Archives for the month of: August, 2015

I went to stay with my friend Suzie on Thursday night as we went to Reading Festival yesterday. She treated me to this amazing tart – it only took 10 mins to prep for the oven and it was glorious!

1) roll out a puff pastry block on baking parchment to fit a roasting tin.

2) in a bowl mix ready cooked chicken breast, chopped mushrooms, yellow pepper and pesto.

3) spread the mixture on the pastry base and add ripped mozzarella to the top.

4) brush the exposed pastry edges with milk.

5) bake at 180 degrees for 20-30 mins and until golden brown.

Thanks Suzie! 



These muffins are the perfect summer bake – light, fluffy and fresh. I surprised myself with how tasty they are! I followed this Baking Mad recipe. 

1) preheat oven to 180 degrees C.

2) cream together 150g softened butter and 150g sugar (I used a mixture of caster and granulated as that’s all I had!)

3) break in an egg and whisk in – add another egg and whisk, then add your final egg (3 in total) and whisk.

4) grate in the zest of 1 lemon and squeeze in most of the juice.

5) fold in 150g plain flour and 1 tsp of baking powder. 

6) add 2 handfuls of blueberries and fold in.

7) place in 12 cake cases and bake for 20-25 mins – mine were done after about 22 mins.

I’m not a fan of frosting so I left mine naked. They’re sweet enough without a pile of butter icing on top.



When it feels like November in August, it’s a casserole kind of day. I had some red wine leftover from the weekend (I know, who has leftover wine right?). This casserole is so easy to make, I love a recipe where I can just chuck it all in and let the oven do the work.

1) dust a packet of lamb chunks with flour and brown in a heavy pan on the hob.

2) add 2 chopped carrots, 1 chopped onion and any other veg you fancy.

3) after a few mins, pour in 500ml of vegetable stock and a good glug of red wine.

4) bring to a boil then pop the lid on and place in the oven at 120 degrees C.

5) take a 4 hour nap/ do something productive.

6) boil some potatoes for mash and serve the casserole with brocolli.

Mmmm winey gravy. 

Thank you Michael (@BeardedBakery) for nominating me to write this getting to know you blog. I love the #FDbloggers community, everyone is always ready and raring to go with great advice, cooking tips and support for my baking flops.

Name: Katy


What was the reason for starting your blog?

Christmas 2014 my mum bought me a Kenwood Multipro. I started experimenting and wanted to document everything I was doing. My blog is an online recipe book and central place for everything I can cook. It’s quite handy, if my boyfriend is coming for dinner, or my friends, I say check the blog and tell me what you fancy.

What’s the dish you’re most proud of?


I went to Glasto this year and had the most amazing butternut squash, goats cheese and spinach pie. I vowed to try make it when I got home and cleaned all the grass out my hair. I totally cheated with the pastry, (I’m a simple cook!) and I did actually have to google ‘how to chop a butternut squash’. The pie came out absolutely amazing and I was thrilled to have recreated a bit of Glastonbury magic.

What one kitchen utensil could you not live without?

Not sure if it counts as utensil but my cassis Le Crueset pan is my PRIDE AND JOY. I kiss it when it goes back in the cupboard. Seriously.

You’re stranded on a desert island, which 3 ingredients would you take?

Eggs, flour and milk. (I’m presuming I could find ripe bananas on the island). Either way, I could get my pancake fix.

Who do you take inspiration from?

Anything and everything – whether it’s the food stalls at Glastonbury, the calamari I had that one time in that Turkish restaurant near St Pauls, my boyfriend’s mum (I just cannot get Indian food as good as she does!), hours spent surfing pictures of chocolate cake on Pinterest.

What’s your favourite social media platform?

Whilst I do love Pinterest, I have a pretty serious Twitter addiction. Twitter is my fave. I talk too much in real life, so being able to chat to people via the medium of Twitter is awesome to me. So awesome in fact my former colleagues bought me this excellent coaster.

Biggest disaster in the kitchen?

I haven’t quite experienced #bakedalaskagate, but I have had plenty of baking mishaps. Like when I made my best friend toblerone brownies and forgot to put the butter in… Luckily the ‘but they’re meant to be really stodgy’ line worked…

Favourite spot for coffee?

I hate coffee. SORRY WORLD. While we’re at it, I ALSO HATE TEA. I know, I’m the crappest English person in the world. To me tea tastes like dishwater and coffee tastes like I don’t even know what. Give me a hot choc any day. Apostrophe do an INCREDIBLE hot chocolate, which is like that hot choc from the film Chocolat – basically a mug of melted chocolate. That should be the only acceptable hot drink.

