Friday, June 28, 2013

Place your votes please...

I think I may have already mentioned (once or twice) that someone kindly nominated me for Best Food Blog in the Observer Food Monthly Awards. Well, the deadline to vote is midnight tonight, soooooo lovely people, if you haven't voted already and feel that you would like to then that would be just grand.

Please follow the link

http://www.easyanswer.net/observer/

Maybe I can bribe you with some chocolate cheesecake brownies...


Or maybe just a big thank you from them and from me.

Wednesday, June 26, 2013

Food - you can't even give it away

Throwing food away is one of my biggest pet hates, but do you know how hard it is to give food away?
At work, by the end of the day we often have plenty of leftovers, especially after catering for an event. After one event recently, it was decided that we should give the food away rather than throw it away. Good idea. However, this proved more difficult than you would think. Several calls were made to local charities and the like, but the offer was turned down apparently due to concerns over food hygiene/law. Thankfully and eventually the Salvation Army came up trumps and accepted our offerings.


Who would refuse free apple pie?
It's shame that it's so hard to give food away, especially in a time when we bin literally billions of pounds worth every year.

Tuesday, June 18, 2013

Recipe - Chocolate Heaven Birthday Cake

When David (a.k.a. Bear) revealed his birthday had come and gone, and at the grand old age of 29 he wasn't bothered about celebrating anymore.....ummm well we couldn't have that could we? I insisted on at least baking him a cake, chocolate, chocolate and more chocolate was his only request.

Recipe - Chocolate Heaven Birthday Cake


Ingredients (makes 7inch small sponge cake)

Sponge:
100g soft margarine
100g light soft brown sugar
2 medium free-range eggs
100g self raising flour
1 tsp baking powder
2 tbsp (Bourneville) cocoa powder

Icing:
30g butter
50g (Bournville) dark chocolate
2 tbsp semi-skimmed milk
Approx. 125g icing sugar
1 tbsp (Bournville) cocoa powder

Method

Preheat the oven to 180⁰C (Gas mark 4). Squish some margarine in your hands and grease up a 7 inch cake tin.
 
Place the margarine, sugar and eggs into a bowl with the sieved flour, baking powder and cocoa. Add 2 tbsp of hot (not boiling) water and beat thoroughly for 1-2 minutes.
 
Pour into the cake tin and bake in the oven for approximately 30 minutes until well risen and springy to the touch. Remove from the tin and leave to cool.
 
 
Meanwhile melt the butter and chocolate with the milk in a heat-proof bowl over a pan of simmering water.
 
 
Sieve the icing sugar and cocoa into a bowl and using a wooden spoon, beat into the melted chocolate mixture along with 1 tbsp hot water.
 
The mixture should be thick enough to spread onto the cake (if not, leave to cool a little).
 
 
 
Once iced, decorate with whatever takes your fancy, I went for chocolate fingers, sprinkles etc...

 
We even sang him Happy Birthday and it put a smile on his face (thanks to the cake, not the singing).
 

Saturday, June 15, 2013

Recipe - Mama's Breakfast Muffins

Mum has been on a baking bender, featuring chocolate cheesecake brownies, muffins, muffins and more muffins...This recipe is for savoury muffins which are great as a breakfast-to-go.

Recipe -  Mama's Breakfast Muffins

Mama's Breakfast Muffins

Ingredients (for approximately 12 muffins)

2 eggs
300g plain white flour
1 tsp baking powder
a pinch of salt
100ml milk
100ml plain yoghurt
125g feta cheese (crumbled)
100g sun-blushed tomatoes (chopped)
10g melted butter

Method:

Pre-heat the oven to 200C (Gas mark 6).

Line a muffin baking tray with muffin cases.

Pop the spinach in a large saucepan, cover with the lid and steam in its own juices for 5 minutes.

Drain the spinach, getting rid of any excess moisture otherwise this will drag the bake down.

In a large bowl beat the eggs then sieve in the flour, baking powder and salt. Add the milk and yoghurt and beat until well combined.

Fold in the feta, tomatoes, spinach and melted butter.

Spoon the mixture evenly into the muffin cases.

Bake for approximately 30 minutes until they are golden.

More Mum recipes to follow, the chocolate cheesecake brownies are ridiculously good.

Wednesday, June 5, 2013

Cakes, Bakes and Clean Plates

Yesterday was the big bake off at work.
Leanne ready for action
Leanne worked her magic, whipping up strawberry and banana cupcakes, cookies and flapjack.
Meanwhile I made a ridiculously rich Rocky Road (recipe to follow) and of course my favourite, the classic plain scone and a dark chocolate and orange version.


Rocky Road
Dark Chocolate and Orange Scone
 
Our delicious cakes and bakes can be found at Clean Plates Café, Maryhill Burgh Halls, Glasgow.


Say it with food


Porridge for breakfast, made for me. I think someone loves me...