Thursday, 31 May 2012

The Gallery of Favorites June 1

Gallery of Favorites

Alea of Premeditated Leftovers and I want to welcome you to The Gallery of Favorites, a place for you to feature favorite posts from your own blog. 


Although Alea and I both spend a lot of our time writing about food, we do have many other interests and know that our readers do as well. The Gallery of Favorites is a place for all bloggers - not just food bloggers - to share their ideas, interests and passions. Of course, recipe and food posts are very welcome too.


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Wednesday, 30 May 2012

Ginger Jam Bread and Butter Pudding


Photo Alex Harris

If you ask most British people what their favourite comforting dessert is, chances are bread and butter pudding will come very near to the top of the list. Originally developed as a way of using up bread that was past its best by spreading it with butter and soaking it in a custard of milk and eggs, this homely pudding has been elevated to gourmet status over the years with the addition of new flavours and ingredients. 

In her book, Nigella Bites, Nigella Lawson shares her Grandmother’s Ginger Jam Bread and Butter Pudding. Made with brown bread, this wonderful twist on the traditional was definitely ahead of its time. When I first made it years ago I followed Nigella’s Grandmother’s recipe exactly and the results were delicious, but you know me, I can’t leave a recipe alone. Over the years, I’ve tinkered and played with it, and although I haven’t veered too far from the original I have made a few changes. 

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Monday, 28 May 2012

The Hearth and Soul Hop 29 May

Hearth & Soul Hop

Welcome to the Hearth and Soul Hop, the blog hop that shares food from the hearth to feed your soul. Recipes should include healthy ingredients and can be old or new recipes or posts. Articles on real food, slow food, foraging, herbal remedies, local food, sustainable food, organics, gardening or any healthy eating information written in a positive light are also welcome. 

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Limoncello and Blueberry Syllabub



Syllabub is a very old English dessert, traditionally consisting of sweetened cream mixed with wine. It was served in its current form as early as the sixteenth century but the original recipe dates back to Tudor times. Syllabub was very popular in the Victorian era and Mrs Beeton included recipes for it in her famous ‘Book of Household Management’. 

Syllabub is the perfect dessert for when you want something slightly sweet but not too heavy to either finish a meal or serve before the cheese course. 

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Join Our Core from Ben and Jerry's


Image courtesy Ben & Jerry's Join Our Core competition
On Wednesday night I attended the announcement of the finalists in Ben & Jerry’s Join Our Core competition in London. Earlier in the day all twenty-five hopeful entrepreneurs had pitched their ideas to ten expert judges from the world of sustainable and ethical business including Ben & Jerry’s co-founder, Jerry Greenfield. Other judges included executives from Fairtrade Foundation, Ashoka and VSO, and were adjudicated by leading British environmental journalist Lucy Siegle.
 
The fifteen finalists of the Join Our Core competition, sponsored by Ben & Jerry’s, represent the brightest young sustainable business minds across Europe. They will be jetting off to Uganda for the next stage of the competition. The five overall winners will win a €10,000 cash prize each, mentoring from Ashoka, and will be featured on a Ben & Jerry’s flavour in 2013. 

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Thursday, 24 May 2012

The Gallery of Favorites May 25

Gallery of Favorites

Alea of Premeditated Leftovers and I want to welcome you to The Gallery of Favorites, a place for you to feature favorite posts from your own blog. 


Although Alea and I both spend a lot of our time writing about food, we do have many other interests and know that our readers do as well. The Gallery of Favorites is a place for all bloggers - not just food bloggers - to share their ideas, interests and passions. Of course, recipe and food posts are very welcome too.


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Warm Courgette Scones and Going Veggie in Bite Size Chunks


Photo courtesy of The Vegetarian Society

As part of National Vegetarian Week, I’m featuring some of the Vegetarian Society’s recipes and these delicious scones are one of my favourites. I have made many delicious dishes using courgettes (zucchini) in my time, but until now I have never made scones with them.
Have you ever considered becoming a vegetarian? Although I intend to remain an omnivore, my family and I do eat lots of meatless meals, and I am a big supporter of the Meatless Monday and Meat Free Monday movements. The following tips from The Vegetarian Society are a great help if you do want to take the plunge and become vegetarian, or even if you just want to cut down on the amount of meat you eat. 

