Recipe: Asparagus Mac ‘n’ Cheese with Bacon Crumble

Asparagus Mac'n'Cheese with Bacon Crumble, #whatkatydidUK

Winter warmer: Asparagus Mac’n’Cheese with Bacon Crumble

With the excesses of Christmas behind us, I’m on the lookout for wholesome winter dishes to have a go at making.

And this twist on a classic is ticking my boxes. It’s quick to rustle up, scrumptious and even my toddler shouldn’t turn his nose up at it.

Serves: 4
Preparation time: 15 minutes
Cooking time: 35 minutes

You’ll need

    • 8 rashers streaky bacon
    • 50g breadcrumbs
    • 150g Cheddar cheese
    • 300g macaroni
    • 2 bunches British asparagus (spears trimmed and cut in half)
    • 40g butter
    • 40g plain flour
    • 400ml milk
    • 2 tsp Dijon mustard

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Recipe: Mince Pie Cheesecake by BAR + BLOCK’s Paul Fletcher

Mince pie cheesecake, Bar + Block, #whatkatydidUK

Yum: Mince pie cheesecake

Oh hello Advent! Look, let’s be frank, the chances of me actually finding the time to make this myself are slim to none (have you ever tried Christmas shopping with a toddler?!)

But. It looks gorgeous. So I’m sharing it in the hope someone who isn’t about to spend the next month telling a one-year-old to Stop. Touching. Those. Baubles. will feel inspired.

Happy baking!

INGREDIENTS

• 150g Digestive biscuits
• 75g Butter
• 900g Full fat cream cheese
• 200g Caster sugar
• 200ml Sour cream
• 45g Plain flour
• 2 Large Eggs
• 1 Egg Yolk
• ½ tbsp. Vanilla Essence
• 200g Mincemeat

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Recipes: Fireworks’ Night fodder

Radish Bloody Mary, #whatkatydidUK

Bottom’s up: Radish Bloody Marys

These delicious recipes will make sure that the fireworks aren’t the only thing to go off with a bang this Bonfire Night…

Radish Bloody Mary

A delicious Bloody Mary recipe complete with retro celery sticks and the requisite balance of fresh and bold flavours. This can be made to taste depending on your guest.

The addition of the radish rubbing shoulders with the lime presents a really effective new twist to a classic drink.

Serves: 4
Preparation time: 5 minutes

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Recipes: Gothic grub

Gothic layer cake, #whatkatydidUK, recipe

Spookalicious: Gothic layer cake

Okay, I admit. The chance of me actually finding the time to whip up any of these is slim (read, non-existent.)

But these recipes from Dr. Oetker are just too lovely not to share…

Gothic Black Velvet Halloween Cake

Preparation time: 2 hours plus chilling, cooling and setting
Cooking time: 55 minutes (including 5 minutes to melt the chocolate)
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Recipes: Halloween delights

Strawberry ghosts, halloween, recipe, #WhatKatyDidUK

Spookalicious: Strawberry ghosts

Oooo the nights are drawing in and shadows are getting longer. All Hallow’s Eve is creeping closer so here are two recipes to really make the most of the season…

Halloween Strawberry Ghosts

Serves: makes 10
Preparation time: 20 minutes plus chilling time

You’ll need:

  • 200g White Chocolate
  • 10 Strawberries
  • Small tube of black icing

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Recipes: Mums Helping Mums cookbook

Rachel Stevens’s Flourless Chocolate Mini Cakes, Mums Helping Mums, #whatkatydidUK

Mums Helping Mums: Rachel Stevens’s Flourless Chocolate Mini Cakes

Tilda Rice is partnering with the World Food Program (again!) and donating a meal for every bag of Pure Basmati Dry (5kg, 1kg) and TSB sold in the UK to new and expectant mums in Bangladesh.

To support the campaign, celebrities and influencers have donated recipes to create the Mums Helping Mums cookbook, which can be downloaded at tilda.com

But to get you started here are some of my favourites…

Rachel Stevens’s Flourless Mini Chocolate Cakes

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Recipes to make the most of the season’s tomatoes

Three tomato salad, Katy Pearson, recipe, #whatkatydid

Salad: With three tomatoes

Here’s an odd thing. Until about two months ago, I didn’t like tomatoes.

I was that annoying person who would actually pick them out of sandwiches – and moan that they’d left tomato “gunk” in there.

Then my toddler started loving cheese and tomato on toast. And, I don’t know if it’s the repeated exposure to them, the eating them and saying “yuuuuuum” with enthusiasm, or what, but suddenly I’m loving tomatoes. I’m literally eating them by the handful.

So when the British Tomato Growers’ Association, in a bid to raise awareness of the British tomato industry, sent me these lurvely tomato-based recipes, I was more than a little interested.

The association wants to get us shoppers to specifically chose British toms when doing their weekly shop – and as it’s currently the height of British tomato season, there are a wide range of locally grown tomatoes in stores.

And to be honest, if these recipes don’t get the tastebuds tingling, I don’t know what will… Continue reading