29 Mar 2019


No Cooking Required 
Fresh vibrant and volcanic hot chilli sauce, this is a brilliant chilli sauce to top off your tacos, burger or kebab but also goes great as a insanely hot tomato sauce over chicken and pasta.  Super fast to make means this fresh sauce can have dinner on the table in 10 minutes.

(makes 200ml)

18 fresh cherry tomatoes 
1 tbsp olive oil
1/2 small onion chopped
1 clove garlic 
1 tbsp tomato purée
1 Carolina Reaper chilli
1 tsp sumac
1 tbsp red wine vinegar 
1 pinch Himalayan sea salt 
1 pinch black pepper

So simple place all the ingredients in your blender food processor and blitz to a sauce, you can finely chop all ingredients by hand too, but using the food processor really improves the consistency and flavour of this sauce.

23 Mar 2019


My families favourite Sunday special, fresh salt and pepper fried squid, drizzled with fresh lemon juice this is a outstanding treat for everyone, for the little ones call the tentacles Sea Bacon !

Prep and Cooking time 10 minutes

(serves 4 starters)

3 large squid tubes and tentacles cleaned
1 cup potato flour
1 tsp Himalayan sea salt 
1 tsp ground black pepper 
1 tsp turmeric powder
1 ltr ground nut or vegetable oil

Heat your frying oil to 180 C.  Place the potato flour in a bowl and mix in the salt, pepper and turmeric, toss in the squid, dust off, gently drop in to the oil and fry in batches not over crowding the pan for around two minutes, remove and drain on kitchen paper, season with salt and fresh squeezed lemon juice, serve immediately.



This new Lo-Dough has revolutionised my life!  I always pride myself on making everything from scratch but these amazing pysllium husk wraps are unleashing my carbohydrate restricted world!  Not a nasty ingredient in there plus super high in fiber each wrap has a whopping 9.3g, 0.1g Fat and only 39 Kcal per wrap.  

I like to use chuck steak to make my burgers as you get a 80% meat to 20% fat ratio which makes these burgers one of the tastiest ever, I do sometime change this ratio out to 70% ~ 30% by adding ground ribeye steak.

(makes 4)

The Burger
700g ground chuck steak
300g ground ribeye steak
1 tsp Himalayan sea salt
1 tsp ground black pepper
1 tbsp olive oil
1 small onion finely diced
1 clove garlic finely diced
1 tbsp fresh jalapeños finely diced

Burger Toppings
4 buttered brioche buns
8 slices sweetcure bacon
8 slices burger or Swiss cheese
8 tbsp mayonnaise 
4 tbsp pickled jalapeños 
8 iceberg leaves

Heat a skillet medium, add the olive oil, gently soften the onion and garlic for five minutes, remove from the pan and place in a large bowl to cool, add the jalapeños, once cooked add the ground beef, salt and pepper.  Using your hands mix well then crushing the mix together, divide in to four and squeeze the patties to form a ball, press out in one go with you palm or a burger press to create your burger pattie.

Heat your griddle skillet medium hot and toast the buttered buns until golden crispy and brown, then place the burgers on the skillet cook for 2-3 minutes each side only turning once for medium, add the cheese to the patties to melt.  Meanwhile cook the bacon on the skillet.  Once cooked place on top of the cheese burger.

Set your buns up on your serving platter, spread a tablespoon of mayo on the bottom of each bun, a slice of lettuce then the burger topped with cheese and bacon, the jalapeños, mayonnaise and final ice berg lettuce now enjoy.

22 Mar 2019


Coconut, turmeric, garlic and chilli crispy pan seared chicken topped with fresh peach salsa, this is a fabulous zesty supper loaded with flavour and great health benefits, serve with a watercress, spinach and lime avocado tossed salad, a real feel good dinner.

Prep time and Cooking time 10 minutes

1 chicken breast
1/2 cup of coconut flour
pinch of salt
pinch of pepper
 pinch of garlic powder
1/4 tsp turmeric
1/4 tsp dried chilli flakes
1 tsp of coconut oil

The Peach salsa
 1/2 small onion chopped
 1 jalapeno diced
1 nectarine or peach diced
1 clove garlic finely diced
1/2 juice of a lime
1 tbsp fresh coriander
salt and black pepper

Bash the chicken breast with a rolling pin to even it out, add all the dry spices to the coconut flour and coat the chicken.  Melt the coconut oil in a pan and fry the chicken breast for a couple of minutes each side only turning once.  Leave to drain on paper towel for a minute or so before serving.

