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23-01-12 Love Cookery Weekly Showcase

Hurrah – another week of amazing cookery showcase goodness.
Where have you found inspiration this week? In recipe books? Probably. On blogs? Of course!
Where else? Here are five gooduns:
  • Specialist markets – go and buy a load of ingredients you’ve never cooked before; that gets the creative juices flowing 
  • Twitter – tweet out an ingredient and ask Twitter what you should make with it; you could end up making something you’ve never made before
  • Pinterest – a veritable gold mine of cooking ideas (thanks @mammasaurus)
  • Ready meals – tried and tested combinations, and you can even peek at the ingredients (thanks @MotherScuffer)
  • StumbleUpon – crank it up, type in recipe and then hit stumble to your heart’s content (thanks @romanianmum)
Now get cooking…but read this week’s hotpot of cookery goodness first, obviously…
Introduction kindly written by Emily from A Mummy Too.

The Crazy Kitchen – Cheese & Marmite Straws

Cheese & Marmite Straws

This week, after my pastry and pie making success I decided to have a go at cheese straws, and came across a delicious recipe, which I adapted slightly with marmite.

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(Just) Above Average Mum – Easy Cinnamon Cookies

Easy Cinnamon Cookies

Preheat oven to 170(fan assisted)

225g butter

340g sugar

1 egg

1 1/2 tsp vanilla extract

510g plain flour

1 1/8 tsp bicarbonate of soda

2 tbsp cinnamon

Cream butter and sugar.

Add egg and vanilla, mixing well.

Mix in flour, baking soda and cinnamon to creamed mixture, mixing well.

Roll into balls and drop onto undresses baking tray.

Bake 10-12 minutes.

Depending on the size you roll the dough, this recipe will make approximately 3 dozen cookies.

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The communal pantry – Beer Cupcakes

Beer Cupcakes

NFL- I JUST DON”T GET IT…The advertising overkill, the stopping and starting and the gear, REALLY! Where I come from we put an A in front of FL (A for Awesome Australians. N, for Naff [only teasing yankie mates]).

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Craftstorming – Macar-unes: number one macarons

Macar-unes: number one macarons

Rowan turned one last week and we had a family party to celebrate today. I really enjoy hosting parties but I always get slightly stressed and perhaps a bit over ambitious about the food. It didn’t help that I also started back at work this week so was quite short on time. Fortunately, my mum had offered to make Rowan’s cake so I didn’t have to worry about that. I knew she was planning a blue number one, so I decided to make some macarons to match. I used the recipe I followed in this Makka-Pakka-Roons post…

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Angela – This is Life – Evil Crumbly and Melt-in-your-mouth Cookies

Evil Crumbly and Melt-in-your-mouth Cookies

These are by far the most evil cookies I’ve ever made. Not only is it full of butter, sugar and nuts, but it’s just sooo crumbly that even if you eat it the next day, it’ll still crumble and melt straight in your mouth.

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Red Ted Art – Love Heart Cookies

What a special Valentine’s Treat – Love Heart Cookies. Yummy. Pretty. Lovely.

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Red Ted Art – Gingerbread & Butter Pudding

Gingerbread & Butter Pudding

If like us, you still have a bit of half demolished Gingerbread House standing around and don’t know what to do with it, try this yummy scrummy Gingerbread & Butter Pudding. Nom nom nom.

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Me and My Shadow – Baking Day!

Baking Day!

We get two whole days a week where it’s just me and Ruby. It’s ‘our special weekend’. Just us, nobody else.

Today the weather was miserable, and we’d had a busy day yesterday, so we declared it ‘Baking Day’. Hurrah!

(With recipes for Olive Bread and Blueberry Mini Muffins with Blueberry Cream)

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Pinkoddy’s Blog – Peanut Butter Cookies

Peanut Butter Cookies

I always like to try a little variation in the kitchen with my children – something very similar to what they’ve previously made with a twist – as it helps them build up their confidence. So when I saw this peanut butter cookie recipe which basically means that I could get my son to put everything in a big bowl (like we do when making fairy cakes), I thought we were on to a real winner. Plus it would make a change in the kids lunchboxes.

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Mari’s World – Apple Puff Parcels or Mele in Camicia

Another week gone by and this week I have dug up an old recipe for Foodie Friday, Apple Puff Parcels or as they are known in Italy Mele in Camicia which would be Apples in their Shirts. I used to make them for the kids when I lived in Italy, it was one of Megan’s favourites so much so it became her recipe, in fact I called her prior to posting to ask permission!

It’s a simple sweet pastry that can be used for breakfast, afternoon tea or dessert with cream or custard. Quick, easy and delicious

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Fishfingers for tea – Chocolate and Stem Ginger Brownies

Chocolate and Stem Ginger Brownies

Chocolate and ginger is a lovely combination, wrapped up in a brownie and it’s divine!

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An Essex Wife – Perfectly Imperfect Lunchtime Pizzas

Firstly these do not just have to be for lunchtime, I personally could eat them morning noon and night, however due to how easy they are to make and how quick they cook I find them the perfect answer to the ‘what do we have in for lunch’ question my family throws at me about 11.45am every day.

Secondly the ‘imperfect’ part comes from the fact that the dough does not need to rolled out perfectly flat or into any certain shape

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The Mummy Diary – Birthday Cupcakes

Birthday Cupcakes

I decided to have a go at making birthday cupcakes for my daughters first birthday, they turned out pretty fab looking, here is how I did it.

