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Whiskey and ginger sour: Recipe and playlist

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The sun is shining, the weather is sweet yeah (as a certain Bob Marley sang), which means it’s cocktail time. Yes yes, I know it’s cocktail time all year round, but any excuse and all that… 

While this may not be a particularly fruity, summery number, it is sweet, sour, and you will be wanting more. It works especially well if you’re watching Mad Men, or sat in a smoke-hazed room wearing braces and a hat. Other locations and occasions are acceptable.

Old Fashioned and an Iced tea

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Huevos Rancheros: Recipe and playlist

Huevos rancheros for dinner? ‘You must be crazy Hogg, eggs are for breakfast’ I hear you cry. Well, these particular eggs are rich, spicy, definitely filling enough for dinner, and are quick and easy to put together and pop in the oven. 

Huevos rancheros

Huevos rancheros (with slightly overdone eggs. I’m not a runny yolk kinda gal)

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Tempura vegetables: Recipe and playlist

Tempura vegetables and sweet chilli sauce

Although I still get a bit panicky when faced with frying food, I really wanted to have a go at some tempura vegetables. What better way of enjoying lovely, healthy vegetables than covering them in batter and frying them? My slight obsession with sweet chilli sauce helps too, as it is the perfect accompaniment to this quick and easy Japanese dish.

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Olive and sun-dried tomato stuffed chicken: Recipe and playlist

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Olive and sundred tomato stuffed chicken

This cheeky little main course is actually quite easy to do, but gets a pretty good reception so it’s a good one for a dinner party or to impress friends. There are loads of variations you can try too – substitute the stuffings for cheese and herbs, or go Italian and stuff with mozzarella, tomatoes and basil. Perhaps try mushrooms, or spinach and dates – the possibilities are endless.

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Mozzarella and tomato puff pastry tart: Recipe and playlist

The Food Glorious Foods blog hiatus is over. Many apologies for my lack of posting. Without ranting too much, I was debit-card-less for about three weeks and consequently living out of the freezer and off Heinz tomato soup (as much as I love it, there’s only so much one can take).

Mozzarella tomato and basil puff pastry tart

However, one (slightly too large) Asda shop later and the cooking is back on the go.

Here’s a simple recipe to re kick-start everything: a mozzarella, tomato, basil and pesto puff pastry tart. It looks tasty, tastes tasty and is generally tasty.

It makes a great starter, a light lunch, or make a giant one to demolish for a main course.

 

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Churros: Recipe and playlist

So Christmas has swiftly passed for another year. The turkey’s been eaten and the chocolates are basically gone. Having received Lorraine Pascale’s Baking Made Easy and Annie Rigg’s Gifts From the Kitchen as part of my Christmas-kitchen stash, I have since been salivating over the recipes. As if being a model wasn’t enough for Lorraine, she’s gone on to be a successful food writer and television cook. She owns bakery Ella’s Bakehouse in Covent Garden and is still skinny – I’d love to know how she does it!

After visiting Spain a few times during my teenage years and always enjoying the artery-blocking Churros, I was thrilled to find a recipe for them in Baking Made Easy. For anyone who hasn’t experienced them before, they’re basically tube shaped donuts dipped in sugar and served with a hot chocolate sauce. Heavenly. Perhaps make them before the January diet really kicks in (no-one starts for the first couple of weeks do they?).

Churros and hot chocolate sauce

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Homemade sweet chilli chicken pizza: Recipe and playlist

I’m really off takeaway pizzas at the moment. Perhaps it’s the time I spent in Italy over summer eating the world’s best pizzas on a basis more regular than I care to admit, or perhaps it’s just that they never really match up; the dough is always stodgy, and the cheese is always one giant, solid lump of tasteless mush. For example, if you’re fancying a Domino’s, there’s the 2713 calories (!) in a large pizza to contend with.

When stressed, making your own dough is rather cathartic. Imagine the dough is someone’s head you’re not particularly happy with, and you’ll have the best dough you could ever wish for.

Following this recipe, your pizza will taste miles better than most takeaway pizzas you could get, it will be cheaper, healthier and you’ll have that deep satisfaction that you made it all yourself with little effort.

Enjoy!

Close-up sweet chilli chicken pizza

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