Fraisier Cake

Cake, Fruit, Vegetarian

I loved making this, it required a few hours but it’s beauty in taste and look, makes the effort worth it!

Broken down it compromises of Kirsh cream mouseline and strawberries sandwiched between to thin sponge cake layers with a marzipan top. That makes it sound easy….it was not 😊

I made this for our local Rose Queen Festival, hence the roses on the top!

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Bombay chicken salad

chicken, Jamie's superfoods, Spicy

Hi guys, here is a little doozie from good old Jamie Oliver, this one is courtesy of his superfood book.

It’s healthy, tasty, so very fresh tasting and delicious! Try it!

Pasta day!

Pasta, Pork, Spicy

I love making pasta, it’s easy and fun with great results.

This Saturday I spent hours rolling and cutting and ended up with a delicate spicy sausage pasta.

The dough (serves 4): 250g pasta flour, 250g semolina,3 eggs, 8 egg yolks. Simply mix the flour, pour it on to a clean surface, make a well, add the eggs, gently incorporate it all together until it’s a dough you can handle. Then knead until it’s smooth and elastic (about 5 minutes) wrap in cling film and chill until ready to shape.


To shape, split the dough in half for ease and then roll one half until it’s thin enough to put through a pasta machine, it wants to be rectangle shape. Roll it through the machine gradually dropping through the levels for an ultra thin shape. Then cut, I did tagliatelle, and dry. Boil now for 3 minutes if your ready but if you have leftovers, pop them in the freezer!

For the sauce: 250g spicy sausage meat, 1 onion, 1 garlic clove, a knob of butter, thyme. 

Chop then fry, the onion, garlic and sausage meat. When browned add the thyme and butter. When cooked, add to the cooked pasta and serve!

Beautiful fresh pasta!

Red pepper, egg and olive Ciabatta 

Toast-it, Vegetarian

I swoon over a nicely topped ciabatta, I often go for the typical bruschetta or mushroomy mix but this offered something different.

As you can imagine it was really very easy and quick to make and it was delicious. The sweet peppers twinned with the salty olives worked really well, as did the crunchy bread and creamy egg. 

A great Friday night treat.

I Eat your greens! (In a risotto)

Vegetarian

This is a great summer dish which offers a fantastic way to load up on your 5 a day.

Take an arm full of veg. On this occasion I used sugar snap peas, courgette and leaks

Chop your veg! I kept it chunky.

Start to cook your risotto in a stock and wine combo. Do it in the normal way, cook off the rice in butter first for 60 seconds then add a slash of the stock. Stir snd let it soak up, then add more. 

When half of the stock mixture is used, chuck in the veg and continue to ladle the stock (season as you go).

Then serve!


A beautiful, tasty and filling dinner.

Summer flan

Vegetarian

Summer nights call for light scrumptious dishes and this meets the brief. This tomato and rocket flan throws fresh, vibrant flavours at you and treats you to a naughty pastry punch.

You can of course make your own pastry but in this case I didn’t…..hands slapped!

So all you need to do is:

  1. Put your pastry in your dish and blind bake for 10 minutes with baking beads, then bake for a further 5 minutes without the beads
  2. Whilst baking whisk 4 eggs with 150g chedder cheese, 150ml double cream, salt and pepper 
  3. Also roast 250g cherry tomatoes in olive oil
  4. When ready, fill your pastry case with as much rocket as you desire, plus the cooked tomatoes 
  5. Then fill the case with the egg mix and bake for 25-30 minutes until golden
  6. Serve with a simple side salad!


Chocolate Mango Madness

Chocolate, desserts, Fruit, Toast-it

So This happened.

Brioche! Nutella! Mango! Chocolate Ice Cream!

Literally toasted Brioche, slathered in Nutella and then loaded with sliced Mango and Chocolate Ice Cream!

Om.

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Root beer cake

Cake

I like to please the fella every once in a while and as he is fond of root beer, I thought I’d envelope it in to a cake!

Super simple, just use the usual sponge cake recipe but add 3tbsp of root beer to give the sponge that added flavour.

Also, whip up a typical cream cheese frosting but again, add root beer to taste. Be careful here, add it slowly. If you add too much it will be too runny to use!