We make our ice cream from scratch for all of our lunches, weddings and events. We have a gelato machine in our kitchen specifically for this purpose. This one is a fragrant and delicious meadowsweet ice-cream using meadowsweet harvested from around the estate.
OHHH YESSSS….These Double Chocolate Chip Cookies are possibly up there as my very favourites. This is a perfect day for some cosy baking. Let me know how you get on.. see Recipe below from my book Rachel’s Everyday Kitchen , @harpercollinsire @harpercollinsuk #baking #cosy #cosybakingday #doublechocolate #doublechocolatechip #doublechocolatechipcookies
Makes 20 large cookies-never enough
225g butter, softened
325g caster sugar
1 tsp vanilla extract
75g cocoa powder
1 tsp bicarbonate of soda
¼ tsp salt 175g dark chocolate chips Preheat the oven to 175’C.
Line 3 baking trays with parchment paper .
Place the butter in a mixing bowl and beat until very soft. Add in the sugar and beat to mix well. Continue to beat and add the eggs in one by one followed by the vanilla extract. Sift in the sifted flour, cocoa powder, bicarbonate of soda and salt and mix in until combined.
With wet hands, form the dough into balls the size of a golf ball (or use 2 soup spoons to scoop onto the tray) . Arrange on the tray , about 6 or 7 on each tray, leaving space for the cookies to spread.
If you’re using a fan oven, cook all three trays at once (at 150’ FAN ‘C). Cook for 9-11 minutes until they look slightly cracked on top. Remove from the oven and allow to cool for a few minutes, then remove from the tray and place on a wire rack to cool completely. PS- You can just bake a few and keep the cookie dough in the fridge rolled up into a salami shape in parchment paper, then slice to bake when you fancy. 🍪🍪🍪🍪🍪🍪🍪🍪
This is quite a traditional snack in many parts of Italy but of course would make a wonderful breakfast or late night supper…
- 2 ripe plum tomatoes
- Olive oil, for cooking
- 4 slices ciabatta or other rustic-type bread
- 4 large eggs
- 2 garlic cloves, thinly sliced
- 1 red chilli, thinly sliced into rings (optional)
- 1 tablesp. fresh chives, chopped
- ½ teasp. balsamic vinegar
- A little salt and freshly-ground black pepper
- To Serve: Lightly dressed baby leaf salad with herbs
Heat a heavy-based griddle pan. Thickly slice the plum tomatoes and then lightly brush with olive oil. Add to the heated pan and cook for about 5 minutes until nicely marked. Transfer to a plate and keep warm. Brush the bread with a little more oil and toast on the same pan until nicely marked.
Meanwhile, heat a little olive oil in a large non-stick frying pan and crack in the eggs. Scatter over the garlic and chilli, if using, and cook for a couple of minutes, spooning the hot oil over the egg yolks until they are cooked to your liking.
Place the griddled bread on warmed plates and quickly arrange the griddled tomatoes on top.
Scatter the chives into the egg pan and sprinkle over the balsamic vinegar. Season generously, then slide the eggs on to the tomatoes and drizzle over any pan juices. Serve with the salad.
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