Christmas is coming! That means all baking should be accompanied by non-stop Christmas tunes. If traditional carols are your thing, then try http://www.christmascarolsradio.org/ or for cheesy Christmas pop, it’s got to be http://www.christmasfm.com/
For various reasons this week I haven’t had to cook many meals. So it made me feel more able to try something new. I’ve been meaning to cook some more Lorraine Pascale recipes from her first book “Baking Made Easy”.
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.
Mr Cookingfanatic has an extraordinary memory – although unable to remember anything he was taught in Science at school, he has an amazing capacity for remembering food. Particularly every meal he has eaten on every holiday he has ever been on. But the more mundane food memory unfortunately passes him by. When I sit down to do the online shopping order for the week, neither he nor I can remember 7 basic meals we eat.
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.
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.
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.
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.)
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.
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!