Friday, 12 August 2016

Tanya Bakes

Hey everyone :)


I did a review on Tanya's first book 'Love Tanya' and if you remember I said that my favourite chapter was the baking section. It seems it was also a lot more people's favourite too and Tanya ended up making a whole new book dedicated to recipes she loves, made or found over the years.

I've already made a few from the book and I love it ... I did spill some mixture on one of the pages ... which has annoyed me ... but anyway I digress.

The book is full of simple and easy recipes and some more complicated recipes - so there are recipes of all kinds of bakers!

From what I gathered on Tanya's vlogs while she was making the book - she made every single recipe for the pictures and the team shot them with her. The pictures are amazing and well thought out and a favourite part of the book for me. I find myself always drawn to a recipe with a picture than without.


There are several favourites already for me in the book - one being the flapjack recipe ... Tanya's has smarties on but I didn't have any at the time so I made the recipe without them and it still tasted just as good.

I also loved the Mary Berry's chocolate fork biscuits - so quick and easy to make.








Did you pre-order Tanya's book or did you buy it recently? Have you made anything from it yet? Let me know in the comments below.


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Sunday, 7 August 2016

Rekorderlig Cider Cocktails

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I am always on the lookout for new drinks to try and when I saw these - I just had to get my hands on them ... queue trip to Tesco ... Tesco don't do them yet ... queue trip to Asda!

I have been a fan of Rekorderlig now for ages as their ciders are sweet but not too sweet or sickly. The have a range of fruit flavoured ciders and just recently they brought out cider cocktails which are amazing!

There are three different flavours:

Passionfruit Gimlet Cider Cocktail 
A citrusy blend of our unique Rekorderlig Passionfruit Cider, gin and a hint of lime - the ultimate refreshing cocktail combination.

Wildberry Bramble Cider Cocktail
A dark, fruity mix of white rum and our famous Rekorderlig Wild Berries Cider; a delicious cocktail bursting with flavour.

Swedish Punch Strawberry-Lime Cider Cocktail
Flavours of mint, lime, cucumber and elderflower  blended with our much loved Rekorderlig Strawberry-Lime Cider and vodka for an extra twist.

All the cocktails are a 5.5% ABV.

My favourite had to be the passionfruit - it's sweet and flavourful.

Dave was also with me and his favourite was the wildberry bramble flavour. It was very fruity (he doesn't say much lol).







Let me know what you think in the comments below! Have you tried them yet? If you want to find out any more info then check our their website HERE.




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Saturday, 30 July 2016

Strawberry Cupcakes with a Strawberry Coulis

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If you saw my earlier post I mentioned that Dave and myself went to Grove Farm PYO (Pick Your Own) last week and we got lots of fruit and vegetables - it's still early in the season so we managed to get some strawberries, raspberries, courgettes, onions and spinach.

I love fruit picking - it's lots of fun and it's an enjoyable half-day out. Sometimes though we get carried away with the amount of fruit we pick and it starts to go bad. This year I didn't want to waste anything so I decided to throw the last half of my strawberries into a vanilla cupcake recipe. The result was some amazing gooey-strawberry cupcakes. I then decided that I wasn't in the mood for buttercream icing so made a cool-strawberry coulis to go on top.

They were amazing and yummy! The recipe is below:

Ingredients (cupcake batter):
125g self raising flour
125g caster sugar
1/4 teaspoon bicarbonate of soda
125g soft, unsalted butter (very soft!!)
2 large eggs
1 1/2 tbsp milk
1/4 tsp vanilla extract

Method:
1. Preheat the oven to 170°C and line a cupcake/muffin tray with 12 cases.
2. In a sieve over the mixing bowl - add the flour, caster sugar and bicarbonate of soda and sift them.
3. Add 125g of butter.
4. Add 2 large eggs.
5. Start the mixer on a low speed until everything is just mixed and then turn up to medium to high for 1 minute.
6. With the mixer on a low speed add the milk and vanilla extract.
7. Put the mixer back up to medium to high speed for one last blast (about 30 seconds).
8. Stop the mixer, remove the paddle and get as much batter off as you can. Scrape the sides with a spatula and give a final mix with the spatula to catch anything missed by the paddle at the bottom.
9. Cut the strawberries into small-square chucks - you can decide on the amount. I used about 15 strawberries - and they were a combination of small and large.
10. Add to the batter but use a spatula to gently fold them in DO NOT use the mixer to mix them or you'll end up with a wet slushy batter.
11. Using a dessert spoon and teaspoon scoop the batter into the cupcake cases
12. Bake for 22 minutes in the pre-heated oven. Check with a skewer - it should come out clean.
13. Leave in tray for 5-10 minutes and then transfer to a wire cooling rack.



Ingredients (coulis):
10 strawberries in chunks (going in a food processor)
25g caster sugar
5 strawberries cut into small square (similar to size for the cupcakes)

Method:
1. Pop the chunks of strawberries into the food processor and pulse until you have a puree and there are no chunks left.
2. Add the caster sugar and pulse until combined.
3. Pass through a sieve into a jug/bowl to remove pulp and seeds.
4. Add the chunks of smaller strawberries.

You can then plate up the cupcakes and just before serving - put a spoonful of the chunky strawberry coulis on top and if feeling fancy dust with a sprinkle of icing sugar.







Let me know in the comments what you think!!



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Tuesday, 19 July 2016

Grove Farm: Pick Your Own (2016)

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One thing I really do enjoy is fruit (and vegetable) picking. Near where I live is a place called Grove Farm and they grow everything from strawberries to raspberries to garlic and onions ... I could go on but the list would get exhaustive.

Dave and myself try to go every year ... but I don't think we managed to go last year as we were both really busy and the strawberry season finished before we could get there. This year we did plan to go when they opened however Dave went to France on the weekend they opened - typical!

We managed to pick up some strawberries, raspberries, onions, spinach and courgettes on this trip. The strawberries were amazing (note the 'were') as I have ate most of them already. I even baked some lovely strawberry & vanilla cupcakes with a strawberry sauce yesterday which will be up soon.





Grove Farm is open 7 days a week. Monday to Saturday is 10am to 6pm and Sunday is 9am to 1pm. We managed to get there for 10am-ish and it was relatively quiet. When we left at about 11:30am the car park was full and they were stopping cars coming in and the queue was all the way to the entrance ... which is a good 5 minutes from the main road so a long, long queue and it was a hot day ... so we felt bad for the people waiting in the hot weather.






You can find Grove Farm at:

Grove Farm PYO
Great Gap
Ivinghoe
Leighton Buzzard
LU7 9DZ

Do you have any 'pick your own' farms near where you live? Let me know in the comments below.



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