Christmas 2020: a baking extravaganza

“This year, I’m giving everyone homemade biscuits for Christmas!” I declared back in November, to nobody in particular. “Under lockdown 2.0 if I’m going to be a prisoner stuck between these four walls, I will emerge from this lockdown a prisoner who at least knows how to make biscuits!” And so December became a baking…

A dessert not to be trifled with

This year, we decided to opt for a retro classic in the Salford Kitchen to follow Christmas dinner, instead of Christmas pudding. Layers of peaches and raspberries and vegan jelly, homemade sponge soaked with sherry and fruit juice, topped with homemade vanilla custard, whipped cream and flaked almonds. The recipes for the sponges and custard…

Dove Farms stollen

This German speciality bread, made for the Christmas season, is rich with rum-soaked fruits and is wrapped around a marzipan filling. The folded shape of the dough over the marzipan is meant to represent the baby Jesus wrapped in swaddling clothes (who knew!). I recommend this recipe from Dove Farms https://www.dovesfarm.co.uk/recipes/stollen-cake, which produced a beautiful…

Glamorgan sausages

Winter comfort food at its finest! These Glamorgan sausages are made up of a mixture of sharp punchy cheese (Caerphilly or Welsh cheddar), pan fried leek and herbs, rolled in breadcrumbs, then fried over a gentle heat to produce a sausage that is fantastically crunchy and crispy on the outside and yields to a deliciously…

Red cabbage à la flamande

In the winter months I love to make this braised red cabbage dish. The result is glossy, softened red cabbage which retains some texture and a subtle tartness thanks to the apples. It is a great side to include in roast dinners or with sausages and mash. While I like cinnamon, nutmeg and ground cloves…

50 / 50 easy yeasted bread rolls

I have been on the search for a decent bread roll recipe using 50% wholemeal flour, 50% white flour for a while. The basic yeasted white bread rolls recipe that I shared a few weeks ago produces great results every time, however I do love the texture and depth of flavour wholegrain flours add to…

Vegetarian Korean japchae noodles

Japchae is a Korean stir fried vegetable and glass noodle dish which can also include flank steak. This version celebrates the vegetarian variant of this meal. Tasty, easy to prepare, packed full of healthy veggies, and with minimal pots to wash up, this has become a new favourite weeknight meal in the Salford Kitchen! Many…

Overnight country blonde

This bread recipe is the one that I keep going back to again and again in Ken Forkish’s book Flour Water Salt Yeast: The Fundamentals of Artisan Bread and Pizza, as the result is truly lovely. This recipe is a pure levain dough, which means that there is no added commercial yeast as a rising…

Vietnamese chicken and bamboo noodle soup (Bun Mang Ga)

One of Mr Salford Kitchen’s favourite meals is chicken and bamboo noodle soup, rice vermicelli noodles in a warming bamboo-infused chicken broth. Mr Salford Kitchen’s family made it for us when we visited Australia for Christmas this time last year, and I discovered why he loves it so much – it’s delicious! Fragant, tasty, hearty,…