Easter Simnel Cake

For those of you who are still on the fence about marzipan and maraschino cherries (these from Hotel Starlino in Italy are STUNNING). It’s all about the ingredients. If your guests love marzipan, then double up and add an extra layer in the middle of the cake. Mahleb is an aromatic spice made from cherry seeds and gives a slightly bitter edge to sweet foods, with notes of cherry and bitter almonds. It’s often used Greek celebratory cakes.

Smoked haddock & leek pasties

PASTRY INGREDIENTS 600 g plain flour, plus extra for dusting 300 g cold unsalted butter, cubed 180 ml iced water 1 medium free-range egg 2 tsp fennel seeds and nigella seeds Put the flour and butter in a bowl, and rub together until the mixture resembles breadcrumbs. Slowly add the water until the mix starts to form…

Smoked haddock gratin, with spinach & peas

My favourite smoked haddock, from @alfredenderby (I’ve got a stash in the freezer too)⁠. If you don’t believe me, just ask Marco Pierre White or the Great Taste Award judges 🐟🐟🐟⁠ 750 g smoked haddock, cut into 4 pieces⁠ 500 ml milk⁠ 2 bay leaves⁠ ½ onion, peeled⁠ 30 g butter⁠ 30 g plain flour⁠…

Feta-stuffed kofta in a spicy tomato sauce

Tomato sauce Ingredients 3 tbsp olive oil 2 banana shallots, finely chopped 2 cloves garlic, grated or crushed 2 tsp ground cumin 1 tsp ground coriander 130 ml dry white wine 2 x 400 g tins of plum tomatoes 1 tbsp rose harissa (1 ½ tbsp for a spicier version) 2 tsp caster sugar 1…