For the salsa mix all the ingredients together and serve topped over the chicken.


Super Healthy Avocado Chocolate Mousse
Outstandingly good!  Whats more not only can you make this in under five minutes it is so good for you, decadently rich in natural chocolate, low in calories and packed full of healthy essential fats, when eaten in moderation these medium chain fatty acids are used up faster in the body and less likely to be stored as fat, moderation is the answer to this pudding, a couple of portions a week is healthy, besides you will find it hard to finish one portion in one go, it’s that rich!

Prep time 5 minutes / chilling time 1 hour if you can wait !

Nutrition guide: 150 kcal,  3g protein,  12g carbs, 12g fats, 2g sugar (optional)

(serves 3)

1 very ripe avocado
2 tsps honey (optional)
1 tsp vanilla pod caviar (optional)
100ml coconut cream
1/4 cup of good quality cacao powder
100g melted 70% organic Green and Blacks chocolate 

So quick and simple, just place all the ingredients in a blender and whizz until smooth, this will keep for a week in the fridge, you don't need a large portion of this as it is very rich, a little goes a long way, which means you can have this more often.

My husband will not eat honey or vanilla so I melt a bar of green and blacks chocolate instead of using cacao powder to lessen the bitterness from not adding the honey and vanilla and serve his puddings with double cream.

The science bit...
High quality cacao is such a super food, the flavanoids in the cacao prevent fat like substances from oxidising in the blood stream and from clogging up the arteries.  Cacao is powerful on the central nervous system, so over indulging could interfere with calcium retention.  60g a day is a good healthy guide.  In it's raw form it contains anandamide this induces euphoria, along with phenylethylamine which both are mood enhancers.  There is a question that adding dairy to your cacao inhibits the absorption of nutrients, coconut milk is a great substitute.
The avocado has vitamin B6, K, C, E, avocado's are a perfect food that produces compounds necessary for your liver to cleanse toxins.  67% mono-unsaturated good fats as oleic acid, 19% fat as palmittic acid & linoleic acid, 14% saturated fat, potassium, folic acid, iron, maganese, zinc, copper, selenium, calcium, high in fibre and helpful in lowering blood cholesterol and relaxing arteries.
The coconut milk is rich in fibre, vitamin C, E, B1, B3, B5, iron, selenium, sodium, calcium, magesium, phosphorous and is lactose free.

16 Mar 2019


With Fermented Sriracha and Wood Fired Flatbreads
One of my most favourite face stuffing foods, the gorgeous traditional wood fired or cast iron skillet cooked flatbread that brings its own level of flavours from the slightly charred crunch and soft dough envelopes the flavoursome spiced charred lamb seekh kebab, pickled kebab chillies topped with a raw apple cider vinegar and mint mayonnaise garlic slaw finished off with a drizzle of hot fermented sriracha sauce this is sooo lip smackinly good, what’s more it’s a gorgeous fresh healthy kebab that is not only great for your tastebuds but good for you too, guilt free, no nasties and so much healthier makes this a family winner dinner all round, quick to assemble and truly fabulous fast food you can prep ahead of time so that it is ready to go at a moments notice.

Ahead of Time Prep 15 mins / Cooking time 8-10 mins
Serve family style

(serves 2)

The Kebab
1 onion finely diced
2 cloves garlic finely diced or grated
1 tbsp ghee
1/2 tsp fresh turmeric grated or 1/4 dried
400g grass feed or organic lamb mince
2 tbsp coriander
1 tsp garam masala
1 generous pinch of sea salt
1 generous pinch of fresh ground black pepper

The Salad
1/4  finely sliced white cabbage
1/4 finely sliced red cabbage
1 lrg onion finely sliced
1 carrot julienned optional
1 garlic clove grated optional
1 tbsp apple cider vinegar

Mint Garlic Mayo
Store brought or...Make your own
3 egg yolks
1 tsp Dijon mustard
1 tsp apple cider vinegar
300ml cold pressed olive oil
sea salt
white pepper
1 clove garlic grated 
3 tbsp fresh chopped mint or 1 tbsp dried

I find this a quick simple cook and assemble because I prep everything earlier in the day and store in glass bowls in the fridge ready to go, therefore it only takes me a few minutes to cook and serve this.

