Monday, 8 December 2014

Pepparkakor (Swedish Gingerbread)


What better way to get into the festive spirit than to fill your kitchen with cinnamon, ginger and cloves?

I'm a big fan of Swedish foods and flavours but to be honest with you, I've not made enough of an effort to actually make anything remotely Scandinavian.  With Christmas just around the corner I thought these traditional biscuits would be a good start!

Sunday, 7 December 2014

Foodie Gift Ideas

Sometimes I get really stumped when buying presents, don't you?!  It can be especially hard if you're buying for a "foodie" - they probably have all of the things they need in the kitchen so I've been doing some online window shopping to see what's out there that would make a great gift from the very small to a few more special things..



Stocking stuffers
Egg molds are a great way to add a little fun to your lunch and I especially like these chicken molds from Little Bento World that have little feet! - $12 AUS

There's nothing better than cooking with fresh ingredients and you can't get much fresher than home grown oyster mushrooms!  GroCycle are a not-for-profit social enterprise and to keep coffee grounds out of landfills they grow mushrooms, produce compost and biofuel. - £16.50

Isn't this a great idea - finally an easy way to strip leaves from herbs such as rosemary, sage, or tarragon!  Chef'n Zipstrip - £6.94

I think a little would go a long way with "Hot Stuff in a Matchbox"…£6

Most of the time I write out recipes on scraps of paper I find around the kitchen and then write them up on this here blog but how nice does this Moleskine recipe book look?  Super organised and something nice to keep for your family. - £7.02

Never be caught out on lack of condiments!  Keep a handy portable sized bottle of sriracha with you at all times! - $7 USD





Not Just for Christmas
How about giving your foodie friend a year's worth of inspiration?  A subscription to Good Food (or any other magazine!) will give them plenty of ideas! - £25

Tasty hand made marshmallows delivered to your door every month for an entire year?  Yes please!

I'm a firm fan of these Simply Cook boxes - you receive perfectly measured spices and seasonings for 4 recipes so all you need to do is get the fresh ingredients.  It's a great way to try out new recipes without having to buy  full sized jars of herbs which can get quite expensive!  You can choose a 3, 6 or 12 month gift (prices vary).

Never mind getting a takeaway - how about this 12 month subscription that includes recipes and spices to create a curry and all of the side dishes. - £80





Blow the Budget
In my personal opinion, every kitchen needs a Kitchenaid Artisan mixer!  Ok, so it's not the cheapest but they are brilliant AND there are so many attachments that they make great gifts for years to come!

Can you think of a better way to spend a day than a walking tour through Chinatown stopping off at a Chinese bakery and a Chinese supermarket then a 3 hour cookery course?

Molecule R-Evolution Cuisine Kit plus Molecular Gastronomy Book with 40 Recipes Introductory Package - for the Heston Blumenthal in your life! -£69.98

Speaking of Heston, his book, Historic Heston not only looks stunning and takes you through the ages by way of food. - £114.41

Wednesday, 3 December 2014

Photo a Day: November




"Remember, remember the fifth of November 
Gunpowder, treason and plot. 
I see no reason, why gunpowder treason 
Should ever be forgot." 

Guy Fawkes' night was a bit confusing this year - some people set off their fireworks the weekend before which was also when a lot of little ghosts and ghouls were out trick or treating, some people stuck to the actual day and some people chose the weekend after.  Some people just didn't care and set off fireworks whenever they felt like it!

Saturday, 29 November 2014

A Wedding at Westonbirt


Wow - what a weekend!  Last weekend we were lucky enough to attend one of the best weddings I've ever been to.  A combination of beautiful locations, wonderful people, amazing food and being there to share a special moment where two people and two families come together made it a weekend not to be forgotten!

We set off on a dreary and drizzly Saturday morning, down the M25, off along the M4 then down an "A" road lined with very old looking walls made from the cotswold stone you see everywhere in the area.  All of a sudden we came upon our hotel, Bodkin House Hotel, but weren't sure if it was the right place or not.  We pulled into the car park and both went for our phones to look it up online but alas - no reception!  The no reception thing was a solid theme throughout the weekend and after a few hours I just stopped checking my phone and actually quite enjoyed it!

Saturday, 8 November 2014

Beetroots




I want to talk to you about beetroots.  They can be a bit scary, I know, I only ventured as far as pickled ones up until this year…they look a bit funny with their sprouty bits and roots, their skin doesn't look too appealing and if you get past this, the insides make your chopping board look like a crime scene because the colour is so intense!  You know what though?  They're really not scary.  I've grown to love them massively over the past few months and not a week goes by without me eating them in some shape or form.

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