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Month: January 2015

Sourdough Scones

Sourdough Scones

Earlier this month I was given the most amazing opportunity to attend one of Vanessa Kimbell’s sourdough courses. Although, for a whole range of reasons, I have not made my own sourdough bread yet, I have been very careful to keep my sourdough starter alive. […]

Sweet and Easy Sweet Potatoes

Sweet and Easy Sweet Potatoes

We love sweet potatoes in our house and the fact that they are so good for you is an extra bonus.  We eat the whole thing, rarely peeling as most of the goodness is in the skin. I like to cook them very simply and not […]

A Master Class in Bread Baking at PAUL Patisserie

A Master Class in Bread Baking at PAUL Patisserie

Bread
seems to be coming into my life a lot lately. Firstly I attended a Sourdough
bread making class at the beginning of January and now a French bread making
class in London at the renowned Bakery and Patisserie PAUL.  The bread making masterclass was held at
their Bankside shop although if you check out their website you will find all
the other London locations.
The
trains were having problems with signalling because of the floods in the
Farringdon tunnel which meant I was about 10 minutes late for the class but I
was welcomed and allowed to catch up with the others.
Our
Baker for the evening was Felixe who knows bread baking inside and out. He
explained the processes to us, showed us procedures and then let us have a go
at the dough we had started.
Because
the dough we were making would not be advanced enough to bake during the class
we set this aside and worked on some dough already made (in the ‘Here’s one I
made earlier’ category!)
We
kneaded, shaped, rolled and rested our little loaves under Felixe’s expert eye
putting them inside the specially shaped baskets for their final proving.

When the dough was ready we were shown how to put it on the paddle, score it and put it into the ovens, even pressing the button for an injection of steam, very important to the bread making process.

Whilst
the dough baked itself into bread we went upstairs to their balcony seating area for a veritable
PAUL feast! Salami, sliced meats, cheeses, pesto, roasted peppers and much more
(are you drooling yet?) were waiting for us as well as the PAUL house red wine
which I absolutely adore.

When
we finished eating we went downstairs and our own dough had been wrapped up to
take home to bake that evening or put in the freezer for another time.  I want to use mine when the little people
visit and get them to roll their own bread rolls.

And
of course the loaves that we had put in the ovens ourselves were ready, warm
and inviting and were intended for us to take them home.  I loved sitting on my train home with the
smell of warm dough all around me!

PAUL
host their French Bread Masterclasses on a Tuesday evening every other week at
Bankside and every other week at Covent Garden – there is no excuse not to
attend one!

The photos from the night were taken by the
lovely Marco who was helping Felixe and who took everyone’s camera and made
sure he photographed everyone have a trial at doing each stage.  Many thanks Marco and to Felixe as well for
an enjoyable and educational evening.

I was a guest of PAUL-UK and usual all opinions are my
own.

Weekend Cake – Cinnamon Coffee Cake

Weekend Cake – Cinnamon Coffee Cake

I often make a cake on the weekend and somewhere in the past I had a recipe for a Cinnamon Coffee Cake.  My mother used to buy a Coffee Cake to have when her friends would drop in for coffee – hence the name and […]

Prunes! Nature’s Perfect Snack

Prunes! Nature’s Perfect Snack

Mention prunes and most people pull a face or make a gesture to indicate an unpleasant side effect.  In fact prunes are one of nature’s little miracles. They are full of protein, low in sugar (due to the way they are left on the tree […]

Meat-free Spaghetti Bolognaise with Quorn

Meat-free Spaghetti Bolognaise with Quorn

When I make my spaghetti sauce I prefer not to use mince but Mr R really likes it with mince and occasionally I give in and make it his way.  I like to cut my vegetables really small so it feels a little like mince in your mouth.

I hadn’t considered using a meat-free mince so when Quorn asked me to try Quorn in my bolognaise sauce I rose to the challenge.

Quorn is high in healthy protein and low in saturated fat. It is also not only meat free but gluten free and a great source of fibre.

The mince comes frozen but doesn’t need more than a few minutes to defrost and you don’t need to brown it first either.  I do like that just browned look so I did brown mine for a few minutes then added it to the sauce.

I made my usual sauce; onion, celery, pepper, garlic, tomato puree, pesto, tins of tomatoes.

When the sauce was ready I added seasoning then the Quorn.

I let it simmer for about 20 minutes whilst I boiled the water for the pasta and cooked it.

Served with parmesean cheese on top and yummmmm!

Neither Mr R nor FIL (father-in-law) guessed it was meat-free. There was loads left over so you can guess what we had for lunch the following day!

I received a voucher to purchase the Quorn. I was not paid to write this review. All opinions and photos are my own.

The Sourdough School Courses and Sourdough Club

The Sourdough School Courses and Sourdough Club

My friend Vanessa Kimbell was a food writer and blogger when I first met her. Following visits to Uganda, Grenada and India Vanessa has changed the way she reacts to the world around that we live in and the world we want to leave to […]

Surprise Supper – Spanish Chicken with Olives and Paprika

Surprise Supper – Spanish Chicken with Olives and Paprika

I got home tonight with no idea of what we were having for dinner. Thought of a bacon and tomato pasta but decided to save that for Friday when the family were coming for dinner. I started as usual with my Holy Trinity – onion, […]

In My Veg Box – Sweet Potatoes

In My Veg Box – Sweet Potatoes

 
I have been given the honour to guest host ‘In My Veg Box’ for the month of January and the topic is Sweet Potatoes. This event is by citrusspiceuk.com. Sweet potatoes are often ignored in the supermarkets and greengrocers but they are a truly versatile, tasty and very healthy vegetable.
 
This link up will run from 01 January 2015 until 31 January 2015. Please share with your friends and encourage your blogger friends to take part.

To Participate:

1. Prepare any vegetarian recipe
using Sweet Potato please link your dish using the linky
below by entering your Dish Name and Post URL.
2. Please link this event announcement and citrusspiceuk blog (http://citrusspiceuk.com/) with your
entry, this is mandatory.
3. Use of logo is not mandatory but it helps to spread the word if you can
use it.
4. Multiple entries are allowed, archived are only allowed
if reposted and updated with this event link and citrusspice link

In the event of problem using linky you can email me the entry at partieswithHeidi@gmail.com

Please use this format:

Your Name: Recipe
Name Recipe URL
Image no larger than 300 pixels.

 

I look forward to seeing your sweet potato recipes and hopefully you will like the recipes I will be posting during January 2015.