Home Cooking Made Easy p127
It seems fitting to be cooking the final recipe from the challenge today on New Year’s Eve. So fasten your seatbelts readers, (or passengers) for one final ride on the rollercoaster that is my Home Cooking Made Easy 2012 Challenge.
Continue reading “100. Rioja-braised lamb shanks with chorizo & garlic”
Home Cooking Made Easy p181
I made this on a whim one afternoon (I know, I know, the crazy things I do). And it was surprisingly quick to make. Here’s a basic recipe from the bbc. Lorraine’s was swiss roll style, but pretty similar apart from that. I hadn’t quite got enough vegetable suet, so I added a bit of vegetable lard I had in the fridge.
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Home Cooking Made Easy p234 and 237
The only way to make Lorraine’s “winter spiced lemon curd” taste of winter spices is to eat it off a cinnamon stick. The photo in the book seems to have a cinnamon stick poking out of it like a straw and some whole cloves which my sister says are “looking optimistic,” even though the recipe actually says you should strain the bits out.
Continue reading “97 & 98. Brittle and lemon curd”
Home Cooking Made Easy p16 and 15.
If you’ve been a regular reader, you’ll know we don’t go in for starters much in the cookingfanatic household (and if you have been a regular reader, give yourself a round of applause. It’s been an emotional rollercoaster – that roulade was a real low point – but you’re still here, so well done you.)
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Home Cooking Made Easy p178
Well it was bound to happen really. Out of one hundred recipes, I forgot to take the photo for one. We had people over for dinner and there can be something a bit odd about whipping out your phone at the table to take pictures of your dessert. That’s my excuse anyway.
Continue reading “94. Sauternes, cardamom & ginger poached pears”
Home Cooking Made Easy p230, 241 and 233
Perhaps like me you didn’t manage to be organised enough to make all your presents before Christmas and you still have family to see over New Year. Well I bring you three gift suggestions. You can always bookmark it for next year!
Continue reading “91, 92 & 93. A Trio of Edible Gifts”
Home Cooking Made Easy p129
This recipe requires raw shell-on prawns, which for me were impossible to find. Not even the fish man on the market had any. In the end I settled for cooked shell-on prawns from Morrisons, as the point is really simmering the shells for about 30 minutes.
Continue reading “90. Prawn bisque with basil & brandy”
Home Cooking Made Easy p187
I’ve never made ice cream – I don’t have an ice cream maker and I couldn’t be bothered with the whole whisking every hour thing. So this parfait is definitely the way to go.
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Home Cooking Made Easy p44
Muffins are a lexical nightmare. They can mean so many things. Usually they mean American muffins, e.g. a Starbucks Skinny Blueberry Muffin, but in my homeland of Lancashire they have oven-bottom muffins – a kind of flat bread roll. Confusingly in the Oldham area, muffin is also a general word for bread roll.
Continue reading “88. Old-fashioned English muffins”
Home Cooking Made Easy p127
I can rarely be bothered to do a roast on Sundays but this dish satisfies that Sunday urge for meat and fat, without quite so much time and effort.
Continue reading “87. Mini beef wellingtons”