Friday, 29 June 2012

The Gallery of Favorites 29th June

Gallery of Favorites

Alea of Premeditated Leftovers and I want to welcome you to our weekend blog hop; The Gallery of Favorites, a place to share your favorite posts from your own blog. 

Thank you to everyone who shared posts last week. This week Alea and I are featuring Joanne of Winelady Cooks. 

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Thursday, 28 June 2012

Moussaka Style Pasta Bake


I love traditional Moussaka but when I’m looking for quick and easy, sometimes it involves a bit more work than I would like. I developed this pasta bake for busy evenings, and I like it because it holds well in the oven - great if you are not exactly sure what time dinner is going to be! Leftovers are delicious the next day too. 

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Tuesday, 26 June 2012

The Hearth & Soul Hop 26 June with The 21st Century Housewife

Hearth & Soul Hop

Welcome to The Hearth and Soul Hop, the place to share and be inspired by food from the hearth to feed your soul. Thank you to everyone who shared posts last week. My highlights from contributors to last week’s hop include contributions from Passionate Perseverance, Gastronomical Sovereignty, Cooking My Way Through My CSA and Happy in Dole Valley. 

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Monday, 25 June 2012

Meatless Monday - French Onion Soup


This recipe is a bit of a rebellion. I was told on many occasions that it wouldn’t work, particularly when I spoke to people in France. You see, not only did I want to dispense with the hearty beef broth that is so integral to French Onion Soup, I wanted to make a homemade version that didn’t require hours of sautéing and simmering. I didn’t, however, want to lose the hearty flavour or the comfort food factor. Let’s face it, what is better than a steaming hot bowl of French onion soup, the crouton melting into the onion-y broth, melted cheese clinging to your spoon? 

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Friday, 22 June 2012

The Gallery of Favorites with The 21st Century Housewife June 22

Gallery of Favorites

Alea of Premeditated Leftovers and I want to welcome you to our weekend blog hop; The Gallery of Favorites, a place to share your favorite posts from your own blog. 

Thank you to everyone who shared posts last week. This week Alea and I are featuring Nancy of On the Home Front. Nancy is also Contributing Editor of Prudent Living Magazine. 

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Thursday, 21 June 2012

Dr Oetker Baking Trends Showcase 2012

Photo credit The 21st Century Housewife
Yesterday I attended the Dr Oetker Baking 2012 Trend Showcase in London to preview some of the key trends that will take home bakers through the next twelve months. We enjoyed demonstrations, some very colourful and tasty treats, and an excellent panel discussion by industry experts.


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Supporting Better Dairy

Photo credit Supporting Better Dairy
Did you know that while specific European Union (EU) regulations exist to safeguard other farm animals, dairy cows have no such protection? This means that welfare standards vary greatly across the EU, with some dairy cows suffering from poor health, inadequate housing and lack of access to pasture. ‘Supporting Better Dairy’, a collaboration between leading animal welfare charities Compassion in World Farming, and the World Society for the Protection of Animals (WSPA), along with ice cream company Ben & Jerry’s, has today launched a campaign to improve standards for dairy cows across Europe.


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Wednesday, 20 June 2012

Cinnamon Dolce Latte Cake


Photo credit Alex Harris

I first created this cake a couple of years ago as an homage to my favourite drink at Starbucks. (I have mine ‘skinny’ with no whipped cream.) The thing is, as a self-taught cook and recipe developer, every year my skills improve, so when I look at old recipes, it’s tough to leave them alone. I was convinced I could make this cake prettier, and I also thought I could improve the flavour while reducing the amount of sugar it contained. 

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Tuesday, 19 June 2012

The Hearth and Soul Hop with The 21st Century Housewife 19 June

Hearth & Soul Hop


Welcome to the Hearth and Soul Blog Hop! Before we start, I want to announce the winner of my $50 (£40) Amazon Gift Certificate Giveaway in celebration of the second anniversary of the hop. Drum roll, please!!
The winner of the $50 Amazon Gift Certificate is...

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Monday, 18 June 2012

Mediterranean Wheat Berry Casserole


Photo Alex Harris

We eat pretty well in our house, but I’m always trying to increase the number of healthy foods in our diet. My husband and son always tease me about it. The first time I made this casserole, my husband said that if we’d left the wheat berries uncooked we might have been able to make Sugar Puffs cereal from them, and my son put ketchup on them - but both of them cleaned their plates! 

