I really need a new kitchen. The cupboard doors are falling off, the worktops slope down so that water runs into the corner and pools there behind the tea and coffee canisters. The tiles are so retro, they’re almost fashionable again. But mostly, I need a new kitchen so that I can take instaworthy pictures of my baking. For now, you’ll have to do with pictures taken in the fridge/on top of a biscuit tin/disguised with tea towels. But trust me, this fridge cake tastes better than the photos can do justice!
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This dish is inspired by Lorraine Pascale in every way except one: the recipe.
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It’s Mr Cookingfanatic’s birthday and babycookingfanatic’s half birthday (yes, we do all the frivolous celebrations in this household!). And I’ve been meaning to make this hidden battenberg cake for ages. Scroll down to the end to see the finished product.
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Cakes which look more exciting on the inside than the outside are very fashionable at the moment. And Lorraine has a version of the zebra cake in her recipe book.
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I have a craft book which confidently asserts, “Easter is all about the eggs.” It’s not. I don’t think I’ve ever seen Easter as big as it is this year in the supermarkets. There’s Easter bonnets to decorate, Easter cards (honestly, who sends these?), Easter trees, Easter bunny headbands, Easter bunny bubble wands and more! The goodfood magazine is full of “Easter weekend traditions.” The message seems to be that Easter was a good old pagan tradition before those pesky Christians tried to appropriate it for themselves. Continue reading “Easter – all about the eggs?”
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!
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Home Cooking Made Easy p96, 188 and 225
Lorraine describes this dish as “the ultimate dish to prepare if you are in a hurry.” I would have thought the ultimate would be that great student dish, pasta and salt, or even quicker, toast.
Continue reading “73. 74. and 75. Rack of lamb, white chocolate mousse and bubble wrap sugar”
Home Cooking Made Easy p211
This recipe doesn’t really count as cooking. My version contained just two ingredients: swiss roll, and ice cream. You can brush the swiss roll slices with rum, but I was making it for kids.
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Home Cooking Made Easy p199
You wouldn’t think it from her supermodel looks, but Lorraine Pascale is a real fattie. She says she could eat this pudding all in one go by herself. Six of us struggled to get through half of it, so she must have a hefty appetite for such a slim girl.
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Home Cooking Made Easy p195 and 219
For those of you with a nervous disposition, don’t worry. I may only be up to recipe 61 on the blog, but in real life, I’m actually a bit further on, and still hoping to reach 100 by the end of December. There are a number of recipes I’ve been putting off thinking, I’ll make that for Mr Cookingfanatic’s birthday. But honestly, how many birthday meals can one person have? II’d better crack on.
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