Thursday, 5 May 2016

mexican style bean ball tacos.

Happy Cinco de Mayo! And what better way to join in the celebrations than to create a Mexican banquet brimming with colour, flavour and passion. For over eighty years, Old El Paso have been the go-to guys for effortless but fun recipe kits and condiments; helping families and friends for conjure up Mexican feasts time after time. Full of colour, texture and flavour, the Mexican cuisine lends itself to bringing simple ingredients to life. 

Featuring their Smokey BBQ Stand 'n' Stuff Soft Taco Kit, I've come up with a vegetarian recipe that's super easy to make and even quicker to devour. This Mexican style bean ball recipe is made from red kidney and borlotti beans before being stuffed in the taco shells with guacamole, salsa, tomatoes, the heavenly smokey sauce and lashings of fresh coriander and lime.

Tuesday, 3 May 2016

mint aero macarons.

Aero macarons

Another macaron recipe from me! This time it's turn for another timeless chocolate bar to be the star of the show - the mint Aero. With pastel green shells and a chocolate mint buttercream filling, meet the mint Aero macaron! When pondering the sweet counter, I never think to choose them, but this just reminded me all over again why they're such an underrated and classic chocolate choice. And sandwiched in a French macaron? Yes please!

Aero macarons recipe
Mint Aero macarons

Friday, 29 April 2016

double chocolate & hazelnut wafer cheesecake.

Chocolate Wafer Cheesecake

Introducing a delicious new product all the way from the Slovakia; the Lusette chocolate wafer. Coming very soon to the UK via Halusky, this indulgent treat comes in the form of Hazelnut, Nougat, Lusette Milk and Lusette Chocolate. The dreamy flavours, which can be enjoyed as a teatime treat or part of a baking recipe, are a whole 50g of chocolatey covered biscuit bar which melts in the mouth with a crunch of wafer.

My favourite was instantly the hazelnut, inspiring me to come up with a recipe with this flavour as the star. This double chocolate no bake cheesecake uses the hazelnut wafers a base, with a luxurious chocolate cream cheese topping and is finished with scatterings of milk, chocolate and hazelnut wafers.Not before a drizzle of milk chocolate, of course. And not an oven in sight either! Chocolate lovers, this one is for you.

No Bake Chocolate Wafer Cheesecake
Chocolate Cheesecake UK

Wednesday, 27 April 2016

the craftmen's dinner: michel roux jr meets ridgeview winery.

The Craftsmen’s Dinner is a short film series perfect for food lovers and those who appreciate craftsmanship and the artisan. Starring Michel Roux Jr, each of the six films takes your on a foodie journey through the nation's ‘masters of craft’ within their respective fields. From smoked salmon to knife makers, the videos have been created in partnership with The Balvenie whisky to embrace Britain's best artistry.

In the latest episode of the series, Michel Roux Jr meets Simon Ridgeview of leading wine makers Ridgeview Wines based in Sussex. One of the foremost producers of English sparkling wines, Michel is keen to see how English sparkling wine measures up against French Champagne.