Up until very recently, we had never tried wheat berries. Then my husband and I tasted them in in a restaurant, and we were pleasantly surprised. Wheat berries are are entire wheat kernels, containing all the goodness of the whole grain. 

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Friday, 15 June 2012

The Gallery of Favorites with The 21st Century Housewife

Gallery of Favorites


Alea of Premeditated Leftovers and I want to welcome you to our weekend blog hop; The Gallery of Favorites, where you can share your favorite posts from your own blog. 

Thank you to everyone who shared posts last week. This week Alea and I are a wonderful post from Heather of Girlichef. 

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Thursday, 14 June 2012

Finally Getting the Plants In!

Photo Guy Harris
After announcing a drought and forbidding the use of hoses as spring began, many of Britain’s water companies were left with egg on their faces when it rained almost non-stop for several weeks. The odd week of warmth and sunshine was followed by cold - even freezing - temperatures.  Even now, mid-way through June, most days seem more autumnal than spring-like.  Only as the weather finally begins to break can gardeners risk planting up their vegetable beds. 

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Wednesday, 13 June 2012

Nigella Lawson's Madeira Cake


Photo credit Alex Harris

If I were only allowed to keep one of my dozens of cookbooks (a strange notion I know, but bear with me), I would choose Nigella Lawson’s ‘How To Be a Domestic Goddess’. I love to bake, and this book celebrates baking on every single page. Nigella wrote it almost as if she was talking to the reader, and whenever I make a recipe from it I feel somehow as if she is there in the kitchen with me.

Although I rarely work my way through a cookbook from beginning to end, this Madeira Cake, the first recipe in the book, was also the first recipe I cooked from it. I’m not sure why I chose to make Madeira cake before any other recipe - perhaps it was the fact it contained so few ingredients, and seemed so very simple. I was intrigued by the fact that it had no Madeira in it, and also by Nigella’s assertion that this cake ‘is one of those plain cakes you think you can’t see the point of, until you start slicing and eating it’. 

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Monday, 11 June 2012

A 'Full English' Vegetarian Breakfast


A ‘full English breakfast’ is a real tradition here in England. However its menu of bacon, sausages, fried eggs and sometimes even black pudding (possibly the least vegetarian food in the world) really does leave those who don’t eat meat out in the cold. While many restaurants do try to create a vegetarian version of this classic, I’ve never found one as creative or as delicious as the one I found at Bill’s. 


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Sunday, 10 June 2012

BlogHer Food - Foodie Paradise


BlogHer Food is definitely the conference to attend if your love cooking, eating and writing about food. Not only is it a wonderful source of inspiration, but you also are surrounded by a lovely group of friendly like-minded folks and have the chance to make lots of great creative connections. As well as food bloggers, there are many editors, agents and publishers, all of whom are happy to share their ideas and expertise.


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Thursday, 7 June 2012

The Gallery of Favorites - Frozen Desserts June 8

Gallery of Favorites


Alea of Premeditated Leftovers and I want to welcome you to our weekend blog hop; The Gallery of Favorites, where you can share your favorite posts from your own blog. 

Thank you to everyone who shared posts last week. This week Alea and I are featuring two delicious homemade frozen treats. 

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BlogHer Food in Seattle


It’s rare for the three of us, my husband, son and I, to go somewhere that none of us has ever been before, so Seattle is a real treat for us. While it is always an advantage to have a member of your group who knows the place, it’s also an adventure to discover somewhere as a family, and Seattle really is a wonderful place to discover. It is almost exactly as I imagined it, a beautiful location where the mountains meet the sea, any of its rough industrial edges smoothed by the relaxed and friendly attitude of the locals.


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Monday, 4 June 2012

The Hearth and Soul Hop with The 21st Century Housewife 5th June

Hearth & Soul Hop

Welcome to the Hearth and Soul Hop, the blog hop where you can share and find inspiration for food from the hearth to feed your soul. Thank you to everyone who shared posts last week. My highlights from last week’s hop include some wonderful comfort food. 


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Sunday, 3 June 2012

Baked Camembert with Red Wine Jelly


Photo courtesy of Made in Provence

Over the years, I have met some wonderful people through The 21st Century Housewife. Christine of Made in Provence is one of them. Christine is always sourcing amazing new products and when I met her at The Spirit of Summer Fair she was eager to share her latest finds. I was very taken by her wonderful Red Wine Jelly. It is the perfect thing to serve with a traditional Provençal favourite, Baked Camembert. This is such an easy appetizer or snack, but it tastes so good everyone always raves about it! 

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