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Archive for November 2010

Mushroom and Parmesan Risotto

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Really, this should be Risotto ai funghi e prezzemolo, but the prezzemolo means parsley, and this ain’t got none. This is a Jamie Oliver recipe, from Jamie’s Italy, and it’s fab. I’ve made it four or five times now, it may even become my “signature dish” as it were. Maybe. It’s takes a little bit of time. I did read that risotto is actually supposed to be a quick and easy  dinner for busy Italian mamas to cook up for their bambinos. I’ve not really got the quick and easy bit down, but it’s well worth the time and effort.

Mushroom and parmesan risotto

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Sticky Chocolate Brownies

Posted 27 November 2010 by
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Mmmmm…. brownies. Is there better way to satisfy a chocolate craving? If so, I’d like to hear it! This recipe comes from a book of chocolate recipes called Chocolate (imaginative, no?) published by Parragon. The book has two brownie recipes: one for “Sticky Chocolate Brownies” and one for “Chocolate Fudge Brownies”. The fudge brownies had icing on top, which I don’t really approve of, so I went for the “sticky” ones.

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Homemade Butter

Posted 27 November 2010 by
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I made butter! And it was really easy. One day, I will make butter from cream milked from my own roaming goats. Until then, I must make do with shop-bought cream. Just about every blog I read while researching this started off by defending butter, explaining that actually it’s very good for you, and that those scientific theories on saturated fat aren’t really proven. I’m not even going to try. Let’s face it: it’s not great for you. I’d rather eat it than synthetic margarine-type spreads; it’s natural and it can be organic. However, it also has a lot of saturated fat, which is not good for you. As always though, moderation is the key.

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Fingerless Sock-Mittens

Posted 26 November 2010 by
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Brrr… it’s freezing. Winter has arrived. It’s a fact, I have too many socks. I love socks. I also love fingerless gloves / mittens, so I decided to repurpose one of my oldest pairs of stripey socks into fingerless mittens.

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Pumpkin Pie

Posted 26 November 2010 by
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Happy Thanksgiving! It’s Thanksgiving (well, yesterday!), the day when we all give thanks for… well, er… getting rid of those pesky pilgrims? Just kidding! Ok, so it’s not Thanksgiving round here, but there’s an American in this house, and there’s also a pumpkin, so it must be time for pumpkin pie.

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Cornish Saffron Bread

Posted 24 November 2010 by
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Like most people, saffron is not exactly an everyday ingredient for me. I came across a half-used packet of saffron in the cupboard with a use-by date of, well, a little while ago. I’m not about to discard such a luxury item, so I had to use it somehow. I bought it in the first place (years ago) to make this bread. I remember it worked out quite well, so thought I’d have another go. This recipe is from Country Bread by Linda Collister and Anthony Blake. Their recipe calls for dried fruit, which I believe is traditional, but my version is non-fruity.

A loaf of Cornish saffron bread, with one slice cut

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Lemon Curd Pocket Cookies

Posted 24 November 2010 by
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After nutella pocket cookies, lemon curd pocket cookies! Since the recipe for the nutella pocket cookies was to make 48 cookies, I had a ton of cookie dough left over. Sadly, there was not a huge amount of nutella left, so I decided to fill the rest with lemon curd.

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Spaghetti with Lemon, Goat’s Cheese and Thyme

Posted 19 November 2010 by
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This is a quick, simple pasta dish: cheesy, lemony comfort food. I adapted the recipe from In Erika’s Kitchen (mostly just added thyme). If you like a refreshing, citrussy pasta dish, this is great. It would probably be particularly nice in the summer-time.

A plate full of lemon, goat's cheese and thyme spaghetti

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Nutella Pocket Cookies

Posted 19 November 2010 by
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Do you love nutella? More to the point, who doesn’t love nutella? It’s such a perfect chocolatey and hazelnutty combination, let’s face it: I can eat it out of the jar. Luckily, the interweb has discovered it too, and Nutella recipes abound. I wanted to make some cookies for my friend, and when I saw the recipe for these Nutella pocket cookies at La Fuji Mama and they looked irresistible.

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Soft Pretzels

Posted 17 November 2010 by
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So for some reason I decided to make pretzels.  Soft pretzels, no less. My recipe was inspired by, and adapted from, the recipe for soft pretzels at Sugarlaws. Here’s the thing: not only have I never made pretzels before, I’ve never actually eaten one either. So who knows how these will turn out? Pretzels are a German speciality and are usually dense and chewy. These, however, are going to be soft pretzels.

Soft pretzel sprinkled with sea salt

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