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Testing out Tefal’s ‘Cook4me’

You might have read that I’ve been experimenting with a few kitchen gadgets and cookware recently. The latest of these was the very nifty ‘Cook4me’. Tefal kindly hosted an event at a fab apartment near Old Street, where some lovely bloggers and I had the chance to try it out, by cooking (and eating!) a three course meal using it. The Cook4me is a bit like the pressure cookers of times gone by, but much easier to use, as you don’t have to control the pressure/steam. It has 5 cooking settings in total, allowing you to pressure-cook, steam, brown, simmer, or reheat your meals. We were split into two groups to try a variety of dishes. Sophie, Binny and I started by making Asian Pork Meatballs. We constructed them in the usual way of making meatballs, (along with shiitake mushrooms which was a nice touch) and just popped them straight into the Cook4me. I’m used to adding breadcrumbs (or in desperate times, just some crushed up weetabix!) to hold the meatballs together, but this was obviously a …

Masha Meringue Challenge – Fig & Honey Pavlova

As I’ve mentioned on here before, I love making meringue! Meringue Girls is one of my favourite cookery books (baking books?) and I’ll find any excuse to try out a new recipe. I started out doing them completely by hand (with a hand whisk) as I found it easier to control, but after one episode of trying to whisk 8 egg whites and my arm nearly falling off, I had to upgrade to electric! I was recently invited to try out a ‘Masha’ from the a range – a kitchen device with a two different aerator blades, making it the perfect tool for things like meringues and mashed potatoes. My Mum recently came to stay and after a busy day in London together, I didn’t have a huge amount of time to prepare a dessert for dinner, so I thought a pavlova would be quick and easy to do. I decided to make it with figs and honey, here’s how I did it: Ingredients 6 large free-range egg whites 300g caster sugar 5 tablespoons of …

A Hepburn Hen Do!

Last month was my bestie’s hen party (Ceri, who you may well have read about on here). She’s a big Audrey Hepburn fan so the other bridesmaids and I thought we’d make the daytime part a ‘Breakfast at Tiffanys’ themed do! Now I’m obviously not going to document the whole event on here as it was Ceri’s day, but I thought I’d just share some of the food and drink we prepared, being a food blog and all! It was hosted at my house and was the first time I’d had more than a couple of people visiting at once, but thankfully we had enough room for everyone. Here are some of the things we had: Audrey Coconut & Buttercream Cupcakes: Ceri loves coconut so this had to be incorporated somewhere. I used this recipe from Good To Know and managed to get some edible Audrey Hepburn cake toppers from Etsy. Ingredients 120g butter, softened 160g caster sugar 2 large eggs, room temperature Zest of 1 lime 200g self raising flour 1 tsp baking powder …

Edible Pansy Shortbread Biscuits

I’ll be the first to admit that I was skeptical about ‘edible flowers’ when they became particularly fashionable a few months ago. I felt like it was a cheat’s way of making an average dish look amazing. But there’s no denying that whatever dish they’re used in, it does make it look incredibly pretty! When I went to stay with my Mum in Yorkshire recently, I was excited to see some beautiful pansies growing wild in her lawn and just had to do something with them! I’d seen someone make biscuits with them recently, so I thought I’d do a quick and easy recipe to use them.     Ingredients 180g plain flour 125g unsalted butter, cubed 55g caster sugar, plus more for decoration 1 egg white, beaten Pansies/edible flours, washed (delicately!) Method Mix together the butter and sugar in a bowl to form a paste. Slowly add in the flour and stir to make a thicker mixture. Roll this out to around 1cm thick onto a floured surface (the mixture is likely to be …

Croatian Fig Tart Recipe

Have you been watching Rick Stein’s ‘Venice To Istanbul’ TV series? I’m rather hooked, as I’m a big fan of the cuisine he’s lucky enough to be eating, drinking and cooking his way through, having grown up in Cyprus. As I’ve mentioned previously, Cypriot cuisine really does take inspiration from all of the countries surrounding it. I’ve been meaning to buy the cookbook accompanying the series, but when I came across one of the recipes for a Croatian Fig Tart in BBC Good Food Magazine, I had to try it out. I was cooking it for a dinner party, perhaps a bit risky for a first attempt, but luckily it turned out well and was very yummy indeed! Here’s the recipe: Ingredients PASTRY: 170g plain flour, sifted, plus extra for dusting Pinch salt 100g unsalted butter, cubed 50g caster sugar 1 egg yolk 50ml double cream FILLING: 500g mascarpone cheese 6 tbsp clear honey 6 large, 7 medium or 8 small fresh figs, stems trimmed, halved Method For pastry, mix flour, salt and butter until …

My Morning with Nancy Birtwhistle for ‘Use Your Loaf’

How much of every loaf of bread that you buy, do you actually end up eating? I tend to buy a loaf in our online shop to arrive on a Saturday morning, which we use for toast that day and Sunday, but I’m ashamed to admit that’s often all we use it for. I rarely have time to make breakfast in the house before leaving for work (well, that’s actually a lie, I could just get up earlier, but when it’s a toss up between extra sleep and brekkie, sleep usually wins!) so there’s rarely a need for the bread during the week. According to Love Food Hate Waste, I’m not the only one who does this. A staggering 24 million slices of bread are thrown away in the UK every day and 18% of people have admitted to binning a forgotten loaf of bread before even opening it! I was invited to an event hosted by Love Food Hate Waste, where Nancy Birtwhistle (winner of last year’s Great British Bake Off) would be giving …

Biscuiteers Retro Classics – Review & Recipes

This week’s episode of The Great British Bake Off focused on biscuits – did you see it? It was a good ‘un! I enjoy a nice biscuit with a cup of tea, although I must admit, I tend to avoid buying them in my grocery shop, as I’ll be tempted to eat the entire packet in one sitting (why are biscuits just so damn addictive?!)  My favourites are the old school classics, so I was over the moon to see that Biscuiteers are selling their own hand-made Custard Creams and Chocolate Bourbons (two of my faves!) until the beginning of September. It’s always a great day when something like this arrives in the post, I couldn’t wait to try them!     I don’t actually know the last time I had a Custard Creams, so it was very nostalgic. They tasted just like the original versions but even better. The butter icing was so rich and creamy, with a perfect level of crunch on the biscuit. I’m sure Mary and Paul would be very impressed if …