesco […]

Italian cuisine Starters

Spinach Balls

Because sometimes it’s nice to recreate a favourite restaurant dish at home lets try these spinach balls form one of our favourite Carluccio Restaurant dishes – Penne Giardiniera – pasta with courgette and plenty of chilli and garlic, topped with deep fried spinach and parmesan balls, known in Italian as polpettine di spinaci. Okay, so […]


Avocado Crab Dip

I especially love this cold crab dip, made with avocados as a base. I remember spreading this on a turkey sandwich once. Sublime. Start with two bruised, pitiful looking avocados. But only if you want to be like me. If you don’t want to be like me, use nice, lovely avocados. Pit them and scoop […]

White Wine


In Spain, Albariño is one of wine’s new kids on the block. Twenty years ago it was little known – it was only in 1986 that the Rias Baixas denomination of origin was set up in Galicia, in the north west. Prices rose rapidly as it became the smart drink in Madrid. Now there are […]

Red Wine


This is probably the first red wine anyone drinks in an Italian restaurant or pizza place. That’s because it can be cheap and very cheerful. The red, juicy fruit and the low tannins are appealing, while the firm acidity is a positive advantage with rich and fatty foods like cheeses and salamis. Barbera’s home is […]