Chocolate fondant for one

OK, maybe chocolate fondant is already passé. The noughties equivalent of prawn cocktail and  black forest gateaux. But have you ever met a person who didn´t like it? And if you have, I suspect they were a little creepy and potentially psychopathic. Probably the kind of person who wears their trousers up to to their nipples … Continue reading

Crème brûlée for one: Vanilla. Lavender. Cardamom. PARMESAN.

Like so many people I know, a good crème brûlée is one of my most favourite desserts. But it´s one  I´ve always been hesitant about making. I´m  intimidated by anything that needs a water bath or involves a gently cooked custard. Whether it´s meant to be crème brûlée or ice cream, it usually ends up as scrambled eggs. So it … Continue reading

Toaster oven baking: Alice Medrich´s cocoa brownies & brownie cheesecake.

Making a whole tray of brownies just for yourself may sound a bit much. But it was a Sunday, my first Sunday home alone with nothing to do and nowhere to be since a long time. I don´t know what you do on such occasions but I slob around the house in my harem pants … Continue reading

Greek yogurt pannacotta two ways: berry and mango

  It was my turn to bring dessert to the office last week and I made these pannacottas.  Aren´t they cute? Unfortunately in the rush of leaving home with a hangover (socks, keys, am I wearing deo???) I forgot them on the kitchen table. They weren´t so cute when I got home and had to set about … Continue reading

Good things come to those who wait, and stir, and wait: cardamom rice pudding

The way I see it, the Spanish are the Indians of Europe. 1. Pedro Almodavar is soooo Bollywood. 2. Like us, the Spanish have no concept of volume control. 3. Families are tight. As in India it’s socially acceptable here for your 30 year old son to live at home where Mummy can take care of the ironing … Continue reading

Best ever chocolate cake: why did I mess with it???

Update: Nairn over at Random Eats just made my cake! As an introduction I think I can do no better than to copy-paste the e-mail I sent to him: Dear Nairn, this is my favourite recipe. Why you may ask. Is it because you only have to wash up one bowl and a cake pan … Continue reading