Monday, 31 October 2011
So in a few weeks I will be having a dinner party for about eight people and will have a Halloween theme. So far i'm thinking of having a very Halloweenish starter, pumpkin soup. Or maybe homemade pumpkin and pine nut ravioli? Well, it depends whether they'll still sell them in Asda in November...
I have absolutely NO clue for main course- suggestions would be greatly appreciated!
And for dessert, maybe a ghoulishly chocolatey cake?
What about a spookily creamy and marshmallowy hot chocolate as an after dinner treat? Awoooooooooooooooooooooooo
Sunday, 23 October 2011
Friday, 21 October 2011
Thursday, 20 October 2011
I would encourage you to read his books and watch his tv programme, however I think his tv programme is only featured in Ireland...?
Tuesday, 18 October 2011
Aside from a few criticisms I LOVE HER. Le pain d'epi which she made looked absolutely divine, and I could have quite easily eaten the whole 'Graffiti' cake she made...
My food hero this week is Lorraine Pascale.
Thursday, 13 October 2011
Tuesday, 11 October 2011
My dad brought home some basil, and for some reason, when I think about it, basil seems to work with almost everything.
So here is my -NEVER TRIED AND TESTED- recipe for orange and basil cheesecake...
-100g icing sugar
-some basil leaves
-150g of shortbread
-furiously mix together the marscapone and ricotta and icing sugar.
-grate the orange and add the zest to the marscapone-ricotta mixture.
-rub the basil and bruise it a bit to release the flavour.
-chop the basil finely and squeeze the orange, and add to the mixture.
-mix the mixture aggressively again and set aside to make the base.
-bash the biscuits till crumbs, and melt the butter in the microwave.
-mix together the butter and (what was) the biscuits.
-press the biscuit mixture into the base of a tin.
-dollop the cheese mixture on top of the biscuit base and chill in the fridge till serving.
Tip:- garnish with a few (caramelised) orange shavings.
Monday, 10 October 2011
Apple Crumble Tart with caramel ice-cream
Make a sweet shortcrust pastry mixture without the water. Half the mixture and put half aside for later. With the rest, add water until it resembles a dough. Chill the dough in clingfilm in the fridge. An hour later, preheat the oven to 180 degrees. Roll the pastry out over a tart case, prick it with a fork, and fill with sliced apple. Top the apple with the crumble mixture and cook in the preheated oven for 40 minutes- or until the crumble is cooked. Best served warm with a scoop of complementing ice-cream.
1 teaspoon of Nigella Lawson
2 tablespoons of Nigel Slater
a dash of effortless chic
a packet of brillaince
Get all ingredients in a bowl and misk. Leave to set.
Lorraine Pascale is some sort of genius. In her first seies (which I swear was called) 'Baking made easy' I didn't like her at first but by the end I was waiting for her next episode in which I could learn an easy way to make foccacia. Now she is back with 'Home cooking made easy' my life is complete.
Monday, 8.00pm BBC 2. My night = sorted!
Sunday, 9 October 2011
Details for applying for the next series:
Saturday, 8 October 2011
the BEST recipe- no question about it- is:
ALWAYS USE SELF-RAISING FLOUR as it gives an extra lift.
I'm really sorry that I don't have a picture. I thought I did. Honest. :-(
Mix marscapone and ricotta with lime zest and a dash of lime juice. Stir together vigorously to get a very pure consistency. Load onto the base and leave in the fridge to set.
Chocolate sachertorte, sticky toffee pudding,
chocolate-dipped raspberries, panna cotta,
lime & chocolate cheesecake.
Friday, 7 October 2011
Clafoutis are definitely better with smaller whole fruit because the liquid doesn't leak out into the batter.
HOWEVER I was quite impressed with the appearance of this clafoutis.
It's annoying because clafoutis are the one thing I cannot make. They always taste terrible and eggy, but on the positive side they always taste better when they have set in the fridge for a bit after being cooked.
|Garlic and chilli prawns|
I'm pretty sure everyone has their own take on these, mine is pretty simple. Slice a few cloves of garlic, and add some dried chilli to a pan of olive oil. (I find dried chilli gives a more delicate flavour.) When the pan has heated up, add the prawns until cooked. SERVE.
For my grandma's birthday I tried (note tried) to make choolate eclairs however my choux pastry was a bit greasy due to the butter separating, so they tasted like churros.
Is it me or do they look like Viennese biscuits...?
I tried to make these using the quickest recipe I could find, but none were fast enough, so I combined 2 recipes.
My attempt at chocolate eclairs.
L-r: Chocolate and mandarin tart, chocolate and ginger tart
I cannot remember the exact website, but I used a recipe very similar to: http://uktv.co.uk/food/recipe/aid/614297
My very sorry-looking Framboisier.
The recipe I used:
I followed this recipe more or less, but the main change that I made was using rice flour for the cake. The final product tasted like heaven (a perfect raspberry mousse) with a bit of hell (a revolting bottom which was surprisingly NOT soggy!)
I love food, and I love writing so it makes sense to start a food blog. One day I would love to become a chef, a food journalist, or a food critic. Maybe all three? I love to try all sorts of recipes and usually when baking, I find a recipe and slightly alter it to make it my own.