16-01-12 Love cookery weekly showcase

16-01-12 Love Cookery Weekly Showcase

Food blogging inspiration

Ahhh, another week, another bubbling, aromatic, slightly fattening weekly cookery hotpot.

But what’s that I hear you cry? Much as you’d love to, you can’t come up with a new recipe every week?

No, neither can I, but that’s not all that food blogging is about.

If you’re getting stuck for food inspiration, here are a few non-recipe ideas:

  •  Show the world what’s in your cupboards: Maybe you organise your spices alphabetically, you nutter. Or stack plates flat under bowls. grrrr. Share your organisational prowess – or lack of.
  •  Reveal your kitchen shortcuts: How do you keep your veg fresh or ripen your fruit in double-quick time? And what do you do when there are no clean knives? I know I’m not the only one sticking a teaspoon in the marge, right?
  • List your top kitchen gadgets: Do you have the latest 50s-inspired designer electric whisk? Or an amazing machine that chops, dices and does the washing up? Photograph it, write an ode to it – make us all jealous.
  •  Do a ‘how to’: Are you an icing master, a cake-lining supremo or a whiz at getting that bit of broken off bread out of the toaster? It would be rude not to share those skills with the world.

Now…rumour has it that the cookery section of Love All Blogs is one of the most popular. I’m not competitive *ahem* but I reckon that’s pretty cool, so get writing, get sharing and please, please don’t forget to go round reading and commenting on the other entries each week. As the wonderful Tara at Sticky Fingers says, “You will get out of this what you put into it.

And now, I give you….the Love All Blogs weekly cookery hotpot. Ta da!!!

Introduction kindly written by Emily from A Mummy Too

The Crazy Kitchen – Gammon Quiche

Gammon Quiche

Still on my quest to use up excess food in the fridge and freezer I roasted an Aldi gammon joint and managed to make 3 family meals out of it. The first was a simple gammon, egg, chips (homemade & oven baked) & peas. I then divided the leftovers between this quiche and also a pie. My pastry making seems to be improving – it still wouldn’t make Mary Berry standards but it looks better and is my best tasting pastry to date.

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Trouble Doubled – Easy shortbread biscuits for children

Easy shortbread biscuits for children

This is our recipe for shortbread biscuits.

You will need:-

9oz of plain flour
3oz caster sugar
6oz margarine or butter
Icing and biddly-bobs to decorate

Read on for more details……….

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Angela – This is Life – Recipe – Matcha Macarons with White Chocolate Filling

Recipe - Matcha Macarons with White Chocolate Filling

Day 2 of my Matcha week, I made some Matcha flavoured Macarons filled with White Chocolate Ganache. This is amazingly good! The matcha and white chocolate complemented each other very well. It doesn’t have the matcha bitterness, nor white chocolate’s overly sweetness. Hubby asked me to make a bigger batch next time, and he doesn’t even like matcha that much!

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The Mummy Diary – A cake called Herman!

A cake called Herman!

A recipe for a cake with a name, no I haven’t gone mad. This is a friendship cake, it’s like the cake equivalent of a chain letter. Super yummy and kinda fun too, pass on your love of baking with friendship cake.

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Red Ted Art – Valentines Whoopee Pies

Valentines Whoopee Pies

Nom nom… you can always show you love someone by baking them something nice! We also love to share these with out neighbours and friends. Love love love all around.

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Kamel – Hip hip, hurray! (banana-brownies)

Hip hip, hurray! (banana-brownies)

No party without cake so we debate what to make.
‘Dada,’ Jasmijn babbles.
Tijm has a think, and asks, ‘Jasmijn can’t have any milk, can she, mummy?’
I admit, he’s right. ‘And mummy can have no gluten,’ I add. Baking is no simple affair in our house.
‘Chocolate!’ Linde yells.
‘No,’ says Tijm, ‘Jasmijn can’t have chocolate either.’
‘Yes, she can,’ I respond. ‘She can have dark chocolate, without milk.’
Tijm runs over to the kitchen and returns with a bunch of bananas. ‘Banana cake,’ he shouts. And then, before Linde objects, ‘No, I know. Banana-chocolate cake!’

