Biscuits

Oh the wonderful world of biscuits. I LOVE BISCUITS, more so than cake (unless it is coffee and walnut cake) and cookies. I am not however the best at making them. The usually get a bit crispy round the edges. But here are some rather fancy tasty looking biscuits I want to try my hand at.

1) The Pink Whisk- Love Heart Icing

2) Gourmet Traveller-Lemon Glazed Biscuits

3) BBC Food- Shortbread Biscuits with Salted Peanut and Carmel Filling

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4) Baking Mad- Crunchy Oaty Biscuits

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5) BBC Food- Shortbread

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6) Delia Online- Chocolate Almond Crunchies

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I have not made shortbread before but am a sucker for it. I really like the idea of traditional shortbread with lemon sugar on top with a good cuppa! Nom.

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Tapas Night

Hello my cheeky parsnips,

I like eating and talking, tapas, I find is a great way to do both. I have been hankering tapas for ages and decided the other night to make some. All the dishes I made were a first for me and they went rather well 🙂 I made 8 dishes and it was a far too much for boyfriend and me to consume, so reinforcements were called the next day! I did take a photo, though it is not the best.  I do not know how people make food look good photographed.

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So apologies for the rather poor photograph! It doesn’t look it, but it was rather yum. I toasted a stack of pitta to dip into the dishes. I also bought some nice olives and sun dried tomatoes  to go alongside them. Here are the recipes I used and made up:

1) Hummus,  Vegangela: I used this recipe (ish). It was good, though shelling chickpeas takes far longer than I expected.  So if thinking about doing this, leave extra time. It took me about 30 mins to shell a can of chickpeas.

2) Broccoli Guacamole, Vegangela: This was yummy and I received compliments on this. It was really easy to make though was the most expensive dish.

3) Spanish Green beans and Tomatoes, allrecipes: Mine did not look like the picture; it was much more liquidity.

4) Espinacas con Garbanzos, allrecipes: Again nothing like the picture, though that was because I blend mine more. I would suggest putting less garlic in this than suggested. I think I put in 2 cloves and found it was fine.

5) Olivada, allrecipes: Garlic ahoy, next time round I will use less, maybe half a clove. It was avoided second time round. So beware!

6) Mushroom thing. This was in part used Vegangela  recipe. I used chestnut and shitake mushrooms chopped finely. I did not use capers,  olives or parsley, or blend it. I did use garlic though only one clove and definitely used wine! I enjoyed my finial dish, but would be keen to try hers as I have enjoyed her other recipes.

7) Tomato Tapas, allreciepes: I used this but adapted it. This was the best dish. The recipe asks for pepper and basil, I didn’t use these. I used less garlic, I think 2 cloves. I also used more spices and curry paste. It has the option of blending it which I did. The dish got likened to Bombay potatoes, and the recipe was demanded.

8) The last dish I made up as couldn’t find what I was after. I name it Aubergine and tomato tapas, as that is what it was. I chopped an aubergine finely and roasted it with spices for about 20 mins on low heat. As it was roasting, I fried half an onion and a clove of garlic. When the aubergines were done, I added them to the frying pan with a tin of tomatoes and added more spice to give it a bit of a kick.

This isn’t the best laid out page, so well done if made it this far!

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Cupackes!

As it is the middle of the week and I am craving some delicious noms, I thought I would post some recipes for cupcakes in an attempt to cheer myself and anyone who reads this! I have recently bought myself a piping bag and have been trying it out; it is more difficult than I thought. Tip of the day: make sure not to take to long if using butter frosting as it goes goooey.

1) Baking mad, Banoffee Cupcake

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2) Connie Cupcake, Glittery Cherry

3) Baking Mad, Chocolate and Raspberry cupcake

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4) Lemon Sugar, Cherry cordial cupcakes

5) BBC good food, Cranberry Ripple cheesecake cupcakes

6) Food Network, Chocolate Cupcakes with Peanut Butter Icing

I making vegetarian tapas this evening, so if I have time I will attempt at making some cupcakes. Will post a photo later!