Category: Baking

This year’s birthday bites,  with the addition on some homemade gourmet jams,


Both boozy and pepper jams out on display for guest to try from left to right.

Merlot and strawberry, Prosecco and Mango, Paprika and pepper, Raspberry and pepper

( all available to buy contact via )



Cucumber salmon bites with cream cheese


Filo bites Bolognas (left)  Chicken topped with cream cheese (right)



Cashew Baklava



Brownies with fresh raspberries




Use this conversion tables to easily convert standard cooking metrics to the most appropriate method of measurement for your kitchen.


10 g .025 oz
15 g 0.5 oz
25 g 1 oz
50 g 1.75 oz
75 g 2.75 oz
100 g 3.5 oz
150 g 5.5 oz
175 g 6 oz
200 g 7 oz
225 g 8 oz
250 g 9 oz
275 g 9.75 oz
300 g 10.5 oz
350 g 12 oz
375 g 13 oz
400 g 14 oz
425 g 15 oz
450 g 1 lb
500 g 1 lb 2 oz
700 g 1.5 lb
750 g 1 lb 10 oz
1 kg 2 lb 3 oz
1,25 kg 2 lb 12 oz
1.5 kg 3 lb 5 oz
2 kg 4.5 lb
2.25 kg 5 lb
2.5 kg 5.5 lb
3 kg 6.5 lb


Fluid Ounces
Fluid Ounces
1.25ml 0.25 teaspoon
2.5ml 0.5 teaspoon
5ml 1 teaspoon
15ml 1 tablespoon
30ml 1 lf oz
50ml 2 lf oz
100ml 3.5 lf oz
150ml 5 lf oz 0.25 pint
200ml 7 lf oz 0.33 pint
300ml 10 lf oz 0.5 pint
500ml 18 lf oz 0.83 pint
600ml 20 lf oz 1 pint
700ml 1.25 pints
850ml 1.5 pints
1 litre 1.75 pints
1.2 litre 2 pints


Gas mark
Gas mark
110 C 225 F 1/4 Cool
130 C 250 F 1/2 Cool
140 C 275 F Very low
150 C 300 F 2 Very low
170 C 325 F 3 Very low
180 C 350 F 4 Moderate
190 C 375 F 5 Moderate / Hot
200 C 400 F 6 Hot
220 C 425 F 7 Hot
230 C 450 F 8 Very Hot

Not one to always put up a complete recipe but had this out and about and thought i would try it at home, turned out to be rather tasty, the chillies were not as hot as I thought they would be but added some nice flavour to the dish.

The ingredient and method are below and as always if there is something you do not like in a these types of dishes just remove and replace with something you do like, i.e when i had this meal it had carrots in it, I am not a big fan of carrots so replaced it with corn.


2-3 skinless chicken breast, cut into pieces
2 tablespoons cornstarch
2 tablespoons lemon juice
2 tablespoons low sodium soy sauce
2″ piece of fresh ginger (peeled, sliced and cut into strips) or 1teaspoon ground ginger
500ml chicken broth
3 tablespoons vegetable oil, divided
1 shallot, chopped
1 red sweet pepper, cut into strips
1/2 small shredded red cabbage
150g of each,black beans, red kidney beans, corn and peas
1 spring onion, sliced
sesame seeds, for sprinkling

In a bowl, combine cornstarch, lemon juice, soy sauce, ginger and chicken broth. Add chicken and let marinate for 15-20 minutes.
Heat 2 tablespoons of the vegetable oil in a large skillet or wok. Drain chicken, reserving marinade, and add to the skillet. Stir fry for about 5 minutes, then remove to a plate.
Heat the remaining tablespoon of oil in the same skillet and add the shallot. Stir fry for few minutes and add the sweet pepper, cabbage. Cook until cabbage wilts, for about 4 minutes more.
Add the marinade, together with chicken and black beans, red kidney beans, corn and peas. Stir fry until sauce thickens and chicken is cooked. Garnish with spring onions and sesame seeds. You can serve steamed rice or enjoy it with a green or mixed salad.

(I did forget to put the sesame seeds but it tasted great all the same) yum!

Saltfish Fritters

Saltfish Cakes/ Fritters

Simple yet tasty snack

Just like making regular pancakes but with savoury ingredients.

You can buy dried salted cod in most supermarkets these days, it is best to soak over night and then boil the fish the next day 20-30 should be more than enough, pour off the water and fill pan with cold water once cooled flake the fish discarding the skin and bones(try and go through the fish to make sure there are no bones).

The rest of the ingredients chop as fine as you like, season your batter with some salt and pepper and add the rest of the ingredients and fish mix well and leave to stand for a for a few mins while the oil is heating.

You can deep fry these but I prefer to shallow fry with just a little oil.

Serve alone or with your favour hot sauce and a tall glass of fresh lemonade.

Pumpkin & Green Banana Chips

Also made for the movie night very more-ish and delish.

Butternut Squash

Green Banana

Vegetable Oil

Garlic Salt

Once  veggies are peeled thinly slice or even better use the peeler to made extra fine slices  and fry in hot oil place of kitchen paper to drain and lightly season with garlic salt.


Raspberry cupcake topped with  light chocolate butter icing sprinkled with raspberry powder.
Just like the strawberry powder, but this had a nicer flavour still a bit tart but all together better and less seeds, and like the strawberry powder it does change the colour of the cake mixture but gives a light fruity flavour.
The topping is a light chocolate butter icing I was aiming for a rippled effect but the chocolate was not cold enough and so just mixed it in lightly, then dusted the top with a mixture of the raspberry powder and icing sugar.

Meringue and Fresh Fruit Heart, made for a valentines  gift, used butter icing instead of cream  to preserve the meringue for travelling and storage.

Also filled with white chocolate and fruit.

Fruit used:

Strawberries, Blueberries, Mangoes, Red Currents and freeze dried Raspberries

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I had some fun making this cake, a simple sponge filled with butter icing and jam.

I used royal icing for  all the colours, first covered the cake with rolling icing so I have a base to work on, then the first layer I covered the cake with the icing as is, then separated the icing in to 7 bowls  leaving enough for the light blue colour, then coloured each bowl using wiltons food colouring and mixing to get the desired colour, also adding a little water to loosen the icing so it is a little running , not to much or it will be too runny and go everywhere.

You can see from the slides the process/steps to build the colours, rather simple but effective (I used royal icing so there is still some body in the icing giving that thick paint look)

Waited about 10-15 mins after each colour so they did not run into each other but as you can see some where a little more runny than others, I wanted the colours at different lengths but still had a nice look about it.

The topping was a cream mix and used whole milk, extra swirls and shaved rolled icing.


Decorated cookies


Made these while unable to do my daily norm, never tried before so thought while i am stuck here lets try.

What do you think?


Delightfully soft cupcakes.

20151011_191104Ginger cupcake with small pieces of candied ginger cut small and topping with a light butter icing and drizzled with golden syrup.

20151011_190759Regular cupcake recipe with freezed dried raspberry pieces and topped also with a light butter icing with freeze dried reapberry pieces and a sour raspberry sauce, i only used a little as the sauce is very sour but mixes well with the butter icing and cake.