Penguin do Great Food books

31 10 2012

and equally great covers & titles too! Choose from titles like Buffalo Cake and Indian Pudding or The Well-Kept Kitchen. Now… how to get my local library to stock them…





Eat with your eyes first: book covers

4 04 2012

While not all of these are recipe books, they do all have a food/kitchen theme. They are also all picked because of the cover art – I claim no responsibility for any terrible reading experienced. 🙂

* Find it, Eat it: Cooking Foraged Food Gathered Around New Zealand by Michael Daly

* More Please by Valli Little

* Apron Anxiety by Alyssa Shelasky

* Cooking for Geeks: Real Science, Great Hacks, and Good Food by Jeff Potter

* Treats from Little and Friday by Kim Evans

* Sweet Paris by Michael Paul

* Cakes for Romantic Occations by May Clee-Cadman

* Purple Citrus & Sweet Perfume by Silvena Rowe

* Macaroons & Biscuits by Pamela Clark

* Middle Eastern Cookery by Arto der Haroutunian

* Tea: Recipes for Health, Wellbeing and Taste by Margaret Roberts

* Preserves: A Beginner’s Guide to Making Jams & Jellies, Chutneys & Pickles, Sauces & Ketchups, Syrups & Alcoholic Sips by Jill Nice

* High Tea at the Victoria Room by Jill Jones-Evans

* The Good Life by Adrian Richardson

* Rose Petal Jam: Recipes & Stories from A Summer in Poland by Beata Zatorska





I like cake…

24 10 2010

I stumbled across a picture of a rainbow cake last week and just had to make myself one. There are plenty of variations online, but I chose to make a layer cake with a simple vanilla recipe.

Vanilla Cake

* 2 cups of sugar

* 4 eggs

* 2 1/2 cups flour

* 1 cup milk

* 3/4 cups vegetable oil

* 2 1/2 tsp baking powder

* 1 tsp vanilla

* red, yellow & blue food colouring

Beat together the eggs and sugar until fluffy. Add all other ingrediants except oil and colouring. Mix until combined then fold in the oil taking care not to over mix. Split batter into smaller containers, one for each colour. I made 6 colours as indigo and blue were too similar for my food colourings. If you have better colours than me then you could make a traditional 7 colour rainbow. Add colours to each container and mix gentley. Bake each colour in a seperate 7 inch (17 cm) cake tin @ 180°C for 12 – 15 minutes. Cool on a wire rack.

Assemble in order with something between the layers. You could use wipped cream, frosting or jam. I used Barker’s Black Doris Plum jam.

White Chocolate Frosting

* 1 cup white chocolate buttons

* 25g butter

* 1/4 cup cream

* icing sugar to mix – approx 1 1/2 cups

In a double boiler or metal bowl over a boiling saucepan, melt the white chocolate & butter. The mix may look like it has split but keep going, white chocolate is fiddly. Add cream and start adding icing sugar slowly until you get a consistancy you are happy with. Allow to cool slightly and beat well. Pour onto cake and spread with a pallet knife.

Serve with whipped cream or crème fraîche.





Colour me wonderful

20 07 2010

All for the love of purple…

Initially inspired by a friends Lilac blog, I have to confess to being a reformed purple lover. Traumatized in my youth by meeting people who thought tie-dyed purple Jim Beam t-shirts and purple & black crushed velvet dresses were the height of fashion. It was only upon seeing a friends gorgeous deep purple flannelet sheets teamed with a crisp white duvet cover and lilac pillow cases that I re-found my love of purple.

Google Image Search of purple





A Craft Affair

12 07 2010

Ok, I so let the side down by not going to this (sorry Lucy!) but in my defense I was sick, snotty & generally not pleasant to be around.

So, instead of writing my own review, I have to defer to someone who was actually there and a much better writer than I… Maddie of lil’ magoolie.

If you want to know more about what A Craft Affair is, how to join in, browse the wares etc, head on over to the official website A Craft Affair or Facebook page.