So Far In October: Rye Bread, Roast Beef, Ham, Shortcake and Spuds

I tried Greg’s Rufus Guide Hasselback potatoes. It’s a really easy recipe to follow, and the tip for cutting the potatoes without slicing straight through is very clever, too. Next time I make these I’ll make the slices thinner in the hope that they’ll fan out more during baking. I had some leftover shredded Emmental…

Dan Lepard’s Queen’s Gingerbread Panforte

Dan Lepard’s “Queen’s Gingerbread” This slab of dense, highly spiced gingerbread is a panforte of sorts, although for authenticity it needs 17 different ingredients to signify the 17 district city walls of Siena, Italy, where panforte originated in the 13th century (thank you Wiki). Traditionally a panforte has spices, dried fruits, nuts, honey and sugar,…

Chocolate Cake Tricks

Birthdays call for special cakes, but when one family member has diabetes then the special birthday cake needs to be extra special. It has to be low in fat and very low in sugar, but it still has to taste and tooth-feel like a proper cake. Nigella’s Old Fashioned Chocolate Cake is the recipe that…

Chocolate: Bitter is Better

Cranberry, Pecan and Bitter Chocolate Bark There are times when there’s no substitute for chocolate. There are times when even love can’t hold a candle to its pulling power. That’s when I get truly serious about chocolate, no mucking around with milky this or that, white variations or minty mutations – make mine pure and…

Amazing Baked Apples

Tandy’s Amazing Baked Apple Tandy Sinclair’s cookery blog, Lavender and Lime, is included on my browser’s Favourites List with good reason. We share a similar preference in how we think food should taste: clean, natural and uncomplicated. This recipe is hers, and you’ll find it on her blog post “Baked Apples”. I’ve modified it slightly…

Dan Lepard’s Double Chocolate and Lemon Sherbet Meringues

Short and Sweet Baking Challenge: Double Chocolate and Lemon Sherbet Meringues These look a bit rough and ready; I’ve never perfected the skill of dropping gloopy ingredients from a spoon and forming a teardrop shape. I’m in awe of the photo in “Short and Sweet” – those perfectly formed little oval baubles. Appearances aside, mine…

Reduced Fat and Sugar Apple Crumble

In 20-seconds, Google found approximately 994,000 recipes on the internet for apple crumble, which means that everyone and their pet iguana think their version is better than everyone else’s recipe. Make that 994,001 as of this recipe. Mine isn’t particularly excellent or worthy of a 3-star Michelin restaurant. It tastes pretty good but it won’t…

Easy Low-Sugar Chocolate and Rolled Oats Cookies: Redux

Take Two: The version of this recipe calling for a mountain-load of Splenda went unceremoniously into the trash bin – we eat lots of dietary fibre; we don’t need laxatives. I made a new batch using Silver Spoon’s “Half Spoon”, and blow me down, they were delicious and had virtually no lingering after-taste that is…