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Wednesday, 23 May 2012

Cook for the Queen - The Winners are Announced!

Photo courtesy of Love British Food
Four schools have been selected as winners of Her Royal Highness The Duchess of Cornwall’s competition inviting schools to create a special Diamond Jubilee menu for The Queen! Mark Flanagan, Royal Chef at Buckingham Palace, has selected the winning schools from over 200 entries.  The four schools are being invited to Buckingham Palace in June to see their recipes prepared by the Royal Chef and will help serve them at a special reception attended by The Queen and The Duchess of Cornwall. 

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Tuesday, 22 May 2012

The Hearth and Soul Hop with The 21st Century Housewife May 21st

Hearth & Soul Hop

Welcome to the Hearth and Soul Hop, the blog hop that shares food from the hearth to feed your soul. Recipes should include healthy ingredients and can be old or new recipes or posts. Articles on real food, slow food, foraging, herbal remedies, local food, sustainable food, organics, gardening or any healthy eating information written in a positive light are also welcome. 

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Monday, 21 May 2012

Triple BLT for National Vegetarian Week


Photo courtesy of The Vegetarian Society

It’s National Vegetarian Week here in the UK, and this year the focus is on the most important meal of the day - breakfast!
Although I personally am not a vegetarian, I am actively trying to reduce the amount of meat in my family’s diet for health, environmental and ethical reasons. Eating meat free is delicious, nutritious and a great way for individuals to take small steps towards a more stable environment for us all.  

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Friday, 18 May 2012

The Gallery of Favorites May 18

Gallery of Favorites

Alea of Premeditated Leftovers and I want to welcome you to The Gallery of Favorites, a place for you to feature favorite posts from your own blog. 


Although Alea and I both spend a lot of our time writing about food, we do have many other interests and know that our readers do as well. The Gallery of Favorites is a place for all bloggers - not just food bloggers - to share their ideas, interests and passions. Of course, recipe and food posts are very welcome too.


To see last week's featured blogger, Sue of Couscous and Consciousness, and to share your favorite posts, please click here...

Banana Date Cake with Walnut and Honey Glaze

Photo credit Alex Harris
This classic, old fashioned cake would be perfect to serve anytime, but it would be a lovely way to round out afternoon tea in the sunshine on a summer afternoon. It has lots of body and flavour, and it’s one of those cakes that gets better after sitting for a day or two at room temperature. I have the perfect covered cake dish for this purpose, although I must confess that there is usually not much of the cake left after a day or two as it is so delicious! We eat it for breakfast as well as tea and dessert, and I’ve made it twice already since discovering the recipe in BBC Good Food magazine this month. Developed by Mary Cadogan, it is a really straight forward recipe that turns into something very special indeed. As regular readers will know, I can never leave a recipe alone so I have adapted the original a bit.


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Thursday, 17 May 2012

Cook for the Queen Finalists Announced


Photo Peter Adamson
The first round of judging has taken place in ‘Cook for the Queen’, Her Royal Highness The Duchess of Cornwall’s competition inviting schools to create a special menu for The Queen in celebration of her Diamond Jubilee. Sixteen schools have been selected from over two hundred entries to go through to the next round where their menus will be judged by Mark Flanagan, Royal Chef at Buckingham Palace. The top four winning schools will be invited to Buckingham Palace in June to see their recipes prepared by the Royal Chef and will help serve them at a special reception attended by The Queen and The Duchess of Cornwall.

‘Cook for The Queen’ is the idea of The Duchess of Cornwall and is her special tribute to The Queen for the Diamond Jubilee. As part of British Food Fortnight, the national celebration of food that The Duchess supports, schools across the country have been invited to create a special menu for The Queen that celebrates the food produced in their part of the country.

Two hundred and eight schools entered from across the UK and the competition has inspired a huge variety of activities, many running throughout the spring term. 

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Wednesday, 16 May 2012

Chocolate Chip and Pecan Meringues



My mother in law used to make these a lot, and they were always family favourites. This is another recipe from the blue spiral bound notebook my sister in law gave me many years ago.

