Thursday, January 30, 2014

Quinoa Mango Magic

Give this recipe a go if you like a touch of the sweet in your salad and I promise that you will love it. I adapted a recipe I found and I hope that  you will continue to adapt to suit your own tastes. Quinoa will take on the flavours of ingredients added to it and this salad is delicious with a nice balance of sweet and sour because of that fact.
Quinoa Mango Salad


  • Slowly simmer 3/4 cup of washed quinoa in 1 and 1/2 cups of chicken stock until all liquid has been absorbed. The quinoa will be cooked in about 20 minutes.
  • Place the warm grain into a bowl and add 1/2 cup sultanas or cranberries and 1/2 teaspoon each of ground fennel powder and salt. Mix through and leave to cool.



  • To the cool quinoa add 1 cup of diced mango and 1/2 pomegranate.
  • 1/2 cup of finely chopped coriander leaves and stems add a nice crunch or  parsley and the juice of 1/2 a lime squeezed over the top.
  • To turn this into a meal stir through some baby spinach or other salad leaves and top with diced avocado if you desire.

Sunday, January 12, 2014

Simple Tiramisu

Simple Tiramisu

This is one of my favourite desserts. I find it very hard to resist in any Italian restaurant where I expect it to be stunning. I am attempting to show you that this is a very simple dessert that any of us can make at home with very few ingredients. Give it a go and I promise it will soon become a signature dish of your own.



  • Separate 3 eggs into two bowls.
  • To the whites add a pinch of salt and beat to firm peaks.
  • To the yolks add 1/4 sugar and beat until sugar is dissolved and mixture is thick and whitish in colour.
  • Add yolks to whites and little by little mix in a 250 gram tub of mascarpone  that has been bought to room temperature.
  • In another suitable bowl add a couple of cups of strong good quality coffee... and some marsala or your favourite alcohol if you wish.

  • Quickly pass the sponge fingers through the coffee and place directly into your serving bowl. I prefer a flat dish but any of your favourite dishes or bowl will do. The biscuit fingers will very quickly absorb the coffee so speed is essential.
  • Layering alternatively with the prepared mascarpone cream ... Large flat dish I have done two layers and I guess a loaf tin size you will most likely get three layers out of a large pack of sponge fingers.
  • Dust the top layer with a dark good quality cocoa powder
  • Refrigerate for a few hours before serving.