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Strawberries, Blueberries with Vanilla Ice Cream topped with Scottish Tablet

In Cakes and Desserts, Scottish Food On June 27, 2009 0 Comments

Now that you have all made your first batch of Scottish Tablet you might be wondering to do with your wonderful slabs of sugary gold. Or if you haven’t made it yet maybe you are looking for another nudge in the right direction.

Strawberry Blueberry Tablet and Vanilla Ice Cream

Nudge! Strawberry and Blueberries with Vanilla Ice Cream topped with Tablet

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Vegetable Box: Broad Beans, Cabbage and Cucumber

In Dinner On June 22, 2009 1 Comment

For the past month or so I have been getting a box of organic vegetables delivered from Grow Wild. Last week I received the following:

Organic Vegetable Box June 16th

Organic Vegetable Box June 16th

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Scottish Tablet: The Perfect Gift

In Cakes and Desserts, Scottish Food On June 20, 2009 3 Comments

As you know Sunday is Father’s Day, I am always at a bit of a loss as to what to get my Dad. I am passed the time when I could get away with getting him a tie, pair of socks or some golfing equipment. So as usual I was thinking about what I would like to do, rather than the task in hand – finding the perfect present.

Father's Day Presents all wrapped up

Father’s Day Presents all wrapped up

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What to do with Broad Beans

In Dinner On June 19, 2009 1 Comment

This week in my Organic Vegetable box I got 14 Broad Bean pods. The suggestion in the box was Crushed Broad Beans and Mint Bruschetta but I opted for Broad Bean and Bacon Risotto instead.

Broad Bean and Bacon Risotto

Broad Bean and Bacon Risotto

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Kopi Luwak

In Coffee On June 18, 2009 0 Comments

For those who follow me on twitter will know, it was recently my fianc√©’s 30th. I spent a lot of time trying to work out what that one special 30th present would be. A lot of friends and family suggested an expensive bottle of champage, however he hates champagne (I know, I don’t understand it either…). However I came up with the next best thing, at least for a coffee lover anyway, Kopi Luwak.

After we had tried it, I decided it would make a great blog post. So please welcome Matt, as my resident coffee lover, he can describe it better than I could…
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Lemon Curd

In Cakes and Desserts On June 15, 2009 0 Comments

I used this lemon curd as a filling for yesterday’s coconut oil sponge recipe it was full of lemony flavour and just sweet enough, but not too sweet.

I have been using the remainders from the cake on almost everything: toast, scones, biscuits. It tastes just as good as smothered over a victoria sponge!

Lemon Curd Scone

Lemon Curd Scone

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Coconut Oil Sponge Recipe

In Cakes and Desserts On June 14, 2009 1 Comment

I used a basic recipe from Delia Smith sponge to create a coconut oil version, using the typical coconut oil conversion of 3/4 the weight of the butter stated in the recipe. I also added the rind of 2 lemons, and filled with lemon curd and a marscapone and fromage frais filling. My inspiration came from the June 2009 edition of delicious. magazine.

Lemon Sponge cake, filled with Lemon curd and marscapone

Lemon Sponge cake, filled with Lemon curd and marscapone

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Leek and Mushroom Quiche

In Dinner On June 2, 2009 1 Comment

Yesterday I found a new food blog Smitten Kitchen I am sure you have all been reading it for years… I then found it again when I did a search for “Leek Quiche” this morning. I am starting to branch out of my cooking and baking comfort zone and what better way to start than with a summer quiche!

I loved the look of this Leek and Mushroom Quiche and decided to give it a go.

Leek and Mushroom Quiche, straight from the oven

Leek and Mushroom Quiche, straight from the oven

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Cherry and Almond Teabread

In Cakes and Desserts On May 31, 2009 1 Comment

I bought my first loaf tin the other day and decided to give some other than banana bread a go in it. After spending ages going through my cookbooks I decided to give Cherry and Almond teabread a go from the Good Housekeepings Great Baking recipe book p102. I had bought some dried cherries and was dying to try them in something. The combination of cherry and almond is amazing, and everyone loved it!

Cherry and Almond Teabread

Cherry and Almond Teabread

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Summer Food: Tomato and Red Pepper Salad

In Recipes On May 30, 2009 2 Comments

As a side for my Steak and Potatoes dinner on Friday night, I made the best salad. Simple and tasty, the main flavour comes from having great ingredients.

Tomato and Red Pepper Salad

Tomato and Red Pepper Salad

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