You can use any brand of chocolate chips for this recipe, but the better the chocolate chip, the better the cookie. For me the best brand is Hotel Chocolat. I used to be a complete devotee of another famous brand, but one taste and I was a convert. Both Hotel Chocolat’s milk and white chocolate chips (which they call ‘chocolate drops’) have an amazing flavour and mouth feel. Also instead of starting with ‘sugar and partially hydrogenated...’ their ingredients list starts with ‘cocoa solids’ or ‘chocolate’ and doesn’t feature the word ‘hydrogenated’ anywhere. I’m not being paid to say this, I’m just a huge fan! 

But back to the cookies. Meringue is a tricky customer, and how it turns out depends on your oven. What you want with these is a crisp lightly golden outer shell which gives way to a soft, slightly chewy centre. The best way to do this is to cook the meringues at a very low heat. 

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Tuesday, 15 May 2012

The Hearth and Soul Hop with The 21st Century Housewife May 15

Hearth & Soul Hop

Welcome to the Hearth and Soul Hop, the blog hop that shares food from the hearth to feed your soul. Recipes should include healthy ingredients and can be old or new recipes or posts. Articles on real food, slow food, foraging, herbal remedies, local food, sustainable food, organics, gardening or any healthy eating information written in a positive light are also welcome. 

To see last week's featured recipes, and to share your posts, please click here...

Monday, 14 May 2012

Meatless Monday - Double Potato and Heirloom Beetroot Bake

Photo credit Alex Harris
I love heirloom varieties of beetroot, especially golden beetroot and pink striped beetroot. The flavour of both of these types of beet is much milder than ordinary beetroot, but like ordinary beetroot it is great for roasting. 

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Friday, 11 May 2012

The Gallery of Favorites May 11

Gallery of Favorites

Alea of Premeditated Leftovers and I want to welcome you to The Gallery of Favorites, a place for you to feature favorite posts from your own blog. 


Although Alea and I both spend a lot of our time writing about food, we do have many other interests and know that our readers do as well. The Gallery of Favorites is a place for all bloggers - not just food bloggers - to share their ideas, interests and passions. Of course, recipe and food posts are very welcome too.


To see last week's featured blogger, Chaya of My Sweet and Savory and Bizzy Bakes, and to share your own posts, please click here...

Thursday, 10 May 2012

Oatmeal Coconut Crispies



Whenever a cookie has oatmeal in it, I find it easy to believe it’s just a little bit good for me. Never mind the sugar, or the white flour, or any of the other ingredients, that oatmeal makes them nutritious. That is my story and I’m sticking with it. After all, a cookie or two can be good for the soul, and no one can argue with that.

This is another recipe from my treasured old Betty Crocker Cooky book. As with any recipe I have had for a long time, I have played with this one (particularly the rather dated mixing method) but the cookies are still just as I remember making them all those (ahem!) years ago. 

Once again this is a ‘slice and bake’ cookie and I usually keep a roll or two of them stashed in the freezer. You see, if you are in our house, you are never more than 10 minutes from a hot, fresh cookie. I think that may be why we get so many visitors.... 

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Wednesday, 9 May 2012

Cook for the Queen at The Palace of Holyroodhouse

Photo courtesy of Love British Food
As Her Royal Highness The Duchess of Cornwall’s competition inviting schools to create a special menu for The Queen approaches its grand finale at Buckingham Palace in June, four Scottish schools went to the Palace of Holyroodhouse today to show The Duchess their entries.

‘Cook for The Queen’ is the idea of The Duchess of Cornwall (The Duchess of Rothesay as she is known in Scotland) and is her special tribute to The Queen for the Diamond Jubilee. As part of British Food Fortnight, the national celebration of food that The Duchess supports, schools across the country have been invited to create a special menu for The Queen featuring recipes that celebrate the best of British. The top four winning schools will be invited to Buckingham Palace in June to see their recipes prepared by the famous Royal Chef and will help serve them at a special reception attended by The Queen and The Duchess of Cornwall.

