Monday, 28 May 2012

What are we eating this week - 28 May to 3 June

Since getting married, I have at times started food calendars/diaries listing dinner plans for the coming days/weeks. However, these have always been abandoned after a few months. This is a fresh start. This week we are going away for a few days, so meal plans will evolve around what needs to be used up before going away.

Today, I'll prepare some carrot soup for my lunches this week (to share with my daughter). Dinner will be Prawn potato and cheese tortilla.

Tomorrow it'll be Thai-style mexican chicken wraps for K as I'll be out for a work do in the evening

On Wednesday I'm planning a pasta dish of some sort - most probably orecchiette with a creamy caponata sauce.

Thursday is pizza night.

And Friday skinny fish and chips

Monday, 14 May 2012

May Tea Time Treats - Flowers and Floral Flavours

A couple of months ago I spotted this challenge on a blog I follow ('Mainly baking' by Suelle). This month's challenge is hosted by Lavender and lovage. The theme for this month is 'flowers and floral flavours'.  After a quick search on the Food Network website, I decided to have a go at the Rose water and orange blossom baklava.

The comment at the end of the recipe
'This recipe was provided by professional chefs and has been scaled down from a bulk recipe provided by a restaurant. The Food Network Kitchens chefs have not tested this recipe, in the proportions indicated, and therefore, we cannot make any representation as to the results.'
was surely not encouraging!

Well, I like a challenge, and decided to scale down the recipe further! I halved the ingredients (not wanting to waste a pound of nuts), and used half walnuts and half almonds. Pity that I also halved the amount of rose water and orange blossom water as well, as their flavour was too subtle!

Anyway, here are some pics:

Tea Time Treats is a monthly baking challenge co-hosted by Karen at Lavender and Lovage, and Kate at What Kate Baked. The full rules can be found here, if you are interested in taking part.

Monday, 7 May 2012

Mini savoury muffins

Over the last few weeks, my daughter has become mostly uninterested in food. In an effort to get her to eat something, yesterday I baked a batch of 36 mini savoury muffins, some with ham, some with grated courgettes, and some with finely grated carrots. I used a basic cake recipe for the base (obviusly omitting the sugar), creaming together 200g butter with 3 eggs, added one at a time. I then added 25g grated parmesan, around 50g grated cheddar, and 100ml full fat milk. Then I folded 200g plain flour and 2 teaspoons baking powder (sifted beforehand) in the wet ingredients. I divided the mixture into 3 bowls (around 250g of batter in each bowl). In one bowl I added around 70g finely chopped ham, in another around 70g finely grated courgettes, and in the last bowl around 70g finely grated carrots. I put heaped teaspoonfuls of the batter in a non-stick mini tartlet pan and baked for approximately 12-15 minutes in a preheated 180 degrees Celsius oven.

They smelled gorgeous whilst baking and are very tasty, especially still warm from the oven. However, I am not expecting my daughter to go through 36 muffins in a few days, so they are now stored in the freezer.

Wednesday, 2 May 2012

Update on the 'big' home project (2)

Apologies for my absence over the past weeks - work got in the way!

Anyhow, last Monday we received some excellent news over the planned extention of our home - we may not have to have a terrace in the third bedroom, making the room much larger than we thought it could possibly be!!! Yay!!!