Saturday, January 26, 2013

Fennel and Mushroom Ragu

The temperature has dropped again so it's time to delve into the freezer to see what delights await us for dinner.  There's just one problem.  In order to make room for all the food over Christmas, we ate all the delights so I have to start batch cooking again.  This is a perfect base meal to make - it tastes delicious, freezes brilliantly and is incredibly versatile.  Because I've used a mixture of beef and pork, the flavours are more intense than a regular bolognese sauce and the fennel is a perfect match for the sausage.

Sunday, January 20, 2013

Chocolate Banana Cake

They sat in the basket, staring malevolently at me, their long yellow bodies huddled together.  I was being guilted by forgotten bananas and it was time to use them or lose them.  I'm sure I'm not the only person who buys food with great intentions and then forgets about it, only to rediscover it a week or two later when it's beyond salvaging.  Not the case with this recipe : the bananas were going to a good home and turned into a moist chocolately cake with chunks of very ripe banana strewn within.

Sunday, January 13, 2013

Carrot and Cranberry Cake

So, we're all back to work and a bit of routine.  Christmas seems like a distant memory, apart from the bits of food that you keep finding around the house.  For me, it was carrots.  I must have bought my bodyweight in them and I was getting heartily sick of roasting them, delicious as they were.  I needed to turn them into something else.  Coming across a packet of dried cranberries in the cupboard kickstarted my brain.  It was cakey love time.

Photos by Kerrie Walsh