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Tuesday, 8 May 2012

The Hearth and Soul Hop with The 21st Century Housewife 8th May

Hearth & Soul Hop

Welcome to the Hearth and Soul Hop, the blog hop that shares food from the hearth to feed your soul. Recipes should include healthy ingredients and can be old or new recipes or posts. Articles on real food, slow food, foraging, herbal remedies, local food, sustainable food, organics, gardening or any healthy eating information written in a positive light are also welcome. 

To see last week's featured recipes, and to share your posts, please click here...

Monday, 7 May 2012

Crunchy French Bread Egg Pie for Meatless Monday



Although this recipe bears more than a passing resemblance to quiche, it really isn’t one. The ‘pastry’ is made of softly saut√©ed onions, cubes of  French bread, vegetable stock and egg so it has almost crouton-like edges and is incredibly flavourful. One of my late Mom’s recipes, this is a wonderful way to use up leftover French bread or baguette as it is steeped in enough liquid that it doesn’t matter if it has gone a tiny bit stale. 

The vegetable filling lends itself to invention, although I almost always use broccoli in it. Peppers also work well, as do tiny pieces of carrot. I’ve used asparagus in season, and frozen peas in the winter. Satisfying, nutritious and filling, this egg pie works well for lunch with a salad, or as part of a buffet. I always think it is best served the day it is made, but leftovers do keep well for a day or so in the fridge. Rewarmed gently, they taste very nearly as good as first time round.

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Sunday, 6 May 2012

Blueberry Bread & Butter Pudding or Blueberry French Toast Casserole



I grew up in Canada, where Sunday Brunch is a really big deal, but in England where I live now, it’s Sunday lunch that is the culinary focus of the day. While brunch can be a range of treats from the scrumptious egg and bacon feasts my Dad used to prepare when I was growing up to pancakes or even a buffet, Sunday lunch is more prescribed and generally involves some sort of roast, potatoes and two vegetables plus a dessert. Bearing in mind our household consists of two dual citizens and a pure bred Brit, we tend to have a balance between the two. Honestly? I still prefer brunch! 

The gorgeous thing about this recipe is that it is perfect for either meal, whether you want to call it Blueberry French Toast Casserole and serve it as part of a brunch feast or use it as dessert at Sunday lunch as Blueberry Bread and Butter pudding. 

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Friday, 4 May 2012

The Gallery of Favorites 4th May

Gallery of Favorites

Alea of Premeditated Leftovers and I want to welcome you to The Gallery of Favorites, a place for you to feature favorite posts from your own blog. 


Although Alea and I both spend a lot of our time writing about food, we do have many other interests and know that our readers do as well. The Gallery of Favorites is a place for all bloggers - not just food bloggers - to share their ideas, interests and passions. Of course, recipe and food posts are very welcome too.


To see last week's featured blogger, Swathi of Zesty South Indian Kitchen, and to share your own posts, please click here...

Thursday, 3 May 2012

Chinese Food Made Easy - Chicken with Cashew Nuts


Photo Alex Harris

As much as I love Chinese food, I find that the stuff served in restaurants is often disappointing. With day-glow coloured sauces and some strangely artificial flavours, it is never quite as I hoped it would be. It’s certainly nothing like the food you would be served in someone’s home in China. That’s where the wonderful Ching-He Huang comes in. Author of several cookery books, including Chinese Food Made Easy, Ching is quick to point out that traditional Chinese food is healthy food. Her aim is to “demonstrate how light, healthy and simple Chinese cooking can be”and by simplifying and modernising traditional dishes she makes them much more accessible and easier to cook.

One of my favourite recipes from Chinese Food Made Easy is Ching’s Chicken and Cashew Nut Stir Fry. 

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Tuesday, 1 May 2012

The Hearth and Soul Hop May 1 with The 21st Century Housewife

Hearth & Soul Hop

Welcome to the Hearth and Soul Hop, the blog hop that shares food from the hearth to feed your soul. Recipes should include healthy ingredients and can be old or new recipes or posts. Articles on real food, slow food, foraging, herbal remedies, local food, sustainable food, organics, gardening or any healthy eating information written in a positive light are also welcome. 

To see last week's featured recipes, and to share your posts, please click here...