10 recipes to enjoy in april

spiced stout hot cross buns

April crashed into me like a small plane hits the side of a mountain and I can’t even believe it’s nearly Easter. It’s also nearly Winter so its time to bring on the comfort food, fireside moments and loads of red wine. I can’t wait. April is my favourite month of the year hands down, and I adore autumn colours and light. Here are a few of my favourite recipes for the Month of April if you live in the Southern hemisphere.

With Easter smack in the middle of the month, these are a few of my favourite Easter treats (starting with the sweet ones first of course):

Hot cross buns made with stout

Once you’ve made your own hot cross bun you will only be buying shop ones in an emergency. These are delicious.

easystout hot cross spiced bunsHot cross cinnamon sticky buns

This is where a hot cross bun and a cinnamon sticky bun have a baby. They are mind boggingly awesome. Just do it.


Hot cross bun pudding with chocolate and cinnamon

Here the hot cross bun gets baked into a silky custard spiked with orange flavours and melty chocolate pieces. It’s a no brainer.

hot cross bun pudding with chocolate and orange

Roast leg of lamb with rosemary, garlic, harissa and lemon

The perfect Easter roast with a hit of spice from the Harissa. The lamb gets cooked slowly for 4 hours until it falls off the bone. Check out all the sides that go with it too.

Roast leg of lamb with rosemary, garlic, lemon and harissa

Roast chicken with stout, rosmemary & honey

If you would prefer to roast a bird this Easter instead of lamb – this is the go to.

roast chicken with stout, rosemary and honey

Roast white wine chicken with herbs and garlic

Or this one which is more casual.

roast chicken in white wine, herbs and garlic

The best ever duck fat roast potatoes

For your big Easter feast or any roast at any time – these are the best roast potatoes to go with that.

The best ever duck fat roasted potatoes

Butternut scones with cheese and herbs

One of my all-time favourite savoury scone recipes and perfect to get your baking mojo on like I am right now. Great for the Easter holiday week end.

butternut scones with cheese and herbs {video}

Apple, beetroot & ginger juice

This is great for a hangover

apple, beetroot and ginger juice

Smoked salmon omelette with chive creme fraiche

A superb fancy breakfast if you need to impress.

smoked salmon omelette with chive crème fraiche




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  1. I’m with you, I can’t believe it’s already April! I’m still dying to try your roast potatoes, and those hot cross buns look scrumptious!

  2. gringalicioustori says:

    These recipes all look like the perfect thing. I’m all over it!

  3. Such a great round-up Sam. I love these, it’s great to see all your content together. You’re so prolific – in a good way!

  4. Thanks so much! x

  5. Enjoy your blog very much, I have a request, I do and in the process of creating two blogs I am a chef of over 40 years worked many major hotels, my concept for my blogs is home style cooking and I am posting many of my recipes but I would like to share the many good recipes and blogs I visit yours especially you have very artfully taste in your images I assume you do your own,for the sake of content and my concept I like to request to use your image and link them back to your image recipe page so my visitors can get the recipe from your site, it would give you more traffic and ex-poser as well maybe subscribers , and I get beautiful content on my blog I love sharing and posting on my social media pages, No scam nothing like that it’s that simple I just helping use both here,I admire your images so much i am planning a new theme for my blog and your images would truly help me , I will take no credit for your images, everything including text will be posted to ensure where they cam from, just sharing .
    Thank You for your consideration.
    Chef Ernest

  6. HI Ernest – you can get in touch with me directly via email, but I dont share my images with other bloggers. Most of them are sold to my agents who would then hold the IP. Good luck with the blog. Sam

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