January 06, 2019

Spiced Orange Cake

I love a good flourless cake. Dense, fudgy, rich and delicate all in one. In this recipe ground almonds and eggs are used to give the cake structure. Baked at a slightly lower temperature, similar to that of a pavlova. This ensures the eggs do not souffle and in turn the cake does not rise and then sink dramatically upon cooling. However, it might crack slightly and that is perfectly ok. 

I saw this recipe on the television just before Christmas. It is a recipe by Tom Kerridge and is now maybe one of my favourite cakes! A non-traditional Christmas cake of sorts. Oranges are cooked until completely softened and then blitzed to create a pulp that gets used in the cake batter. It is perfectly scented by the oranges and spiced delicately with cinnamon and ginger. I would be happy to bake this cake any day of the week-I am not just keeping it for Christmas baking! It's an unassuming showstopper. 

December 23, 2018

Lil Mincemeat Pudding Truffles

Happy Christmas Eve! I'm sure everyone has a jar of mincemeat hanging around the house at the moment. It's prime mince pie season. If you happen to have some left over, I encourage you to make these truffles! If you don't, I insist that you go out and buy a jar solely for this recipe!

Inside the chocolate coating is a luscious, dense chocolate truffle spiked with the flavours of Christmas. Every here and there you get some texture from the mincemeat-a raisin, some mixed peel, a nut. They are two mouthfuls (or one!) and bursting with flavour. The chocolate and mincemeat blend together to create the best Christmas treat. Decorated like a little plum pudding-you're gonna wanna bag these up and share them with your friends! Show them off! 

December 21, 2018

Festive Marshmallows

Hello! Hello! Christmas is just around the corner. The time of year for relaxing and spending time with family and friends. Looking back on years gone by and looking forward to what's to come. And the inevitable giving up on your New Years resolutions! Although, my new years resolution is to read 24 book in 2019. Two a month. I am hoping to really keep to it. If you have any good book recommendations, let me hear them!  

Whatever way you spend your Christmas, these festive marshmallows are sure to go along with whatever you're doing! They are flavoured with vanilla, cinnamon, ginger and mixed spice. The number one Christmas spices! I swear to you, these will be the best marshmallows you taste. The texture is absolutely perfect. They are thick and pillowing with just the right amount of chew to them. If that doesn't win you over, they're dipped in chocolate too. I mean, come on!!!

December 02, 2018

Pea and Mint Soup

There is nothing new about this recipe. There are several versions of it all over the internet and in cook books. Pea and mint soup, pea, mint and feta salad, minty mushy peas, the list goes on and on. So why am I bothering to blog it? Because peas, in any style, are my all time favourite thing and I think I've said this in a previous blog post- I always have a bag of frozen peas in my freezer. In this case, they are with fresh mint, the star of the show.  

Five ingredients and twenty minutes of your time and you will have this soup on the table. Well, eight ingredients if you include the olive oil, salt and pepper! Chances are you have the ingredients already in your house. Some light chopping and the soup is basically done. 

November 25, 2018

Curried Devilled Eggs

Before I moved to NYC in 2014, devilled eggs were not in my, shall we say, 'repertoire'. I don't have any memory of eating one and would never have seen one at a family gathering. In NYC it was the opposite- they were everywhere- on restaurant menus, always part of a buffet style dinner at a friends house and nestled between salads and sides. Now that I've moved home, devilled eggs will be one of the things that I will cook for gatherings.

What is a devilled egg you may ask? Let me tell you. 

A devilled egg is a hard boiled egg that has it's yolk removed, mashed with other ingredients and piped back into the cavity of the white. Garnished with some paprika or finely chopped herbs or pickles, it is a one or two bite flavour bomb. 

There's the classic version- egg yolks mixed with mayo, mustard and vinegar, garnished with some chopped cornichons or a light sprinkling of paprika. 

In this recipe, I've jazzed them up with some curry spice. There is mango chutney in the mix too, it might not be detectable with the first bite but it makes all the difference. Honestly, I could eat a double digit amount of these in one sitting. They are so delicious. With a drink and some other nibbles, any savoury snack fiend will be in heaven!

November 18, 2018

Salted Double Chocolate Cookies

Who doesn't love a warm chocolate cookie straight from the oven? Nobody- that's who! And if that person exists, I don't want to know them! Actually, on second thoughts, I would like to meet that person. Hear them out. See their side of things. Have a greater understanding. My dad doesn't like warm desserts. So maybe he wouldn't like a warm double chocolate cookie straight from the oven. And we live under the same roof!! I have adopted that attitude towards certain desserts. When out for coffee, I never like a heated scone. And get annoyed when it comes to the table heated from the microwave. So, let me start again. Ahem. Who doesn't like a warm double chocolate cookie straight from the oven? 

These cookies look rather plain and unassuming from the outside. A little crinkled around the edge, with a soft uneven surface  of chocolate chunks. However, on the inside, it's another story. They are velvety dark with puddles of molten chocolate, squidgy and light. The perfect partner to a cold glass of milk, cow, or otherwise. 

I was having a conversation with a friend about image. Specifically, personal images created for the online world. How something can look good/bad from the outside but on the inside it's a completely different story. I'm sure, in this day and age, we've all had a conversation amongst friends about unattainable lives we see showcased on Instagram. I do all the time. Have you seen this? Do you follow her? It's tough out there on the internet. And without speaking out of turn, I think it is safe to say that we tend not to post the negative. Instead, posting only the good. Showcasing our best sides, no matter how much pain we're going through. #LivingMyBestLife. 

November 11, 2018

Apple Sausage Rolls

I made these sausage rolls for my brother and his friends a couple of weeks ago. They were going to a car show and instead of shelling out big bucks on crappy burgers from greasy food trucks, they asked me to cook for them. Don't get me wrong there is a time and a place for a greasy cheeseburger from a food truck with fried onions. But that can't be all you eat for a weekend! Even if you are a young buck in your 20's, that's a lot of fat! 

These apple sausage rolls were one of the things I sent with them. A lasagne too, curried chicken salad sandwiches, chocolate cookies and my breakfast bran granola muffins from last weeks post. I want to say they were the best fed boys at the car show?!

I only made enough sausage rolls for themselves, so had to snag an end piece from one of the rolls to taste and picture! I don't know who drew the short string on size...it hasn't been said to me, so maybe they didn't notice!