Birthday Cakes

Preheat the oven to 180ºC fan oven/200ºC/gas 6. Put 18 bun cases in the baking tins ready. Proper cake tins are really handy here. Beat the butter and sugar together until it turns pale cream and is quite fluffy. Add …

Perfect Pavlova

Preheat the oven to 150ºC fan oven/170ºC/Gas 4. Put a piece of greaseproof paper on a baking tray. A trick to stop the paper from sliding all over the place when you come to spread out your meringues is to …

Strawberry Pancakes

To make the caramel sauce, put the sauce 1. ingredients in a saucepan, bring to the boil and allow it to bubble gently for 30 seconds. Set to one side until needed. Put the flour, sugar, eggs and milk in …


Heat the oil in a wok or large pan and 1. fry the onion and garlic until it begins to brown. Add the meat to the pan and fry until it is no longer pink. Add the tomatoes, tomato purée …

Perfect Steak and Mash

To make the mustard sauce, simply mix the crème 1. fraîche and mustard together. Leave in the fridge until needed. To make the balsamic onions, heat the oil in a pan and add the onions. Cook until they become quite …

Courgette Fritters

To make the dipping sauce, mix the cornflour with the water in a small saucepan. Add the rest of the sauce ingredients, bring to the boil, stirring frequently. Turn down the heat and simmer for 1–2 minutes. Leave to cool. …

classic choclate cake recipe

Classic Chocolate Cake Recipe

Preheat the oven to 180ºC/fan/200ºC/Gas 6. Grease two 20cm round cake tins. Cut a round of greaseproof paper and put in the bottom of the cake tins. Put the butter and sugar in a bowl. Beat well with a wooden …


How to poach eggs video

Non stressful, simple and doable way to poach an egg


How to make gravy video

You have made a lovely roast dinner but now you need some gravy, here is a video to show you a simple way.


How to make dumplings from scratch video

how to make dumplings from scratch and adds it to a simple vegetable soup.


How to peel and chop butternut squash: video

Simple and straightforward way to peel and chop a butternut squash video


How to melt chocolate: video

Video on how to melt chocolate without it going all grainy


How to make pastry: video

Step by step video on making shortcrust pastry


How to make easy Pavlova: video

This video shows a simple way to make a pavlova that is crisp on the outside and lovely and gooey on the inside


How to do feather icing without a piping bag

Video on how to get the feathering effect on cakes and chocolate


a family cookbook with everyday food for real families My aim in this book is to help you to enjoy cooking, to minimize stress levels, to show how simple meals are possible and to inspire you to cook from fresh …


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