First make the dough, this you can do three or four hours in advance, or twenty four hours in advance and leave in the fridge to prove.  Place all the ingredients in a large mixing bowl and bring together with your hands or if using a mixer with a dough hook, gently knead for seven minutes, form in to a large ball and place back in the bowl, dust with a little flour and cover with a cloth, leave to prove for a minimum of one hour when the dough would have doubled in size, this dough is happy to be left proving at room temperature for up to four hours.  If you are not using all the dough, once proved you can then freeze the portions of dough, when you want yo use them just defrost and leave to come up to room temperature before rolling.

Get Ahead Dough
If you want to get a head start you can make the dough as above 24-48 hours in advance and prove in the fridge, make as above and place straight in to the fridge, this is how the restaurant trade make and store their fresh dough, every wondered how they don’t run out?  Bring the dough up to room temperature, this takes approx one hour before using.

Lamb Seekh Kebab
To make the lamb seekh kebabs, gently soften the onions and garlic in the ghee for five minutes, leave to one side to cool slightly, in a large bowl place the lamb mince and season with the salt, pepper, turmeric, coriander and garam masala, add the onions and garlic and mix well squiding together as you mix.

Take your skewers and a handful of your mince and squish the mince around the skewer so that it is around  the thickness of half an inch, repeat until you have filled the skewers.  Store in the fridge until needed.

Mint Garlic Mayonnaise 
To make the mayo, place the egg yolks and white wine vinegar in a large bowl, take your whisk and add a teaspoon of the oil and start to whisk, keep adding a teaspoon amount of oil every few seconds while whisking, once you see the emulsification of the oil and yolk you can add the oil in bigger glugs, stop when you have ribbons and your happy with the thickness of the mayo add the Dijon mustard, mint and season with salt and pepper.

To make the slaw combine all the ingredients and then mix with the half the mayonnaise, reserving the remainder for drizzling.

Seekh Kebab
When ready to cook, pre heat your grill or cast iron skillet, place the kebabs under the grill or on the skillet these will take approx eight minutes, turning once half way through the cooking time, meanwhile divide the flatbread dough into six or eight balls, on a floured surface roll out each ball into a approx 8" circle, heat a non stick frying pan hot, place the bread in the pan and cook for one to two minutes, turn over and cook again for around one minute, remove and repeat with the rest of the dough, wrap the cooked flat breads in a warm tea towel to keep warm while you cook the rest.  

Serve family style on the table with a stack of breads, bowls of the salad, a stack of kebabs, a big bowl of mint and garlic mayonnaise and a bottle of sriracha.  I also serve with some chopped fresh chillies, garlic and herbs along with a home made jar of hot sweet chilli jelly, enjoy.

The Flat Bread
(makes 6)
500g 00 flour
15g dried yeast
10g sea salt
50ml Olive Oil
320g warm water

Place all the ingredients in a mixing bowl and either by hand or by machine with a dough hook mix for seven minutes, then dust a little flour over the dough mix and gently form into a ball, cover the bowl with a tea towel and leave in a warm area to prove for 1-2 hours until doubled in size if you want to use immediately, then other options are leave to prove slowly in the fridge for 24hrs, this is what I do as it gives me much more control over time and usage, this will keep for 48hrs in the fridge ready to go when you are, you can also freeze any left over dough at this stage, then when ready to use remove from the freezer defrost and once up to room temperature use as you would fresh.

 Take a oversized golf ball piece of dough, dust your work top with a little 00 flour, roll into a ball and roll out a large disk no bigger than your skillet if your not cooking in a wood fired oven, heat to a hot heat, place the flat bread in the pan and cook for one and a half minutes on each side, keep warm by wrapping in a tea towel until serving, these flatbreads are best served warm but are almost as good used later the same day, to use the following day dip the flat breads in water and pop in a pre heated oven for 3-5 minutes and Ta-Da almost as good as fresh.

