Saturday, 1 November 2014

Burgers, Cool Layer Cakes and 1000 juices, Review and Giveaways

It certainly is cook book season with many new releases of many cookery genres being published in the Autumn months. That, of course is a delight to me. As many of you know I love reading new shiny cookery books  and with being fortunate to receive cookery books from publishers, alongside my impulsive purchases at well known book stores (plus one I just had to buy in Miami about Miami cuisine) I have amassed 10 books in a few weeks. I have chosen to share my review of three books that I received from the lovely people at Jacqui Small Publishing and Quarto Publishing group : Burgers by Paul Gayer, Cool Layer Cakes by Ceri Olofson and 1000 Juices by Deborah Gray.

Let's start with the cookery book which is dedicated to one of my favourite food dishes of all times, Burgers. This book is designed in the shape of the burger which will make it stand out amongst the usual shaped cookery books in the bookshelf. There is no contents page, this book dives straight into the 25 burger recipes. What I like about this book, is that it if of a more gourmet burger book, rather than cooking the bog standard beef burgers (although they are some cracker beef burger recipes such as the Bloody Mary Burger and the Big Apple Deli Burger). There are more exotic and interesting burger recipes to recreate such as the Ploughman's burger and Lebanese Kitchen Burger. I decided to try a recipe which is based on the ingredients of my culture: Caribbean Pork Burger with barbecue jerk baste and calypso mojo. I am so glad I tried this recipe, it is a modern take on classic Caribbean flavours which brought a taste of sunshine and exotic spicy flavours in a plate.
I would recommend this book for all the burger lovers out there as you will be delighted with the gourmet burger recipes.
 Here is how my burgers turned out:

Caribbean Pork Burgers. 
Cool Layer Cakes is a wonderful comprehensive cake book from Ceri Olofson. With the baking trend in full force in the UK, this book is great for those who want to create an impressive, standout cake, or as a famous program would say a "show stopper". Never made a layer cake before? No worries, this book has a chapter on layer cake essentials which includes essential tools, essential decorating kit and special tools. The highlight of this book, is of course the recipes. Each recipe has an accompanying picture which I feel is vitally important for cakes and bakes. I made the lemon meringue cake for my nan's birthday which tasted heavenly: layers and layers of sponge cake, generous dollops of lemon curd topped with sweet meringue. Other recipes that I would like to try are the Strawberry Delight, Liquid Gold and Lady-In-Waiting Dome. I would certainly recommend this book for all the cake lovers out there, there is wonderful recipes out there for all occasions and especially for special occasions. 
Here is how my Lemon Meringue Cake turned out:

Lemon Meringue Cake

Last, but certainly not least 1000 Juices, Green Drinks and Smoothies by Deborah Gray.  A book that contains a whopping 1,000 recipes is a rarity, many books only contain 100 recipes, so this was a lovely treat. As I do not make juices or smoothies often, I was pleased that there was a thorough introduction which not explained the difference between the two, but also the different equipments and a fruit guide. As there are a number of recipes, there is also 8 chapters which split each recipe according to type. My favourite chapters include Breakfast Blends, Thirst Quenchers and Milkshakes and Frozen Drinks. There are so many juices and smoothies to try, I certainly want to make the Maple Banana Smoothie, Guava to Go Smoothie and Belgian Chocolate Shake. The recipe that I tried, Green Goddess which is described by the author as a "delicious and cleansing mix of fruits and vegetables that is great for digestion". I agree. I would recommend this book for those who want to have a healthier lifestyle. 
Here is how my Green Goddess drink turned out:

Green Goddess.

As I love sharing recipes, the recipe for the Caribbean pork burger is below. Continue to scroll down, as I have giveaways of these fabulous books.

