My mums homemade apricot and vanilla jam, sour cream, fresh strawberries and blackberries
I’ve never been a massive fan of figs..something to do with the texture…but I’m more effort to change my mind!
Made this deliciously simple seasonal fig and ruby chard salad!
Cut 2 ripe figs into quarters. Toss in salad bowl with ruby chard (rocket,works well too!), a drizzle of olive oil and a drizzle of balsamic vinegar.
Top with pine nuts and half teaspoons of mascarpone.
Fresh, sweet and seasonal!
First time I’ve made almond cupcakes, using half ground almonds, half self raising flour.
Didnt use the basil in the end haha
Used these cute mini silicon cupcakes my friend Emily got me.
And classic polka dot cupcake cases.
Decided to make a white chocolate and sirop dorgeat icing.
, which is a french almond syrup…
Came out a bit oily from the cacao butter but was tasty!!
My first attempt at lemon drizzle cake!
My mum is an amazing cook! One of her famous specialties are gougères, cheesy puffballs that taste like little pieces of heaven!
They are a little fiddly to make as they require you to make a choux pastry but the result is SO worth it!!
Heres my mums recipe:
Perfect as amuses bouches, for picnics or just when you are fancying a delicious cheesy snack…!
Roasted pheasant with parsnips
1 pheasant plucked (unless you want to do it yourself!)
10 chanteray carrots
1 red onion
Wack the oven on to 200C.
Place the pheasant in the middle of a shallow baking tray.
Wash, peel and slice the parsnips length ways. Add to tray.
Wash carrots. Add to tray.
Peel and roughly chop the red onion into quarters. Add to tray.
Generously drizzle all ingredients in olive oil. Sprinkle with thyme.
Massage the pheasant and vegetables with olive oil and thyme.
Pop in the oven for one hour, basting every 15mins.
Serve and devour!
Last Sunday we decided to venture to our local Waitrose as a treat – always find it hard going there as I always want to buy everything! They just seem to have such tasty treats and fresh good quality produce! As we were perusing the shelves, I spotted rabbit, next to the prepared phesants and partridges.
Now I have never eaten rabbit up till now out of principle as they are such cute little rodents and because my sister had a pet rabbit called Sandy. However, I do love game and really, having lived in a park at uni, have realised there is a lot of game to be had – especially rabbits as they are at it all the time!
So, I decide to be brave and buy wild rabbit. I found a really amazing, easy recipe on uktvfood.co.uk for Rabbit with Cider, Mustard and Thyme. Didn’t have any thyme but tasted just as delicious! Here’s the result.
It’s so nice having housemates who love to cook. My friend Alex, for example, makes a particularly good ham. Being a country boy from Wiltshire, I wouldn’t really expect any less. However, I was a bit skeptical about the whole ham thing as I have never really liked that type of meat. I’ve only found it tastes really fatty and processed, even the fresh stuff you get from the butcher’s.
But wow, Alex’s ham blew me away. We bought a joint of gammon and he boiled it in red wine for 2h15 (how long you cook it depends on the weight) with red onion, star anise, peppercorns, and I’m not sure what else. He then created a glaze with red currant jelly and covered the ham in it. It was then put in the oven for about 30mins and wow the result was amazing! The smells reminded me of Christmas, mulled wine and mince pies. We had already had dinner so just had a cheeky taste of it and it was so succulent! Properly meaty, a beautiful pink with a sweetness from the glaze. So tender and satisfying!
Last night we had the ham cold with Carole’s home made potato wedges and salad. What a treat that was! Homemade food really does taste so much better. As I said to Carole and Alex yesterday, meals like this one make life worth living!
So my housemate/good friend Carole is turning 23 next week and she has requested I make her a birthday cake. That’s fine as I love baking and I think making someone’s birthday cake is such an honour! But I did ask her what type of cake she was fancying?
Tiramisu she cried! Then changed her mind to chocolate orange cake. Then to coffee cake and then to a meringue pavlova! Now she has decided that I have to choose but whatever cake I go for should be part of her Animal theme.
I’m thinking the Tiramisu might be nice though I’ve never made it before. I could maybe make a tiger face out of cocoa powder on the top of it?!
Here’s a recipe I found on italiana.co.uk. I’ll try it out and let you know how it goes.
Now it is time to assemble the tiramisu: