09-01-12 Love Cookery Weekly Showcase

09-01-12 Love Cookery Weekly Showcase

Comfort breakfast and the Love Cookery Blogs Weekly HotPot
The weather outside is frightful…and if that’s not an excuse for comfort food, I don’t know what is.
Before we get down to the meaty business of the weekly cookery showcase, here’s a recipe I made this morning. It’s based on Mary Berry’s basic drop scone recipe and makes about 12 pancakes, so should feed 3-4 people, depending on how hungry you are.
Scotch pancake breakfast
Ingredients
  • 110g plain flour
  • 3/4 tsp of baking soda
  • 1 1/5 tsp of cream of tartar
  • 1 tbsp of sugar
  • 1 egg, beaten
  • 125ml of milk
  • 1 tbsp of golden syrup
  • 1 chopped banana
  • 1-2 tbsp of natural yoghurt
  • 1/2 tbsp of runny honey
Instructions
  • Sift the flour, baking soda, cream of tartar and sugar into a bowl
  • In a separate bowl, beat the egg, milk and golden syrup together with a fork
  • Beat the wet ingredients into the dry ingredients with a fork for about 30 second until it looks bubbly
  • Put a frying pan on a medium heat, with a little butter
  • Use one generous tablespoon of batter per scone (I can comfortably fit four at a time in our heavy gauge frying pan)
  • Serve straight onto a small plate, stacked up roughly to cover half the plate
  • Stack-up the sliced banana to fill a quarter of a plate
  • Fill the final quarter with the generous dollop of natural yoghurt
  • Drizzle honey all over the plate from a height
  • Eat while the pancakes are still warm
I don’t suppose that’s an awfully healthy breakfast, but there’s fruit in there, so it could be worse!
And without further a do, here’s the Cookery Blogs Weekly Showcase.
Introduction kindly written by Emily from A Mummy Too

Cheetahs In My Shoes – Cheese & Marmite Muffins

Cheese & Marmite Muffins

So now, I bring you, Cheese & Marmite muffin – best eaten on the day (although will keep in a tin) – good eaten dunked in soup or split and filled with cheese & pickle, weirdly egg mayo or whatever your chosen marmite food partner is…

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Actually Mummy… – Healthy Chocolate Cake

Healthy Chocolate Cake

Get your Mum to steam the beetroot for 30-40 mins until tender. Cool, peel and chop. Pulse with the oil in a blender until smooth. Add the eggs, sugar and vanilla and mix in thoroughly. At this point decide that you need a wee, go to the toilet and wash your hands carefully – this is very important. Sift the flour, baking powder and cocoa into the mixture. Realise that you only have 30g of cocoa and substitute the rest for chocolate Nesquik….

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Lakes Single Mum – Easy peasy fairy cakes

Heat oven to 190 C (fan 175 C)
Pop papercases into a 12 hole cake baking tray
Get a large mixing bowl
Sift in 4 oz of self raising flour
Add 4 oz caster sugar
Add 4 oz margarine or butter
Add 2 medium eggs
Add pinch bicarbonate of soda
Add few drops vanilla essence
Mix together until mix drops off a spoon
Share between the 12 cases
Bake for 15 minutes in the oven
Once cooled decorate

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Lavender and Lovage – Traditional Whisky Dundee Cake

Traditional Whisky Dundee Cake

I served the cake on Hogmanay with a glass of single malt whisky and a slice of Wensleydale cheese, it was a flavour combination made in cake heaven. Minus the almonds on top, it would make a wonderful celebration cake to be iced for weddings, christenings, birthdays and Christmas of course.

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The Photo Fairy – What’s Your Favourite Recipe?

What's Your Favourite Recipe?

This Christmas I decided not to do the usual Christmas pudding as I thought it would be wasted on my two little boys. So I had a look around for an alternative and found a recipe for a Fudge Chocolate Pudding. This sounded irresistible, and proved to be delicious and the biggest bonus was how easy it was to make! I’m sure it will become a regular dessert in our house now so I thought I would share it with you all!

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Mummy is a gadget geek – 12 bakes of Christmas

12 bakes of Christmas

I made a tea loaf.

Yes, over Christmas we have all been able to indulge ourselves doing something that my whole family loves to do…baking!

So, I thought I’d share on my blog our ‘Twelve Bakes of Christmas’ to record for posterity what we’ve all been baking.

1. First off was the Other Half, with his ‘Baked Pineapple Lump Cheesecake’ for the Kiwi Christmas party (this is basically a house full of Kiwi’s and their associated partners and children getting together a week before Christmas, for an early Christmas meal together before everyone travels off to wherever they are actually going for Christmas)…

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A Hell Of A Woman – A very Buffy birthday cake

A very Buffy birthday cake

I’m going to sound really self-centred here but I LOVE my birthday! For the month leading up to it, I’m like a small child on a long car journey that spends the whole time repeating “are we there yet?” in an increasingly frantic voice.

