Archive | March, 2011

Not Forgetting the Savoury

3 Mar

Plenty. By Yotam Ottolenghi. I cannot recommend this book enough, it has quickly become one of my favourite cookbooks. I seem to have veered down the baking path of late so I really must return to some delicious dinners I’ve made from some new books recently.

The first recipe I chose to make from his book was Crunchy Papparadelle. It tasted so damn good, although the carnivore in me did appear when I announced that those mushrooms in it would be exceptional alongside a thick juicy steak! The marriage of the white wine, bay leaves and thyme with the mushrooms was exquisite.

I was unable to find papparadelle in the shops when I was making this so substituted it for tagliatelle. I also omitted the crushed garlic/lemon combination – I can’t abide the taste and texture of raw garlic!! Though I’ll eat it cooked any day. I did squeeze some fresh lemon juice over the meal before I served it.

I also couldn’t find sprouting broccoli in the shops, even though it was in season, but don’t let me go on a rant about the lack of seasonal vegetables in the shops because I just won’t stop. So, I used plain old regular broccoli.

The breadcrumbs also add a wonderful texture to the pasta which I would never have thought to add to the mix. It’s something I’ll definitely try with other pasta dishes.

I have made this dish a few times now and it was just as tasty each time and a really great meal to throw together midweek after a hectic working day.

You can find the recipe here.


Christening Cake

2 Mar

Christenings are such lovely occasions for families; welcoming the newest member and getting everyone together to celebrate this. I decided to keep this cake nice and simple and fuss free.

I got to enjoy another beautiful Saturday morning as I rose early to complete the decorations – I wanted to have a steady to hand to write on it and I was too tired the night before to do this, I knew I would make a f*ck of it I even attempted it! I was pretty happy with how it looked, the writing wasn’t as even as I would have liked but it was in a straight line, hooray! I’ll just have to keep practising!

The cake was chocolate biscuit – I used milk chocolate, a mix of digestives and marietta and malteasers.

While I’m on the subject of christenings, I made these booties last night (please excuse the terrible photo, I’ll take a proper one later) as a possibility for my beautiful niece’s upcoming christening. I’m also going to try my hand at a tiered cake for it.


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