I recently made these beautiful trifle cupcakes for a friend's hen do. They were very tasty and were my first experience of making creme patisserie.
I used the recipe from Hummingbird Bakery Cake Days which has yet to fail me. The recipes work exceptionally well.
I am slightly obsessed with coconut and strawberry as a flavour combination and thought I would try this as a flapjack.
1 tbsp lemon juice
1 tbsp sugar
200g plain flour
2 tbsp golden syrup
50g dessicated coconut
Cut up the strawberries and add a tablespoon of lemon juice and sugar, mix and set aside.
June was such a busy month for me and I am very much still catching up! I decided to set June's theme as any recipe that used up leftover food. Here is the wonderful selection that I ended up with.
Creamy ham and mushroom pasta from Soosie. This is a really good round up recipe for getting rid of all those leftover little bits in the fridge, whilst at the same time making a hearty meal.
Next the lovely Mel has blogged these tasty looking Salmon fishcakes using up leftover salmon and potato. Perfect for a lunch or lighter evening meal.
Karen from Lavender and Lovage made this scrumptious looking barbecued fish on the stove which uses up breadcrumbs as well as leftover potatoes.
Now I am dreaming of tapas and lucky for me Janice at Farmergirl Kitchen has served up some tasty patas bravas with chicken and chorizo. She used leftover Piri Piri chicken and raided the fridge to use up lots of other bits.
Fiona from London Unattached cooked this lovely chicken and asparagus risotto which uses leftover roasted chicken and stock from the carcass.
For my entry I used some leftover egg whites to whip up these mini meringues. They looked really adorable.
Ros at more than the occasional baker has submitted her lovely lemon yogurt cake using leftover lemons, oranges and yogurt. This is defineitley one for me to try and I often have leftvoer yogurt.
Once again thank you to everyone who joined in and huge apologies for the late write up. Do join us for July's challenge which is collating a range of recipes to use up the current harvest of Beetroots.
It was recently my friend's hen do and the theme was Ascot. I therefore decided to make trifle cupcakes and mini meringues and Eton mess. I had left over egg whites from the trifle cupcakes so what better way to use them than to make cute little piped meringues. I originally got the idea from Hannah at Corner Cottage Bakery who created these gorgeous tiny meringues. Mine were a little bigger but still looked adorable.
For every 1 egg white use 50g of caster sugar.
To make the Eton mess just add whipped cream and mixed berries.
As this is a fantastic way to use up surplus egg whites I am entering this into June's 'no waste food challenge' I set the deadline for this month as the 15th July, as I am so behind schedule, so I have just sneaked this in!
I know that I am very behind myself right now but June's round up will be coming shortly and I thought I should quickly announce July's theme.
The weather has caused havoc this year with people's 'grow your own' but I was still very lucky to receive some spare beetroot from a colleague's allotment. So this month is about using up the season's beetroot. What recipes do you have?
As per usual I am not precious about deadlines (as you may have noticed) so do drop me an email with your blog posts firstname.lastname@example.org and do feel free to republish old posts.
I have finally got round to spring cleaning my kitchen! I really feel like I am playing catchup this year and so despite working a six day week I decided to spring (summer) clean the kitchen. As this is all I managed to achieve this weekend, and I am quite impressed with the results, I thought I would share with you my before and after photos together with tips on some of the products I used.
Things to tackle included tiles, tile sealant and the oven.
I find that tiles get really grubby and need regular degreasing. I have just bought a Vax V5 steam cleaner and wanted to try this out on the tiles. I bought a refurbished one, as it was cheaper, and it works just like new. The steamer worked well to help loosen the grease and dirt.
All the tile sealant has disintegrated and gone mouldy. I scrapped of all the old sealant, steam cleaned to get rid of any grime and resealed with uni bond. The trick to getting this neat is definitely to use an old credit card to scrape the excess sealant away.
We were very lucky when we moved in and our landlady bought us a new oven. However, I have been a bit bad at regularly cleaning it. In fact, I am pretty embarrassed at this picture! I spent several hours scrubbing at this with the steamer, lemon juice, bicarbonate of soda and vinegar in an attempt to be green and then resorted to Oven Pride. On my goodness it is amazing! I could see it working on the oven door immediately. After two hours the oven looks brand new with only minimal scrubbing. I'm all for green solutions but until something great is discovered I am afraid I will be using this.
Finally, all clean and lovely. Now all I need is a turquoise kettle, which I am secretly hoping I will receive from Morphy Richards to test and review, as I was chosen this year as one of their innovators.
All the products used were purchased by myself.
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