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This simple 2 minute easy hollandaise sauce is delicious and stress free. You can put your whisk away!!! This hollandaise sauce is delicious and using my method it is easy to make at home!
A great flavour packed Poultry and Meat Brine. This salty solution is boosted with 6 wonderful aromatics to create a delicious brine that is guaranteed to give you juicy turkey, chicken or meat.
This homemade salted caramel sauce is easy to make and doesn’t require a candy thermometer. It is rich, creamy, smooth and salty. Everything a salted caramel sauce should be!
Made from scratch custard – It’s easy to make, tastes delicious and is made on the hob in just a few minutes. A delicious and easy way to perk up your desserts.
This red wine butter is such an amazing colour!!!! The wonderful purply pink butter, flecked with white and green. It is like a piece of modern art! It works fabulously with steak, but also adds an amazing flavour to roasted onions! This is another recipe that has been on the blog for a while but […]
This mild Green Enchilada Sauce is made with roasted green chiles and a few easy to find herbs and spices. It is delicious, fresh and so simple to make that once you have tried it you will never reach for a can of sauce again. Get a batch made and enjoy the best green enchiladas this […]
This Creole Seasoning is a wonderful blend of spices that could only come from New Orleans!! Perfect for adding flavour to so many dishes!
This massaman curry paste is a wonderfully rich but relatively mild curry paste that is easy to make at home. Homemade curry pastes are so much fresher and so much tastier than store bought pastes. And you are control of the heat!!!! A few months back, my sister said she was making a Massaman Chicken Curry, and […]
Compound butters are fabulous. They are little flavour filled disks of buttery deliciousness. A beautiful disk of salty butter enriched with herbs and spices. The possibilities are endless. So much so that when I started coming up with ideas for my father’s day steak with compound butter (read my post on the perfect steak here) my […]
This is my homemade chicken seasoning herb blend. It is an aromatic blend of herbs and spices that turns a plain roast chicken pieces into a delicious rotisserie style chicken piece. Simple to make and you control the salt! We all know I like homemade stuff, I wrote a very ‘homemade’ heavy post when I […]
Homemade mayonnaise is easy to make, tastes amazing and you know exactly what is in it! Bit excited today as this is my first ever Sprinkles and Sprouts video. I have a lot to learn!!! Don’t think I will be getting any jobs with Spielberg soon!!! But hey. I do have a jar of homemade […]
Fresh, simple and delicious, this homemade Marinara Sauce, tastes so much better than a store bought sauce. It is the basis for so many meals, use it on pasta, in your lasagne, as a topping for pizza and so much more! When I was younger, so much younger than today I never needed anybodies help in any waaaaaaay. Sorry couldn’t resist!!! I can’t […]
Thai Red Curry Paste, a fragrant and delicious paste that makes whipping up a midweek curry a breeze. This recipe is simple to make and with my super amazing storage tip you will always have a supply of homemade fresh curry paste. Super quick post for me today as my kitchen looks like a bomb […]
This Goats cheese butter is perfect for adding a slightly salty and rich edge to your dish. Simple to make and super creamy! This is a solitary treat for me! As in our house no one else like goats cheese!!! After I made this log, I passed it to Mr 9’s teacher. Hopefully her and […]
This recipe is so wonderfully rich, so wonderfully delicious and so wonderfully decadent. Yet it is light and super simple. Just read the title. Roasted Shrimp Stock, doesn’t it conjure up the most amazing aromas.
Homemade Old Bay Style Seasoning. A wonderful mix of herbs and spices, perfect for crab, shrimp, chicken and so so much more.
This blend is mild, aromatic and tastes amazing. It is perfect for making a mild curry for the boys, adding to a kedgeree or for making my Curried Lemon Butter Shrimp. It is a slightly sweet and super mild powder. Those who want some spice can add cayenne pepper to the mix. I would start at […]
This is a bit of a long winded story, I did try to pare it back but it seemed disjointed and quite frankly rather dull. So I did want any sane person would do, I have gone back to my original version (thank goodness for the previous revisions button!) written a little bit more and made it […]
Tonight I want to share with you this wonderful cajun seasoning blend. I have another recipe for you, that uses this seasoning blend but I am saving that for tomorrow. It is so worth making your own spice blends, you can control the salt, you know exactly what is in it and you can avoid all the […]
I was asked the other day for an easy white sauce recipe, so I thought I would share a method that I learnt from Delia Smith. Not personally you understand 😉 just from her cooking shows. I have tweaked her quantities as I like my white sauce a bit thicker than her recipe. But essentially […]
This moroccan spice blend is great. In the old Rickety Cottage I had a pot mixed up ready for adding to vegetables or chicken. Rub this over a chicken thigh and then roast along side some sweet potato and carrots, you have a warming and effort free dinner. Or sprinkle it over some buttered couscous, flecked with […]