Yesterday, I decided to bake my own birthday cake ready for today and even though I haven’t attempted this before (and hadn’t, in fact, baked a cake for at least 12 months), I had great fun trawling the net for inspiration.

One cake in particular caught my eye, and in spite of my novice baker status…

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two become four – Malted Chocolate Muffins

Malted Chocolate Muffins

Did anyone else receive a tonne of Maltesers over Christmas? Is it just me, or do you think they also give the message “here’s some chocolates… we think you need to lose weight, so we got you Maltesers” 😉 Anyway… I’m trying very hard to rid the house of all evil foods before the serious dieting starts next week… so here is what I came up with to use up our abundance of malty chocolate balls…

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A Mummy Too – Lemon, vanilla and chocolate fairy cakes (recipe)

Lemon, vanilla and chocolate fairy cakes (recipe)

Joel and I are making the most of our last few days at home before he goes back to pre-school and I got back to work part-time.

Today we had some family come to visit, meaning there would be five adults and three children squeezed into our tiny living room. In preparation we made 36 rather fabulous fairy cakes.

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An Essex Wife – An Essex Wife Loves……Cooking with Levi Roots

After the festive period I am always gagging to ditch the roasting pans and get back to food that I actually enjoy cooking. As soon as all the leftovers were finished on December 28th I ceased the opportunity to crack open my favourite cookbook and make a curry.

If you like experimenting with herbs and spices then Levi is the man for you!! Both his books ‘Caribbean Made Easy’ and ‘Food for Friends’ are used on a weekly basis in my house, I love them!

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Not As Advertised – Brioche Butter Pudding

Brioche Butter Pudding

Asperger’s Son2 has a problem with breakfast. He’s not a big eater so when he settles on something he likes for the most important meal of the day, we go with it. For a while, it’s been brioche rolls filled with chocolate paste.
They were on BOGOF in Tesco for a bit, so I made the most of it. But he went off them and we still had a bag and a half left, nearing expiry date. Son1 can’t have them, he’s allergic to hazelnuts. So I had a brainwave – bread and butter pudding with a difference!

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http://superamazingmum.blogspot.com – French Onion Soup

An easy recipe that is a real crowd pleaser – perfect winter warmer!

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Angela – This is Life – Trifle – The Modern Way: Strawberry & Macarons

Trifle - The Modern Way: Strawberry & Macarons

I was planning to make an Exotic Fruit Trifle, but the more I thought about it, the less enticing it is. It’s just not Christmassy at all. So I went browsing and I found this – Donna Hay’s Strawberry and Vanilla Macarons Trifle … And when I saw the pictures, I just had to make it.

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Ramblings Of A Suburban Mummy – Cowboy Mash

Cowboy Mash is a great way to get stack loads of veggies into one dish and tasty to boot! Guaranteed to help your children (oh and you of course!) get their 5 a day. Inspired by my mother-in-laws Bubble and Squeak at Christmas this recipe takes it to the next level to get even more veg into one pot saving on washing up and increasing the amount of different vegetables you are serving. It’s also infinitely cool, I mean what child couldn’t like something with Cowboy in the title?

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Mari’s World – Turkey and Ham Pie

A heart-warming good ol’ British pie hits the spot every time in our family. This simple Turkey and Ham recipe can be substituted with chicken/bacon throughout the year.
Easy to follow and got an enormous thumbs up from my man

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I Want My Mummy – The Universe In A Jar

The Universe In A Jar

Buoyed from the simplicity of making some (delicious) raspberry jam I decided to have another go with some blueberries, only this time I thought ‘I wonder what would happen if I made the fruit sparkle first…?’

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Anne’s Kitchen – Amaretto Butterfly Cakes

Amaretto Butterfly Cakes

For my final post of 2011, something sweet was in order, and what could be more fitting than these rather gorgeous butterfly cakes! Move over cupcakes – butterfly cakes rock!

The mascarpone frosting is amazing, if I do say so myself. If you find yourself eating it with a spoon I shall not be held responsible. Its easy to work with, deliciously creamy and very slightly boozy and well, need I say more really?

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Bakes, Books & My Boys – Quick Cook Homemade Curry

Quick Cook Homemade Curry

Want a quick cook all homemade curry that you dont have to slave over?

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The Princess and The Pickle – Motivation and Mousse!

Motivation and Mousse!

The festivities are officially over, the tree is down (yet I am still finding pine needles everywhere?!) and I have, yet again, eaten too much rubbish. I have packed the hubby off to work with a big bag of leftover cakes and chocolates (I have a feeling he is going to be very popular today!) in order to avoid the temptation to eat them myself. The diet has commenced and the new fitness regime will commence shortly….

