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  • Blueberry, Banana & Mango Bread

    INGREDIENTS Butter, for greasing the loaf pan 1 ½ cups all-purpose flour 1 tsp baking soda 1 tsp fine sea salt ½ tsp baking powder ½ tsp ground cinnamon ½ tsp ground nutmeg 1 cup sugar ½ cup vegetable oil 2 large eggs, beaten 2 tsp vanilla extract 2 ripe bananas peeled and coarsely mashed […]

  • Flavours of India: Pistachio, saffron & cardamom Soufflé

    Ingredients 30g soften butter (to grease ramekins) 50g of pistachio paste Few strands of saffron 100ml of milk ¼ tsp cardamom 2 egg yolks 25g of caster sugar 40g of plain flour Method To prepare the soufflés, preheat the oven to 170°C fan assisted Use the softened butter to grease 6 soufflé ramekins, and then […]

  • My Simple Banana Muffins Recipe

    Ingredients 3 eggs 150g self-raising 150g butter 150g soft brown sugar 2 bananas (ripe) Method Preheat oven 200’C/ 18C and line a muffin tin with muffin cases Start with butter and sugar first, whisk until pale and fluffy and then add the rest gradually until all the ingredients are in and smooth and feel light […]

  • Strawberry millefeuille (stack) with strawberry sauce

    Ingredients  For the Shortbread 150g plain flour, plus a little extra 100g corn flour ½tsp fine sea salt 125g unsalted butter cold 90g caster sugar 1 large egg, beaten For the cream 5 tbsp. icing sugar 300ml double cream ½ tsp vanilla extract For the strawberry sauce 400g strawberries, hulled 1 lemon, juice only 2 […]

  • MasterChef runner up serves a tasty website

    We were asked by MasterChef 2007 Finalist Daksha Mistry to review the new website for her catering business Dakshas Gourmet Catering, so we took some time and went through it thoroughly. We are using ‘we’ here as most of the team here at H&C News got a say and of course Daksha had her input. […]

  • Almond Milk

    How to make the transition to replacing dairy from your Diet

    Today I’d like to talk about one of the first changes that a person makes on their journey switching from cow’s milk to non-dairy milk. It is also one of the easiest changes a person makes thanks to a huge selection of non-dairy milks on the market.  I have seen a mammoth wall of non-dairy […]

  • Turmeric Dairy Free Milk

    Turmeric Dairy Free Milk Turmeric is the golden yellow spice used in Asian curries. It is obtained from the ginger-like rhizome of Curcuma longa, a tropical herb from India. The well-researched anti-inflammatory, antioxidant and anticancer properties of turmeric make it worth including in your diet. If you are not a curry fan, turmeric milk is […]

  • Hospitality & Catering News: Can lunch really get any better than this?

    You get a phone call and asked the question, can I come in and cook lunch for the team at H&C News? The person asking is Daksha Mistry, Masterchef 2007 final runner up, so not much thought needed for the answer, which of course is an immediate yes please followed by thanks very much. – […]

  • A classic fairy-tale wedding we did last year

    A classic fairy-tale wedding we did last year

      Gorgeous couple! We cooked some south Indian food. The groom arrived on a white horse in style and the evening was celebrated with a European menu with a fusion twist. Aynhoe Park provided an unforgettable setting and venue for a truly fairy tale wedding.    

  • MasterChef's Greg Wallace

    BBC Masterchef UK 2016 S12E07 Daksha Mistry Guest Judge 2

    By the time it was Gabin’s turn to get to the Kitchen, it was evident that time wasn’t on his side. He opted for Sea Bass with Mushroom and Cauliflower Puree, Samphire and Spinach. Dessert was going to consist of Bakewell Tart with Earl Grey Ice Cream. But when he served his much anticipated meal, […]

  • BBC Masterchef Daksha Mistry

    BBC Master Chef 2016 – Daksha Mistry Guest Judge 1

    The BBC Master Chef is always a once in a life time moment for the contenders, even the audiences are not left behind as they get thoroughly entertained. And in 2016, the judges have some few words of advice for the participants; follow your heart, keep it simple, and don’t try to overdo things. In […]