Friday, May 26, 2017

White Chocolate Cake - 10 year blogiversary


Today is this blog's 10th birthday.  I can't believe it has been 10 years, but it has.  Despite all the changes in my life over those 10 years, this blog has been a constant.

I started off as a blog lurker 2 years before I started my own blog, and gradually I decided that I could blog too!  Many of the blogs that I used to read no longer exist, and the number of blogs has skyrocketed since I started.

My plans for this blog were quite simple - to document the food that I made.  That was my plan then, and it remains the same.  This simple goal keeps blogging pleasurable.

I am combining my blogiversary with this month's Red Tractor recipe, which is for white chocolate cake.

Here is the calendar quote for the month, to tie in with Mother's Day:


First up, I made this white chocolate cake from the calendar recipe (top sliced off):


To make a half recipe (which is what I did), you will need:

100g chopped white chocolate
175g chopped butter
1 1/4 cups sugar
3/4 cup milk
1 cup plain flour
1/3 cup self raising flour
1/2 teaspoon vanilla
2 eggs

Preheat your oven to 180 degrees Celsius, and grease and line a 9" round cake tin. 

Pu the chocolate, butter, sugar and milk into a large saucepan.  Stir over low heat until smooth.  Pour the batter into a large bowl and cool for 20 minutes.  Whisk in the flours, vanilla and eggs.  Pour the mixture into the prepared cake tin and bake for around 45-50 minutes, or until cooked through.  Cool the cake in the tin.


It was not clear what kind of chocolate the Red Tractor recipe called for in the ganache recipe. For that reason, I used another recipe for white chocolate ganache, online here.

Once the ganache had started to set up, I decorated the top of the cake with wafer flowers and butterflies and pink disco glitter.



This is a peek inside the cake.  I found the cake to be quite sweet, which is not surprising considering the white chocolate.  If white chocolate is your thing, this may just be the cake for you.

Thursday, May 25, 2017

EwE - Chicken Paella with Sausages - As You Like It



For Eating with Ellie this week, I chose the theme of As You Like It.  This has nothing to do with Shakespeare's play of the same name - it simply means, make what you want.

I chose to make Ellie's Chicken Paella with Sausages and Olives from So Easy.  However, there was one slight problem.  When I went to use my jarred olives, they had grown a healthy layer of grey mould on top - so no olives in my paella.

This was simple to make and very tasty.  I like that the paella is finished off in the oven, which makes things super-simple by taking away the supervision factor. I would definitely make this again.

To see what everyone else liked to make this week, visit the LYL section of the Eating with Ellie website.

Tuesday, May 23, 2017

TWD - Pistachio and Berry Gratins


This week's Tuesdays with Dorie recipe is Pistachio and Berry Gratins.  Berries are combined with sugar to help create a syrup from their juices, then placed in ramekins.  The berries are then topped with a pistachio cream.



I used raspberries for my gratins.  I made just two of them by quartering the recipe.

These gratins made a delicious dessert - not too sweet and full of flavour.

To see what everyone else made this week, visit the LYL section of the TWD website.

Friday, May 19, 2017

Oat Pancakes


Tim recently gave me a sheet of recipes from a nutritionist who had visited his work.  The recipe that immediately caught my eye was for oat pancakes.  I had been thinking of making pancakes for a couple of weeks and not gotten around to it, so I was spurred into action when this recipe landed in my lap.

These pancakes are so easy and delicious:


To make them, you will need:

2 cups oats
2 eggs
1 banana
3/4 cup water

Blend the oats in a food processor to a fine meal.  Add the remaining ingredients and process til smooth.

Heat a tablespoon of oil in a frypan, and add spoonfuls of batter to the   pan.  Cook until bubbles appear, then flip the pancakes and cook the other side until just browned.

Serve with toppings of your choice.  I used maple syrup, Greek yoghurt and microwaved frozen cherries.

Thursday, May 18, 2017

EwE - Grilled Shrimp Po'Boy - Roll It Up, Roll It Up


For Eating with Ellie this week, Margaret chose the theme of Roll It Up, Roll It Up.  I decided to interpret this as something in a roll, and made Ellie's Grilled Shrimp Po'Boy from Comfort Food Fix


This Po'Boy was very easy and very tasty - grilled prawns in a roll with veggies and a tasty, zingy sauce.  I had to buy a few things I don't normally use (eg horseradish) but it was worth it.  I'd make this again.

To see what everyone else made this week, visit the LYL section of the EwE website.

Wednesday, May 17, 2017

Beef Goulash, The Hairy Dieter's Way



I love a good stew, especially during the colder months.  Despite my wishing it otherwise, Melbourne is plunging head long into winter - and we are only half way through May!

I am a fan of The Hairy Dieters books, and I found a recipe for beef goulash in The Hairy Dieters - Eat for Life.  You can also find the recipe online here

What is not to like here - beef cooked with the sweet heat of paprika, and smothered in onions and tomatoes and capsicums.  It is rich and hearty, and perfect for those feral cold days where you need something to warm the soul.

I have been making a few Hairy Dieters' recipes recently, and will share them in due course because they are so good, and they won't mess up your diet.

Tuesday, May 16, 2017

TWD - Goat Cheese and Chive Cookies



This week's Tuesday with Dorie (Cookies) recipe is Goat Cheese and Chive Cookies.  These are, as the name suggests, savoury cookies flavoured with goat cheese and chives.

I'll be honest - these were not exactly my cup of tea.  I quartered the recipe and made 6 cookies.  I think they'd be good perhaps with quince paste or cheese on top, but as they were, the didn't do much for me.

To se what everyone else thought of these cookies, visit the LYL section of the TWD website.