Making life delicious, one recipe at a time.

Making life delicious, one recipe at a time.

Month: April 2012

Lemon Curd Cupcakes

This recipe came about for 2 reasons. The first was that I sampling Stork’s newest baking product, the ‘Easy to Mix Baking Liquid’. Strangely and intentionally vague name right? I didn’t actually know what it was for until it arrived in a package at my house. Apparently it’s a substitute for butter and made with vegetable and rape seed oils (amongst other things). It has a weird bright yellow colour and that weird fake-butter smell you get from microwave popcorn. I didn’t think it was very nice looking and I had strong doubts about the results.  So I made the …

Talking about tomatoes…

OK, so we’ve established that when I’m anxious I blog. Today is no exception. I have just found out that my troubles with schooling is not over. Earlier this year, when we moved, I had to fight to get my kids into my local school. Fortunately I won, but it was an extremely stressful time for us. Apparently I have to apply for KT to attend the school affiliated with his current one.

Dear England,

Your school system is rubbish and you stress me out.

Sincerely,

Anxious, E. Ter

So I’ve been thinking about tomatoes. They don’t always HAVE to …

Italian Music to cook to

I’ve been meaning to do this for a while now…that is share the music I listen to while I’m in the kitchen. I often make mixes which are a little difficult to share, but I am seriously considering starting a blip or cloud account if anyone’s keen. I came across this idea when speaking to a French food blogger Anne, and she said her blogging community love to talk about what music they are listening to while they bake. I thought this was so great, considering I love to listen while I work.

Moving on, I was watching Carluccio’s new …

Creamy Lentils and Spinach

This recipe appears as the topping on puff pastry galettes in Ottolenghi‘s recipe book. But as you can guess, I’m always looking for ways to cut out the calories and keep in the flavour. I think I have succeeded here because this dish is spectacular without the galettes. The creaminess of the Greek Yoghurt (full fat is always best for taste and health!) makes this dish taste decadent and the delicate spices are great for those trying lentils for the first time.

When we cut potatoes, rice, pasta and grains in general out of our meals, I went on …

Salmon, asparagus and the fruits of laziness

Just showing off what we ate for dinner tonight really. It worked out better than I had planned, or rather didn’t plan. I have been salivating over the cover of the latest Sainsbury’s Magazine which shows a delicious looking meal of some salmon and asparagus. I’m so lazy that I haven’t been bothered to pick up the actual magazine to look a little closer or even glance at the recipe and so cheap that I won’t spend £1.60 on it. And so it came as no surprise to me that I had these grand plans of making ‘that recipe’ and …

Oreo Cupcakes

I was visiting VC in her London pad earlier this week and her flatmate had a Japanese friend staying over. Somehow the conversation turned to food – as it inevitably does when I’m in the room – and they were talking about the cupcakes they ate on one of their trips to Japan. There was talk of Oreo cupcakes and I was intrigued. I like Oreos. I like cupcakes. My eyes glazed over and became vacant at the thought. What could be finer? VC’s flatmate was kind enough to dig out the recipe she spoke of and explained in hushed …

Sausages and Salzburg

Before the Easter weekend, we went to Salzburg. I’ve been before and thought it would make a good destination for the boys. It’s a small city with all the sites in a smallish area and is as beautiful as a city can be. We stayed in a cosy guesthouse about 15 minutes out of the old city and spent our evenings on the balcony staring up at the magnificent view of the snow-capped mountains that surround the city. The house is a family operation, it is decorated in traditional Austrian style and was all decked out for Easter with bunnies …