Friday, 21 August 2015

My bake - Easter egg Caramel Blondies featured in a local magazine!

I forgot to post one of the most exciting things that has happened in my little baking life! My caramel easter egg blondies were featured in the local free magazine! They were delicious of course but very rich!
Each month the baking club has an advert in the magazine and my recipe was the feature back in April......

Here is the article and my finished bake...

Tuesday, 11 August 2015

Homemade Pizza

I have never made Pizza before - there I have admitted it! I now know how easy it is and am ashamed of myself... But only slightly because sometimes you just can't beat a  Dr ooooeeeeetttkkkeeeerrr pizza!
Baking club last month was all about Pizzas! We had our lovely artisan baker Paul come and give us a demonstration on how to make pizza. So I am now a convert and will be making some of my own pizzas however in my defense making pizza hasn't been on my list of priorities since I have 2 children under 3 - just getting through the day is an achievement in itself ! But now that Molly is getting a little older I will definately have a go.

This is my finished pizza

I only took one photo as I was so busy chatting to everyone ! I've said it before but I will say it again! I love baking club! the people are lovely and we have a great laugh.
The pizza sauce that we used was a Jamie Oliver one it was delicious and can be easily frozen. My toppings were mushrooms, peppers,onions and of course cheese. It was delicious - homemade pizzas are the best!
It wasn't just pizza that we ate at baking club - we were all asked to bring something homemade and this months topic was anything Italien. So I made Cantuccini which is like biscotti but doesn't need baking twice.

They were delicious - I chose to make them with dark chocolate and almonds , they were so easy to make and they would be fabulous with coffee.

 - I am going to make some for christmas presents, making them christmassy with  cranberry and white chocolate.. Mouth is watering thinking about them....

Wednesday, 5 August 2015

Hello Fresh - Cooking made easy

This week I have had a free box of 3 meals from Hello Fresh that my lovely friend Sarah sent me. I have tried Hello Fresh before and they are fab - delicious and easy to do with fantastic results.
My 3 meals were vegetarian and all of them are meals that I wouldn't have bothered to try normally. The meals are : Coconut Dal with Homemade Chapati, Sweet Potato Wraps, Minted Tzatziki & toasted Almonds and Bodacious Black Bean, Halloumi and Quinoa Salad.
So first one is the Halloumi recipe. The box comes with everything you need this recipe included - Quinoa, Salad onion, red pepper, spinach, Organic black beans, coriander, corn on the cob, Halloumi, smoked paprika and lime. The recipe was quick and only took 25 mins.
The recipe cards are easy to follow I love how there are photos to show you how to do some steps.

This is my finished meal .....

And this is the Hello Fresh version.......

I really enjoyed this meal - I haven't used Quinoa ( apparently prounced Keeenwaaaaaaa!) before and was worried that there wouldn't be enough for me and Stephen - I was also convinced that it would be bland but I was very very surprised!!! It was delicious, there was a lot of taste and each mouthful was lovely and crunchy. There was plenty for 2 people ( stephen had seconds and took a large portion to work the next day). I would make this one again and pleased that I had a go...... Next one to try is Coconut Dal with Homemade Chapati.............