Lasagna Bolognese


Bring a taste of Italy to your kitchen with this classic Italian lasagna! With the cold winter temperatures creeping around the corner, I have the perfect recipe for a warm comfort meal to soothe these cold autumn evenings. The classic lasagna is the dish that perhaps most represents Sunday in the Italian family. A recipe handed down from generation to generation. The layered pasta and its soft and creamy filling, makes this a pride of Italian cuisine. A rich first, with a rustic and t...

Healthy packed lunch for school


Its very difficult to get back into the swing of things following the long hot summer we have just enjoyed but I am here with some helpful hints and tip to compose the healthiest lunch box ever for your children! Having to prepare a snack lunch for your children every day can be very difficult, especially just after the summer when you are used to a fresh and light diet, because you should at least try to provide them with all the nutrients they need. We do not always have original ...

Seven layer taco dip


With World Cup fever taking over I thought you might like some tasty recipes if you are having a couple of friends over to watch a match. Soccer Cheese Ball Bites Ingredients 1 package cream cheese, softened ½ cup medium-aged Gouda cheese ½ teaspoon balsamic vinegar 15 black olives Preparation time: 30 mins. No cooking ready to serve Method 1. Combine cream cheese and Gouda cheese in a bowl and season with balsamic vinegar. Cut...

Warm Thai Beef Salad served in Plum Tree Bistro


Now that summer has arrived and you want to spend more time outdoors and less time slaving over a hot stove. Why not try my Thai Beef Salad? it’s a real family treat. This a great dish to serve as all preparation can be done the day before. Ingredients 500g cooked rib of beef 2tsp garlic puree 2tsp Chinese five spice powder 100ml oyster sauce 50g coriander leaves, chopped 50g bean sprouts 200g mixed salad leaves 3 spring onions

Pan fried scallops with black pudding salad from The Plum Tree Bistro in Woodford Dolmen Hotel


Dreading the arrival of your friends for your 'Come Dine With Me' evening or you’re in-laws have wined and dined you and now it’s your turn to shine in the kitchen? or do you have a special occasion coming up and would like to cook for friends but too afraid to cook outside your comfort zone? I am here to help! Follow my very simple starter and main course recipes below to create a delightful meal for any occasion. “I am very keen on using local suppliers and design our menus with their...