Love Cookery

30-01-12 Love Cookery Weekly Showcase

Is it really Monday again? Gadzooks, it comes around fast, doesn’t it?
This week I thought I’d share with you this basic pizza base recipe. It’s really light, tasty and easy to make (my four year old makes his own): 
  • 15 ml olive oil
  • 1.5 tsp of fast action dried yeast
  • 375g of plain flour
  • 225ml warm water
  • 1/2 tsp sugar
  • Pinch of salt
  1. Put half the warm water in a bowl
  2. Stir in the yeast and sugar
  3. Leave for about 10 minutes until dissolved
  4. Stir in the remaining water
  5. Stir in the flour with a metal spoon until it comes together as a dough
  6. Kneed the dough a few times on a floured surface until it forms a smooth ball
  7. Put the dough ball in a clean, oiled bowl and cover with a tea towel
  8. Leave somewhere warm for an hour
  9. Take the dough out and kneed it a couple more times
  10. Take a small, lightly greased baking tray and stretch and flatten the dough out into an oblong pizza base shape
  11. Cook without topping for 10 minutes at 220C
  12. Allow to cool slightly on the tray, then decorate with any toppings you choose 
  13. Returning to the oven for a further 10-12 minutes, until cooked
The measures above should make a pizza big enough for one hungry child. Enjoy!
And now *drumroll* it’s this week’s piping hot cookery showcase…
Introduction kindly written by Emily from A Mummy Too.

At least daddy can cook… – Can Mummy Cook Carrot Walnut Cake?

Can Mummy Cook Banana Walnut Cake?

So I said I would make something sweet this week, and decided to attempt a carrot cake, as it’s my very favourite type of cake. I’m still abstaining from wine, so I deserve a treat…

Carrot Walnut Cake

(to serve 16)

375g plain flour
2 teaspoons baking powder
1 teaspoon bicarbonate of soda
1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1/2 teaspoon salt
225g butter, softened
220g dark brown soft sugar
200g caster sugar
4 eggs
2 tablespoons orange juice
125g chopped walnuts
150g sultanas or raisins
440g grated carrots

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Kids One Stop ShopBlog – Cooking With Children – Cheese Scones

I love baking with my daughter. It’s a great way to keep her occupied and it can be lots of fun. The trick is to keep calm and expect a lot of mess!

Keep it simple, if you have too much to do they can get bored. I get everything weighed out and prepared before we start it makes life a lot easier.

Here is my recipe for Cheese Scones:

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A Mummy Too – Millionaire’s shortbread

Millionaire's shortbread

Mark’s absolute favourite biscuit is caramel shortbread and this week Joel and I decided to treat him by having a go at making a giant one.

Here’s what we did…

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Seasider in the City – Caramel Shortbread

Caramel Shortbread

On Friday I took in a batch of caramel shortbreads to share out and let’s just say the tin didn’t need too much washing afterwards!

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Cheetahs In My Shoes – Rolo Brownie Cakes with Meringue Topping

Rolo Brownie Cakes with Meringue Topping

I’m the mad woman who trawls the reduced sections in the supermarket – not just the ‘reduced to clear’ chilled shelves but the main shelves (looking for those yellow stickers), the ‘separated from the rest of the multi-pack’ corner and the dregs of whatever season is now over shelf as they prepare to re-stock with whatever’s coming next, usually way, way too early.

And that’s where you find the very reduced tubes of Little Rolos in their Christmas packaging – for 50p – and if ever there was an excuse to create another cake, this had to be it.

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Checky’s Kitchen – Brain Food

Brain Food

I know I am always harping on about Russel being my best mate in the kitchen but I would really like to introduce you to Madge as well. She is my beautiful Magimix, given to me for Christmas by my very generous Mother-in-law, Maureen. I have to admit to you that my Cuisine 5200xl is quite one of the most beautiful and revered objects that I have ever owned. So precious is she, that I barely dare even use her.

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What Would Nigella Do? – Recipe for Disaster

Recipe for Disaster

I have never understood how a recipe can be published when they just don’t work. You can follow it to the last gram and still it turns out to be a disaster. Are these recipes even given a test run? Or are they just made in a big purpose built kitchen and not tried in a normal kitchen with a small oven and limited workspace? After all, they are written for the likes of you and me and not fellow chefs. I hope!

