Mid-week meals drive me crazy coz I never really know what to cook for dinner. If I had my way I would eat chicken 5x a week and then maybe spice things up a little on the weekends with fish or a slab of beef. But I don’t live on my own ergo, I have to make mid-week meals appealing to the rather fussy-eater boyfriend who by the way, would be happy with a daily dose of steak and chips.
Monthly Archive: November 2012
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Another great recipe to have on-hand when you have leftover mashed potato sitting in the fridge after that weekend dinner party. Fabio Viviani’s recipe for hole-less Italian donuts are really good; sooooo soft and fluffy on the inside, it’s like breaking open a cloud.
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Chilli, garlic and butter make the perfect sauce for shrimps. Place these over some freshly boiled sheghetti and you have a meal you won’t regret. It’s very comforting and satisfying. I adore shimps and this dish makes the perfect mid-week meal when you simply cannot be bothered slaving away at the stove.
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What’s a girl to do on a reaaaaally slow day? Watch tonnes of YouTube videos and get food inspiration! Today I tried my hand at Gougères, a classic French cheese puff. These took me less than 30 mins to make and are really yummy. If you have friends over I suggest you make more than just one batch coz they will disappear before your very eyes.
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Had a dinner party then got left with a basketful of assorted dinner rolls after. Didn’t want to throw them out so I turned them into a scrumptious new side-dish ~ a savoury chilli cheese and bacon bread pudding. Definitely a good way to prevent wastage of good food.
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More spiced up desserts for the cold months ahead. Today I give you a simple homey pudding of spiced apples and vanilla sponge called an Eve’s Apple Bake. It’s one of the first puddings I have ever made from scratch because it is so easy to do … although I still managed to screw it up (I was THAT bad at baking). Served with ice-cream or vanilla custard, this dessert will be 100% gratifying.
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Beautiful baby bundt cakes with all the spicey flavours associated with the festive season. In Holland spiced cookies called ‘Speculaas’ and ‘Kruidnoten’ are traditional for this time of year, so I thought how about some spiced cakes as well to add to the mix. These are then glazed with a creamy butterscotch glaze and given a light dusting with cinnamon sugar. Brilliant!
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When I think of pomegranates it conjures up images of exotic Central Asian cities like Istanbul and Marrakesh. Silks, saffron and the souq (large open-air markets) are also what I think of. I hope to capture some of that exoticness in this simple and delicate dessert, bringing a bit of spice and a bit of sweetness with every spoonful.
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