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

Super sweet Easter egg recipes

Katy Pearson, British Lion Eggs, Easter, recipe

Super cute: Chicks on a plate

When it comes to cooking, I’m not the greatest. However, I *am* a total sucker for recipes that look so lovely they make you smile. And these from British Lion Eggs (www.eggrecipes.co.uk), ahead of Easter, certainly do that.

Hands up who is feeling inspired to hold an Easter Sunday gathering, after looking at these? Yep, me too…

Little egg chicks

Serves: 8
Preparation time: 25 minutes
Cooking time: 10 minutes

Ingredients:
• 8 British Lion eggs
• 3tbsp Greek yogurt
• 2tsp Dijon mustard
• ½ carrot, sliced thinly into rounds
• Chives or green peppercorns to decorate Continue reading

RECIPE: Baby’s first pancakes

Pancake recipe for babies

On the menu today: Sonny Jim’s first pancakes

Oh hello Shrove Tuesday!

Today is Sonny Jim’s first pancake day, and while I love my pancakes covered in sugar and ice cream and chocolate (yes, basically a heart attack on a plate!) his will be rather a lot healthier.

I’m going to be using this Annabel Karmel recipe today (from Annabel Karmel’s New Complete Baby and Toddler Meal Planner, Ebury Press, £14.99, www.randomhouse.co.uk)

How about you? Continue reading

Beautiful beetroot recipes from Dan Doherty

Baby beetroot tarte tatin, Dan Doherty

Yummy: Baby beetroot tarte tatin

Purple food is apparently set to be a big trend for 2017 (I know, who knew?)

And while, right now, I’m unlikely to find myself with time to whip these up (Sonny Jim has just cut his first tooth AND figured out how to pull himself up!) these recipes are just too lovely looking not to share.

Dan Doherty, Chef Director of Duck & Waffle has partnered with Love Beetroot to launch their Don’t Skip A Beet campaign (www.lovebeetroot.co.uk) by creating unique sharing plates showcasing the versatility of beetroots and how it adds a new vibrancy to a meal.

And here are two of them… Continue reading

A cheesy (and super quick!) Valentine’s Day recipe

heart quesidillas, recipe, Valentine's Day

Fuss free and lovely looking: Heart Quesidillas

With Sonny Jim keeping me rather busy (his bum-shuffling is getting super speedy!) there’s not that much time for getting creative in the kitchen at the moment.

But these heart-shaped Quesadillas made me smile, so I felt I just had to share the recipe. They’re fast to make, fuss free and don’t they look lush? I might even try and find a spare few minutes to whip them up for the hubby this Valentine’s Day!

Quesadillas filled with Primula Cheese, bacon and apple Continue reading

Recipe: No fuss crackling cakes for Fireworks Night

Katy Pearson recipe crackling cakes, bonfire bites

Crackling cakes – or bonfire bites if you prefer

Before we go any further, I’m not a cook, or a food blogger or even much of a foodie.

But this does mean that when it comes to grub, and the making of it, I’m a big fan of nothing too complicated. (If I’m following a recipe and there’s more than about ten ingredients my brain starts to weep.)

When it comes to fireworks parties, usually the general rule is everyone brings something. That “something” is usually expected to be homemade. Which generally requires a bit of effort and/or expense if you’re not going to embarrass yourself.

Which is why I came up with my crackling cakes (or bonfire bites if you prefer). Continue reading

My chat with Mich Turner

She has baked for Pierce Brosnan, President Obama and the Queen – can Mich Turner teach us too?

Baking, it seems, was always going to be a big part of Mich Turner’s life. Even at a tender age, the celebrity cake connoisseur and judge on ITV’s Britain’s Best Bakery, was baking biscuits.

‘My earliest baking memory is when I was four years old, standing on a chair in the kitchen and making little butter biscuits,’ recalls Mich. ‘I would always pretend to be Delia Smith. I’d make biscuits in front of my imaginary audience, showing them what I was doing and how I was doing it.’

She’s come a long way from then, becoming one of the UK’s finest cake bakers – making creations for everyone from the Queen and President Barack Obama to David Beckham and Miranda Hart. But when she started out in the industry, things were rather different. Cakes, and cake making, didn’t have the kudos they do now.

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