Sweet Things: Ginger and Apricot Parfait

Take 5: Sponge finger, crystallised ginger, dried apricots, honey, cream. This is an easily assembled dessert. You can make it in the afternoon and eat it for dessert after the sponge fingers have had some time to soften. I made it in wine glasses (their second best use is for desserts), which adds a bit… [Read More]

Take 5 for Students: Barley with Smoky Paprika Chicken

Take 5: Onions, chicken, smoked paprika, barley, tomatoes. This is a one-dish dinner. I love barley and happily use it instead of rice in a recipe like this. I find barley nutty and chewy – it also takes longer to eat, so perhaps we eat a little less than we’d be tempted to do with… [Read More]

Sweet Things: Sponge Finger Sandwiches

Take 5: Sponge finger, sweet sherry, mascarpone, chocolate, toasted nuts. This ‘assembled’ dessert is a quick but effective one to put together. When sponge fingers come into view, my family immediately think of tiramisu – but tiramisu takes a good beater to whip everything, and I just have a bowl to work with while I… [Read More]

Take 5 for Students: Black Bean Party

Take 5: Black beans, tomato passata, feta cheese, sour cream, avocado. Recently, I needed to make a vegetarian dinner with just one bowl and a microwave. Soak 2 cups black beans in water over night. Simmer for about an hour. Keep the water topped up during this process so the beans are covered. Drain off… [Read More]

Sweet Things: Raspberry and Mascarpone Palmiers

Take 5: Puff pastry, sugar, mascarpone, raspberries, cherry conserve. As I am in my present nomadic condition without an oven, there have been no cakes or baking forthcoming for last number of weeks. I must resort to the best I can find ready-made. I did find an utterly delicious orange and almond cake which was… [Read More]

Take 5 for Students: Rice and Peas in a Box

Take 5: Arborio rice, chicken stock, bacon, frozen peas, cheese. This is the kind of recipe that can be made with very limited cooking facilities. I had a microwave and only a square plastic box to cook in, but managed a satisfying one-dish supper. “One dish” takes on a new meaning. Put about 1 ½… [Read More]