Downton Abbey Tea Party

Now that we have covered the basics, here is how to do your own Downton Abbey Tea Party.  Dine like the Dowager with elegance and style. When I watched Downtown Abbey I had serious tea set envy. Let’s start with six people. Royal Dalton tea set Table supplies 6 cups and saucers 6 small teaspoons.  Place one spoon on each saucer. Milk and sugar bowl – I prefer whole-fat milk for tea. It is a much creamier taste six sandwich plates...

Great British Baking Show Signature Chocolate Cake

I was recently asked to bake a chocolate cake for our friends birthday. I got the idea to make the GBBS signature choclate cake. I used a vanilla sponge as I did not want to overlaod on the chocolate. Not a problem for me the more chocolate the better. However, not everybody likes the intense chocolate cake ( I do not know what is wrong with them!) I used butter cream frosting and even if I say so myself I think I nailed it . The cake was a...

Irish Style Shepherds Pie

Have you ever wondered how to make an authentic Shepherd’s pie?  Now is your chance to delight your family with this heartwarming comfort food.  The secret is in the sauces.  You can freeze leftovers (that is if there are any!).   If you want to make a larger batch and freeze a portion for another day it is best to leave the potato off and freeze the meat sauce by itself then defrost and add the mashed potato on day...

Hearty Vegetable Soup

Recipe 4 carrots 2 parsnips 2 medium yellow turnip (ruttabago) Bok Choi 1 head 4 sticks Celery 2 yellow Squash or any squash Red and Green pepper 2 courgettes 1 large sliced onion 4 potatoes 3 liters of organic vegetable stock 2 Ozs of butter Salt and pepper ½ teaspoon of turmeric to enhance the rich yellow color Method.  Clean and prepare the vegetables.  Melt the butter and sauté the vegetables in the butter until they are...

Decadent Chocolate Coconut Brownies

These are a rich desert.  If you love chocolate and coconut you will be in heaven.  They are extraordinarily rich so even the most ardent chocolate lovers won’t be able to eat more than 1.  They taste like mounds or bounty bars.  Great for a special occasion. Recipe 6 ounces dark chocolate broken into chunks3/4 cup sugar1/2 cup unsalted butter2 large eggs¼ cup of coconut sugar (or brown sugar if you do not have...

Herb Roasted Pork Tenderloin

Pork tenderloin  is often forgotten as a roast, but it is delicious.  This recipe combines herbs and tender pork loin to make a tasty entree.  I buy my tenderloins at Costco great price and they have always been great. The tenderloin’s come in packs of 2 and I usually roast two together.  You can also make with one tenderloin of course just reduce the cooking time. Recipe Serves 6 Two pork loins, tied together½ cup of...

British Fish and Chips

It can be difficult to find authentic and tasty fish and chips outside the UK so why not make your own with this simple recipe.  This is a delicious staple on the UK food culture. No trip to the seaside was complete without fish and chips and of course a soft whip ice cream cone but I digress.    Like or love fried food most people seem to enjoy traditional British fish and chips.   They key to delicious fish and...

Strawberry Fresh Cream Napoleon

This delicious recipe is a variation on the Napoleon Slice or as they call it n France Mille-feuille which means a thousand layers in English.  If you make it with three layers of puff pastry, then it will feel like a million layers fresh flaky and decadent.  You can make your own puff pastry and here is a good recipe Easy Puff Pastry but if you are not into making pastry then the shop bought sheets of puff pastry will work just...

Roasted Rosemary Potatoes

I always serve these with a roast or as an accompaniment to several meat dishes. They are so tasty and every time I serve them, I am asked for the recipe. I make things up as I go along so here is my version of a recipe for roasted rosemary potatoes. Potatoes 2 pounds of potatoes - increase the potatoes depending on how many you are feedingOlive Oil for roastingSprigs of RosemarySalt for boiling the potatoes. Pepper Peel and cut the potatoes in...

Thai Yellow Chicken Curry & fried Okra

Curry is my favorite food and I love to cook it at least once a week for my curry loving husband. The mixture of the spices and the meat is just divine. I developed this recipe many years ago when I first arrived in the United States in Omaha Nebraska it was impossible to find a good curry. Having moved from London a haven for ethnic food it was quite a shock. I will also be posting some of Indian curry inventions later. Curry (serves 2) 2...