Don’t forget about my FREE book today!

Hi folks,

Just a reminder that I have a brand new book on free promotion for the next 2 days. Any downloads and reviews much appreciated 🙂

This is a smoothie recipe book; who doesn’t love a delicious, nutritious fruit packed smoothie!?! It contains 57 recipes including green smoothies and also a free gift of a downloadable pdf containing 25 more smoothies to help you build muscle and lose fat. Enjoy 🙂

Links:

US: Simply Great Smoothies!

UK: Simply Great Smoothies!

Simply Great Smoothies!

 

 

 

Another free book :)

Hi folks,

I have a brand new book on free promotion on Wed 26th – Thurs 27th. Any downloads and reviews much appreciated 🙂

This is a smoothie recipe book; who doesn’t love a delicious, nutritious fruit packed smoothie!?! It contains 57 recipes including green smoothies and also a free gift of a downloadable pdf containing 25 more smoothies to help you build muscle and lose fat. Enjoy 🙂

Links:

US: Simply Great Smoothies!

UK: Simply Great Smoothies!

Simply Great Smoothies!

Kids love the kitchen too!

Last weekend we had a lazy weekend at home and the kids wanted to make something in the kitchen. Cue recipe books flying around the room. There was eventually a toss-up between home-made fudge and peppermint creams.

After much debate arguing the pros and cons of both they decided on the peppermint creams (obviously covered in chocolate).

It was a simple recipe – the hardest thing is waiting for them to dry before dipping in chocolate and then waiting AGAIN for the chocolate to set.

Here is the result of their endeavours (by the way they were delicious – well done kids 🙂

Peppermint creams

 

Happy Christmas everybody

Hi folks,

Just thought I’d write a quick post to wish you all a Happy Christmas. I hope you all have a good one.

Now I want to share with you a recipe that has a lot of the traditional Christmas spices and is quite quick and simple to do. It is for a traditional German treat called Pfeffernusse and is quite delicious.

Pfeffernusse recipe
Makes 12
Ingredients

  • 200g plain flour, plus a little extra for dusting
  • 1 tsp. baking powder
  • 2 tsp. ground black pepper
  • 1 tsp. ground cinnamon
  • 1 tsp. ground allspice
  • ½ tsp. ground cloves
  • ½ tsp. ground mace
  • A pinch of salt
  • 225g honey
  • 30g butter, plus a little extra for greasing
  • 2 eggs

For finishing

  • 100g icing sugar
  • 2 tbsp. water
  • A little plum jam
  • About 150g dark chocolate

Method

1.In a bowl, mix together the flour, baking powder, spices and salt.
2.Melt the honey and butter together in a saucepan then leave to cool until lukewarm.
3.Whisk the eggs into the cooled honey and butter, then add this to the flour mix and beat together with a wooden spoon. Cover and refrigerate for an hour, to firm up. Pre-heat the oven to 170°C/325°F/gas mark 3.
4.Lightly grease a baking tray with butter. Take dessert spoonfuls of the mix, roll into balls using floured hands, and place on the baking tray. Bake for 10-15 minutes, until risen and golden brown. Leave to cool on a wire rack.
5.Whisk together the icing sugar and water. Melt the chocolate gently in a heatproof bowl over a saucepan of barely simmering water. Dip half the pfeffernusse in the icing, and put them back on the rack. When the icing has set, dip again. Cut the tops off the other half, scoop out a little of the inside, and dab in a little plum jam. Replace the tops, and dip in the chocolate. Return to the wire rack.
6.Remove the pfeffernusse to a silicone mat or baking parchment before they set completely, to stop them sticking to the rack. Prepare them on Christmas Eve and eat within two days.

I hope you enjoy these festive treats. Next issue I will give you a recipe for a nice Christmas loaf packed full of fruit, a nice alternative to Christmas cake. Eat it warm with lashings of butter on a cold winter morning – heaven!

Well, that’s it for now so until next time…

Birthdays – cake update

Well as I said yesterday I am going to have a hectic weekend baking 2 cakes and pizza, focaccia and goodness knows what else.

I said that I’d post a picture of my first cake if it went well and I think it looks ok. It is a chocolate orange marble cake covered in chocolate buttercream and dark and white chocolate swirls.

Here is the photo:

Corinne's birthday cake

Not bad. It looks quite impressive (I think) and the only criteria was that it looked good so I hope it fits the bill.

Well better go as I have pizza dough to get ready for this evening…

Updated pic to include the inside of the cake as requested (it was quite delicious by the way and she definitely enjoyed the wow factor:

Corinne's birthday cake post party!!

Birthdays!

Well it’s been a while since my last post as life has been tough lately :(. Still this is a busy time of year for my family. I have 4 girls, gulp and 2 have birthdays within 10 days.

I will be baking cakes and breads of various descriptions this weekend. I am being quite ambitious with one so I hope it turns out ok – and if it does look out for a photo.

Tha’s all for now, hope my transatlantic readers have a great Thanksgiving.

 

Will be back soon with a birthday cake update…

Curry & cake – the perfect weekend!?!

Hello again folks,

Well I have had another busy weekend in the kitchen. I am one of those people who like to cook from scratch and I love Indian food.

So this weekend I cooked up a chicken korai with mushroom bhaji, onion bhaji, pilau rice and garlic and coriander naan bread – all cooked from scratch. This isn’t difficult but can be a bit time-consuming. The naan bread is an unleavened version which will be in my new book, which is essentially a recipe book containing various breads from around the world.

This is what the finished dish looked like:

Chicken korai with mushroom bhaji, onion bhaji, pilau rice and garlic naan

Now I have to say that I do cook a mean curry – I have taken food to a few indian parties and mine is always the first to go, so I must be doing something right. Then again I have been cooking these for years so have had plenty of practice.

If you had this from a takeaway it would be very calorific but I only used a little olive oil and the sauce contains a plethora of pureed veg – a good way of slipping veggies into kids!

But I have to say that my pride and joy was my cake. Bearing in mind that I am relatively new to the world of cake baking I constructed a beautiful cake consisting of a chocolate brownie, cream laced with icing sugar and raspberries, and topped with a hazelnut meringue. This certainly had the wow factor and all my family (wife and kids) were taking photos to share with their friends.

Chocolate brownie cake with hazelnut meringue and raspberry cream

This cake looks great and pictures don’t really do it justice. It is a towering cake but surprisingly light as it uses a brownie type cake with light meringue. The sharpness of the raspberries compliment the sweetness really well too.

Chocolate brownie cake with hazelnut meringue and raspberry cream

This may look a little daunting but believe me if I can do it anyone can. If you would like a recipe for this one please leave a note and I will post it later.

This was taken about 5 minutes later!!

Chocolate brownie cake with hazelnut meringue and raspberry cream

I got 12 portions out of this cake so we all had 2 slices each – this cake will disappear fast!!

So if you want to have a go let me know and if there is enough interest I will post the recipe, likewise with the curry.

Next time I will continue my posts on flour, so until then…