Shepherd’s Pie is a traditional staple of British and Irish cooking. It’s easy to make, and incredibly tasty. Shepherd’s Pie can be made ahead and frozen for an anytime meal. In fact, I typically have several in the freezer for those evenings when I don’t feel like spending a lot of time in the kitchen.
Glamorgan sausages are a traditional Welsh vegetarian sausage made primarily with bread crumbs, leeks and cheese. The only thing that is sausage-like is the shape. The mixture is bound together with egg, coated in bread crumbs and fried to a golden perfection. Leftovers, if any are just as good reheated!
Chocolate Blancmange, pronounced “blah-mahnj” is an old English dessert that is light and velvety smooth. Even though it contains no eggs, the texture of Chocolate Blancmange reminds me of a chocolate mousse. A good Blancmange has a slight wobble to it, and is amazingly delicious and easy to make.
Poffertjes, (pronounced puff’ ur jis) or Dutch Mini Pancakes are small, fluffy yeasted treats made in a special cast iron pan. Poffertjes are sold throughout the Netherlands. They are traditionally served hot with a pat of butter and a good sprinkling of confectioners’ sugar. However, they’re equally good when topped with Nutella.
Anzac Biscuits, also known as Anzac Cookies, are crispy on the outside, and deliciously chewy in the middle. They have a strong caramel-like flavour with hints of coconut and healthy oats in every bite.
Pâte Sucrée or French Sweet Pastry dough is a key ingredient in classic French dessert tarts. It is a sweet, crumbly French pastry that is easy to make and is often filled with pastry cream and topped with fruit. Pâte Sucrée is similar to Pâte Brisée, but includes egg yolks and sugar. I used the…
Irish Apple Cake, known as Kerry Apple Cake in many parts of Ireland, is the perfect St. Patrick’s Day dessert. Lots of tart, crisp apples create a super moist cake that is baked to perfection. With its crunchy top, Irish Apple Cake is amazing when served warm or cold.
The English are famous for their savory pies, and Cheese and Onion Pie is no exception. Its simple ingredients of tender cooked onions and sharp cheddar cheese encased in a flaky crust create an amazing pie. One taste and you’ll be hooked!
Dazzle your unexpected holiday guests with freshly baked French Palmiers (pronounced pahl me ays). The French Palmiers can be made ahead of time and stored in the freezer. From your freezer, they bake in around 10 minutes. After cooling for around 5 minutes, they are ready to serve with a steaming cup of coffee or hot chocolate. You and…
This recipe is an adaptation of Ina Garten’s Nick and Toni’s Penne Alla Vecchia Bettola on foodnetwork.com. Penne Alla Vecchia Bettola is the perfect blend of all ingredients. It produces a true restaurant quality meal.
For my last Oktoberfest trip down memory lane, I wanted to add Jaeger Schnitzel. I’m a huge fan of anything that has Schnitzel in its name. Jaeger Schnitzel is no exception. Jaeger Schnitzel or Jägerschnitzel means hunter’s schnitzel. It’s a schnitzel topped with a mushroom sauce. It may or may not be breaded. My personal…
Some years ago when the Master Taste Tester and I were in Vienna, we ate at a restaurant that had amazing Schweineschnitzel. The Schweineschnitzel was so large that it covered an entire plate and was a meal in itself. This doesn’t cover the entire plate, but is just as delicious as what we had in Vienna….