Fermented Sriracha Sauce
7 Days To Make 
(Makes approx 300ml)
Store brought or make your own...
 700g whole red jalapeños 
1 tbsp Himalayan sea salt
3-4 tbsp light brown sugar
4 large cloves chopped garlic
125 ml apple cider vinegar 

Fermented Homemade Chilli Sauce
This is an outstandingly easy recipe for a fresh vibrant sriracha hot chilli sauce that may have you leaving that Famous rooster bottle named after the ship Huy Fong that he travelled with his family in to the United States of America in the store, I know it is for my family!  Only because we like to be as self sufficient as possible, but we are honest and sometimes we just need to grab a bottle of the best stuff as life is super busy.  We grow and raise most of our food and finally this year I have succeeded in a bountiful yield of Serrano chillies just for this recipe.

The Fermenting 
Place all the ingredients except the white wine vinegar into your food processor or magic bullet and blitz, blitz and then blitz some more until you have as smooth a mixture as possible, around three minutes.

Decant into your kilner jar scraping every bit out from the food processor, pop on the lid and just leave on the side somewhere safe where the jar won't get knocked over and out of direct sunlight for 7 days, after 3-5 days you will see the exciting start of the ferment, there will be some movement in the chilli mash like cracks in a wall, this is good.  

After day 5 gentle shake the jar to mix all the fermenting chillies back to a smooth consistency and again on day 6.  Day 7 over a saucepan strain the mixture through a sieve and using the back of a spoon push through as much of the mixture that will go through, you want a really dry pulp left in the sieve.  Add the vinegar and bring to a rolling simmer, reduce the sriracha sauce down to the thickness you require, I like the sauce to coat the back of a spoon well this way it sticks to food better so you get more of a bang of flavour with each mouthful.

Take off the heat and decant into a hot sterilised ball mason jar, pop on a lid and store in the fridge for up to 6 months, IT WON'T LAST THAT LONG!  Enjoy. 


Aromatic sumptuous and fragrant Panang Curry, cold water Atlantic prawns and loin of cod gently poached in a coconut infused lemongrass and ginger aromatic curry sauce.  Simple to make and quite therapeutic with the pounding of the base ingredients in a pestle and mortar, this really does make a difference in the overall flavour and texture, but not essential and a food processor will do.

I like to make my own fish stock, coconut milk and flat breads for this recipe, however if you don't want to then store bought is just fine, so skip some of the instructions and go straight to the cooking method.

Prep Time 30 minutes / Cooking Time 10 minutes / Onion Pakoras 10 minutes

(Serves 4)

The Panang Curry Paste
6 cardamon pods seeds only
2 dried scotch bonnets
1 tbsp coriander seeds
1 tsp cumin seeds
6 black peppercorns
1/2 tsp sea salt
30g ginger finely chopped
1 lemongrass bashed finely chopped
8 garlic cloves chopped
5 shallots diced
2 tsp grated turmeric OR
1 tsp ground turmeric
2 tbsp fish sauce

The Curry
1 tbsp coconut oil
16 raw shell on king prawns
12oz cod loin
5 fresh kaffir lime leaves
1 green pepper diced
1 small bunch coriander chopped
1/2 tsp un refined sugar
400ml coconut creamy milk
(to make your own see below)
300ml fish stock made from the prawn shells
(method see below)
1 tbsp ghee or butter or coconut oil

Flat Breads
500g 00 flour
10g sea salt
50g olive oil
320g water

Flatbreads are really simple to make and deliver outstanding flavour, place all the ingredients in a large mixing bowl and either by hand or using a dough hook bring the flour together to form a dough and work for seven minutes, leave to rest for around an hour, when ready to cook, cut the dough into eight portions and roll out a thin disk around 8 inch's in diameter, leave to one side and cook the flatbreads while the curry is cooking, heat a dry frying pan hot and cook each side for around one minute, I like to let the flat bread catch a little adding extra flavour.

Making your own Coconut Milk
Take your coconut and locate the 3 eyes on one end, turn the coconut until the 3 eyes form a trinangle and the point is at the top, this is the eye to pierce with a point of a knife, do this over a bowl and drip out all the coconut water.  Crack open the coconut and remove all the flesh, grate or blitz until fine, place all the grated coconut in a glass bowl and pour over 400ml of boiling water, leave to infuse for ten minutes.  Either in a muslin bag or by hand squeeze out all of the water from the coconut, this is your coconut milk, if you every want coconut cream then leave the milk to settle in a fridge and the cream will set on the top of the milk.

