Cable-knit marzipan Christmas cake

Cable-knit marzipan Christmas cake

After 5 weeks of being swaddled and fed with whisky, the Carter family Christmas cake has been decorated!

Test Valley trout ceviche

Test Valley trout ceviche

This recipe features as part of the December edition of Hampshire Life magazine with wine matches from The knackered Mother’s Wine Club. My favourite Christmas starters are light, fresh and zingy. They rouse your appetite without filling you up. This recipe takes the iconic ingredients 

New Forest roulade

New Forest roulade

This recipe features in the December edition of Hampshire Life magazine with wine matches from The knackered Mother’s Wine Club. This is my local take on a Black Forest roulade. I have fond childhood memories of hunting for porcini below the oak trees of the 

Honey gingerbread porcini

Honey gingerbread porcini

These beautiful biscuits were originally developed to accessorize my New Forest roulade recipe for Hampshire Life magazine‘s Christmas edition, but they also make a lovely gift for any foodie friend with a sweet tooth.

Cinnamon oak leaves and marzipan acorns

Cinnamon oak leaves and marzipan acorns

When I designed my ultimate yule log recipe, I wanted to go all-out on the edible decorations. These finishing touches not only give the the roulade some wow-factor; they give your guests a great choice of flavours and textures for their Christmas lunch finale.

Carter family Christmas cake

Carter family Christmas cake

The original rich fruit cake recipe came from an old St Michael baking book, but over the years I’ve adapted it to lean towards ginger, whisky and walnuts. The smell of the cake mixture instantly transports me back to childhood, when every member of the 

No-churn chocolate gelato

No-churn chocolate gelato

I was sceptical about the various no-churn chocolate ice cream recipes I’d seen on the internet. 3 ingredients? No specialist equipment? No endless whisking and refreezing? Surely the taste wouldn’t match the hype?! After the first batch, I was completely hooked and now our freezer 

Chewy chocolate chip spider cookies

Chewy chocolate chip spider cookies

I made these cookies in the height of lockdown when the home-schooling theme of the week was creepy crawlies. Like all the best cookies, they are crisp on the outside, chewy in the middle and stuffed full of chocolate!

Apple croustade

Apple croustade

This recipe featured in the September edition of Hampshire Life magazine with wine matches from Berry Bros & Rudd. Food is my favourite way to experience other countries and cultures, so when travel is restricted, I send my taste buds on holiday through the dishes 

Food and wine matching for Spring

Food and wine matching for Spring

I’m very much looking forward to tomorrow night’s food and wine matching evening that I’m hosting in conjunction with Winchester wine merchant, Wine Utopia. The following recipes are the full-dish versions of the canapes I’ll be serving on the night.