Sunday, October 31, 2010

happy halloween!


Sorry guys, no halloween baked goods to share although you can check out the creepy cupcakes I whipped out last year here.
In the mean while I thought I'd wish you all a happy halloween!! Anybody dressing up tonight?

Thursday, October 28, 2010

french onion soup


Hey guys, sorry I haven't posted much. So much for promising to post more. I'm gonna try harder. I really will! I already have another post lined up showcasing some very delicious salted chocolate honey mini tartes which are quite worthy.

Now, when you keep seeing something everywhere, it's more then likely you'll start to want it. Like this soup. I was seeing pictures of this thing for days, people were making it or either craving it at work and then Jamie Oliver was making it on one of his television programs. Jamie can be persuasive like that, making it look easy and well pretty damn delicious. So right there I told myself it was time to temp myself and crack out a pot of this stuff.

So I did just that.
Ten minutes later I had all the ingredients then spent another fifteen crying those stinging tears that only chopping onions can bring. Fun times.
Luckily an hour later I was finally sitting down with a hot cheesy bowl of french/english onion soup. I say french/english because it's a odd mix of a french onion soup recipe I looked up in one of my cookbooks and Jamie's english onion soup that I had just previously watched. I'll spare you my take only because frankly I made it up as I went along. But here's Mr. Oliver's recipe if you feel you might have a craving.

Friday, October 8, 2010

fall comfort

It seems as soon as fall hits I start baking. It's like the colder weather permits you to want all things of comfort and warmth. Hot spicy teas and milky coffees are just the start and then we want a little something sweet and homemade cookies are usually a good bet.

ashleygcolbourne


chocolate hazelnut cookies
via, the great british picnic guide

75 g softened butter
125 g plain flour
1/2 tsp baking soda
50 g soft brown sugar
50 g caster sugar
1 tsp good quality vanilla extract
1 large egg
50 g chopped hazelnuts
100 g milk chocolate, roughly chopped

Preheat oven to 350 d, cover 2 baking sheets in parchment.
Combine the butter and sugars in a bowl and beat until light and fluffly. Add baking soda, vanilla and egg and blend for a few seconds then add the flour.
Stir in the hazelnuts and chocolate. Place teaspoonfuls of the mixture on to the baking sheets, leaving enough room for them to spread. Bake cookies for 10-12 min or until golden.
makes aprox. 10.

There's also nothing better then a hot bowl of porridge on a cold morn especially when grilled fruit and toasted pumkin seeds are involved. Check out the recipe here.

Monday, October 4, 2010

choc-covered maple sponge toffee


Is it me or have I become a chocoaholic lately?

choc-covered maple sponge toffee

2 cups white sugar
1/2 cup honey
1/3 cup maple syrup
120g butter
1 tbsp baking soda
400g dark chocolate, melted

Place the sugar, honey, maple syrup and butter in a large saucepan over medium heat and stir with a metal spoon until the sugar is dissolved. Place a candy thermometer in the saucepan and simmer for 7-8 min or until mixture reaches 150c. Remove the thermometer and pan from the heat. Add the baking soda and mix until golden and foamy. Pour into a 20cm x 30cm lined baking tin. Set for 30min. Melt chocolate in a double broiler then spread over the toffee and let set for 1hour or until set. Remove from tin and break into pieces.
recipe adapted from Donna Hay

A couple of days ago four fab food bloggers and I were featured on the Style At Home site with five fab fall recipes. Head on over and check it out!