Category: Desserts

Dinner a Deux 6

ON THE MENU TONIGHT: Pan-Fried Scallops with Crunchy Apple Salad; Slow-Roasted Pork Belly with Fennel; Vanilla Cheesecake with Berry Compote I’ve always loved strong flavours: aniseed balls and liquorice featured heavily in my childhood sweet habits.  Now I’ve grown out of sweets, I get my fix from star anise and fennel.  And what better way…


Dinner a Deux 5

ON THE MENU TONIGHT: Beetroot Tarte Tatin with Rocket and Watercress Salad; Seared Salmon with Honey-Glazed Fennel; Hot Chocolate Fondant. Valentine’s Day: traditionally the day for all things lovey-dovey.  What better way to show AlphaMale how much I love him than to serve up a special little Dinner a Deux? And what a dinner it…


Dinner a Deux 4

ON THE MENU TONIGHT: Roast Pepper & Goats Cheese Bruscetta; Salmon en Croute with Rocket & Parmesan Pesto; Vanilla Cheesecakes with Berries. COR!  Just look at that…what’s not to enjoy? Crisp puff pastry; a tangy pesto made from rocket, Parmesan and toasted pine-nuts; and a deliciously moist salmon fillet.  Just lovely.  And easy – I…


Dinner a Deux 3

ON THE MENU TONIGHT: Smoked Salmon tartlets with a Parmesan crust; Pan-fried Pork Chops with Pepper Relish & Celeriac Mash; Baked Figs with Cinnamon & Honey. Now then, this is a good one.  By good, I mean cheap, tasty, easy and impressive looking. Good with a capital G. It’s a good old Gordon recipe, taken…


Dinner a Deux 2

ON THE MENU TONIGHT:  Beetroot Tarte Tatin with rocket and goats cheese; Roast hake with winter ratatouille, lemon beurre blanc and fondant potato; Choca-Mocha pots This one was just yum with a capital Y.  The flavours were superb together, and it was all relatively simple to do.  The only thing I have yet to test…


Dinner a Deux 1

ON THE MENU TONIGHT: Smoked salmon tartlets with Parmesan crust: Duck with Ginger Sauce; Cinnamon & Honey Baked Figs…


#FoodyFriday April 5th

God bless Gordon.  This is my new mantra.  Gordon of the Ramsey variety, not the Brown one.  Following much angst, persuasion and foot stamping, I am (eventually) the proud owner of Gordon’s Ultimate Cookery Course.  Since watching his programme of the same name in the autumn, and popping him straight onto my Christmas list, it…


#FoodyFriday March 30th

It’s been a while since I did a #FoodyFriday, due to extenuating circumstances.  However, normal service has now resumed in Rubbish Manor – skiing is long gone; AlphaMale has returned from the good old US of A; and our bodily temperatures have returned to normal, following a rather chilly weekend in the Gower last week….


#FoodyFriday February 24th

Yes, I know technically the 24th of February was a Saturday, but I can hardly call this #FoodySaturday now, can I? It just doesn’t roll off the tongue in the same way.  And anyway, this week was a glitch in the system due to AlphaMale’s Friday night out. I have to say at this point,…


#FoodyFriday February 15th

So, #FoodyFriday rolls around once more.  This one was not quite how or what I’d planned, but we got there in the end.  Originally it was intended to be smoked salmon mousse, some kind of fish & tarte tatin.  However, due to snow, plans were changed. I know what you’re thinking. We didn’t have snow. …


#FoodyFriday January 25th

It’s that time again.  Our weekly Date Night Dinner, where I impress my long-suffering husband with yet another marvellous meal from my ever-growing repertoire.  However, this week was a shared effort.  I did the starter and dessert and AlphaMale created his showpiece supper of Moules Marinieres.  Genius on  my behalf as about 90 percent of…


#FoodyFriday January 18th

My oh my, don’t Fridays come around quickly? Once again it was our regular Date Night Dinner last night, which this time was without the inbuilt pyrotechnic display as provided by yours truly last week.  Shame, I really liked that tablecloth…. Anyway, back to FoodyFriday.  Once again we were having a fish-fest, quite simply because…