Category: Food and Wine

The Musette: vegan nutty caramel tart

This is a cross over cake (or actually a tart) somewhere between a Snickers bar and a brittle that has turned vegan/plant based, without gluten or dairy or any added sugars…….but don’t worry, this tastes like the real deal! Before posting any of my… Continue Reading “The Musette: vegan nutty caramel tart”

The Musette: Salzburger Nockerl

In Austria a dessert is referred to as “Mehlspeis” – the dish with flour. I think very highly of Austrian desserts and pastries but the most notable and “piece de resistance” is the famed Salzburger Nockerl, a light, baked soufflé. It is typically served… Continue Reading “The Musette: Salzburger Nockerl”

The Musette: Leek and potato galette

I  love galettes. This is largely because I’m not great at rolling out pastry but it doesn’t matter with a galette. The more rustic it looks the better it tastes! These are quick and easy, deal for unexpected guests. You can make 4 individual… Continue Reading “The Musette: Leek and potato galette”

Tiramisu no more

I once spent an entire three week business trip to Milan in search of the best Tiramisù the city had to offer. Yes, I ate the dessert every day in a different restaurant. By far the best examples were those that were quite clearly… Continue Reading “Tiramisu no more”

The Musette: Pasta bake

While my beloved has been home underfoot and requiring three square meals a day, pasta has been a veritable life saver. Here’s a recipe inspired by similar ones from Ottolenghi and Smitten Kitten that’s concocted from leftovers. You can make it with pretty much… Continue Reading “The Musette: Pasta bake”

The Musette: Halloween treats (vegan)

While we don’t generally celebrate Halloween, the local kids occasionally come trick or treating. Consequently, like last year, I will leave two plates of treats (recipes below) in small bags on the table outside my front door, with plenty of hand gel, for fingers… Continue Reading “The Musette: Halloween treats (vegan)”

The Musette: Toscakaka

This is my spin on the classic Toscakaka, typically a light sponge topped with caramelised almonds. My version uses a moister and denser ground almond based cake, which makes it feel a little more indulgent with a full on almond flavour. Nobody is quite… Continue Reading “The Musette: Toscakaka”

The Musette: Breton Palets

These are really, really good cookies! They are buttery – as they should be, not too sweet and a little salty. And their texture, so delicate, so tender, so sandy, is a little marvel. How much salt you use is up to you. If… Continue Reading “The Musette: Breton Palets”

The Musette: Spicy Cod Fritters

Although I eat some fish, I don’t like a lot of typical white fish such as cod, haddock, plaice, whiting. I prefer less fishy tasting Mediterranean fish like sea bass. However, I do enjoy both brandade de morue (emulsion of salt cod, olive oil… Continue Reading “The Musette: Spicy Cod Fritters”

The Musette: chocolate truffles

I love making my own petits fours to serve with either tea or coffee after dinner. These take many forms but will typically include chocolate truffles. A chocolate truffle is essentially a firm ganache, made of melted chocolate, cream, butter and flavourings, shaped into… Continue Reading “The Musette: chocolate truffles”