Mouth- watering Mango Macadamia Caramel Rolls.

Mouth- watering Mango Macadamia Caramel Rolls.

Brunch is a wonderful Sunday tradition, too late for breakfast, too early for lunch and although you’re hungry you don’t want a heavy meal. There are some mornings when comfort eating wins, the gooey goodness of a sticky bun or a bacon sandwich with brown sauce.  In today’s brunch recipe we’re taking a new look at an American Classic; the brunch roll and making it with a sweet and juicy tropical flavour. Did you know that Mangoes are the world’s most popular fruit?  They’re naturally sweet and incredibly versatile and complement everything from breakfast to lunch to dessert. Because of their year-round availability, mangoes are perfect for any occasion. Try these mouth watering Mango Macadamia Caramel Rolls. 25 grams brown sugar 3/4 teaspoon cinnamon 1/2 teaspoon ground allspice 14 grams softened butter, divided into spoonfuls 1 large, ripe mango, peeled, pitted and chopped 14 grams chopped macadamia nuts 1 loaf frozen bread dough, thawed or fresh This amount of ingredients makes approximately 12 breakfast rolls. Making your Mango Macadamia Caramel Rolls Stir together brown sugar, cinnamon and allspice in a small bowl. Place 2/3rds of the  mixture in a medium saucepan with 6 tablespoons butter. Cook over low heat for 5 minutes, stirring frequently. Stir in mango and cook for a few minutes more until brown sugar is dissolved. Spread in the bottom of a 13 X 9-inch baking pan and sprinkle with nuts then set aside. Roll thawed dough into a 12 X 12-inch square on a lightly floured board and spread with remaining 2 tablespoons butter. Spread remaining brown sugar mixture over butter and press into dough. Roll up...
How to make French toast

How to make French toast

Breakfast has many choices so don’t make do with a bowl of cereal or feel you have to have  a complete blow out with a full English. Treat yourself to a classic breakfast dish which is far easier to make than people think. French toast (also known by its less romantic name “eggy bread”) is a real treat and even lets you chose how you start your day as it can either hit your sweet or savoury buttons! It is so simple I have not felt the need the write an ingredients list as all you need to remember is bread + eggs = French toast. Much more fancy than scrambled eggs or omelette on toast, so let’s get cooking. French Toast You need a good loaf of bread but nothing with a very crunchy crust (you would think French bread would be perfect but it’s far from it). A bloomer or other soft loaf works well as does brioche if you’re doing the sweet version. The following recipe will serve 2 people. Hand cut the loaf into 2 x 1 inch thick slices. Beat 3 eggs in a bowl with a splash of milk (about 3 tbsp or 60ml) until it’s uniform in colour. For a sweet version: Add a good pinch of sugar and a drop of vanilla essence if you have it, then mix in well. For the savoury version: Add a good pinch of salt and a couple of twists of black pepper and combine. Now place your bread in the egg mixture and leave for about 3 minutes. Just enough time to let the...
How to cook a perfect omelette

How to cook a perfect omelette

Eggs are one of the most versatile ingredients, natures magic little orbs that add so much to our cooking experience. Most eggs in the UK are emblazoned with the British Lion Mark as a guarantee of quality. They are a fantastic ingredient in lots of recipes but I love them as a stand alone dish. Omelettes are a classic way of enjoying eggs at their delicious best. Learning how to make an omelette is so simple yet gives you so many tasty options. Basic Omelette Recipe 2 x Eggs (per person) 1 x Pinch of salt 1 x Pinch Ground White or Black Pepper A good knob of butter or a splash of high quality rapeseed oil Break the eggs into a bowl and gently whisk just turning the yolk into the white to form a uniform colour. Add your pepper at this stage but do not add the salt yet. Sprinkle the pepper over the whole surface of the egg mix, this makes it easier to mix in without getting one lump of pepper hiding in your finished omelette. The trick with making a great omelette is to take it slow and be gentle with it… Heat the oil or butter in a frying pan or omelette pan on a medium heat and allow to come to temperature. The butter should be completely melted and the oil should coat the pan and start to shimmer. Add your salt to the egg mix in the same way you did with the pepper and whisk it in. Add the egg mix straight into the pan covering the entire bottom. Once you see...
Smoked Salmon fit for a Queen!