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OneDad3Girls – Chinese Chilli Fish Recipe

Chinese Chilli Fish Recipe

This is a simple, quick and easy dish that will only take 20mins to prepare and cook.


2 x Haddock Fillets – Cut into mouth sized pieces

1 x Courgette – Sliced

1 x Red Chilli – unseeded and chopped into small pieces

1/2 Onion – Diced

Broccoli Storks

Sugar Snap Peas

Spring Onions

1/4 Pint of Water

Splash of Soy Sauce

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The Yummyblogsisters – High Tea Party

Ever since we played tea party with our barbie dolls as six year olds and later went on holiday in the Midlands and drank Earl Grey tea for the first time – out of a china teapot with tea cosy – tea parties with all the trimmings have been our secret indulgence.
In our London years we would go and buy fancy tea from Fortnum & Mason. It always was the most expensive item in our kitchen cupboard, but oh the joy of drinking that tea. Priceless.

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Mean Mother Cooker – Queen Raspberry Birthday Cake

Queen Raspberry Birthday Cake

If you want a scrummy cake to make for a special occasion – this one seems to tick all the boxes! I made this layered cake from a half-fat sponge made in two sandwich tins. Once the sponge is cold, carefully slice both cakes in half to make four layers. Then you can start to assemble the cake. There is a layer of sponge, followed by a layer of lemon curd, then whipped vanilla cream, then sponge, then raspberries…

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Lavender and Lovage – Hot Beetroot and Potato Salad with Smoked Trout and Dill Cream

Hot Beetroot and Potato Salad with Smoked Trout and Dill Cream

The additional roasting of the already cooked beetroot adds a sweetness and depth of favour, enhancing the earthiness of the root…..a perfect foil for the salty smoked trout – this is a dish with impeccable table manners and is very well behaved in a cool Scandinavian way……it’s a medley of textures with hot and cold, sweet and salty and creamy and fresh.

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At Home With Mrs M – Lamb & Potato Curry

Lamb & Potato Curry

I’d heard good things about “Peter’s Lamb Curry” from Jamie Oliver’s “Return of the Naked Chef” book so as I love a curry, and a lamb one at that, I thought I’d give it a go. To start with I was slightly intimidated by the long list of ingredients required but after a quick scan of my cupboards, I realised I had most of them anyhow.

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I’m Counting UFOs – Kung Hei Fat Choi – Cooking Cashew Chicken With My Small Daughter

Kung Hei Fat Choi - Cooking Cashew Chicken With My Small Daughter

Ruby-Roo has always enjoyed cooking. Before she discovered The Disney Channel and all things Mickey Mouse, she used to be fond of that irritatingly chirpy Katie, who presents I Can Cook on CBeebies. We tried out a few recipes every now and again, and that has since evolved to helping me out most evenings as I cook dinner for us all.

Whether it be grating, stirring, or cracking eggs, she is on it like a bonnet.

Today, being Chinese New Year, I decided to make Mandajuice’s Cashew Chicken.

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Mummy..Mummy..MUM!! – Homemade Turkey Noodle Soup

Homemade Turkey Noodle Soup

I’m always trying to find healthy recipes suitable for the whole family to eat, and as we are trying to be healthy and save money this month I thought I’d make some soup using the leftover turkey from our Sunday roast last week.

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Living it Little – Simple Chocolate Fudge Frosting

I made a chocoalte sponge cake earlier today for G’s birthday tomorrow. I was about to ice it with buttercream when I came across a recipe for chocolate fudge icing in Delia’s Complete Cookery Course and I thought I’d give it a go.

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Cocoa & Fig – Friday favourites – and I’m in love!

Friday favourites - and I'm in love!

Please join me this week by appreciating Vanilla Extract in all it’s glory. Until very recently, I’ve always been a vanilla essence girl. My passion for vanilla extract began when I was watching a re-run of Loarraine Pascale’s “Baking made easy”. Lorraine, looking all glamorous and gorgeous, – ok then, and a little bit smug truth be told – told us that she ‘would always prefer to use either vanilla pods or vanilla extract but NEVER, vanilla essence”. Lorraine left it at that. No further explanation, just the suggestion that vanilla essence really wouldn’t do.

