As this year draws to a close and 2012 is about to begin we thought we’d give you a quick roundup of the past year here! Continue Reading
This month, for the Secret Recipe Club, we were lucky enough to be assigned Bewitching Kitchen. This is a bit of international food blogger love, because the author of Bewitching Kitchen was born and raised in Sao Paolo, Brazil. So we were pretty excited to try our hands at some Brazilian recipes! I’d been meaning to try Pao de Queijo (pronounced “little cheesey popover things”) for a while now, so this was the perfect excuse! They’re delightful little popovers, be careful, it’s easy to eat a bunch of them…
Obviously December is not the only month where we’re allowed to enjoy cookies. So here is a round-up of tasty homemade gift ideas we’ve posted, in case you need any more inspiration!
Brownies are always a favourite with the sweet obsessed (by which we mean us). Lucy will be making a few trays of cheesecake topped chocolate brownies this weekend while Shannon, unsurprisingly, leans towards a brownie with booze – bourbon cherry brownies.
Cupcakes are still really popular and we may have made a few of these over the last couple of years. Amongst others we have peanut butter cupcakes, beer cupcakes, St Patrick’s day cupcakes and Victoria sponge cupcakes.
Someone on the list who doesn’t so much have a sweet tooth? How ’bout Soft Pretzels:
Now this is a nice and easy edible present. Also one that will last longer than cakes and brownies and will hopefully be used in many meals to come! Nearly two years ago at my mother’s birthday dinner I had a lovely Cajun Chicken Salad. Once I had demolished the plate in an obscenely short amount of time I turned to Doug and said “I need to find a recipe for this”. Then my main course came along and this happy thought went right out of my head as so many of my food related thoughts do! So when I was poking around the the Secret Recipe Club one day and saw this recipe it all came back to me at once! Continue Reading
I’m sure I generally come off as being quite the lush. We homebrew beer & cider, we’ve been aging our own whiskey, we build a bar in our house, and, yes: I went to grad school in Scotland. I’ll let you do the math on that last one. But really, I think I just find alcohol more fascinating than anything else. The scientific process of creating alcohol, whether through distilling or fermenting, the aging process, the history of it, and of course just the social aspect (we won’t get into the psychological aspect of it).
But that social aspect is what makes it a great gift. Graduations, engagements, celebrations of all kinds. But Irish Cream in particular, I think makes a wonderful retirement present. Because for the rest of a retired person’s life (hopefully), they not only get to drink coffee for the enjoyment of it instead of to get them through the work day, it also doesn’t matter if they spike their morning coffee, because they’re retired.
I am a big fan of any meal that is simple to cook, leaves minimal washing up and tastes like you’ve spent a lot more time on it than you have. So this meal is one of my stand by after work dinners but also a great starter at a dinner party.
This is adapted from a Real Simple recipe that I found through the oh-so-addictive Pinterest. I played with the quantities and added some aubergine to the mix. This would serve four with a side of cous-cous or rice, or even pasta. However I am ashamed to admit that Doug and I scoffed the entire amount with doorstep style slabs of bread in just one meal. We just couldn’t resist. In fact, when I realised Doug was going back for seconds I jumped up from my seat to make sure he left some for me. Continue Reading