Be prepared to smell awful if you make this – but it’s worth it 🙂 Ingredients: The cloves from 4 large heads of garlic, peeled 1 red pepper, finely chopped 2 bay leaves 1 tbsp black peppercorns 1 tbsp seas salt 1 tbsp dried oregano 1/2 tsp chilli flakes 6 tbsp olive oil White vinegar Method: Divide all the ingredients barring the vinegar between two … Continue reading Preserved Garlic. Anti-Vampiric.
I’m so excited about these I can’t even tell you, and I have to leave them a whole week before eating! 😦 This is a Nigel Slater recipe. Ingredients: Pickling Liquid: 250ml malt vinegar 250ml red wine vinegar 5 tbsp golden caster sugar 3 tbsp sea salt Pickle: 20-30 cherry tomatoes (preferably on the vine, stalks removed and washed) 2 bay leaves 4 peeled garlic … Continue reading Pickled Tomatoes. Red Globes of Glory.
Whilst looking for a beetroot pickle recipe I came across this little beauty. If you don’t want this to be spicy, leave the chilli flakes out. If you’re daring – leave them in! Ingredients: 1 fresh pineapple, cut into chunks (approx. 600g) 1 cinnamon stick, broken in half 10 whole cloves 1 tsp chilli flakes 3/4 cup water 1/3 cup white vinegar Method: Put all … Continue reading Pickled Pineapple. Spicy AF.
So, bark is an American thing, which is basically chocolate with stuff either in it or on it, snapped into pieces. It’s ridiculously simple but looks really lovely. The chocolate isn’t tempered so it may get a cocoa “bloom” on it after a while but will still be edible in spite of this. Besides, it probably won’t last that long! Ingredients: 600g white chocolate 1 … Continue reading Woof. It’s Oreo Bark.
Merry Crimble! Here’s some crumbly fudge from an American recipe. You don’t need a sugar thermometer and it’s only a few ingredients, so it’s easy peasy 🙂 Ingredients: 1 cup Nutella 1 cup unsalted butter 1 tsp vanilla extract 1/4 tsp salt 3/4 cup chopped mixed nuts 4 cups icing sugar, sifted Sprinkles of your choice to decorate, if desired (I used snowflakes) Method: In … Continue reading Nutella Fudge. Crimbly crumbly..
Do you know someone who warrants a lump of coal in their stocking, albeit a delicious one? Here’s the recipe you need, originally from the US. Easy, simple and effective! Ingredients: 5 cups of white marshmallows (around 300g) 4 tbsp (about 60g) of unsalted butter 1 packet of Oreos (154g) Method: Grease an 8″ square tin or dish In a food processor, blitz the Oreos … Continue reading Lumps of Coal – Naughty, and Nice.
Found this recipe on Pinterest, see original here. Christmas for me means cheese and chutney, and this chutney is amazeballs! It’s heavy on chilli, so if you’re not a fan of spicy I’d probably avoid it – otherwise, definitely give it a go – chutney is low maintenance cookery, my favourite kind! Ingredients: 2 large white onions, finely chopped 600g fresh pineapple, cubed 2 … Continue reading Spicy Moroccan Pineapple Chutney.
This evening I wanted cake, and I neeeeeeeeded it right there and then. So I researched some mug cake recipes and settled on this one. Takes about 5 minutes to prepare and 1 minute to cook, and it’s yummy (which frankly, is all I look for in a cake). Ingredients: 1 egg 1 tbsp plain flour 1/4 tsp baking powder 1 tbsp light soft brown … Continue reading Chocolate Peanut Butter Cake. In 5 Minutes.
Decided to make pickled onions – so bought some shallots and got cracking. I then remembered how much I hate pickling onions, predominantly because of the ballache that is topping and tailing them – but they look great when they’re done and that’s the most difficult part, so hey ho! I haven’t worried too much about quantities because the process is the same regardless of … Continue reading Pickled Shallots.
A few years ago I was really into preserves, chutneys and pickling – and I’ve rediscovered that love just in time for Christmas. If you jar up your preserves in clip top jars like Kilners, and adorn them with pretty labels and ribbons, they make a nice gift. And all the best gifts are homemade!! Ingredients: (makes 2 x 1/2lb jars) 1kg red onions, finely … Continue reading Bitchin’ Red Onion Marmalade.