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Cheetahs In My Shoes – After Eight Cupcakes

After Eight Cupcakes

After Eight cupcakes

You will need:

A cupcake/muffin tin lined with cupcake cases. I’d recommend using some heavier duty cases for these cakes as they are very moist.
150g of After Eight mints. They come in boxes of 300g (currently 1/3 off in most supermarkets!)
150g of butter
150g dark muscavado sugar
2 eggs
50g Self Raising flour

For the icing – 75g cocoa powder, 275g icing sugar and 175g very soft butter. Peppermint extract if you have it.

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The more than occasional baker – Posh Brownies

Posh Brownies

It’s Jan and almost everyone is on a health diet of some kind. I’ve never really been good at that – poor, no self control and all but I thought I would make an effort and *try* to make something a little healthier. I remember reading about brownies made with mayonnaise which is supposed to be healthier. I happened to have a jar of extra light mayonnaise so I thought I’d give it a go. The recipe is from Hellmann’s and they name it posh brownies so how bad can it be? They state that it’s 55% less saturated

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Actually Mummy… – Chocolate Biscuit Cake

Chocolate Biscuit Cake

We laughed our heads off making these! We adapted this recipe from one we found in Sainsbury’s magazine. I say, adapted; what I really mean is doctored, embellished, played around with. And you know what? It turns out you can add pretty much anything you want to a chocolate biscuit cake, and it still tastes amazing! Which makes it a great recipe if you’re a kid who loves to bake!

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Mumto5 – Bailey’s Cheesecake

I was talking desserts on twitter (as you do), when the very lovely Lee from @PooleKeyLocks volunteered his Bailey’s Cheesecake recipe. How could I say No?
Yesterday my parents were coming for dinner so it seemed like the perfect dessert to make, and so, so easy!
I took a couple of pictures of the cheescake and was asked by several people for the recipe, so here it is:
You have to click on the link to view the recipe, but it was such a success that it one the @englishmum Big Christmas Bake Off

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Simplyoutnumbered – Monday Munchies – rusks!

I’ve been a little slack on the routine lately but this last week I’ve been experimenting with a rusk recipe I’ve wanted to try for ages but not had the right ingredients for! Thanks to left over buttermilk from making some red velvet cupcakes over new years we were eventually all prepared!!

In South Africa we seem to eat a lot of these but they just aren’t as popular in the UK! Maybe this will start a resolution!

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Rainy Day Mum – White Chocolate Snowman Crispie Cakes

White Chocolate Snowman Crispie Cakes

I’m really trying to explore and embrace lots of different activities with J and T this year. So I decided to dust off the kitchen scales and find some cake cases and we made some snowman crispie cakes today.

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DorkyMum – Perfect Sandwiches

So, can we pause for a moment to acknowledge the awesomeness of sandwiches?

Hugh Fearnley-Whatshisface had an article in the Guardian last Saturday all about them, and while I agree with his assertion that we need to cut down on the number of soggy supermarket sandwiches we eat, I think it’s unrealistic to imagine that we all have time to make the thirteen-ingredient pan bagnats that he includes a recipe for.

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Romanian mum in London – Baked Stuffed Peppers

This is a recipe that i absolutely love! My mum is the master in cooking it and for me she is the best cook in the world! This is not however my mum recipe but i will promise will write that one as well someday.

Ingredients:

* 1 1/2 cups water
* 1/2 cup rice
* 4 big green/red peppers( i prefer the red ones as they are sweeter)
* 5 tbsp olive oil
* 1 onion,chopped
* 2 garlic cloves,chopped
* 2lbs. tomatoes, peeled

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Lunchbox World Blog – Did I Mention It’s My Birthday?

Did I Mention It's My Birthday?

Yes, today it’s my birthday, not a significant one, just another year older, I mean wiser… groans.
So today has to be all about birthday lunch boxes and what would you put in yours…
Well, this sandwich would be perfect, and I am happy to stick with the number on the top…
… thirty something sounds good…

Now in addition to this tasty sandwich, there has to be a delicious mini birthday cupcake…

Now I did just drool for a few moments over on the Waitrose website, and if only I could dash out, order up their birthday tea selection, that would just be perfect…

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making it as mum – feed the family on a budget with a must go menu.

This week I’m being very creative in the kitchen and in the true spirit of savvy shopping I’m taking it to the extreme and finding out is it possible to eat for a whole week without going shopping. That’s right save a whole weeks food bill and still eat. Before you panic i have not gone mad I’m not on some extreme water only diet but i can make a good must go

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Me He & Them – Chicken Leek and Mushroom Pie

I must admit that my first attempt at making this pie was because I was seduced by a 3 for 2 offer on leeks and ended up with way too many leeks.

