Recipe ideas

Novelty cakes come in all shapes and sizes, and having one made for your Christening party will certainly be very appealing for the children attending your party.    Hiring someone to create a cake for you can be the easy option, especially if you don’t consider yourself to be the best baker in the world, however having someone else to make one for you can work out to be very expensive.   If you would prefer to have a go at making your own novelty cake, then you can use boxed or packet sponge cake mixes to make the job…
Ingredients (Makes 4 portions)   1 tbsp olive oil 600g pork shoulder, roughly cut into 5cm chunks small knob butter 1 onion, sliced 1 tbsp plain flour 2 large glasses fruity rosé or white wine 300ml chicken stock 140g dried prunes (about 12) handful fresh parsley, chopped, to serve     Method       1. Heat the olive oil in a flame-proof casserole pan and cook the pork, turning occasionally, until it is golden brown all over, about 10 mins. You need plenty of space in the pan, so cook in 2 batches if the meat starts to steam.…
Ingredients (Makes 1 portion)   1 egg 1 Baby Gem lettuce, shredded 195g can sweetcorn 1 carrot, coarsely grated ½ small cucumber, deseeded and diced 100g cooked prawns 2 tbsp extra-light mayonnaise 1 tbsp tomato ketchup splash Tabasco sauce lemon wedge, to serve (optional)     Method       1.Boil the egg in a small pan of boiling water for 8 mins, drain and run under cold water until cool. Shell, then slice. 2.Layer the salad in a bowl starting with the lettuce, then the sweetcorn, carrot, cucumber, egg and finish with the prawns. Mix the mayo and ketchup…
Ingredients (Makes 4 portions)   2 cups dry red wine, such as cabernet or merlot 1/4 cup plus 1 tablespoon sugar 1 orange, juiced (about 1/2 cup) 1 (1 by 3-inch) strip orange zest 1 cinnamon stick 2 cloves 4 firm, ripe pears     Method   In a 4-quart saucepan, combine wine, sugar, orange juice, zest, cinnamon stick and cloves. Bring to a boil, reduce heat and simmer for 5 minutes. While liquid is simmering, peel pears, leaving stem intact and being careful not to blemish the flesh of the pears. Slice 1/2-inch off the bottom of the pears…
Ingredients (Makes 4 portions)   1 large pork tenderloin (about 14 ounces) 3 tablespoons olive oil, divided 2 tablespoons whole grain Dijon mustard 2 teaspoons fennel seeds 1 large onion, sliced 2 medium Granny Smith apples, peeled, cored, sliced 1/4 inch thick 1/2 cup dry white wine or apple cider     Method   *Preheat oven to 230°C. Season pork with salt and pepper. *Heat 2 tablespoons oil in large nonstick ovenproof skillet over medium-high heat. Add pork and sear until all sides are brown, turning occasionally, about 5 minutes. Transfer pork to plate. Cool slightly. Spread mustard over top…
These lovely little chocolate delights are often thought of as being expensive or too difficult to make, but with the below recipe you can make them quickly, easily and cheaply at home then pass them out as christening favours. They can even be made in the microwave and you can also alter the recipe to suit individual tastes or use milk or white chocolate for the kids.   Ingredients (Makes roughly 26 truffles) 170g semi sweet or dark chocolate 6 tbsp of milk (you can use lactose free, almond, soy or coconut milk if you like) Cocoa powder or icing…
One of the most delicious desserts you can ask for! This tart provides an easy way to satisfy anyone’s sweet tooth and what makes this dessert even better is the fact that it combines a tart with millionaire’s shortcake! You have the shape and size of a tart, a biscuit base and caramel centre of millionaire’s shortcake and a chocolate brownie topping for good measure.   Ingredients   For the base 140g plain flour 100g butter 50g caster sugar 1 egg yolk   For the caramel 50g butter 1 can of sweetened condensed milk 2 tbsp golden syrup 2 tbsp…
Pink lemonade is one of those tasty treats that really goes down well no matter what time of the year. This recipe is one that anyone can make at home and with it being still and not carbonated means that everyone can enjoy it without it going off too quickly.   Ingredients (Makes 2 large jugs – serves 16 people)   16 lemons 400g caster sugar with extra to taste 280g raspberries Ice, to serve     Method   *Skin the lemon using a potato peeler, making sure not to take off too much white pith as possible. Remove any…
A gorgeous main for any occasion, this dish provides a simple but elegant way to feed many hungry stomachs. The benefit of having the cheddar and garlic means the chicken breast stay moist with a kick of flavour that everyone is sure to enjoy. Adding the sweet potatoes and green beans to the side are cheeky ways to have the children enjoy their vegetables.    Ingredients (Makes 16 portions)   225g Butter 8 cloves of garlic (minced) 2 garlic globes 160g dry bread crumbs 80g freshly grated cheddar cheese ½ teaspoon of dried parsley ½ teaspoon of dried oregano ½…
Yes, you read that correctly – these are brownies but aren’t sweet, instead they’re full of the tasty goodness of spinach, tanginess of cheddar cheese and an added bonus of onion. This is another recipe that lends itself to change very well; I usually like to boost the flavour with some garlic and extra cheese.      Ingredients   (Makes 24)     *280g spinach, rinsed and torn to your choice of size *235ml milk *125g plain flour *1 tsp of salt *1 tsp baking powder *2 eggs *115g melted butter *1 onion, chopped *224g cheddar or mozzarella cheese *Optional:…