Sunday, 16 June 2013
I forgot to take photos as I was too busy trying all the samples and this is the only photo I took - look at the size of these meringues!!!
It as a long day but am very tempted to go to the Christmas one....
Friday, 14 June 2013
Wednesday, 12 June 2013
Well it is called Leek and mushroom bread pudding so could be classed as a dessert! It is basically a savory version of bread and butter pudding. You can use any combinations of flavours. Add bacon or chorizo, red onions, sweet corn , tuna and any combination of cheeses. The bread is better if it is a day old , I cut it into chunks and set aside then fried leeks and mushrooms, mix 2 eggs with cream , milk and cheese add the leek mixture to the cheese mixture and pour over the bread. Leave for at least 30 mins to soak everything in then cook for 50 mins...
Friday, 7 June 2013
Wednesday, 5 June 2013
I hardly ever make this as I always think of the nasty dry chocolate cakes that you get in horrid little cafes and this is always the only cake that is on the menu... Well determined to make a cake for my lovely friend Sarah who came to visit this weekend , I went in search of an EASY and delicious one... Everything has to be EASY and QUICK these days as I can only cook when Molly is napping and that can be either an hour or in some cases 2 hours - woo hoo !
So looking through some of my food magazines I came across A Classic Tearoom Victoria
CLASSIC TEAROOM CHOCOLATE VICTORIA
225g unsalted butter
225g caster sugar
175g self raising flour
2tsp baking powder
1tsp vanilla extract
- Heat the oven to 190c/fan170c/gas 5
- Put all the ingredients in the bowl of a food processor and cream together !!! How easy ???
- Divide between 2 x 20cm cake time and smooth over and bake for 25 mins
To make the buttercream filling....
100g softened butter
100g icing sugar
2tsp cocoa powder
- Blend all the ingredients together until pale and fluffy
- Spread over the bottom sponge & sandwich together with the top.
To make the icing........
100g milk chocolate
30g cocoa powder
50ml coffee or water ( I used water)
1tbsp golden syrup
- Melt the butter and chocolate over a pan of simmering water ( I blasted it on 10 second intervals in the microwave) meanwhile combine the rest of the ingredients in a small saucepan an heat until almost at the boiling point giving it a whisk until smooth.
- Add the pan of ingredients to the melted chocolate and blend to a thick icing and smooth over the top of the cake letting it drip down the sides.....
I am entering this cake into a fab blog that I have discovered Mrs M recipe link for June
Tuesday, 4 June 2013
My second month in the foodie penpals and I love it !! I received a lovely parcel from Paula at Try that wine which was full of yummy things........
Bacon Jam - Have seen this before and wondered what it tastes like... it is delicious and I get to eat it all as my partner is vegetarian.. shame! I haven't bought it before as was slightly put off by the fact that it is called Jam and imagined it to be sweet but it isn't, its like a chutney with bacon bits , I had it with salmon fillets which does sound odd but worked!
Cheeky Frog Popcorn - Fortunately there were 2 packets in the box so there wasn't any fighting between Stephen and I as to who had the most - this was yummy - chocolate orange flavour -had just enough chocolate to satisfy me and a lovely orange taste to it - It will be hunting this out so that I can have some more.
Peters Yard Crispbread - This gave me a fab excuse to buy some delicious cheese- these are wafer thin crackers and have a lovely crisp texture and I think have a sourdough type taste to them - they were fantastic with the stilton that I bought.
Homemade Cherry Muffins - Now there were 2 of these but I couldnt stop myself and ate one as soon as I opened the parcel and then remembered that I hadn't taken a photo - oooppps they were packaged beautifully as well! They tasted gorgeous and Paula told me they were from Lorraine Pascals cookbooks and as I appear to have all of her cookbooks (how did that happen??) then I will be trying these .
Olive Crispbreads - Again delicious and have these with some hummus one night whilst watching the TV - good snackage.
Selection of teas that I haven't yet tried but intend to this week and finally saving the best till last
Petes' homemade marmalade - Paulas' husband makes marmalade - It was sooo delicious had a carrabbean twist to it as there was some rum to it - made my toast very happy!
Stephen calls them my food rations! Roll on next month.....