The Curry Paste
Firstly make the curry paste, this only takes a few minutes and I find it very therapeutic, heat a non stick pan and toast the cumin, coriander, black peppercorns and dried chillies, take care not to burn, place the rest of the ingredients in the mortar, add the toasted seeds and pound away with the pestle until you have a glorious curry paste.

Peel and de vein the prawns keeping all the heads and shells for making the fish stock.

Homemade Fish Stock 
In a pan melt some ghee or butter or coconut oil, ghee is my favourite in this case, pan fry the shells for a couple of minutes, add 400ml of water and simmer gently for around five minutes, using the back of a spoon or my favourite the end of a rolling pin to pound the prawn shells helping to release and squeeze out all of their juices and flavour, strain through a sieve and return the stock to the pan.

Panang Curry
Add to the stock the coconut milk and bashed curry paste, bring to a gently simmer and reduce by half to thicken the sauce then add the cod loins and prawns, turn the cod loins after 2 minutes and after a further two minutes take off the heat, leave to rest for five minutes while you cook the flat breads and then serve.

Onion Pakoras
1 large Spanish onion
1 tsp curry powder
1/2 tsp turmeric
1/2 tsp sea salt
1/2 tsp white pepper
2 fresh chillies chopped
1 hand full fresh coriander chopped
1 cup chic pea flour
100ml water
400ml nut oil to cook with

If you have time sprinkle the sea salt over the sliced onions a hour ahead of time, this releases liquid from the onions and makes a better more flavoured pakora batter.

Makes approx 6

Place all the nut oil in a pan and bring up to a medium hot heat, 170-180 C, meanwhile in a large mixing bowl add all the ingredients except the water and coat the onions with the chic pea flour, add most of the water and stir to combine, you want a thick batter consistency, add a little more water if needed.

Scoop up a large golf ball size and shape in to a firm ball using two spoons, gently place the pakora in the oil and fry for around 2 minutes on each side, turning only once.  Remove and place on kitchen paper to drain, repeat with the rest of the mixture, you can cook more than one at at time, just don't overload the pan or the temperature will lower and the pakoras will soak up oil and be greasy.

11 Mar 2019


Slow braised steak and guinness pie with the most outstanding Marriage Proposal award winning suet crust pastry.

This recipe is very dear to me, firstly it is my most top favorite dinner that my Nan used to make for me, the memories start with the original recipe from my Nan and Nan got it from her mum, it is one of those wonderful recipes of history, I do not know if my Great Granny Rebbeca got this recipe from her mum but I do know my Nan was a great cook who moved with the times hence the curry powder, I won't tell you about Nan's experimental Malibu gravy roast chicken though!

Nan did not make this as a pie, we had this a braised dish with the most creamy buttery mashed potatoes that Nan always put a hint of vinegar in, turns out that the vinegar lowers the absorption of carbohydrates.  The very special part of this dinner was my Nan's brown 1950's tea mug that she filled with extra braised gravy stock for me to drink with my meal, I always eat this meal with a spoon, this is so I can get the maximum amount in my mouth each time!  Wonderful memories every mouthful :-)

Growing up in a rural, local village pub where my parents sourced and served outstanding honest food, Nan’s braised steak and Guinness was now a pie and suet steamed pudding, this was my parents top selling dish and it is still my mums number one dinner!  When I was 18yrs old I made this dish for my now husband as this pie, this was a deal sealer and resulted in a proposal of marriage, 28 yrs later this is still my husbands and my favourite dinner, with or without the unbelivevable suet pastry.

