I am writing this sat at my dining room table, layered in knits with a mug of steaming tea..its chucking it down outside! A complete contrast how Chris and I spent it yesterday, out in the warm sunshine doing up our garden, building a fence, planting plants and talking BBQ’s.
To brighten up this grey and wet Monday I thought I would bring spring back with a long overdue blog post, showcasing the delights of the frozen pea in three spring recipes.
Green Goddess Burgers, Pea and Broad Bean Spaghetti and Avocado and Pea Hummus.
Starting with the Green Goddess Burger, I first had this at a vegan cafe, packed with spinach and peas it was good, both in its taste and nutrition, but I thought I could do one better. This is my version, whether it qualifies as vegan I’m not sure, but I’ll let you be the judge of that.
Its Easter again! How time flies. Chris and I hosted Easter last year with family, fizz and a 3 course spring lunch, it doesn’t seem that long ago at all. I really enjoyed doing it and I’ve defiantly inherited my mum’s flare for hosting gene! However, this year couldn’t be more different, Chris is away on a stag do and my Mum is away for work so we have postponed Easter for now. I won’t be completely alone though, my sister is coming to visit for the weekend and I can’t wait!! Lots of fun, laughter and fizz...ok maybe not that different then.
Valentines Day, the only holiday that seems to have developed a bad rep. Supermarkets bombard us with all things red to force us to be romantic for the day. This may have led to its downfall and is now recognised as a money making scheme. Like most couples I think, Chris and I acknowledge Valentines Day, we do the card and I use it as an excuse to indulge in a chocolate desert. We don’t need to be forced into being romantic as we do nice things for each other regularly, whether its Chris emptying the dish washer or taking me out on Friday night after a couple of horrid days at work. I have to admit however, I couldn’t help feel a tad disappointed when Chris presented me with a box of Weetabix instead of flowers when he walked through the door last Tuesday. I had cleaned out my vase on the off chance.
I think we tolerate Pancake Day more, god forbid you go without a pancake! Then again what about those horrid pancake mixes in those plastic bottles, isn’t that just as bad? I mean after the success of The Great British Bake off who doesn’t have flour, eggs and milk in their fridge nowadays? Also surely its cheaper buy the ingredients if you didn’t!
I thought writing a food blog would be pretty straight forward. I imagined myself whipping up marvelous cakes and gooey brownies in one hand and typing up my blog with the other – done and dusted with in a day!
Ideally this would have been posted last week as it was National cupcake week and the recipe I’m about to share with you would have been perfect for the occasion, however I was away in Edinburgh, but I’m not here to talk about that. I’m here to share something else, something I’ve been working on a few months now, something that is quite personal and very much me.
So here goes..(deep breath)
Using my own experiences and realising that life is as unpredictable as “The Great British Bake Off” together with my love of baking and some cuddly woodland creatures I have created a little childrens story. Filled with cake and even more determination that I hope will inspire your little ones to bake, but more importantly to not give up and just keep going whatever life throws at them.I hope you enjoy!
A rather impromptu blog post today after I made some strawberry and frangipane cookies this morning and because they are so scrummy I just had to share them with you.
Arlo: situated on a quiet street in West Jesmond and sits snugly among other little restaurants and pretty home ware shops. it boasts a laid back atmosphere and with alpine decorations, quirky knick knacks and strings of fairy lights it creates a cosy setting to enjoy any meal whether it be breakfast, lunch or dinner, they cater for all three.
Chris and I opted for dinner this time, it was Friday and as I was already meeting him after work for a drink anyway we thought we’d make a night of it. I wasn’t surprised to hear that they were very busy when I phoned to book a table, being Friday and a popular restaurant. Over the phone I got the impression that the host on the other end was struggling to find anything for us so instead for 7pm I booked it for half 6.
When we arrived we were greeted with a friendly smile and shown to our table. The restaurant however was almost empty, surprising considering the conversation earlier, I was expecting it to be packed!
Having made a couple of tarts recently, one of them being a Tart au Citron which I just ended up calling lemon tart as my attempt didn’t live up to its name. (It had a soggy bottom, the lemon filling was lopsided and I over baked it) The other this Chocolate Lime Tart based on the boiled sweet, chocolate limes..which I can't find anywhere and do they even sell them anymore?? again not quite meeting basic pastry standards. I have decided to set myself a pastry challenge. I will only bake some form of pie or tart for the next few weeks to practice my pastry skills in the hope that by the end of July I will be able to make fabulous pastry worthy to appear in BBC Good Food Magazine!