Almond-Crusted Trout with Roasted Leeks

I haven’t had trout at home since I made it almost 18 months ago with my friends, based on the Jamie Oliver recipe for oat-crusted trout. I saw it on the fridge shelf, and couldn’t resist. I decided to try using up some almonds, as I have seen nuts being used to coat meat all…

Crispy Pork Belly

Prior to Christmas, I made use of the Feather & Bone Make-Your-Own-Bundle whereby you could choose what meats, veggies, sides and drinks you might want for a Christmas meal. I, clearly, was not thinking about a Christmas meal, but rather a meal for myself. It’s not often that I eat pork belly at home, but…

Mint Chocolate Pots de Creme

It’s the last day of 2019. We’re entering a new year and a new decade. What better way to celebrate 2020, than with mint chocolate pots de creme? They’re easy to make, require minimal equipment and taste delicious. I used a mixture of skimmed and whole milk for the pots de creme, but you can…

Sausage Hash

Sometimes all you want to do is chuck a bunch of chopped vegetables in a pan and cook it for a bit of time before you serve up. This sausage hash is great for a lazy morning breakfast, maybe after a big night for New Year’s Eve. It doesn’t require much seasoning, just salt, pepper…

Chocolate Sour Cream Cake

I love putting sour cream into cakes. It makes them so moist and delicious, it seems crazy that they are not a staple in all cakes. I know, some of you are going to be cringing at the word moist – but cakes need to be just that. Dry, crumbly cakes are not enjoyable to…

Magic Cookie Bars

I need to start this post with a huge disclaimer: This recipe is essentially just lots of different types of sugar put together. So, just be warned. This is not a message to shame anyone, or tell you how much you should or shouldn’t eat. I mean, I’m definitely not one to talk. This is…

Cinnamon Pecan French Toast Bake

I never used to like French toast, but I think that’s because whenever we made it at camp, it was always far too eggy and not covered in enough cinnamon. By now, you know my feelings on cinnamon: there is never enough. Brioche loaves are quite difficult to come by in Hong Kong, at least…

Jalapeño Cheese Beer Bread

Want to make bread, but don’t have any yeast? Add beer. This bread comes together in less than 10 minutes, and then you simply chuck it in the oven. No need for kneading or rise times. But…. it does take an hour to bake, rather than the usual 20 minutes or so. And just like…

Christmas Morning Cranberry Muffins

Merry Christmas! Happy Holidays! I hope that, however you spend today, you are get to spend the day with people you love and who love you in return. In my family, we normally have a cooked breakfast. Think eggs on toast with smoked salmon and avocado. For those of you in the Eastern Hemisphere, this…

Cacio e Pepe Brussels Sprouts

As we’ve discussed before, Brussels sprouts are a contentious issue among many eaters. Some cannot stand the sight of them, some don’t understand them, and others realise the beautiful vegetable that they are and the potential they have to be so diverse. Most of us probably grew up with boiled sprouts. Some of you may…

Vegetarian Nut Roast

It would be unfair to exclude the vegetarians from Christmas Dinner, so if you do have any vegetarian friends coming over, or if you are vegetarian yourself, get yourself in the kitchen to make this nut roast. This nut roast is filling, nutty and delicious. And I know it seems like a lot of cheese,…

Citrus-Glazed Ham

Ham is not the first meat I go to when thinking of Christmas dinner, in all honesty. But I do still love delicious pieces of ham, especially with a good marinade or glaze. I can tell you now, I’d eat this citrus-glazes ham at any meal. It is sweet and tangy, and all around incredibly…