Smoked Salmon fit for a Queen!

When you are asked to taste test smoked salmon you really do have to say yes. But when you are asked to taste smoked salmon from a traditional family business based in Scotland (the home of smoked salmon) and purveyors to Her Majesty the Queen, then that has to be a hell yes! That’s the lucky position I found myself in. John Ross Jr is a family owned fish smokers based in Scotland. They have been producing smoked salmon since 1857, using 19th Century red brick kilns to smoke with oak chippings. I love high quality products using sustainable, local produce and traditional techniques, even better when they have significant heritage and expertise. Smoked salmon is an amazing product which has its place in the highest echelons of luxury foodstuffs. But not all smoked salmon is created equal. Opening the John Ross Jr pack the care taken in preparation and the quality of the product is obvious That smoky smell hits your nose as you peel the soft salmon slices from the pack, the beautiful orangey-pink translucent colour shines and glistens like a salmony beacon lighting your way to a taste sensation. To put it through its paces I decided to eat it my favourite three ways. First I feel it would be a crime not to try something as special as this salmon naked, with nothing to get in the way of its flavour and texture. The depth of smokiness really hits you first chew it, you really can taste that oak smoke, I imagined the salmon hanging up in those kiln slowly smoking…I’m such an old romantic!...
World’s Best Bacon Sandwich!

World’s Best Bacon Sandwich!

If there has ever been the perfect match of 2 ingredients to make something truly amazing, then it has to be bread + bacon = bacon sandwich! I don’t know why but whenever I smell bacon cooking I can hear the voice of Chris Tarrant in his Tiswas days screaming “This is what they want!”. (For our none UK readers Tiswas was THE must see, manic Saturday morning kids show in the late 70s/early 80s) Perhaps its those childhood Saturday mornings, watching that very same show, as the mouth-watering smells of sizzling bacon wafted through the air. You see during the week it was cold milk and cereal for breakie, but the extra time at the weekends meant bacon was on the cards. And oh that smell! It’s one of the only cooking smells which make me feel sorry for vegetarians as I swear they must be thinking twice about their lifestyle choice as they pass a sandwich shop in the morning and the aroma of cooking bacon takes to the air. It doesn’t sound like a complicated thing the bacon sandwich, but there are different camps who support different ways of making one, and never the twain shall meet. Should it be back or streaky? Smoked or not? Sauce or no sauce? If so which kind of sauce will you have? If you have ever gone out to get bacon sandwiches for several people (we used to do this at work an awful lot!), then you know you will be needing a pen to scrawl down the various and very specific requests. Because if a bacon sandwich isn’t...

The Five a Day Rule

The five a day rule says that everyone should eat at least five portions of fruits and vegetables every day. Just to clarify, that is five 80g portions of fruit and vegetables combined, not five of each one. By following this rule, you can ensure that your kids are getting all the nutrients they need in order to grow healthy and strong. However, cooking for children, as any parent will know, is no easy task. They have their likes and dislikes, and probably a whole list of things they absolutely won’t touch. Unfortunately, all too often, the things kids don’t like are the things they need the most. It’s always that lump of broccoli or carrot stick that gets pushed around on the plate If you have a hard time incorporating fruit and vegetables into your child’s diet in a way they enjoy, don’t despair just yet. A few small modifications to the way you prepare food can make all the difference. The following are a few tips that will help you make fruits and vegetables more appealing to your child. 1. Make Milkshakes and Smoothies When it comes to fruit, you will have an easier time getting your five-year-old to drink a glass of banana milkshake or peach smoothie than to eat the fruit on its own. Because these drinks are meant to be healthy, you don’t want to add much sugar, so it’s best to choose naturally sweet fruits like blackberries, bananas, melons, cherries, red apples and tangerines. 2. Have Fun with Food When mealtimes roll around, try not to make a big deal out of telling...