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All things Cake at BBC Show London

Friday, 31 October 2014

It has been a long, long week. Last Friday, after a hectic few days jamming, canning, labelling, preparing and with very little sleep, I packed up and set out  to the BBC Good Food Cakes & Bakes Show in London.

Amazingly good French cakes - By Babelle Cakes

The car couldn’t have been more full. After weeks of endless “to do lists”, “to take with us lists”, “not to forget lists”, we managed to fit everything in. I really thought it was going to conk out in the middle of the M5.

Portobello Mushrooms

Friday, 24 October 2014

We have inherited a piano. Well, it is not a proper inheritance. Is a temporary inheritance.

Our neighbours next door have moved house. They had a piano. He had a piano, but it was she who used to play it. And their lovely boy. 

They have moved and we miss them. It was nice to have such a great people living next door. And their cat, who used to welcome me home from work every day. Their cat  name is Tiberius, now you can guess the kind of amazing people they are.


It is weird how sometimes things that seem to be “as they are” suddenly change and make your life wobble. And it is even more weird because we meet them by chance, and now it seems that we are a bit more lonely without them.

Maybe because we don’t have any family around, and they were a bit like our family.

In their new house, there is no space for a piano. So they decided that we were a good family for it.

I have a stormy relationship with music. I love it. My dad loved it as well. So at 6 years old I started in the school of music. At the very beginning I loved it, but as I passed grades, it become more and more demanding. Until the point that I was literally living there: music theory, singing, guitar, flute. I had no life but music lessons. By this time, practicing was a must and there were no enjoyment at all in any of these activities. So as soon as I achieved the elementary level, I decided not to continue.


A bit later on, in my 20’s, I decided to try again, this time with a guitar and in a much more relaxed way. And I rediscovered my love for music. However, due to circumstances I had to stop.

Now we have a piano in our living room. And although I can feel the pressure, I really fancy giving it a go. Maybe because I can see myself in the future playing Christmas Carols around the piano with a nice fire in the fireplace and a turkey roasting in the oven.

Well, yes, I’ve watched far too many American movies.


Anyway, the kids seem to love it, so we have arranged for an instructor to come once a week and show them how to play it. In a funny, enjoyable and relaxed way. And just for 20 minutes.

This week’s recipe has nothing to do with pianos. It is a healthy and quick recipe which will make a nice side or starter. See? I told you. Nothing to do with pianos.


WHAT DO YOU NEED

5/6 Big Size Mushrooms
2 Leeks
250gr Cured Ham or Bacon
150gr Grated Cheddar
4tbsp Extra Virgin Olive Oil
Oregano
Salt and Pepper to taste



WHAT DO YOU DO

Preheat the oven to 180C.

Clean the mushrooms with fresh running water and remove the stalks. Dry them up with some kitchen paper. Set aside.

In a saucepan, heat the olive oil and cook the leaks cut in julienne until soft and brown. Then add the ham and season with salt and pepper to taste.


Cover an oven try with baking paper and put the mushrooms upside down. Brush some olive oil.

Fill each mushroom with the leaks and ham and cover with the grated cheese.

Bake for around 10 minutes and serve warm.


Oreo Truffles

Friday, 17 October 2014

I feel cheated. Are they taking the mickey? They should be. They certainly are.

This week is "National Chocolate Week". Smile, you are on camera.


Seriously?? 

Does anybody in his right mind need such a simple and stupid excuse to eat chocolate? That’s insulting. My intelligence feels underestimated. Yes, it´s true, I eat LOTS of chocolate. But I'm not dumb. In fact, a recent research from Columbia University suggested regular cocoa intake led to improved mental function. I should be extremely intelligent then.

Crunchy Courgette Bites

Friday, 10 October 2014

If you really really really want to piss me off, arrange an appointment for me with the dentist.

No offense, but I'm pretty sure dentist have a deep and hidden need of tormenting the others. I would even dare to say that there is something evil in them. That in reality, they enjoy being dentists.


Because, OK, having a toothache is not nice at all. But why do they insist on making things even worse?

First Anniversary!

Friday, 3 October 2014

One year.

That is 365 days. 8760 hours. 525600 minutes.

56 recipes. More than 11,000 visitors to our blog and website. Around 9,000 pots sold. Hours and hours of hard work, but also laughs and great times.

When I first started this blog I was so worried about putting my words out there for anyone to see. I probably spent over two hours on my very first post… which is hilarious because it isn’t even really a “post.”

Then, every week has been a new challenge. Something I was sure about is that I didn’t want to cook typical dishes, or recipes copied from somewhere else. I wanted to create, to innovate, to design and prepare my own recipes. But the more you seek inspiration, the more amazing recipes you find out there. Like the crinckle cookies recipe, which was truly a challenge that ended up as a success and one of the most popular recipes on this blog.


Veggie Halloumi Moussaka

Friday, 26 September 2014

Quite a lot of times some of you have asked me where do I get the ideas from. Well, now this blog is about to be 1 year old I’ll make a confession: I spend the whole day thinking about food. As soon as I’m out of bed I start wondering what I’m going to have for breakfast.

A good coffee, freshly squeezed orange juice and a warm croissant with melted butter is my idea of a perfect one. However, since I need to be off to work at 6.30, I hardly have more than a couple of bites of toast and some milk.


Then I start thinking about lunchtime, how long it  will it take until midday, what I will have, when, with who. Lunching with my peeps is definitely the best thing of my job. After having my lunch I start thinking in the amazing snack I’m going to prepare for my boys after school. And then I check what is available in the fridge and what I am going to cook for dinner. After that I just keep on thinking about food until I’m in bed where, to be perfectly honest I quite often dream about food.

Tiramisu

Friday, 19 September 2014

Things are getting out of hand.

The whole marmalade thing is really affecting me. It is affecting my husband. It is even affecting my neighbours.

But even more worrying... I believe it is deeply affecting my sons.


While I'm writing this they are playing... how to express this... well, they are playing jam-battle. Literally they are playing a game where one of them shoots jam at the other one, then the first one does a somersault, and then the first one in getting up again wins. Eek.