Homemade Chicken Tikka Kebabs

I created my own simple version of this recipe the other day after watching a cooking programme, and it went down a storm. I cheated really. I bought chicken tikka paste out of the jar, and my meat came from the supermarket, not your local butchers. Once I’d cooked the chicken breast and cut it up into bite size pieces, I added onions and peppers to the hob, followed by the tikka paste. Once cooked, I placed it in naan bread and created a wrap, adding a bit of fresh salad first. Then I dashed a bit of sour cream and lemon juice on the top and that’s it. My family was quite impressed, so I’ll probably be making this one again pretty soon. Maybe next time I’ll step it...

Adding cocoa to spaghetti bolognaise

100% cocoa is often mistaken for chocolate, but that’s really not the case. Cocoa, also known as Cacao, is a fruit, and there’s a lot of work involved before it becomes chocolate. From the fruit you get cocoa mass, cocoa butter and the nibs (the outer shell of the bean). These make 100% cocoa, and you should try using it as an enhancer for your favourite meals. Spaghetti bolognaise is a dish most people have mastered, and by adding a touch of cocoa the mix, you can heighten the flavours of the meat, and take your dish to the next level. We’ve used cocoa in ours for over a decade, and many people ask for our recipe. We tend to buy a bar 100% dark chocolate, and grate it into...

3 Guilt-Free Fruity desserts

Us Brits love a dessert, and there’s nothing better than something light and cheery with a bit of zing after a heavy meal. These three classic options below are uplifting and not too bad on the waistline, whilst they all make for a terrify summer dessert. Sorbet One that’s designed to cleanse the pallet. Sorbets can pack really natural fruity flavours, and they’re very light and easy to enjoy. Jelly Who can say no to a bit of jelly with real fruit bits after a heavy meal? Not us. You can buy sugar free jelly and include orange segments and cherries, and it’s essentially a healthier option than trifle. Lemon meringue Meringue isn’t as bad for you as some may think, and it’s a again another light treat that bursting...

3 Easy yet Impressive Desserts

You don’t always have to buy expensive ingredients or spend hours in the kitchen to make a tasty dessert for your dinner guests. We’re going to talk you through three quick and easy puddings that never fail to impress. Sticky Toffee Pudding Most people know how to knock up a sponge mixture, and you only need to make some slight adjustments to make a sticky toffee pudding. Along with sifted flour, add dark brown sugar, vegetable suet, bicarbonate of soda, ginger, egg and golden syrup. Then you bake. Easy. Apple pie This another favourite, and you only need flour, cooking apples, flour butter, honey and egg to make this traditional dish. For extra flavour, we recommend you add a pinch of cinnamon and a pinch of mixed spice. Quick Lemon...

Haggis on a Highlands Holiday

There’s a lot more to the Highlands than just mountains and lakes, and one dish many people try whilst they’re on a Scottish holiday is haggis. It’s a dish that divides opinion, mainly because it includes sheep’s pluck (heart, liver and lungs). Obviously there are oats, onions and spices too, and even though it doesn’t seem very natural to eat part of an animal’s heart, you’ll completely forget it when you have a taste. Many top restaurants have haggis on their dinner menu, and it’s a dish that goes back thousands of years and it’s been perfected over time. It has been incorporated into other dishes from around the globe too, such as nachos, pasties, pies, lasagna and burgers. And if you have a fear of haggis, we invite you...

Organising your Catering Event

When you’re planning a catering event, perhaps a dinner party, a BBQ or a hog roast, it’s important you do your homework first. You need to know how many people are coming, dietary requirements, the amount of food you need to order, and the equipment you need to make the dishes. When you get each of these different aspects nailed, you’ll feel a lot more confident and you can start organising a plan. To make sure the courses come out on time, you need to know how long each course is going to take, and you can then create a schedule for each of the courses. People won’t want to be left waiting for meals, and they’re going to expect a nice portion size and good quality food. Drinks are...

Teaching the Art of Catering

Catering can be rewarding at the best of times and very stressful at the worst of times, and you have to get that message across when you’re teaching new students. What they need to know… It’s not always glamorous, and you have to learn how to calm your nerves, stay organised and remain upbeat. It’s important to learn early on the foods that you have a passion for, you can then create your own niche, making your product stand out from others. As a caterer, you need to be firm on your prices, but flexible and friendly, and there can be delays before food is served, so communication with the client is always key. The most important aspects of catering are timing, taste and customer service, and if you can...