But who can deny the creature comforts of a chicken pie, now that winter is well and truly here. This recipe is especially quick and easy, by browning the chicken with the vegetables and making the sauce all in the same pot. No muss, no fuss!

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Gastronomical Sovereignty – Red Wine Sauce in Chorizo.. Err, Chorizo in Red Wine Sauce

Red Wine Sauce in Chorizo.. Err, Chorizo in Red Wine Sauce

…Something that doesn’t need any forgiveness what so ever? Chorizo in red wine sauce. For New Year’s Eve we feasted on a variety of tapas style dishes that made our little mouths sing and our little tummies ache – we might have had a wee bit too much food by the end of it all. That being said, it was worth every bite. Especially now that I’m starving myself to lose the extra holiday poundage – JK everybody… JK. I’m still eating. Probably more than I should.

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love . inspiration . style . happiness – Chicken pasta with asparagus, peppers and a parmesan sauce

Chicken pasta with asparagus, peppers and a parmesan sauce

Sometimes I am a great cook. This normally involves an excellent recipe from the likes of Jamie, Nigella or Delia and quite a lot of sweat and tears (most likely my husbands as I am the worlds MESSIEST cook). On an average day I like to make a quick dish that is nutritious, fresh and yummy. Pasta is a staple in our house, ask D on any given day what she wants to eat and I can guarantee you that will be the answer.

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Hello Wall…. – Julia Child

Julia Child

I have just watched the film Julie/Julia which is about two things I love, no – make that three. Blogging, Cooking and Feisty Women. I am resisting the urge to buy the cookbook now, having already hopped straight on to Amazon. I have appeased myself by buying the kindle version of her life in France, but am quite keen to get ‘Mastering the Art of French Cooking’ although I doubt I will cook from it as much I suppose.

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Mari’s World – Cheeseboard Quiche

Rummaging around in the fridge I discovered I still have cheeses that were bought for Christmas lying around, big unopened pieces! Now I can’t throw anything out without checking first so I opened them up and having trimmed off the edges they were all perfectly fine but of course I needed to use them quick – Ta dah!

A Cheeseboard Quiche that I could eat for lunch during the week.

I love quiche. I eat it cold in the summer, warm in the winter and if there’s one on a buffet I have to have a bit on my plate

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At least daddy can cook… – Can Mummy Cook Mince and Tatties?

Can Mummy Cook Mince and Tatties?

For week 2 I wanted to make something that the four of us would enjoy, so I decided on a good old Scottish favourite – mince and tatties. I did read a couple of recipes, but kind of made it up as I went along.

(to serve 4)

1 large onion, chopped
400g lean beef mince
2 large carrots, diced
Beef stock cube
6 large potatoes

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The Princess and The Pickle – Easy Peasy Chocky Rocky Cakes!

Easy Peasy Chocky Rocky Cakes!

Well, what little weight I have lost since Christmas is about to be put straight back on after making these yummy ‘Chocky Rocky’ cakes today! The Pickle and I made them for Daddy’s 30th birthday this weekend, so it would be rude not to have one… or two.

They are so easy to make and a great way of using up any leftover Christmas chocolate and biscuits.

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I Bake Without – Custard and the story of Mr Bird and his wife

Custard and the story of Mr Bird and his wife

They say you learn a new thing every day. Well the other day I learnt to my surprise that Bird’s Custard Powder does not and has never contained egg. It sparked my interest so I went about having a look online to see the actual ingredients and whether or not I thought I could come up with something similar. Whilst looking I discovered the story behind its origins so thought I would share….

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Mutterings of a Fool – Homity pie

Homity pie

The theme is pies which just happens to be my favourite food after sausages and I also recipe the Pieminister cook book for Christmas. Which I must say is an excellent book, these guys are probably my no.1 food heroes, at least partially because they come from Bristol where I lived until 2 years ago, but also their values match what I aspire to. Good food, locally and ethically sourced and not afraid to use unfashionable cuts of meat etc.

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Romanian mum in London – Soup a la slow cooker

So yesterday I decided to use my slow cooker again. I think we bought it about 5 years ago but only used it a couple of times – maximum 10 times. I think is just that I find it a bit difficult to just forget about the conventional way of cooking.But yesterday it just seem handy to just put everything in the slow cooler and leave it cook while I was cleaning up the house.So then I put a litre of water in the slow cooker and cover just to let it boil for a little bit.

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