November 16, 2015

Austrian Apple strudel

Hello to all Zebra tenants and families.

This is a perfect recipe for those winter evenings with a big mug of coffee.


The recipe for Mary Berry Apple strudel is very similar to my mother’s own. The combination of brushed butter filo pastry and the cooking apples creates a delicious traditional strudel. I recommend it warm from the oven with plenty of whipped cream.



Guten Appetit






4 X Sheets of filo pastry (if frozen defrost first)

60g butter melted

30g white breadcrumbs

15g flaked almond

Icing sugar for dusting



750g Cooking apples – quartered, cored, peeled and sliced

Grated zest and juice of 1 lemon

3 tablespoons of light brown sugar

½ teaspoon ground mixed spice

½ teaspoon cinnamon

125g sultanas

60g blanched almonds – roughly chopped


How to make

  1. 1.Make the filling: mix together the apples, lemon zest and juice, sugar, mixed spice, cinnamon and sultanas, almonds
  2. 2.Lightly brush 1 sheet of filo pastry with melted butter. Cover with the remaining sheets, brushing each sheet with butter. Add the filling leaving a clear edge all around of approximately 6cm. Fold in side edges then roll the filo towards you. I have found that placing the filo first on a clean tea-towel and the roll toward you make this easier.
  3. 3.Once the filo is rolled brush the strudel with the remaining melted butter and sprinkle with almonds. Bake in a preheated oven at 170o fan oven, bake for 40-45 minutes, then dust with icing sugar. Serve warm or cold.
September 6, 2015


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July 20, 2015

Super Quick Anchovy Pasta

Hi everyone, I hope you’re looking forward to the weekend!  I’m not ashamed to say that this recipe is stolen in it’s entirety from a chef called Bart Van Olphen.  This really doesn’t take more than fifteen minutes to cook from start to finish, and would be lovely with a big handful of salad on the side, perfect for a quick summer lunch!  If you prefer to watch the video you can do so here



500g linguine pasta

Olive oil


Freshly ground pepper

Two handfuls of almonds

Two tins of anchovy filets in olive oil

One handful of roughly chopped sage

A tablespoon of unsalted butter


1.      Cook your pasta in approximately 10 minutes in salted boiling water, add olive oil if you like to stop it sticking together.

2.      While the pasta is cooking, drain and chop the anchovies and prepare your salad.

3.      Start frying your almonds in olive oil until golden brown, add your butter and roughly chopped sage to the sauce. Infuse on low heat.

4.      Add approximately 5 table spoons of your pasta water to the sauce and let it reduce until half the water is left.

5.      Now add 2 chopped anchovy fillets to the sauce.

6.      Drain your pasta and add to the sauce, shaking and stirring well. By doing this the pasta sauce will spread its flavours on the linguine.

7.      Serve the pasta with some sage leaves and anchovy from the tin on top.

8.      Your anchovy pasta is ready!

Enjoy your weekend, until the sun returns, we can at least pretend it’s summer!  J

June 22, 2015

Roasted Cauilflower, Chickpea, Fennel and Avocado salad


First step …

Preheat the oven to 180 C

Roughly chop the cauliflower. Place 1 tbsp of coconut oil into a roasting tray and pop it into the oven for 1 minute to melt. Take it out and pop the cauliflower, chilli flakes, a big pinch of salt and smoked paprika on top. Rub the spice and oil into the cauliflower so it is evenly coated. Roast in the oven for 30 minutes until nice and golden.

While this is cooking, let’s prepare the rest of the salad. Finely grate the fennel, then pour the juice of 1 lime on top.

Drain and wash the chickpeas. Heat 1 tbsp of coconut oil in a pan on a medium to high heat. Place the chickpeas and a pinch of salt into the pan and sauté for 10 minutes, stirring constantly. Set this aside once cooked.

Slice up the avocado and pour over some lime juice to stop browning.

Mix the olive oil, vinegar and mustard together with a pinch of salt.

Cut up the lettuce, place into a bowl, throw on the cauliflower, chickpeas, fennel, avocado, the dressing and some chilli flakes. Then dig in!