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Christmas Pudding and Ginger Stout, Stir Up Sunday

In Baking, Cakes, Cooking, drink, food, Food and Drink on November 21, 2012 at 2:56 pm









Stir Up Sunday

It’s the second of my recipe blog’s for the Wine Place in Wokingham. This week we’ve been looking at matching beer to your very own home made Christmas Pudding. This weekend it’s Stir Up Sunday and if you’ve never made your own Christmas pudding, now’s your chance.

Take a look at the blog and recipe here



The Hinds Head

In Food and Drink on August 1, 2012 at 2:00 pm










When I set up this blog I was keen to advocate and extol the virtues of good home cooking, wine and other delicious drinks. This is still at the very heart of what I feel most passionate about but I thought it was worth mentioning a restaurant I visited last night, a kind of review if you like.

The Hinds Head in Bray, Berkshire is one of the jewels in Heston Blumenthals crown. A cosy, wood panelled pub which serves outstanding food and I’m reliably informed pretty good beer to boot.

It may not have the stratospheric glamour of its neighbour The Fat Duck and all the culinary artistry which is synonymous with Heston’s work but it does have all the sprinklings of magic in a more approachable and affordable manner.

Just a few highlights, my snails hash was a great starter and not for the cephalopod phobic. But I enjoyed every mouthful together with a tart pickle all served on toasted sourdough and garnished with celeriac ribbons and micro herbs.

My fish pie main was very much a homage to the acclaimed sand and sea made famous at The Fat Duck, beautiful pollock, salmon poached in a broth like sauce and topped with sand (some sort of fine breadcrumb) seaweed (dried) and sea (a light fishy foam)

My dessert was a take on a 16th century dessert a banana quaking pudding which in essence was a hot, set banana custard and was reminiscent of nursery meals, served with a caramelised banana on the side.

All in all it was delicious. So if you find yourself in the cute but eerily toytown village of bray and fancy a special meal that won’t break the bank do indulge if you can in some Hinds Head action.








Tarty Tarte Tatin

In Baking, food, Food and Drink on July 19, 2012 at 11:59 am










Tasty Tarte Tatin

This decadent tarte tatin really is as good to eat as it looks. Leave to cool slightly before tucking in so that the caramel starts to get a little tacky and sticks to your teeth before being washed away by the softness of the apple. Yum!


240g caster sugar

90 g unsalted butter diced

1 x 500g pack of puff pastry

2 pink lady apples

a little flour for rolling out

1 cinnamon stick (optional)

vanilla ice cream to serve


Pre heat the oven to 200C/ 180 fan or gas mark 6

Take a heavy based  small frying pan and heat the sugar with a little water until the sugar dissolves and starts to caramelise, don’t stir as the mixture may crystalise.

Once the sugar has reached a dark caramel colour remove from the heat and add the sugar carefully so as not to splash yourself with molten liquid!

Roll out the pastry to the size of the frying pan around the thickness of a pound coin.

Peel and core the apple and cut each into four wedeges, arrange on top of the caramel place the cinnamon stick across the tart diagonally if using. Then tuck in the pastry just like a blanket and bake in the oven for around 40 minutes.

Leave to cool before turning out, and serve with a scoop of good quality vanilla ice cream and enjoy!