I spent some time this weekend making cupcakes for a young lady’s 8th birthday. She absolutely adores mangoes so I took that as my inspiration and came up with this - soft vanilla bean sponge with a home-made, sharp lemon and mango filling topped with mango buttercream. I was pleasantly surprised with how delicate and subtle all of the flavors turned out to be as I was a bit worried that the mango would be a little overpowering but everything seemed well balanced, the slightly tangy lemon and mango curd centre really worked well.
Ever so slightly pickled courgette and carrot ribbons on a mixed leaf salad - served with a light, sweet dressing.
Fish pie. Silky haddock chunks covered in home-made parsley sauce baked under a roof of mashed potatoes and a thin cheese crust - it bubbled long after it was released from the oven.
My own version of corn chowder. Blended and made with fat free yoghurt rather than cream.
Home-made Butternut Squash soup. Creamy, rich and comforting.
Chocolate cake drizzled with milk and dark chocolate icing.
Summer market findings all tumbled into a beautiful pie. (Rhubarb, Peach and Strawberry pie).
Fully home-made Christmas mince pies of two years ago. Mulled wine mince pies, to be exact. Fruity and boozy.
Moist Vanilla Bean sponge cake covered in a white chocolate butter cream icing and filled with a home-made strawberry compote - just the right amount of sharpness to take the edge of the sweet icing! Lovely on a summer day with a limey Mojito.
This is Chocolate Guinness cake that I made for my lovely friend Iona’s 18th birthday last year. It’s topped with many hand piped roses that are made from creme cheese icing.. the white icing against the black perfectly imitates the look of a pint of Guinness!