I finally sat down to watch the first episode of The Great British Bake Off on BBC this week and it has inspired me to try my hand at some new recipes inspired from each show.

So, here goes…

Week One – An Amazing Chocolate Creation

Chocolate Pistachio Cake

This Chocolate Pistachio Cake may not look the best, but it really is quite delicious.  The cake didn’t quite turn out as I had envisaged, the chocolate ganache didn’t coat the little petit four moulds as elegantly as I would have wished, but the ganache is very moreish and easy to make.  Based loosely on this Martha Stewart recipe.

Mary Berry may not be amazed by my chocolate creation…The Headmaster says this is best served with a glass of milk.

Chocolate Pistachio Slice


Summer Garden Party

August 22, 2013

Garden Party

Phew, it’s hot…but I’m not complaining!  The UK heatwave is welcome at the Headmaster’s House.  The grass may be dry, crisp and yellow, but we are all enjoying long evenings in the garden and the children are cooling down with the occasional water fight.

A few weeks ago we welcomed family and friends to the house for a special family celebration.  I was far too busy chatting and serving lunch to take photos…only just remembered to take some of the roses once all was quiet the following day.  Here are a few of the recipes that worked a treat…

The star of the lunch was this delicious pulled pork recipe from The Pioneer Woman…put it all together and pop in the low oven overnight.

Pioneer Woman Pulled Pork
Another Pioneer Woman recipe, this really is the ‘best macaroni salad’.
Pioneer Woman Macaroni Salad
My first attempt making a pavlova, this Donna Hay recipe worked a treat.
Donna Hay Pavlova
We said our farewells and guests left with a bottle of homemade Elderflower Fizz as a goodie bag treat.  Another first attempt, this Elderflower Fizz tastes like summer and is a little too easy to drink…I have made a note to make double next year!
I had intended to make up goodie bags of homemade honeycomb, but things didn’t quite go to plan…I blame the hot July days and my fear of hot bubbling sugar!