As you know I am following the 366 photo challenge. Here are this week's photos.
So I had some left over orange pastry that was intended for my orange mince pies but now that it is January I figure I might as well think of something else to do with it. I decided to try a twist on a lemon meringue tart. I made 12 mini tarts. This is loosely based on a recipe for Blood Orange Meringue Tarts in The Australian Women's Weekly Complete Book of Cupcakes and Baking.
For the orange pastry
250g plain flour
20g caster sugar
Orange juice to bring the pastry together
For the orange curd
110g caster sugar
160ml orange juice
2 tablespoons water
75g unsalted butter
2 yolks (save the whites for the meringue)
2 tablespoons cornflower
For the meringue
Two egg whites
110g caster sugar
Image from Odette's newletter
I met up with a some lovely food bloggers this week for a wonderful lunch at Odette's in Primrose Hill. There was a whole little gang of us including Karen from Lavender and Lovage, Vanessa Kimbell from Goddess on a Budget, Charlotte who has her own gluten free cake business at Go Free Cakes, Jude at A Trifle Rushed, Solange from Pebble Soup, Fiona from London Unattached, Ren from Fabulicious Food and Helen from Fuss Free Flavours. All blogs I recommend checking out. We spent the time discussing our blogs and oohing and ahhing at the food.
If you want to learn a bit more about the Chef behind the name, you can listen to Vanessa interviewing Bryn Williams about his vision for Odette's and the dishes they create.
Here are the photos of my three courses. I had the salmon parfait served with capers, the rabbit served with cous cous and aubergine and the vanilla floating islands. They were all divine.
So as part of my new Turquoise Lemons No Waste Food Challenge I want to try and reduce the amount of food I waste. I had some leftover cream that I don't really want to pout over puds as I am trying to avoid the extra post Christmas calories. I keep complaining about how much butter costs at the moment and so inspired by the Fabulous Baker Boys on tv and my trusty Hugh Fearnly Whittingstall Family Cookbook I decided to try and make butter with my leftover cream. It worked like a dream!
Maybe it is the kid in me but I love watching something turn into something else. As well as creating butter you also end up with buttermilk which always seems to be asked for in numerous baking recipes. I also often see cheap pots of cream in the supermarket which I will now be buying to make budget homemade butter.
If you have any inventive and unusual ways of using up leftover cream why not enter the challenge.
I made two of these as presents for friends. They each use a leg of an old pair of jeans and a couple of old shirts and scraps of fabric.
I haven't been able to blog much in the last few days because of my wrists but I have spent quite a while thinking about different things for the blog this year.
One of my new year's resolutions is to not waste so much food. I always buy more than I use. Inspired by the love food hate waste campaign I have come up with the idea of setting myself a monthly challenge to use a particular ingredient that often goes spare in my kitchen. These are sometimes ingredients that are in season and therefore are given to me buy veg growers, or food that turns up in my veg box regularly or food that is used in a few recipes but then has leftovers.
I have already been cooking this way on the blog for quite a while. Last autumn saw a big focus on using up the apples that were kindly given to me and recently I just blogged the blue cheese biscuits which used up my left over blue cheese. By opening up the chance to all my blogger friends I'm hoping that we will all inspire each other to use up something that often goes to waste. For some of my more experienced foodie blogger friends I think this might be quite a simple task but is is something I really struggle with and would like to improve this year. I would like to collate a medley of less obvious recipes than the normal suggestions. So be imaginative and let's see what we can do.
So at the beginning of each month I will set the ingredients for the challenge. Please feel free to suggest ingredients that you often have lying around and don't manage to use up.
At the end of the month I will do a roundup post and hopefully we'll all have more imaginative ways of using up those things that we often waste from our food shops. I'm hoping that this challenge will help me save money and make me more aware of the food that I'm wasting and how to turn it into something tasty.
January challenge: cream
I have some leftover double cream and as I am trying to be more healthy in the new year I don't want to eat pudding or pour it all over cake so I will be looking for a way to use my cream in a different way. Looking forward to seeing what we come up with.
Last night my boyfriend really craved a cheeseburger. We are not fast food people and so decided to make our own burgers. I first made burgers with my godmother when I was a little kid, I really enjoyed getting my hands messy and if you have kids I would suggest making these with them. Because I am still suffering with RSI Greg did most of the making!
Makes 6 burgers
What you need:
500g lean mince
1 slice of bread
Salt, pepper, cumin and mixed herbs to taste
2012 in photos
This year I am hoping to follow the 366 photo challenge and take a photo representing each day of 2012. I realise I have come to this a week late but hope it isn't too late to start. These will be quick spur of the moment photos usually taken with my camera phone. I will be linking up with Suzie's blog to provide me with inspiration but on particular days I may stray from the theme to show something in particular.
I'll be doing this each day and uploading my photos here.
Hello all. Just a quick note to say I am currently struggling with some RSI on my right hand and have been advised to use it as little as possible for two weeks. So using my left hand instead and relying heavily on Greg for everything. He might have to do some blog post typing too!
In the meantime have a peruse at the Yummy Food pages if you are looking for recipes, or Craft Makes or Homemade Gifts if you are looking for simple tutorials.
I absolutely love making these biscuits with any left over blue cheese. They brighten up my lunchbox and are lovely with chutney. They are also super simple to make.
350g plain flour
150g cold butter
120g blue cheese
30g poppy seeds
Pinch of salt