Favourite photo you’ve taken?


I’m all about that taste, that taste, no photos. Sorry about that. I use my iPhone to take all my pics, so none of them are particularly incredible. My idea of fancy presentation is using my housemates square plates. I’m also desperate to eat what I’ve just made so half my photos are fuzzy where I’ve got over excited before diving in. If I had to pick, it’s my recent photo of birthday Tapas. I fed 17 and it was fabulous.

Most successful post and why?

Avocado chocolate brownies, and who knows?!

My nominations are Jay and Dee, (@jay_and_dee) and All About Eats (@allabouteatsblg).

Happy blogging!

Saturday was my birthday dinner party. I had 17 round the table, which is the most I’ve ever catered for. Here was the menu:

Tortilla, roasted veg with pine nuts, spicy rice with peppers and mushrooms, bean salad, breaded paprika cauliflower, marinated steak, baked Spanish chicken, fried chorizo, patatas bravas, garlic and chive mayo, and salad.

I chopped all my veg and chorizo, and marinated the steak and chicken the night before. I woke up early on Satueday to get things started.

Bean salad: 2 tins Cannelini beans, 1 red onion, 5-8 halved cherry tomatoes, dessert spoon of dried basil, dash of red wine vinegar.

Tortilla: slice 1kg of potatoes and 1 white onion. Fry in a pan on a low heat and cook with a lid on for 30-40 mins til soft. Pour over 12 whisked eggs and leave on a low heat to cook slowly. Finish in the oven. The tortilla takes a while to cook but be patient!

Salad: boil 4 eggs for 7 minutes, put in cold water and peel. Chop into quarters. Mix up a chopped lettuce, cherry tomatoes, cucumber and place the eggs on top. 

Roasted veg: butternut squash, red and orange pepper, courgette – chop and roll in olive oil. Season and bake at 180 for 35 mins. Sprinkle over pine nuts and bake for another 5 min.

Spicy rice: cook rice. Put chopped peppers, onion and mushrooms in a frying pan. Once cooked, add the rice to the frying pan – shake over paprika, smoked paprika, chilli powder and chilli flakes. 

Chicken: marinate in olive oil, smoked paprika, salt and pepper. Cover with foil and bake at 180 degrees C for 35-40 mins.

Steak: marinate in olive oil, basil, and lots of black pepper. Fry for a minute on either side or to your liking!

Chorizo: chop chorizo and fry – no need to add oil as it cooks in it’s own fat! 

Patatas Bravas: chop 1kg potatoes in cubes and par boil. Drain and place on a baking tray, drizzle with olive oil and season. For the tomato sauce, add a finely chopped onion to a pan on the hob, add a minced garlic clove, sprinkle in a pinch of sugar. Pour in 2 tins of tomatoes, season, add smoked paprika, chilli powder and cook on a low heat for 10 mins. I served the tomato sauce in a jug as not to make the potatoes too soggy! 

Cauliflower: par boil cauliflower, wait to cool. In a bowl mix breadcrumbs and smoked paprika. Roll individual pieces of cauliflower in in whisked egg and then egg crumbs. Shallow fry til golden brown. 

Mayo: I did cheat with the mayo – and just added chopped chives and minced garlic to the mayo!

I also served a ciabatta which was Tesco’s bake your own. I did make a lemon cake (see previous blog post) but no one ate it because my friend made amazing penguin cakes! 

I had a really lovely evening, thanks to all my chums for coming and sorry to the neighbours for making so much racket! 



Made this lemon cake for my birthday party, but no one ate it because people brought cheesecake and amazing penguin muffins. I tucked into this yesterday whilst I was cleaning up from my dinner party and boy it surprised me. I thought I’d overbaked it, but it was fresh and zingy. I followed this recipe to the letter but used a round tin instead of a loaf tin. I did however use 1 lemon and the rest was lemon juice from a bottle (for shame). It still tasted great though!

1) cream together 225g caster sugar and 225g butter til fluffy.

2) break in an egg at a time (4 in total) and whisk in. 

3) grate in the zest of a lemon and squeeze in 1/2 of the juice.

4) fold in 225g self raising flour.

5) pour into a lined cake tin and bake for 35-40 mins at 180 degrees C. 

6) for the drizzle mix caster sugar and lemon juice. Prick small holes over the cake and pour over once cooked.

Mine didn’t really have that nice drizzle crust so I’ll have to practice that again. Still tasted fabulous though. The boyfriends parents are getting a slab of it this evening. 👍