Sophie’s Salted Caramel Popcorn

Sophie’s Salted Caramel Popcorn

Popcorn is for sharing… Here’s the recipe And here are the popcorn girls…

Tilda’s best ever Carbonara

Tilda’s best ever Carbonara

2 eggs 2 garlic cloves peeled and poked with forks olive oil thyme a good handful of pancetta grated parmesan Pour the olive oil in a saucepan, letting it heat up. Put the garlic cloves in, making sure that they become golden and not too…

Ali’s Jamaican Jerk Chicken

Ali’s Jamaican Jerk Chicken

Chicken (thighs or breast) 2tsp Ground Allspice 2tsp Cayenne pepper 2tsp dried thyme (or some fresh) 2 tsp Ground ginger 2tsp Ground nutmeg 2tsp Ground Cinnamon 2 cloves garlic 1 piece ginger 1 x 15 ml dark muscavado sugar 60ml dark rum 60 ml lime…

Canon Angus MacQueen’s Roasted Cormorant

Canon Angus MacQueen’s Roasted Cormorant

Canon Angus MacQueen’s recipe for cormorant, as recounted to me the day of his arrival as the new incumbent of the Parish of South Uist. When I was a boy, my brothers and I used to sail out the Monach islands in the autumn to…

Sophie’s Limoncello

Sophie’s Limoncello

This seems to make a huge amount and take a long time but I wanted to put it in because we had it when we went to Italy. Let’s try it sometime! BBC recipe Limoncello is for sharing…

Gavin’s mum’s Guacamole

Gavin’s mum’s Guacamole

My Mum showed us how to make this when we were kids. We’ve always loved it – Ali still makes it too! At least two ripe avocados 1/4 of a red onion 1 small garlic clove 1 Lime Tabasco (chipotle version is great). Fresh coriander…

Julian’s Gosky Patties (from his good friend Edward Lear)

Julian’s Gosky Patties (from his good friend Edward Lear)

A pig Currants Sugar Peas Roast chestnuts A candle 6 bushels of turnips (more if necessary) Take a pig, three or four years of age, and tie him by the off-hind leg to a post. Place 5 pounds of currants, 5 of sugar, 2 pecks…

Gavin’s BEST EVER Roast Potatoes!

Gavin’s BEST EVER Roast Potatoes!

This is cooking with Science! The baking soda (bicarb) is the magic ingredient – it makes the water slightly alkaline. This breaks down the outside of the potatoes and makes a starchy slurry – so the oil sticks to them and they go super crispy…

Neil’s Lentil Dahl – from Gavin

Neil’s Lentil Dahl – from Gavin

Super quick, cheap and tasty. This is based on a recipe that Neil showed me years ago. 1 cup (210g) red lentils, rinsed well 3cm fresh ginger, cut into small chunks 2 bay leaves 1 cinnamon stick 2 tablespoons (40g) butter 1 large onion, finely…

Lamb Stew with Almonds and Apricots (Tagine)

Lamb Stew with Almonds and Apricots (Tagine)

An old favourite based on this recipe. I don’t marinade and  I use mostly the same spices but just chuck them in. As long it’s cooked long and slow the lack of marinading doesn’t seem to matter. 3 lbs. lamb shoulder or neck, cut into cubes…

Easy Chicken Korma

Easy Chicken Korma

Link to recipe. You used to cook this when you were little – I think it may have been the first main meal you cooked. I’m sure there are more authentic recipes but this one is easy and works. I found that you don’t need the…

Jamie’s Pumpkin Pie

Jamie’s Pumpkin Pie

Link to Jamie Oliver recipe. Use either butternut squash or the dark red round squashes that look like mini-pumpkins. I don’t think it will work with real pumpkin as they are much more watery. By desert pastry I think he means shortcrust (not flaky). Maple…

Cardamon Carrot Cake

Cardamon Carrot Cake

4 oz flour 1 tsp bicarbonate of soda 1 egg ¼ teaspoon ground cardamon (or about 5 pods opened up and crushed) 5 oz brown sugar 2 oz butter (or half butter and half oil) 8 oz grated carrot 3 oz almonds (best skinned, but…

Toddler Dough for cookie-cutter biscuits

Toddler Dough for cookie-cutter biscuits

The famous Steiner kindergarten recipe. We made these sooo many times when you were little. I remember one time you made it into all the letters to spell your name. 3 oz self-raising flour 9 oz plain flour 5 oz sugar 5 oz butter or…

Girls night in: me and Maggie

Girls night in: me and Maggie

We ate easy tomato pasta – Maggie always makes the best!    

Lemon Tart

Lemon Tart

Pastry: 150g flour 75g butter 50g sugar 1 egg A few drops of vanilla essence Preheat oven to 160C/180C fan. Tip flour into a bowl and add the butter (cut into small slices) Rub until combined. Add sugar, egg and vanilla. Kneed the dough then…