Lemon Verbena and Lemon Cordial

You need Approximately 2 liters of lemon verbena leaves stripped from the stalks 500ml lemon juice 500ml water About 6 strips of lemon zest 250ml or more sugar 5ml tartaric acid Place all the ingredients [...]


Red Potato Salad

For 6 servings you need Approximately 800g potatoes 1 small red onion, one third thinly sliced, two thirds finely chopped 1 clove garlic crushed 4 to 6 radishes, thinly sliced Optional additions: 10 black olives [...]


Walnut and Amaretti Tiramisu

For a large serving (8 to 10) you need 4 egg yolks 150ml castor sugar 10ml vanilla paste 250g Marscapone cheese, at room temperature 250ml cream, chilled and whisked to soft peaks 1 packet Amaretti [...]


Anchovy and Onion Pasta

For 6 portions you need 3 whole medium sized white onions 60ml extra virgin olive oil Approximately 50g (half a small jar) anchovies preserved in oil Optional: 50ml chopped flat leafed parsley Optional: a few [...]



WITH MY VARIATIONS .... For the biscuit base you need 1 packet (200 g) digestive biscuits or half digestives and half ginger biscuits; you can use gluten free biscuits if you wish 50 g (60 [...]


Curried Roast Chicken

For 4-6 people you need 1 large fresh chicken 1 can coconut milk 5-7 cm piece of root ginger, peeled 3 large garlic cloves, peeled 2-3 chillies, deseeded (I used long red cayenne chillies) A [...]


Filo Apple Roses

Credit: I took some of these photos when my friend Carol Downes served them at her home For 10-12 apple roses you need Approximately 8 apples 50ml lemon juice One pack store bought filo pastry [...]


Shallot, Mushroom and Sherry Sauce

For 6-8 servings you need 12 -16 shallots or small onions 250ml stock, depending what meat you are serving it with 200g small brown mushrooms (portabello), cleaned. Halved or quartered 20ml butter 200ml cream 50ml [...]


Tuscan Bean Soup

For approximately 10 servings, you need 25ml canola oil This is usually a vegetable soup, but you can add meat. Beef works best. Meat: optional – 500g g stewing cuts of beef, or raw chicken [...]