A French Martini Cocktail is a delicious combination of fresh pineapple juice, Vodka, and Chambord liqueur.
We have an abundance of pears at the moment, and I wanted to put them to good use. This pear and vanilla upside down cake was a wonderful way showcase how delicious pears can be. So delicious in fact that even my non pear loving boyfriend loved the cake and asked for more. I think I may have converted him! Which is a good thing as we still have quite a few pears left, which I already have plans for.
Gourmet Traveller is one of my favourite food magazines. Each month when my magazine subscription arrives in the mail I can’t wait to flip through to see what wonderful recipes are included. This month included a preview of the new cookbook Whispers from a Lebanese Kitchen which will be launched in April.
If you made or are planning on making the Candied Lemon Cake from my previous post (by the way, if you did I would love to hear from you) you might wonder what to do with the 6 egg yolks you will be left with. Cocoa Chocolate Pots de Crème, using intensely dark chocolate, is the answer.
We are putting up a photo wall in our kitchen/ dining rooms where some of the photos will be of us and the boys, the majority will include my boyfriends wonderful macro photography and some of my food photos. So on Saturday we went to the shops to print the photos we had selected for the wall. After printing the photos we thought we would take a look at a nearby furniture shop to see what lounge suites they had as we had been looking for a new one for some time but hadn’t found anything we liked. As soon as we walked into the shop we found the one we wanted. A buttery soft leather 3 seater sofa with chaise and matching ottoman.
Pide (pronounced pee-day), is the Turkish word for flat bread, which is used to make Turkish Pizza. Pide dough is topped with various ingredients, such as meats or vegetables and then the sides of the dough are pulled up around the filling and baked in a very hot oven. I’ve often had Turkish pizza at Mecca Bah restaurant, topped with Roast Pumpkin, Chili and Feta and it’s delicious. So I was inspired to try my hand at making one at home. While it’s not a quick and easy dish that you can for dinner after work, I think the results are worth the effort and nothing beats the smell of freshly baked bread wafting throughout the house
Chocolate….what is there not to love? Smooth, creamy and utterly delicious.
According to one study, melting chocolate in your mouth is results in more of an increase in heart rate and brain activity than passionate kissing. Other research suggests that it can have a number of positive health effects including lowering blood pressure, can boost your memory and even increase your sex drive.
While many consider mushrooms a plant, or vegetable, they are in fact a fungus. Well, the fruit of a fungal organism to be exact. If you think of the way apple trees bear fruit with seeds to produce new apple trees, the fungus that creates mushrooms bears its fruit (in this case mushrooms) to carry spores that will produce new mushrooms.
This fortnights Cookbook Challenge was Rice/Noodles and immediately thought of risotto, which I love, but I wanted to do something different. I flipped through my cookbooks for inspiration and stumbled across Rice Stuffed Tomatoes in Everyday Italian by Giada DeLaurentiis and thought I’d give that a try. I love tomatoes and I love rice so I thought it would be a great combination.
When you are vegetarian it can often be difficult to buy a good curry paste that does not contain shrimp paste or other seafood products. Don’t let that put you off though, as making your own curry paste is so easy and the end result is a delicious curry paste where you have complete control over the flavours and overall spiciness. If you like your food hot you can add more chilli or if you don’t have an asbestos mouth you can reduce the chilli levels.
There are times when you are about to make dinner when you open the fridge or pantry and empty shelves stare back at you. What do you make? If you have some pasta on hand, parmesan cheese and lemons dinner is only a few minutes away. Perfect when you have hungry hoards moaning at you that they are hungry.
One of the wonderful cookbooks I received as a gift for Christmas is Dorie Greenspan’s Paris Sweets. Prior to blogging, I have to admit, I’d never heard of Dorie. Dorie has been called “a culinary guru” by New York times and is an award winning author who has written 9 cookbooks including Paris Sweets, Baking: From my Home to Yours, Baking with Julia and, more recently, Around My French Table.