Neil Crosby on June 26th, 2010

Butternut Squash and Chorizo Salad

I love my Mexican food. Recently, I bought Thomasina Miers’ “Mexican Food Made Simple“, which turns out to be a fantastic collection of Mexican recipes from the former winner of Masterchef and founder of Wahaca.

Over the last few weeks I’ve been trying out a fair few of the recipes form the book, and making my own adjustments for taste and availability of ingredients. This Butternut Squash and Chorizo Salad has turned out to be a firm favourite, and not something I would have tried had it not been for this book. Read the rest of this entry »

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Neil Crosby on February 1st, 2010

White vanilla, red vanilla and Chocolate Orange

Another post, another chance to point to Lay the Table and show off a different recipe than the one Becs used. This time it’s for big fat nommery Chocolate Orange Cupcakes.

The cake mix is a fairly standard mix, with a bit of good quality cocoa powder thrown in. On top of that you have a nice fruity orange sugar syrup, all topped off with some zesty orange frosting. Read the rest of this entry »

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Neil Crosby on January 27th, 2010

More Chocolatey Chocolate Cake

Last weekend was Becca’s birthday, and since I’d been promising her I’d make her a birthday cake I ended up scouring the internet for a nommy sounding recipe. Somehow I managed to miss the fabulous sounding recipe that Becs recently posted on [Lay the Table][1], and instead settled on one from the [BBC Good Food website][2], even though if I’m honest it didn’t visually appeal to me too much. As Becca said about the Good Food cake: “It looks like a f*cking breezeblock!”.

I’m ridiculously happy that I looked past that initial photo. What I ended up with after I tweaked things a bit was frankly fantastic. It’s ridiculously rich though, and definitely not something I could see myself making every week – it’s most certainly a treat cake.

Takes one hour and fifty minutes – twenty minutes preparation of the cake, one hour cooking, half an hour icing. Read the rest of this entry »

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Neil Crosby on January 17th, 2010

Cherry and Sultana Flapjack

I’m a big fan of flapjacks – they’re sweet and oaty and fruity and yummy. Even better, they’re gluten-free, so my coeliac friends can eat them too.

Most of the time I make mine with cherries and sultanas, but it’s just as easy to substitute in other ingredients.

Takes 10 minutes to prepare, 20 minutes to cook. Read the rest of this entry »

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