Marinated Courgette and Feta Salad

Marinated Courgette and Feta Salad

      This lovely salad can easily be adapted to make stunning vegetarian and meaty starters. It’s a lot simpler to prepare than many similar recipes, which require you to chargrill each piece of courgette individually! I rarely have the time for such fiddly recipes but I do love the flavours here, so here […] Read more »

Party Bites

Party Bites!

These are my favourite combinations of party sandwiches. You can either put them on chunks of baguette that have been sliced in half, as below. Or if you prefer something a little more delicate and hors d’oeuvre-like, you can cut very slim rings of the baguette, lightly toast them and then top them with the […] Read more »

Sparkling Summer Cooler

      This week’s recipe was created for all your parties to celebrate the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee and I believe that it will become a firm favourite for summer events and barbecues for a long time! It’s easy to put together and I have created the cooler in such a way that you can […] Read more »

Sharing Platters

Sharing Meat Platter

This is more of an assembly than a recipe but it never fails to wow when I’m entertaining. I either do the full version as the centrepiece in a buffet for parties when we’re entertaining a lot of people or a scaled down version for the starter at dinner parties. You can mix and match […] Read more »

Carrot and Orange Soup

Carrot and Orange Soup

      My Auntie Margaret’s recipe for Carrot and Orange Soup has the honour of being our first members’ recipe! And being easy, delicious and good for kids, it’s perfect for us. Plus although it’s pretty much fat-free, it tastes like a real treat Timings: Start to finish: 40 minutes. This includes a maximum of […] Read more »

Summer Soup

Summer Soup

        My Summer Soup not only really quick to make, it’s also creamy whilst still retaining the lovely fresh flavour of its ingredients. Give it a whirl and try it today! Timings: Start to finish: 30 mins cooking / preparation. Ingredients: 400g courgettes- this is about 4 if they are tiny or 1 1/2 […] Read more »

Parsnip and Smoky Bacon Soup

Parsnip and Smoky Bacon Soup

      This is my all time favourite soup, a really warming recipe that’s packed with flavour. The smell of the soup is absolutely amazing. You’ll feel like it’s doing you good by just inhaling! Timings: Start to finish: 1 hour of cooking / preparation. Ingredients: 500g parsnips 500g white or brown onions 1tbsp […] Read more »

Creamy Mushroom Bruschetta

creamy mushroom bruschetta

      hungry people! This recipe for Bruschetta is perfect for a hot lunch, or a teatime dish, served with a salad on the side. It’s also easy to adapt it for a dinner party starter by using half a small ciabatta roll for each portion. It then serves four.   Timings: Start to […] Read more »

Red Velvet Soup

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This recipe for beetroot soup is a luxurious version of Borscht. It’s not authentic in any way but is so easy to make that you won’t even get pink fingers! Timings: Start to finish: 45 minutes. This includes mins 30 cooking and a maximum of 15 mins preparation. Ingredients: 2x 250g packs of precooked beetroot 200g frozen stew pack […] Read more »

Luxury Smoked Salmon Pâté


This recipe for smoked salmon pâté is equally delicious served at a posh dinner party or as a lunchtime treat on granary bread. It’s very quick to make and far better than any shop bought versions. Timings: Start to finish: 20 mins maximum Ingredients: 1x 250g Mascarpone cheese Juice of half a lemon 2 x […] Read more »