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bluebirdsunshine – Mastering the Flatbreads

Mastering the Flatbreads

A few weeks back I wrote about my failed attempts to make flatbreads from a recipe in River Cottage Veg Everday! Well I am back to happily report an exciting update – we have done it, we’ve mastered the flatbread. I am now totally in love with this recipe. I don’t think I’ve ever made anything that gives such satisfying results.

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Kate On Thin Ice – Chinese Crispy Pork Wraps

A classic Chinese dish, made using lean pork with a wonderful Kikkoman soy sauce glaze.

Serves 4

Prep Time: 20 minutes

Cook Time: 1 hour 15 minutes

Cals per serving: 420

Fat: 12

Carbs: 29

Sugars: 13.9

Salt.: 3g

700g loin of pork joint, fat and skin removed.

5 tbsp Kikkoman Soy Sauce

2 tbsp demerara sugar

2 tbsp orange juice

3 tbsptomato puree

1 tsp Chinese Five Spice powder

12 –16 Chinese pancake wrappers

6 tbsp hoi sin sauce

1 bunch spring onions, trimmed and finely sliced

1 small cucumber, finely sliced

1.Pre heat the oven to 190 C,

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Tales of The March Hare – Stuffed (Hackney) Courgette Flowers with a Homemade Meatball Chaser

Stuffed (Hackney) Courgette Flowers with a Homemade Meatball Chaser

We haven’t been in the garden for weeks what with being on holiday and then straight back to work, so imagine our surprise when we found a whole heap of courgette booty in the vegetable patch. They were quite small but very delicious indeed. Yee hah! Free home grown veggies with absolute zero maintenance. My favorite kind of vegetables.

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The Mummy Diary – Spiced Beef Curry with Plums

Spiced Beef Curry with Plums

Every Friday I blog about one my favourite recipes, one I love because it is easy to make and loved by my family because it is yummy. This weeks is a fab winter warmer that uses cheap cuts of meat and tastes divine.

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A Mummy Too – Dairy-free cookies and icecream (recipe)

Dairy-free cookies and icecream (recipe)

Joel had some friends coming over and we wanted to give them all the same dessert so that no one felt left out.

We got vegan ice cream and vegan margarine from Tesco, vegan chocolate beans from Holland and Barrett, dug out an old Smarties cookie recipe and voila! Dairy-free cookies and ice cream.

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I need curtains for the window in my head… – DFM – American Vanilla Pancakes

There is a wee bit of a sweet theme running through these posts so far but I assure you there will be savoury ones in the future!
This week I’ve moved from pudding to something kind of interesting in the breakfast department that I came across on the food bit of the Channel 4 website (they’ve got a great selection of dairy free recipes!) 🙂

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Vegetarian Kids Blog – Quick and Easy Vegetarian Sausage Rolls

Quick and Easy Vegetarian Sausage Rolls

My not-so-little boys are eleven this week and so I have party food on my mind… I’m planning to serve up some of these vegetarian sausage rolls at their birthday party, as they work out less expensive than buying the ready-made ones but are much less hassle than making them from scratch.

I served them at Christmas and they were a real hit and disappeared fast. With just 2-3 ingredients I’m not really sure I can call it a recipe, but you’ll still get domestic goddess points for making your own anyway!

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Living it Little – Part-time Veggies

I used to be vegetarian. In fact, I didn’t eat meat for several years, more or less throughout my twenties. For me, it was a statement thing, showing other people that I had an opinion about animal welfare. It certainly wasn’t that I didn’t like meat and eventually the lure of a juicy burger or a tasty bacon sandwich became too much to bear and I fell off the veggie wagon.

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WAHM-BAM! – Three cabbage and chick pea soup

Three cabbage and chick pea soup

Warming, tasty soup, which can be served puréed or ‘au naturel’. You can vary the cabbage types as you like, but keep the Savoy as the dominant one.

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PLUS 2.4 – Slow Cooker Lentil And Vegetable Stew And Baked Egg Custard

Slow Cooker Lentil And Vegetable Stew And Baked Egg Custard

This week’s Fish Free Friday recipes are slow cooker lentil and vegetable stew and baked egg custard.The first recipe is mine, using up the last of this week’s fruit and veg box with the addition with of lentils it makes a hearty meal.Baked egg custards for the slow cooker can be found all over and I found 3 in my books.This one was better for bigger portions.

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One comment on “Love Cookery

  1. Romanian mum says:

    Thank you for sharing your recipe with us Emily! Oh how i wish i could eat carbohidrates!

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