Back to the recipe for this lovely cake...a combination of lavender and lemon scents with the lemon being the stronger sibling in this case. You will need a bundt shaped tin of you want to make a cake this shape but to be honest any tin would suit, loaf, round or square will do just as well. Many thanks to Vanessa Kimbell who has let me share this recipe from her book Prepped.
Monday, 30 July 2012
Tuesday, 24 July 2012
home made ICE CREAM!!!!!!!
In celebration of warm weather this week I have been making and trying a few recipes from a new book called 'The Icecreamists', published by Octopus; this book is packed with an amazing range of ice cream recipes, some of which will really challenge your imagination (not to mention your store cupboard!). This is my first ice cream recipe book ever and I'm in heaven.
I tried out a recipe called 'the caked crusader' (this is really Jamaican ginger cake ice cream)...described in the book as 'cooling cream rippled with rich moist cake and a penetrating kick like a ginger mule'...it sums it up really well. I did use an ice cream maker (though you don't need one to make this recipe) and it turned out exactly like the photograph in the book depicted. The mix consisted of a basic custard base for the ice cream with eggs, sugar, full fat milk and double cream and this is enhanced with ginger powder, stem ginger, stem ginger syrup and a whole Jamaican ginger cake. This gorgeous caramel coloured ice cream was rich, smooth, sweet and so intensely gingery, it had a real fiery hit and was just as described.
Monday, 23 July 2012
Challenge done...I thank you!
Tuesday, 10 July 2012
Thats the nice bit...but by 'eck she does not half come up with some tough ones for the 'we should cocoa' monthly challenge. I nearly came a
The trouble was I then went away for the weekend and coming back home the blackcurrants had all been sold, what a disaster! But I would not be thwarted. Lurking in my fridge I had a lovely jar of homemade blackcurrant preserve, bought in Pickering. From this, these lovely chocolate and blackcurrant thumbprint biscuits were born. Taaaa daaaaa! (one day soon I will get to make the dark chocolate and blackcurrant mousse I really had planned)
Sunday, 8 July 2012
On the bright side, in this house bad weather always presents an opportunity to cook up a storm and try something new. For a change we are eating less red meat at the moment and trying much more meat free dishes. I'm not sure entirely why that is, but I do know we are really enjoying what we are eating.
You can turn this basic recipe into a tasty pasta dish, or make and serve the gorgeous base with huge chunks of fresh crusty bread to dunk into the red pepper, goats cheese, herbs, spices and olive oil mix...this base alone would be great as an appetiser, or as a tasty vegetable dish on a buffet table.
This is just as good without the pasta, served alone with fresh crusty bread.
Thursday, 5 July 2012
What better way to use them than in this cake a combination of my two most favourite sweet things ever, a plain sponge cake and a gooey mallowy meringue. This cake is quite easy to make, the only skill comes in baking the meringue topping so that its firm enough to handle on the outside but with a marshmallow like interior.
Tuesday, 3 July 2012
Capricorn, you can't miss it as there is a picture of 'Ethel the goat on the front'...Ethel's a real goat, by the way (one of several goats on that site) and she kindly sent me (and several other food blogging friends) this goats cheese as part of a hamper of goodies to try. Ethel is going to choose the best recipes as part of her Capricorn Challenge and put them on her blog (yes a goat with a blog...Ethel is on Twitter too @Ethelthegoat!) and she will award a prize to the ultimate best recipe of all when she's sampled all her favourite ones. Well Ethel my little
Please take a minute to look at the Capricorn site, its a real hoot and there are lots of competitions to enter (even for some lovely handmade knitted items made in Somerset), there are also recipes and lots of information about Somerset goats cheeses.