Jam Drops

Cookbook Challenge: Week 50
Theme: Picnic
Recipe: Jam Drops
From: AWW Bake

Disclosure: I was sent samples of Bonne Maman jam from 360° Focus.

Oh dear, oh my. I’ve been a bad Cookbook Challenger again. This is the second week in a row that I haven’t prepared anything!

I fully intended to make something today, but we went out to lunch, and it turned out to be the biggest lunch the world has ever seen. No exaggeration. After we rolled out of the restaurant and rolled home, there was no way I could even consider cooking. Cooking = food, and I had eaten far too much to even think about it.

Fortunately, I’m going to do my TV Chef trick again:

Oh, here’s one I prepared earlier! :D

Jam drops

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Plane food: Emirates

I used to be okay with flying, but the older I get the more I dislike it. I’m not at the Valium stage yet, so I try and give myself things to look forward to in an attempt to distract myself – oooh movies! ooooh going somewhere different! ooooh plane food! Yes, I look forward to getting plane meals! Sad, huh?

(Side note: I asked Alastair to tell me some cool things about flying. He responded, “Everything’s cool about flying! The fact that you’re thousands of metres above ground and supported by mechanical wings is amazing.”

Yeaaaaaaah…. that’s the exact part I don’t like.)
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Cheese and olive loaf

Olive cheese loaf

Cookbook Challenge: Week 48
Theme: Bread

A very quick post for this week’s Cookbook Challenge because I’m still in holiday mode! (But I go back to work tomorrow -boo!). The theme for this week is “bread”. I wanted to do a proper yeast bread, but still being in holiday mode means that we slept in this morning and by the time I got around to looking for a recipe, there wasn’t enough time left in the day for bread to rise.
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The Fat Duck, Bray, UK

And we’re back! Alastair and I are home from our holiday – we arrived home on Wednesday afternoon (slightly delayed due to fog at Melbourne airport – but we got to visit Adelaide and sit on the plane for a couple of hours – awesome). I love travelling, but there’s always something nice about getting home and being in our house and sleeping in our bed. (Oh, and seeing the cats and Bro too, of course.)

When making plans for our visit to the UK, I managed to convince Alastair that we *had* to visit The Fat Duck. I’m sure The Fat Duck needs no introduction to fellow food obsessives: a three-star Michelin Guide restaurant owned by Heston Blumenthal that is considered to be the best in the UK, and one of the best in the world. That was the hype anyway – would it live up to it? I know that Alastair was worried that he would be underwhelmed, considering the quite significant cost. As for me, I am a huge fan of Heston Blumenthal, so I had very high expectations.

Fat Duck Fat Duck

We roped in my MIL Annette, and her husband Terry, and headed to Bray for a lunch time visit. We arrived in Bray a bit early, so had a chance to walk around the gorgeous village and then have a glass of champagne at the Hinds Head (a pub also owned by Heston Blumenthal).
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Cookbook Challenge: Week 47, Italian

Bolognese

Recipe: A really good spaghetti bolognese
From: Nigel Slater’s The Kitchen Diaries

The theme for the Cookbook Challenge this week is “Italian”, and after a lot of hunting through my cookbooks, I decided to make bolognese. Normally I don’t follow a recipe for bolognese, but for the purposes of the Cookbook Challenge, I decided I would for once.

Unsurprisingly, I had a few recipes to choose from, and I decided on a Nigel Slater version from The Kitchen Diaries. I’ve posted before about my love for Nigel Slater before, so I had very high hopes for this recipe.
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Orange yoghurt cake

Orange yoghurt cake

Hello! This is a very quick post from Dubai! Alastair and I have had a great time in the UK over the past couple of weeks and now we’re flying to Singapore for several days. I can’t wait to eat some Asian food, although we have been quite spoilt in the meals we’ve eaten while in the UK – no complaints about English food from me! There has been a lot of pub meals, a couple of great home cooked meals (courtesy of my inlaws) and one very indulgent splurge that I can’t wait to blog about.

But more on that later – let’s talk about cake! About an orange yoghurt cake, to be exact. I am loving this cake at the moment. I love it so much that I’ve baked it about five times in the past few months. (My colleagues, Alastair and Pat have enjoyed it too!).

It has a good balance of orange flavour and sweetness, but it’s the texture that I love the most. It’s moist and soft, but not so soft that it falls apart on you.
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