Well folks that was March...blink and you'll have missed it...was it Spring like? No. Were we neck deep in snow in parts of South Lancashire? Yes! Was it another month that went in a flash? Yes! While we've been busy making and cooking lovely recipes from Nigel Slater, Nigel has been in Japan and if you don't follow him on Twitter I would because his pictures have been really interesting, a great insight into the culture and the food too.
For this March 'Dish of the Month' challenge we had a lovely little giveaway/gift form the folks at OXO Good Grips in the shape of a 2.8L Stainless Steel Mixing Bowl and a Medium Silicone Spatula.
And now Janice of Farmersgirl Kitchen is back from cruising round the South of France she has picked a winner at random...and the winner is...Dom from Belleau Kitchen and star of ITV's Food Glorious Food!!!
Well done Dom, enjoy the gift, its on its way :-).
Here's the fabulous March round up...
Janice started the ball rolling for March with her take on Nigel's Pork shoulder with ginger and anise, taken from Kitchen Diaries II. She didn't use pork shoulder, but improvised with 'two huge and delicious Saddleback Pork Chops', and very nice they were too Janice.
Pork was a favourite this month with Foodie Quine too, who made this Pork Belly and Beans dish for Sunday lunch, if you love crackling you'll love this...even Nigel himself passed comment on the gloriousness of it all...
"@realnigelslater @foodiequine Proper winter dinner. I sometimes crush some of the beans and leave the rest whole. Just for a change."
Riverside Baking made a lovely poached salmon recipe from the book 'Real Fast Food' for her entry.
True to Nigel's cooking style the 'pantry' was raided to find the sides to go with the main dish...which looked a bit of a stunner, if you ask me. Loved the whole look of the poached salmon and the sauce with the fresh veggies.
The next entry was another bean dish and one I had my eye on and plan to make (I have all the beans ready and waiting) as the description in Kitchen Diaries II really grabbed my attention. Its Beans on Toast (again!) This beans recipe from Nigel combined with fresh home made bread (toasted of course) made by Mrs P, looks just the business. The new Mrs P has delivered again, please take a bow.
Drum roll...here come the baking cake lovers...
First of all is a really stunning looking cake from Marmaduke Scarlet and its a Sticky Demerara, orange and almond loaf cake. Rachel who writes this blog is a citrus lover like me and uses minneola's in her adaptation of what is Nigel's 'Demerara lemon cake'. Pass me a cake fork while I dive in! (pictured below)
My own entry was next and this was a Chocolate Muscavado and Banana cake, but I made it in mini loaf fashion (gave them all to the family on Mothers day actually). This is a great recipe to use up bananas going too ripe in the fruit bowl and that's just what Nigel describes in Kitchen Diaries II, in the March chapter. Great recipe, that produces a sweet moist cake, good cake keeper too.
Kate from Turquoise Lemons made a delicious looking chocolate pudding (with Nutella too!), the recipe came from Nigel's website as well as being in Kitchen Diaries II. Its comes highly recommended by Kate; and a lovely warm chocolaty pud in the month we have had weather-wise was just what was needed.
Linzi from Lancashire Food made this very original Goosnargh loaf cake with orange buttercream with a touch of Lancashire added with the Goosnargh link. Linzi used one of Nigel's seed cake recipes and adapted this to suit a Clandestine Cake Club 'Lancashire afternoon tea theme' and with the addition of a lovely fresh and fruity buttercream to make it even more tempting.
Camilla made a gorgeous pudding in the form of a pear chocolate and ginger crumble, she is a firm fan of Nigel Slaters' and has written about his recipes on her blog Fab Food for All. Camilla has made this recipe a few times for her family as its been so popular, not surprising it look so inviting.
The walking foodie Wikipedia that is Karen Burns Booth from Lavender and Lovage made a Black Banana Cake. Using walnuts from her own trees in France as an alternative to the suggested hazelnuts. this was a lovely afternoon tea cake recipe. The recipe is from the BBC website. I imagined a slice of this slathered in butter, though I'm sure it didn't need it as its such a moist cake.
A recipe using up leftover hot cross buns was next, from Kitchen Delights. As if hot cross buns aren't scrummy enough on their own, imagine turning them into a bread and butter pudding! With a little fluffy Easter chick on too!!! Too delicious, too cute, too heavenly...I love it.
I also do love Butternut Squash and I do eat a lot if it, but have never thought to stuff it when baking it in the oven. So thanks to Elizabeth's Kitchen for suggesting this recipe, it looks great with its filling of fried onions, ginger, cumin, cinnamon, paprika and sultanas. Looks sooooooo good!
Finally, our winner the lovely Dom of ITV's Food Glorious Food (have I mentioned that already?). A glorious coffee cake is Dom's offering, and Dom being a fantastic baker and bread maker and chicken thigh recipe creator, actor and TV personality, well he just could not fail with this very lovely cake. Dom is a great food lover and he's pretty good at a lot of things over at Belleau Kitchen.
Our thanks to everyone who entered this month...you can see all the entries for this challenge since we started in January 2013 on our Dish of the Month Pinterest board.
Keep watching for the April event thats about to be launched in the next few days.
I'm off for a glass of wine, have a great Easter everyone!