I always make extra for leftovers, double dinners, if your are putting the time in to slow cook, always make extra as this is not only time efficient but also cost effective and you have another dinner to go from the freezer.
(makes 10 portions)

1 kg chuck/braising steak 2" square chunks
700g trimmed weight lambs kidney rough chopped (optional)
2 onions finely chopped
2 sticks celery fine chopped
2 carrots finely chopped
1 glug of ooil
knob of butter
500g rich beef stock
4 cans of Guinness 
1 tsp salt and black pepper
2 tbsp mustard powder
1 tsp cayenne pepper
1/2 tsp curry powder
4 bay leaves
2 tbsp ground black pepper

(This makes 2 pie top crusts)
330g supreme self raising flour
100g cold butter grated
130g atora suet
Water as needed (150ml+)
1 tsp salt and white pepper 

Make the pastry first so that it can rest in the fridge.  Place all the ingredients except the water in a large bowl and very gently mix, you do not want to over work the mix as this will make it rubbery and this pastry is the best ever because it is light and crispy with a flakey texture finished off with a hint of almost dumpling texture underneath, that soaks up the gorgeous braise steak gravy.  Add the water a glug at a time probably overall 150ml and just crush the pastry mix together, wrap in paper and plonk in the fridge until needed.  


Heat a deep casserole dish on the stove and melt the butter and ooil, gently fry the onion, celery and carrot until soft, add the diced beef and brown all over, then add all the seasoning from the mustard powder to the black pepper along with the stock and Guinness.

Bring to a gently simmer, pop a lid on, keep the heat ticking over for around 3-4 hrs or pop in the oven or slow cooker until the beef falls apart when you touch it.  Lesson learned you can not rush this recipe in a pressure cooker!!!  The steak has a tougher texture even though it is falling apart.

Once the steak is cooked you may or may not need to thicken the stock, I struggle with this but I do use a roux and cook it out for approx 20 minutes, I take equal quantities, approx 50g of butter and supreme sponge flour melted together.  I spoon half in to the braised steak and gently cook this out, this is generally enough to slightly thicken the stock gravy enough.

Roll out your pastry for the lid, fill your pie baking dish with the gorgeous braised steak Guinness pie filling, egg wash the top of the pie dish, pop on the suet pie crust lid, crimp the sides and egg wash the top, decorate the top of your pie with a hint of personality, egg wash and bake in a pre-heated oven for 35-40 minutes until golden brown and hopefully some of the juices have oozed out over the parts of the pastry and created a rich chewy beef braised crust.  Serve with roasted potatoes and vegetables or buttery mashed potatoes, enjoy.

9 Mar 2019


Paleo and Ketogenic, to Good To Be True! Not !

These are some serious chocolate puddings that are totally guilt free and good for you too!  Just four super good for you ingredients a couple of minutes and these sumptuous chocolate pots are made.  Diabetic friendly for my husband these will not spike your blood glucose and leave you questioning can I really eat these guilt free, Yes as always in moderation! 

My Geeky Good For You Food Science Bit...

Protection from disease causing free radicals, supports cellular protection that fights against environmental toxins, antioxidants rich due to the  flavonoids and polyphenols are compounds that are believed to neutralise free radicals and protect the body from their damage.  A cancer fighting and heart healthy food due to a rich supply of flavonoids.  Good for your cholesterol profile due to oleic acid a heart healthy monounsaturated fat.  A brain boosting food good for focus and memory from the cocoa flavanols, which can also help lower blood pressure, contains manganese, copper, iron, magenesium, phosphorus, potassium, zinc, vitamin K, selenium and calcium.

Extremely healthy medium chain fatty lauric acids easily digested and almost immediately broken down in you saliva and gastric juices which means it is less likely to be stored as fat.  This means pancreatic fat digesting enzymes are not essential which supports and puts less of a strain on your liver allowing your liver to work more efficiently.  Anti viral, anti bacterial, anti bacterial, protects body from infections and viruses.  Regulates thyroid function and highly nutritious.

Used for centuries, keeps sticky platelets from forming clots in your arteries, boosts metabolism and prevents candida.

Rich in protein, iron, B12, A, B2, B9, B6, CoQ10, (yolk D, E), lecithin, zinc, all essential amino acids, protein, retinal, choline, iron, calcium, phosphorus, potassium, omega 3fatty acids.

Daily allowance of cholesterol is 300mg a large egg yolk generally contains 220mg, however your body  when supported by a healthy low fat un-processed balanced diet may not absorb all this cholesterol, your body deals with healthy fats differently than fats from red meats.

