Vanilla Panna Cotta with Fresh Mango

It was full-on mango season here in Sri Lanka and I was going absolutely crazy! They’re one of my favourite fruits; full of flavour, minerals and antioxidants. ¬†For me, mangoes are best enjoyed as they are; rather than curried or pickled or juiced, although I won’t say no to a good mango juice! Here, in…

Victoria Sponge Cake

There’s one cake that’s been symbolic of afternoon/ evening tea and that’s the Vanilla Victoria Sponge Cake. A light fluffy 2 layer cake, sandwiched with whipped cream and strawberry jam and topped off with more strawberries.¬†There’s no way you can get tired of that combination. It’s perfect with a cup of tea or well actually,…

Easy Peasy Peach Crisp

When I cook, I tend to focus on either a main course: lunch or dinner, or experimenting with a dessert. Last night, however, I thought I’d push myself to make dinner AND a dessert, all within the same time frame. I found myself contemplating what the easiest dessert would be, with minimum fuss and maximum…

Eclair Invention

I simply LOVE eclairs; the soft pastry, luscious pastry or chantilly cream and decadent chocolate icing. I never pass up an opportunity to treat myself to one of these sinful delights. Not everyone makes a perfect eclair: the pastry is too hard, the cream too heavy and the icing too hard/ runny. So why not…