Christmas Crème Brûlée

I have mentioned on this blog before that one of our favourite desserts is Crème Brûlée and when I saw Avonmore’s competition over on the Irish Food Bloggers website seeking recipes for 12 Days of Christmas I immediately thought a Christmas Crème Brûlée would be perfect. It’s very easy to make and needs just a few ingredients and if you haven’t made your own then simply buy a jar of good quality mincemeat.  The most important thing to remember about making Crème Brûlée is to bake at a low temperature and check 5 minutes before time just in case – that way you are sure to end up with fabulously silky, creamy and perfectly set custard.  The wonderful thing about this dessert is the custards can be made a day or two in advance and kept in the fridge until an hour before serving, all you have to do then is sprinkle with sugar and caramelise the tops. [Read more…]

Kicking Off Christmas


Now our feet are firmly planted in December I can safely talk about Christmas, my absolute favourite time of the year.  I love all of the planning and anticipation that goes hand in hand with preparing for the Big Day and I thought I would share with you some of my recommendations to get the festive preparations underway. [Read more…]

Bill’s Basics by Bill Granger (Quadrille Publishing)


Let me start by way of a confession…. I have never cooked from a Bill Granger recipe.  I have no idea why but for some very strange reason I have overlooked his books when adding to my ever growing collection.  So I was really delighted to receive a copy of Bill’s Basics from Quadrille Publishing in the post, and even more so when I read through its contents. [Read more…]