Chocolate Roulade with Sweet Chestnut Cream & Fresh Cherries

I hope you’ve all had a wonderful Christmas. Mine was spread over two lovely days, a fairly quiet Christmas Day itself with son Jonathan, his wife and two little boys. Jonathan, an excellent cook, made us a lunch of perfectly grilled steak on his gas barbecue and opened a fabulous bottle of Bordeaux wine to […]

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Nigel Slater’s Chocolate Hazelnut Mousse

I bought Nigel Slater’s The Christmas Chronicles as early Christmas presents for my son and daughter. But then I decided I liked the book so much, I had to buy a copy for myself! The recipes aren’t just for Christmas, it’s as much a book for the winter, indeed the book’s subtitle is Notes, stories & […]

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Chocolate, Pear & Amaretti Dessert

There was a chocolate crisis in the house this morning. The pot of amazing chocolate & hazelnut cream I brought back from Baratti & Milano in Turin was empty. A spatula was found and the last scrapings recovered before the pot was thrown away. Now, you might say, why don’t you just go and buy a […]

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