Dried Parma Ham: your addictive new condiment!

Dried Parma Ham on crumpets / She-Eats.com

Since my trip to Le Cordon Bleu with Parma Ham last year, I have become a teeny but obsessed with dried Parma Ham. Yep, not fried, dried! It might sound weird, but trust me; when you slowly remove the water, you are left with an uber-savoury treat which you can break up in to shards, grind into a meaty sprinkle or simple snack on whole.

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Bacon and mushroom orzo ‘risotto’ – a one pan wonder

Close up of pasta with mushroom on top / Smoky bacon and mushroom orzo risotto orzotto with Germanto / She-Eats.Com

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As they say round these parts: by ‘eck it’s cold! By they, I mean me, and by these parts, I mean most of the UK!

A general new year gloom, post-holiday blues and then a damn artic chill have left me turning to my kitchen for moral support. What I need is a hug, but failing that a bowl of delicious, soothing, warming food is a close second.

Close up of pasta with cheese pull on a fork / Smoky bacon and mushroom orzo risotto orzotto with Germanto / She-Eats.Com

At this time of year, food needs to tick some boxes:

  • Hot
  • Easy to make – I commute and want to make fresh food when I get home that won’t take hours
  • Easy on the budget
  • Easy on the washing up
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Winter wonderland afternoon tea at The Bridge, Prestbury

Afternoon tea on a stand

I’ve lived right by Cheshire for most of my life, yet I am always surprised by how vast it is, and how much I haven’t visited. Prestbury is a case in point. It is one of those gorgeous little villages which Cheshire is famed for, and really not far from home, but I have gone all these years without visiting. Luckily afternoon tea at The Bridge came up*, so it was the perfect opportunity to check the village out. Continue Reading

Birthday celebrations at Moor Hall, Lancashire

If I had to turn 40, I was going to do it my way. No big party, but a magnificent meal. It didn’t take much to persuade Andrew to book us for a night at Moor Hall in Aughton, Lancashire.

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DJ’s Cold Infusion – bringing a grin to tonic

DJ's Cold Infusions / She-EatsI’m looking at a box of ‘teabags’and bottle of tonic water, ready to make a fancy drink for a Saturday night. No, I’ve not gone crazy (well, not much!). The teabags in question are in fact DJ’s Cold Infusion pockets– created to infuse spirits such as gin and vodka, and I’m hoping they will jazz up my non alcoholic tipples. Continue Reading

Pecan and Pumpkin Spice Cake

Pecan pumpkin spice cake recipe / SHE-EATS

two fancy cake tins / Pecan pumpkin spice cake recipe / SHE-EATS

Do you love these tins as much as I do? I love a bundt, and I have a fair few, but you do have to commit to making a big cake, and as there are only two of us, it isn’t always ideal. Plus I love the simplicity of a loaf cake, something which slices easily and can be on stand-by in the freezer or on hand to give to friends. I have been eyeing these two up for ages, but they aren’t stocked in the UK yet, so I used some birthday money to treat myself to a transatlantic transaction. The customer service was great and they came really well packed. The design on them both is so lovely that all they need is a sprinkle of icing sugar, or a drizzle of warm caramel and they are ready for an audience. Continue Reading

How To Cook Pigeon Breast

Warm lentil salad with pigeon breast on top / How to cook pigeon / SHE-EATSWarm pigeon salad and pigeon with roast veg

My cooking is very autumnal in tone at the moment. My cookies are oat, my cakes are spiced and my meals are cosy.

I was challenged by Wild and Game to introduce pigeon into my meal planning to showcase this under used meat.* I must admit that I’ve eaten pigeon in restaurants before, but I can’t think that I’ve ever cooked it at home.

When I cook chicken I prefer thigh as the meat is tastier. I’d compare pigeon breast to chicken thigh in terms of flavour; it’s a slightly richer flavour, a bit gamey but subtle at the same time. Packet of pigeon fillets / How to cook pigeon / SHE-EATS Continue Reading

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