Boule – a Bread Bowl

Boule is French for ball, and is a traditional French shape for French bread. It is usually made from a sour dough starter, but if you can’t be bothered with that, then it is perfectly acceptable to make it with instant yeast. I won’t tell – it will just be our secret. The Boule, apart…

Chicken and Chorizo with Pesto and Mozzarella

It is not often that Mr Madnad makes the dinner. It isn’t that he can’t cook – far from it, as he makes a mean chilli con carne. But even he would be the first to admit he perhaps isn’t as interested in cooking as I am. He is, however, always happy to act as…

Snowflake Sugar Cookies

Sugar cookies are probably one of the most versatile of all cookies. You can get cookie cutters in so many shapes these days that you can make them to suit every holiday or occasion. I already have an obscene amount yet still more seem to find their way into my online shopping basket. I decided…

Mini Pepperami Pizza

Mini Pepperami Pizzas are perfect finger food for a festive soiree, or in this case, an office fuddle. To save time, you can make the dough the night before and let it prove overnight in the fridge. The cool of the fridge will retard the dough, and it will prove slowly. This is a good…

Coconut Ice

If you like coconut, then you will love coconut ice! It’s soft, and coconutty and oh-so-sweet. This recipe is soft, melt in the mouth. You can make it firmer by adding more icing sugar, coconut, or by leaving it out longer to allow the icing to set. The best thing about this recipe is that…

Dark Chocolate and Walnut Fudge

Fudge is one of those things that people say to me all the time, they wish they could make it. Well, you can! I realise that it appears to be like some kind of alchemy, and I suppose in some way, it is as you are changing the structure of the sugar crystals via intense…