Basic White Sauce

White sauce is such a good recipe to have in your cooking repertoire as it can be used for a multitude of meals and is a base for a cheese sauce too. Ingredients 30g butter 50g plain flour 400g milk Putting it all Together Place all the ingredients in a pan cold and warm over a low heat, whisking continually until thickened. #basics #cookingbasics #recipe #basic #whitesauce #homemade #homecooking #Basic #basicrange

Ten Things I Learnt About Weddings

1. Money matters Nothing prepares you! Even though we made cutbacks on so many things the week before the wedding we had pennies in our bank account because we just hadn't factored everything in and it is impossible to do so. My tip, set your budget and then add an extra £1000 on to that for all those items you haven't thought of. 2. What does the wedding mean to you? Think about how you want to spend your day. Do you want it to be just the two of you, do you want to dance with your friends, greet all your guests? I made sure that I said hello to every single person that came to the wedding but at the expense of spending any time with my friends, bridesmaids and even new husband! 3. Surprise

Chicken Noodle Laksa Recipe

January. The month of diets, promises and sniffles. This Chicken Noodle Laksa ticks two or those, it's healthy and had a spicy kick to clear the sinuses. With the taste of Peranakan cuisine and noodles to bulk it out, this chicken soup is a perfect hearty lunch time meal. Ingredients 3 chicken breasts 100g egg noodles 4 spring onion 2 tins coconut milk 2 tsp fish sauce 1 tsp lemon grass juice of a lime salt & pepper For the paste: 6 spring onions 1 red chilli knob of ginger 2 garlic cloves 3 tbsp smooth peanut butter juice of a lime 1 tbsp light muscovado sugar Putting it all Together Make up the paste, using either a pestle and mortar or whizzing in a blender until you have a smooth spicy p

A Honeymoon Story: Bali

It's been three months since we went on our honeymoon to Bali but I think about it most days. Mostly because I follow our hotels instagram and it reminds me but also because it was just breathtaking. I have been fortunate enough to travel to some pretty awesome places and have been blown away by the beauty of the Venice canals, the majesty of giraffes in Africa and the deep snow of Canada but Bali was by far the most beautiful place with its stretches of rice fields, lush greenery and friendly people. I was devastated that we were only able to stay for a week. I feel there was so much more we could have seen as we spent the majority of the time relaxing and not thinking about anything weddin

Exploring Edinburgh

What better way to start the New Year than taking a little weekend break within the UK. I have been very fortunate and have travelled to some lovely far flung place, however I have never really explored within Great Britain. When we noticed a Black Friday Day for cheap tickets going to Edinburgh we booked straight away as neither of us have ever been to Scotland! Friday dawned bright and early for a 7.30am train from King's Cross Station. We realised on the way to catch the train that both Leigh and I had managed to forget the suitcase! I found this very amusing but Leigh not so much at the prospect of shopping once we got to Edinburgh. It did mean that we were unhindered by luggage howeve

Live Fast, Pie Yum!

Do you know one of my favourite things about Winter? Pies! I love the tummy warming, delicious fillings and the flaky pastry. I especially love a homemade pie and that's what I have for you today. A very easy Chicken, Mushroom and Leek Pie in a creamy sauce for you to make this week. Ingredients Shortcrust pastry: 450g plain flour 200g butter, chilled Water Pie filling: 300g diced chicken 500ml chicken stock 1 garlic clove 100g creme fraiche 1 large leek Handful of mushrooms Putting it all Together Make up the pastry by sifting flour into a bowl and adding the butter. Rub together to form fine breadcrumbs. Add a little bit of water until the mixture forms into a firm dough. Pop

Basic Shortcrust Pastry

A simple shortcrust pastry, perfect for tarts & quiches. Ingredients 225g plain flour 100g unsalted butter pinch salt Putting it all Together Sift the flour into a large bowl, add the butter and rub in with your fingertips until the mixture resembles fine breadcrumbs. Stir in the salt, then add 2-3 tbsp water and mix to a firm dough. Knead the dough briefly and gently on a floured surface. Wrap in cling film and chill before rolling out once needed. Cara x #pastry #baking #basicrange #basic #food #homemade #recipe #recipes #cookingbasics #Basic