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Here come the Girls – Ice Cream – with the calories of a banana

Ice Cream - with the calories of a banana

Do you love ice cream?
Do you hate the calories and fat content of ice cream?
Do you want to eat ice cream with the same nutritional content as a banana?
Of course you do. This recipe will change your life – I mean it. When I tried this for the first time I could not believe no one had told me about it before. Then I realised nobody knows. Well except Annabel Karmel – where I found this idea. Since then it has been my mission to share this secret with the world.

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At least daddy can cook… – Can Mummy Cook?

Can Mummy Cook?

For my inaugural Can Mummy Cook? dish, I chose Rachel Allen’s Gratin of Fish with Cheese, Tomatoes and Herbs from Rachel’s Favourite Food at Home:

(to serve 6)

75g Gruyere cheese, grated
75g Emmental, grated (I used 150g Gruyere instead)
3 generous tsp Dijon mustard (I skipped this)
4-5 tbsp single cream (I used 2 tbsp natural yoghurt and 2 tbsp creme fraiche instead)
Salt and freshly ground black pepper
18 cherry tomatoes
1 generous tsp fresh thyme leaves/ 1 1/2 tbsp torn basil (I used thyme)
750g filleted and skinned flat fish, such as plaice or lemon sole (I used plaice)

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bluebirdsunshine – The Good, The Bad & The Veggie

The Good, The Bad & The Veggie

I was very lucky to receive a new cookbook for Christmas from my man, Bird. No, no, I know what your thinking. It wasn’t a not-so-subtle suggestion I do more cooking. I love cooking and never say not to a little food porn so I was very happy indeed. It’s River Cottage Veg Everyday! by Hugh Fernley-Whittingstall, and as the title would suggest, it’s all about bigging up the veg. So far I’ve made four things and had varying degrees of success.

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Casa Costello – When a baby stops eating baby food

I’ll admit I’ve always been a bit meh about Baby Led Weaning. It just seemed like a trendy term to me and for people who used words like ‘holistic’ and ‘organic’ and didn’t want to tell their baby what to do. Ok, so you can shoot me now. I admit I had no evidence of why I felt like this, it just irritated me. Until today.

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Kamel – A real princess (beetroot and salmon pasta)

A real princess (beetroot and salmon pasta)

Once upon a time there was a little girl. Hours she sat, flicking through pages of the toy shop catalogue. Time and time again she glanced back at that one page that glimmered and shone. There was nothing else we could have put under the Christmas tree for her. When she opened the parcel she uttered a long and resonant Ahhh. Linde’s pincess dress. Finally, a real one, pink and pearly. And a golden crown. The dress went on and never came off again. Our daughter is no longer an ordinary blonde. Linde is a princess.

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Reluctant Housedad – How to cook a perfect steak Heston-style

This is my second vlog, and as you can tell, I haven’t quite got the hang of it yet, but I will persist. In this vlog, I’m demonstrating how to cook the perfect steak, Heston Blumenthal-style.

There are 5 key principles:

1. Use a cast iron pan and get it smoking hot.

2. Oil the steak, not the pan.

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twopointfourchildren – dairy and egg free chocolate cake

dairy and egg free chocolate cake

My two year old and I cannot eat dairy or egg and struggle to find nice tasting cakes and buns. Here is a recipe for a chocolate cake that we often make

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Romanian Mum – Bean and tomato spread

Bean and tomato spread

The Romanian translation would be Zacusca de fasole. You see my family – hubby and boogie – don’t like aubergines so even if traditionally this spread is made with them I thought I should give it a try to the beans one.
Well my idea came last weekend when we visited our dear Romanian friends for New Year. My friend Ioana had a jar of shop bought zacusca and I loved it! I think I end up eating the whole thing.
All the Romanian blog sites are full of ideas and different ingredients for this particular zacusca.

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Fishfingers for tea – Cheese and Onion Potato Pie

Cheese and Onion Potato Pie

A comforting classic for these cold winter nights. Easy, filling and little time to spend in the kitchen. A hug on a plate.

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Rub A Grub Grub – Village Feta

Village Feta is one of my all time favourite dinners. You can cram it full of lovely vegetables and it is full of flavour. It’s quick and easy too. I first tried this at a lovely little Greek restaurant and I have adapted it slightly over the years to get to where it is today.

As with all my recipes increase the quantities for a main course (serve with flavoured cous cous or rice) and play around with the ingredients to find your perfect balance.

What you need to feed 4 people as a starter:

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Rub A Grub Grub – Village Feta

Village Feta is one of my all time favourite dinners. You can cram it full of lovely vegetables and it is full of flavour. It’s quick and easy too. I first tried this at a lovely little Greek restaurant and I have adapted it slightly over the years to get to where it is today.

As with all my recipes increase the quantities for a main course (serve with flavoured cous cous or rice) and play around with the ingredients to find your perfect balance.

What you need to feed 4 people as a starter:

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