Author Archives: Matthew Short

Strawberry wine for my Valentine… Chocolates

OK, I admit, despite grumbling about the whole commercialised madness of Valentines day, we did sit down and have a slap up meal together with one too many cocktails..more of which later!. First I must introduce you to a new-choc-on-the-block. Our friends at Harrison’s wine shop asked us to come up with some recipes for […]

Things to do with fruit compote

I love a compote. Warm, soft, sweet and fruity (sounds like me before I had kids!) they are ever versatile. Having had a bag full of delicious red plums delivered with my veggie box this week, I couldn’t resist pairing them up with apples and some wintry spices. The resultant deep garnet compote could be […]

If Music be the food of Love…pass the cheese!!

Most evenings the task of cooking a meal is just another chore on the list of things to do.Even for a once-professional chef, the joy of creating a fabulous meal is often tempered with the humdrum of everyday life…clearing away the breakfast dishes which we didn’t get round to in the morning, answering emails that […]

Chocolate Ganache Recipe – dark

Over the years the most requested recipe that I’m asked for is for a basic chocolate ganache. Ganache is just a fancy word for a mixture or emulsion (more on that at a later date) of cream and chocolate. Ganache forms the basis of many chocolates, truffles and cake fillings so it’s a useful little […]