All posts tagged: Recipes

#FoodieFriends: Mel’s Fish Pie and Easy Lemon Meringue Ice Cream Recipes

I haven’t had a new #FoodieFriends post up on here for a while, so I’m very excited for this one from Mel. I have known Mel since I was around 8 years old – she and her husband Lloyd were our neighbours when we lived in Yorkshire and we have all been friends ever since. Here’s a serious throwback photo from 2009 when Dad was still with us: Lloyd also did a beautiful reading for us at our wedding. Mel is a fantastic cook and it’s a real treat to be invited round for dinner. I was up visiting my mum a couple of weeks ago and Mel cooked us a delicious fish pie, followed by an ice cream meringue pudding, which she was kind enough to share the recipes for: Fish Pie Mixture of cod, smoked haddock, salmon & cooked prawns Place all fish except prawns into a dish and cook for 10 mins in preheated oven of 180c covered with 1 pint of milk, seasoning, 2 bay leaves and some dried thyme. Drain …

Testing out Tefal’s ‘Cook4me’

You might have read that I’ve been experimenting with a few kitchen gadgets and cookware recently. The latest of these was the very nifty ‘Cook4me’.¬†Tefal kindly hosted an event at a fab apartment near Old Street, where some lovely bloggers and I had the chance to try it out, by cooking (and eating!) a three course meal using it. The Cook4me is a bit like the pressure cookers of times gone by, but much easier to use, as you don’t have to control the pressure/steam. It has¬†5 cooking settings in total, allowing you to pressure-cook, steam, brown, simmer, or reheat your meals. We were split into two groups to try a variety of dishes. Sophie, Binny and I started by making Asian Pork Meatballs. We constructed them in the usual way of making meatballs, (along with shiitake mushrooms which was a nice touch) and just popped them straight into the Cook4me. I’m used to adding breadcrumbs (or in desperate times, just some crushed up weetabix!) to hold the meatballs together, but this was obviously a …

A New Start At HelloFresh!

You might have noticed the blog has been rather quiet for the past couple of weeks. I haven’t been lazy, just rather busy, as I had a few days with my Mum up in Yorkshire and then started a brand new job, as Head of PR at HelloFresh in the UK! It was a fantastic opportunity to combine my loves of food, blogging and PR and I’ve had a great first week! I tried out my first box this week, with three meals for two people (perfect for me and hubby, as we’re usually out with work/friends a couple of nights a week, and out for dinner at least once a week) and the dishes really were yummy – Chermoula Chicken with Chorizo, Lentils and Roasted Peppers, Pan-Fried Pork Medallions with Tarragon and Potatoes, and Duck Steaks with Spiced Chickpeas, Sweet Potatoes and Lemon Yoghurt. We’re obviously both very capable cooks, but it’s nice to have everything measured out for you and not to have to shop for all of the ingredients, as well as …

Mississippi Mud Pie for 4th July

For the past few years, I’ve always made some kind of pudding to celebrate 4th July. Yes, I know I’m British, but a lot of my friends and ex-colleagues are American. And hey, any excuse to make a cake, right? This year I thought I’d have a go at a Mississippi Mud Pie. But I have to confess. This ended in disaster… I haven’t had a baking disaster for a while, so it was extremely frustrating! I followed a recipe from The Telegraph, with the exact ingredients, measurements and so on. However, after over 40 minutes of being in the oven, I could tell that the inside was still quite wobbly. I left it to cool for 20 minutes but could tell it was clearly undercooked. I put it back in the oven for another 15 minutes but the inside was still gloopy! At this stage I was running out of time and didn’t really have a choice, so I took it out and as expected, the thing completely fell apart. The issue is clearly …