Protects against heart disease, anti carcinogenic, significant amount of protein, choline, great for brain development.  Largest source of lecithin this is converted into TMAO a compound linked with heart disease, keep to max 7 eggs per week.  Contains all eight essential amino acids and essential nutrients, choline, your liver needs these amino acids to preform the detoxification process, choline and co enzyme are needed for metabolism, this is found in the egg yolk and protects your liver from a wide range of toxic substances while detoxing heavy metals.

Free range hens lay higher nutrient eggs, lower cholesterol and lower fat eggs, higher in omega 3 and vitamins.

Cooking time 10 minutes
(makes four)

1 can organic coconut milk
150g 85% dark chocolate broken
3 egg yolks
1 orange zest grated 
1/2 tsp ground cinnamon 

This is super simple and quick to make put the coconut milk and orange zest in a pan and bring to almost just a simmer add the chocolate and using a whisk gently stir do not whisk, as soon as the chocolate has melted drop the egg yolks in one at a time whisking in quickly so that you don't end up with scrambled eggs and gently cook the yolks for a couple of minutes, take off the heat and add the cinnamon.  Pour in to your serving jars or glasses and set in the fridge for a couple of hours before serving.

Why not top with some whipped thick coconut cream, fruit and grated chocolate shavings.

7 Mar 2019


THE BEST PIE EVER...well so far...
Marriage Proposal Suet Puff Pastry

This is a whopper of a pie, this pastry made my husband (28 yrs so far...) propose to me so be warned, then the deep decadent curry filling is rich and deep in gorgeous flavours given from the slow braised marinated bone in lamb shanks that deliver a unbelievable creamy richness to the vindaloo masala encased with the Best Ever Suet Marriage Proposal Puff Pastry...

Prep Time 15 minutes / Marinating time 2-24hrs / Cooking time 3 hours

(makes 4 pies or 1 large pie)

Lamb Shank Curry Marinade
4 lamb shanks
1/2 stick cinnamon grinded
1 onion peeled rough chopped
6 cloves garlic peeled
1 thumb size piece ginger
20 cardamom pods seeds only
1 tsp cumin seeds ground
1 tsp black peppercorns ground
5 whole cloves
1/2 tsp ground turmeric
1/2 tsp sea salt
1/2 tsp sugar
2 tbsp kashmiri chilli powder
2 tbsp tamarind pulp
5 tbsp white wine vinegar

The Vindaloo Masala
3 tbsp ghee
1 onion finely chopped
4 cloves garlic finely chopped
3 tomatoes quartered
1 green chilli whole
1 ltr lamb stock

Marriage Proposal Suet Pastry
330g plain flour
130g suet
100g cold butter grated
150ml-200ml cold water
1/2 tsp sea salt
1/2 tsp ground white peppercorns

Marinating Lamb Shanks and Cooked Vindaloo Curry

First make the vindaloo marinade, place all the ingredients in to your food processor and blitz to a fine paste, massage all over the lamb shanks and leave to marinate for as long as possible up to 24 hours, this just deepens the flavour in the meat.

When you are ready to cook the vindaloo which will take around 2 hours unattended, heat a large casserole dish with a lid to medium hot, add the ghee and when melted the onions and garlic gently soften for around 10 minutes then add the tomatoes, stock and the marinated lamb shanks with the marinade, cover with the lid and leave to cook on a low heat for around 2 hours until the meat is falling off the bone.  

Meanwhile make the pastry place all the ingredients except the water in a large bowl and gently stir through, add the water and gently bring together to form a ball, turn out on to your work top and using the heel of your hand flatten out the ball until double the original size, fold in half, turn the pastry 90 degrees and flatten out again, fold in half, repeat twice more then wrap in baking paper and chill in the fridge for at least 30 minutes before using.

Remove the lamb shanks and reduce the sauce to a medium thick curry sauce consistency place the lamb shanks back in and leave the curry to one side to cool, alternatively bung on some rice and enjoy as a gorgeous curry right now!

Roll out your pastry and line your pie tin or tins, fill with the lamb shank curry bone on or off, egg wash the rim of the pie casing and press on the pastry lid of the pie, egg wash and bake at 180 C / 356 F for around 30-40 minutes until light and golden, leave to rest for five minutes before removing the pies from the tin and enjoy, serve with some Indian spiced crushed potatoes and spinach.  If you want a clean white bone for presentation then wrap the bone in tin foil while baking the pie, I’m just more of a rustic cook.