Wednesday, July 27, 2011

Jam Thumb Prints

These jam thumbprint biscuits don't take long and are perfect to whip up on a Wednesday night. I used a recipe from the Great British Book Of Baking but this recipe from Hugh Fearnley Whittingstall looks lovely too. I also like the way he discusses the merits of the British biscuit - quiet and unassuming yet also hearty and wholesome.

 Ooooo and do you know what? I ran out of caster sugar so I used fruit sugar, and they turned out fine! You don't need to use as much and it sounds healthy!

I was inspired to bake by this lovely book that I received as a birthday present from Lauren. It's full of recipes and tidbits of history about the culture of afternoon tea. It wont be long before the nights start drawing in and we can eat hot tea cakes and English muffins again!

Sunday, July 24, 2011

If the subject matter of this years Birthday cards are anything to go by, I am now regarded as a crazy cat lover. Fine by me!

Sunday, July 10, 2011

What's Occurring?

This weekend is the weekend I could have done with immediately after last weekend when I went to see the Chemical Brothers at Wireless Festival..

This weekend we got takeaway Pizza Express and wine on Friday night, then on Saturday I made a delicious salad using the Kohlrabi which has been hanging out in the fridge for a week, unwanted and unloved. This was a huge weight of my mind - I feel responsible towards the contents of my veg box. I Didn't take a photo (I know, shame!) but here is the recipe if you want to give it a try....

For the salad:
2 Kohlrabi - peeled and sliced into thin-ish segments
1 Braeburn Apple - cored and diced
Handful of salad leaves
Handful of toasted walnuts
Some fresh shavings of Parmesan (optional but highly recommended)

For the Dressing:
Juice of half a lemon
Desert spoonful of walnut oil 
Splash of olive oil
Half a teaspoon of sugar
Half a teaspoon of Dijon mustard
Pinch of celery salt, sea salt and pepper

Mix together the Kohlrabi, apple and salad leaves in a bowl. Squeeze over a bit of lemon juice to stop it going brown. Whisk together the ingredients for the dressing, pour over and mix. Arrange on plates and finish with the walnuts and Parmesan.

Last night we attended a special screening of this film inside a squatted venue on Charing Cross road. The red carpet was re-cycled from the Harry Potter premier the night before and we drank cocktails and ate ice cream made by A Taste Of Freedom who use food which would otherwise have gone to waste.

And today holds in store a Sunday roast with friends and housemates. Happy Sunday everyone! 

Sunday, July 3, 2011

Toby Cats Are On The Loose...

As I type this Toby is sat next to me cleaning himself intimately. Literally as I typed that he looked up - he knows I'm talking about him. He is growing bigger and badder every day and I love him! Here's a few Toby snaps from the last couple of weeks...

Erm how do you begin to train a cat to not go on the dining table?? After a couple of days making an effort to lift him of each time in the hope that he gets the message we came home from the park to find him sleeping in that shaft of sunlight. I tried to get a photo but as you can see, Billy Big Balls here got up to see what I was doing.

No worries Toby, you just zone out there at the top of the stairs with your tongue hanging out. I love you, even if your purring sounds like some sort of engine.