I have been trying to update my kitchen essentials to red and I was very happy to be sent the new range of Judge Cookware oven gloves and pot holders. They come in a variety of colours and the red is really vibrant and looks […]
Month: February 2014
I felt a little mischievous the other afternoon. A friend of mine had been to the States and she brought me back a couple of cake mixes. Plus I was wanting to try adding some Matcha green tea to a cake so guess what?? …. that’s right!
I combined the dry cake mix with 1.5 tsp of the Matcha green tea. The tea is known to have amazing anti-oxidants properties (A post about the Matcha tea will follow soon).
Added 3 large eggs, 1 cup water and 1/3 cup vegetable oil. Pour evenly into two ready greased 8″ cake pans and bake for about 25-30 minutes. Leave to cool in the pans for about 5 minutes then turn out onto wire rack to cool completely.
To ice the cake I mixed 250gm unsalted butter (softened at room temperature) with 500gm sifted icing sugar and 1.5 tsp Matcha green tea powder. When thoroughly mixed I added 2 Tablespoons marcapone cheese and mixed in.
I was surprised at the dullness of the colour of the finished cake and icing as the green tea powder is such a bright green!
I was invited to the Underground Cookery School in London to preview their cooking school along with 19 other bloggers and asked only that if we liked the evening we share it. The cooking school is run by Mat Kemp since 2003, a few minutes walk from Old […]
There are two things I have been meaning to do lately. 1) Make my American inspired rice pudding and 2) use up a container of Almond Milk I had in the cupboard. Lightbulb moment *Make rice pudding with the Amond Milk!* I remember the rice […]
Mr R and I don’t usually go out for a meal or other celebration on Valentine’s Day but prefer instead to stay at home and have a meal together and a nice bottle of wine.
I am however a bit of an occasion person at heart and usually make a bit of a fuss for Mr R and when my children were little, for them too. I would make each of the children a pink heart shapped cake to take to school and share with their teacher and fellow pupils. They would have their sandwiches cut with a heart cookie cutter and anything else that was appropriate for a school lunch would also be heart shaped on the day.
Present day and Mr R will have his sandwiches made for him in the heart shape and his toast will be sliced and ready with a message imprinted on it, wrapped and placed by the toaster for a morning surprise!
Asda asked me to try their Valentine’s Meal Deal and I was very happy to do so.
To start with you get to pick from a wide selection to include two side dishes, one main and one pudding all for £10.00.
I did think some of the portions were quite small and we love boulangere potatoes so I had two of the same for my sides,
and very lovely looking rump steaks for main course. I made a green salad to with the meal.
The steak was lovely and tender with loads of taste.
Picking the pudding was difficult, there were some really good one to pick from but went in the end for the Melting Red Velvet Moments.
These little pudding get warmed in the microwave for 20 seconds and when cut into a gooey chocolatey sauce oozes from the middle. Served with a great vanilla ice-cream and it was heavenly!
I received a voucher from Asda to purchase their Valentine Meal Deal and did not receive any payment to write this post. All images and opinions are my own.
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“We are not the biggest producers of popcorn in the world but we believe we are The Best.” This is the testimonial you will find on the back of Thomas Tucker Popcorn.
It was lovely and light and very fresh (some brands always taste stale to me), there were no artificial colours or flavours and are suitable for vegetarians.