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Mummybrain.com – Tutorial: Christmas Cake Balls

So Christmas is over, and like most people, you probably have a lot of Christmas cake left over. So make yourself some Christmas Cake Balls.

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Mutterings of a Fool – Proving a point

Proving a point

Baking bread has become my obsession for 2012, every weekend so far has seen me kneading flour until my arms hurt with mixed results.

I love the magical process where this strange brown coloured stuff called yeast somehow makes flour rise and stretch

I love the anticipation during the first and second prove of whether it will turn out as you hope

I love the smell of fresh bread baking and watching through the oven door as the crust forms

But most of all I love EATING bread

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What Would Nigella Do? – Boeuf Bourguignon

Boeuf Bourguignon

Ha! I can finally spell it without looking it up!

Today’s supper (or tomorrow’s lunch) is to be Beouf Bourguignon, something I’ve never cooked before. I am going to use the Lorraine Pascale recipe as I seem to get on very well with her (except the paella….). I was explaining to Husband what is it and he replied ‘So, it’s basically stew?’. Well, yes I suppose so but stew doesn’t sound very sexy whereas boeuf bourguignon makes you slide into a dodgy French accent and alliterate.

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Living it Little – World’s Easiest Pizza

I was just making my post painting lunch and thought I should share it. Not literally of course. So here it is. Less of a recipe, more of a construction.
You will need:
1 pitta (per portion)
Tomato pizza/pasta sauce
Grated cheese
Sliced frankfurter

Simply smear the sauce onto the pitta, sprinkle on the cheese, add the sausage then grill until golden.

Yum.

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Actually Mummy… – Cooking for Picky Eaters

Cooking for Picky Eaters

Imagine my predicament when my younger brother arrives on the scene. Milk, baby-mush, the odd bit of soggy toast; so far so good – I’m still getting all the praise for good eating habits. But a few months later his favourite vegetable is turnip. Not only that, but he likes it in a gratin dish with onions! Suddenly my status as the one to aspire to is diminished…..

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Romanian mum in London – Chicken roast and rice a la slow cooker

We all like roasted chicken don’t we? Yes I love it too! But when you are trying to lose weight and be healthy a roasted chicken in the oven might not be helpful.
So in my way to try and cook healthy and quickly prepare without having to be at home is always to turn to my slow cooker. It is true even if I bought it about 5 years ago I didn’t really cooked enough using the slow cooker.

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Me He & Them – Carrots – Three Ways

Grated Carrots with Orange Vinaigrette

Last night I tried grated carrots with a new orange vinaigrette and believe it or not Mellow – who can be a bit fussy – told me before eating that he was going to like it and eat it all. Which is a start – and guess what? He did!

Grate the carrots (approximately one per child).

Prepare the vinaigrette as follows (for 2 carrots): 2 tbsp olive oil, juice
from ½ orange, juice from ½ lemon, add salt and pepper to your taste.

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Make It, Bake It – The In Season Challenge

Are you up for a challenge? Fantastic because I have decided to start a monthly In Season Challenge and for the first one I have even have a prize from Dairy Diary.

Each month I am going to choose an In Season ingredient and your challenge is come up with a recipe that includes it.

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Full To Bursting – Woohoo Dabboo! (mega new restaurant: DABBOUS)

Woohoo Dabboo! (mega new restaurant: DABBOUS)

This week the incredibly talented chef, Ollie Dabbous, opened his eponymous brand-spanking new restaurant ‘Dabbous’. Located in Fitzrovia at 39 Whitfield Street, London, a few of us were lucky enough to be guests at his ‘soft opening’ for cocktails Monday evening followed by their first ever lunch service the next day. Things did very nearly go with a bang, or at least a flame, as no sooner had we been welcomed and taken our seats Heidi somehow managed to set fire to her menu from the tea light on the table. Admittedly we had been drinking (a lot) the…

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Boo Roo and Tigger Too – Cheese & Potato Pie

Cheese & Potato Pie

Ingredients
750g/1 ½lb Potatoes
1 level teaspoon salt
25g/1oz Margarine
2 tablespoons milk
100g/4oz Cheddar Cheese
1 small Onion (optional)
1 small tin of baked beans (optional)
Oven proof dish

Serves 3-4

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Mummy Big Bum – The Food Lottery

The Food Lottery

Today was a truly fabulous day. I am absolutely thrilled to announce…I won the Food Lottery!

In some ways (I think, anyway) winning the Food Lottery is just as good as winning the National Lottery or Euromillions. Admittedly the prize is not as valuable, but the initial excitement of discovering you have won is surely equivalent to that of seeing your numbers come up.

To win most lotteries, you have to have made the conscious decision to enter…and, let’s face it, as you hand over the £1, you always think ‘THIS is it: THIS is the winning ticket.’ You wouldn’t …

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This American Bite – Gluten Free Oat Soup

Gluten Free Oat Soup

Not as bad as it sounds, trust me, this is a wonderful gluten free alternative to barley soup. Try it… I promise you’ll like it.

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WAHM-BAM! – No-potato Spanish omelette

No-potato Spanish omelette

I love traditional tortilla, but it is jam-packed full of potatoes and so really quite high GI. So, I thought I’d experiment and see if I could come up with a low GI version. This worked really well (though not as popular with the children as the traditional one).

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