Caribbean Pork Burger
450g well-trimmed, coarsely minced ground pork, chilled
100g good-quality sausage meat, chilled
1 onion, finely chopped
1tbsp chopped oregano
3tbsp prepared jerk baste
salt and freshly ground black pepper
vegetable or sunflower oil for brushing

For the Jerk Baste
3tbsp olive oil
2tbsp white wine vinegar
2tbsp hot pepper sauce
1tbsp tomato ketchup
1 garlic clove, crushed
1tsp dried thyme
1tsp tsp ground cinnamon
1tsp sugar
1 tsp ground coriander
1/2 tsp ground all spice

1) For the jerk baste, place all the ingredients in a blender and whiz until smooth.
2 ) Place the pork and sausage meat in a bowl. Next, add 3 tbsp of water, the onion, oregano and measured amount of jerk baste. Adjust the seasoning, cover with cling film and chill for at least 1 hour.
3) Divide the mix into 8 evenly sized patties and brush with oil.
4)  Heat a chargrill or pan until hot, grill the patties for 8 - 10 minutes until cooked through, brushing them during the process with more of the baste.
5)  Toast the buns; top the bases with slices of tomato, a few dressed leaves and then 2 burgers.
6)  Spoon the calypso mojo and top with coriander leaves o garnish.

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Wednesday, 3 September 2014

Round up of Foodie Goodies #2 July/August 2014 plus Nib Nibs Giveaway.

I have been sent a lovely selection of food related products between July-August 2014 which I had to share with you all on a bumper round up.
First up is Nib Nibs  a company based in North Yorkshire that focuses on premium baked nibbles such as Exceptional Cheddar and Cheesy Onion straws, Exceptional Salt and Pepper Jumbo Peanuts, Exceptional Cheddar and Spicy Chilli Straws and Exceptional Cheddar Cheese Straws. I found these savoury delights to be rather addictive and moerish; I quickly demolished the cheddar and cheesy onion straws and had to show restraint not to eat everything in one go.

Nibs Nibs

The lovely people at Waitrose asked a selection of bloggers to host a BBQ off where dishes are recreated using their products and also Heston Blumenthal recipes. The idea was that each person creates their own unique spin on a chosen BBQ essential and a winner is chosen. Click on my review post for the full review and recipes made.
BBQ Bake Off

Regal Food Products sent me a selection of the spice mixes including Bombay biryani, tandoori mix, punjabi chana and the Achar Gosht, which I made a beef version off. Although spicy I liked the simplicity of having all the spices in a handy little packet.

Serenata Flowers  have a range of chocolicious hampers and as a chocoholic I was delighted to try their Chocolate Tempations Hamper. Have a read of my review post to read all about all the chocolates I tasted.
Chocolate Temptations Hamper

It has been a bumper couple of months for cook books, many thanks to Jacqui Small Publishing for the selection of fabulous books which I'm looking forward to sharing on my blog in the next few weeks. First up is Toute Hache a Cafe in Paris who wrote a cookbook which focuses on meat, minced, chopped, cut and influenced from culinary influences around the world. So far, I've made the oriental burgers and lemony chicken meatballs.

Bombay Lunchbox, creates recipes which are a fusion from an Anglo-Indian Cookery of dishes that would be as the title suggest eaten in a lunchbox. I've bookmarked a couple of the recipes from the Afternoon Chapter which I hope to share in a future review post.

 Any reader of my blog knows I love burgers, in fact I have a Facebook folder dedicated to these meaty delights.  I was delighted when I received a copy of Burgers by Paul Gayler, a selection of delightful burger recipes and as I love Caribbean inspired food I will be making their jerk burgers.

Also, many thanks to Quarto Publishing Group for a lovely selection of cookery/baking books. First up is a trio, Back to Butter, Old Fashioned Sweets and Slow Cooker i'll be sharing the Slow Cooker review and giveaway post shortly.

I love cook books especially with new concepts and ideas, so was thrilled to review Back To Butter and try a couple of recipes.

Cool Layer Cakes is a fabulous baking books for those who love their cakes, sky high. I'm making a relative the lemon meringue layer cake for their birthday.

And finally Wisdom for Home Preservers, take a look at my review post.
To the giveaway,  the lovely people at nibs nibs are offering one reader of the blog a selection of their delightful nibbles, to be in with a chance follow the instructions on the rafflecopter
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Disclaimer: I received all the above products for review purposes, as always all my opinions are my own.

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