Celebrations

Orange Cake and Lemonade

If the weather holds this weekend this cake is the perfect accompaniment to a sunny garden afternoon. A rich lemon mousse, sweet whipped cream and crushed raspberries drizzled with Framboise, sandwiched between two layers of orange scented sponge. The combination was arrived at by accident. Surplus filling, begging not to be wasted, from our Easter lemon tart (I had made a 20cm case rather than the 25cm indicated).

 Serve with fresh lemonade (recipe below), iced coffee served with a dollop of the coffee ice-cream, or posh tea (lady grey with a slice of lemon).

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No-churn No-fuss Ice-cream

I am a complete convert to  no-churn, no-fuss ice-cream. So much so that I am not sure  I will ever slave away over custard making, or spend my money on expensive ice-cream churners ever again.  With three basic ingredients, and a bit of imagination, the creations are endless.  Here are two of my favourites.  I hope you get to enjoy them over the Easter weekend.

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Well that didn’t exactly go to plan: Disaster to Delicious! Herb Cured Smoked Haddock Brandad

Puree of Herb Cured Smoked Haddock

Brandade of cured smoked haddock, Quails egg mayonnaise and sourdough croutons

Cookery bloggers don’t usually tell you about the dishes and the ideas that don’t work out, we have a horrible habit of writing up the successful recipes, giving readers the impression that we never make mistakes, that those delicious ideas we have in our heads always work out as planned. But as any cook will know disasters, and things that don’t quite go to plan happen, perhaps especially for those creatives amongst us who have a tendency to get carried away, inspired by ingredients, flavours and aromas; those of us who dream about how to deconstruct recipes and add our own twist to a dish.

Preparing for the Easter weekend I had one such (luckily not ‘binworthy’) moment with a new recipe idea. It didn’t work out as planed and as I was pondering how to remedy the situation it occurred to me that the thinking process that this time turned a near disaster into something delicious might be worth sharing with you – it might come in handy next time you get caught out with a dish that hasn’t gone quite as expected, encourage you to ask questions about the flavour and texture in order to work out if you could create something that might work, rather bin your efforts too quickly in a fit of pique. Continue reading

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