Category: Food and Wine

The Musette: Rose Turkish delight

A confectioner named Bekir Effendi, who opened a sweet shop in Istanbul in 1776, is credited with creating this delicacy. His sweet shop still stands today. After Effendi made his first batch of this special creation, it wasn’t long before it gained entry into the… Continue Reading “The Musette: Rose Turkish delight”

The Musette: Fun Bars

We don’t celebrate Halloween in France but, if we did, these are the bars I’d prepare for “trick or treaters.” They’re a favourite of mine because they’re so easy to make and easy to customise with whatever is at hand. The topping ideas are… Continue Reading “The Musette: Fun Bars”

The Musette: Chickpea Soup

This simple chickpea soup has a delightful creamy texture, and is flavoured with rosemary, smoked paprika and garlic plus miso for a punch of umami. Cooked slowly on the stovetop, this easy vegan soup is hearty and comforting – just what we all need… Continue Reading “The Musette: Chickpea Soup”

The Musette: Salted Caramel Iced Apple Cake

Apple cake with salted caramel icing has the autumn comfort food flavours of apples, caramel and cinnamon. I love to use a crisp yet sweet apple for my cake such as Juliet. Granny Smith apples, perfect for pies, are too tart for this, and… Continue Reading “The Musette: Salted Caramel Iced Apple Cake”

The Musette: Lemon Bars

These are a go-to recipe for a minimum fuss dessert for unexpected guests – I get a lot of these!  They’re quick and easy to make as follows: grind up the crust in the food processor, press the crust in – so much easier… Continue Reading “The Musette: Lemon Bars”

The Musette: Banana spiced rice pudding

Rice pudding is the Marmite of desserts. I don’t think there is a pudding that divides opinion more but it’s omnipresent in a number of cuisines.This rice pudding is cooked on the top of the stove, more like a risotto rather than baked (so… Continue Reading “The Musette: Banana spiced rice pudding”

The Musette: Individual Fruity Crumble Cakes

I like cakes that feel at home as desserts too – remember my beloved feels a meal isn’t complete without dessert. I make these when small fruits are plentiful: raspberries, strawberries, blueberries, plums, apricots. Alternatively, just use a tbsp of really good jam, preferably… Continue Reading “The Musette: Individual Fruity Crumble Cakes”

The Great Blogger’s Bake-Off 2022

The announcement of this year’s hotly-awaited competition popped into my in-box just before my trip to London and Paris but, no matter, at least I’d have a few days between my return and the competition’s closure. I decided I would do something technically challenging,… Continue Reading “The Great Blogger’s Bake-Off 2022”

The Musette: Braised celery with beans and saffron

I love celery but all too often only use it in mirepoix, soffritto or for dipping into guacamole. My late mother, a fabulous cook, often served it in a bechamel sauce studded with bits of bacon as one of her many vegetable side dishes… Continue Reading “The Musette: Braised celery with beans and saffron”

The Musette: Almond, maple and cardamon drizzle cake

This is a deliciously moist cake with just a hint of the Middle East. Perfect for serving as a dessert, at an afternoon tea, or indeed at any time. Ingredients (serves 12) 200g (1 1/4 cup) spelt flour 150g (1 1/2 cups) ground almonds… Continue Reading “The Musette: Almond, maple and cardamon drizzle cake”