Sunday, 7 September 2014

Big Fat Tipsy Tiffle

The majority of the dishes I make which are featured on my blog are: evening meals, weekend breakfast and cakes. It's actually quite rare that I make a dessert or pudding at home as I am quite addicted to making cakes! When I held my BBQ bake off  I felt it would be more appropriate to make a dessert to go along with all the burgers. As anyone who has a growing collection of cook/baking books, many recipes are book marked to make, so I decided to follow a little blogging challenge called random recipes to help me pick a cookery/baking book to help me chose what to make. I randomly picked Lorraine Pascale's Home Cooking Made Easy. This is not a traditional trifle in the sense that there is no jelly but instead there is amaretti biscuits and double cream. Although Lorraine Pascale's recipes are well-known to be super easy, to me the trifle is more of an assemble job, perhaps next time I would make a more authentic trifle as I missed the jelly element.  I decided to omit the alcohol as there were children eaten this dessert but I think it turned out well without it. The several flavours of this trifle came through, the strawberries which were ripe and sweet, the white chocolate smooth and silky, the maderia cakes rich and the amaretti biscuits brought a crunchy element to the trifle.
Here is how my trifle turned out:

Big Fat Trifle

Portion of big fat trifle


Layering up

Layering up

Layering up

Recipe for Big Fat Tipsy Trifle (including alcohol)
  • 2 x ready-made Madeira loaf cakes
  • 150ml amaretto or any other liqueour, plus extra for flamb矇eing
  • 800g strawberries, hulled, cut in half lengthways
  • 250g amaretti biscuits, crumbled
  • few drops vanilla extract
  • 100g icing sugar
  • 900ml/1½ pints double cream
  • 200g/7oz white chocolate, grated
Method
  • Put the trifle dish on a large tray to make it easy to carry. Slice one of the Madeira cakes into 0.5cm/¼in slices and use a few of the pieces to line the bottom of the dish. (Make sure they are nice and tight and in a single layer, so push down any bits that are standing up too high.
  • Brush the sponge with some of the amaretto. Then take a few strawberries halves that are roughly the same size and put them point upwards on the outer edge of the cake so the cut edges are pressing up against the glass. Repeat all the way round the dish.
  • Sprinkle some crumbled amaretti biscuits on top of the sponge to a third of the way up the strawberries.
  • Place the vanilla, icing sugar and cream in a bowl and whisk until thick and well combined
  • Spread a third of the cream on top of the strawberries and crumbled biscuits, and smooth it down with a spoon.
  • Once the cream mixture is level in the bowl, wipe round the edge with kitchen towel. Sprinkle over with white chocolate.
  • Repeat the layering process until the bowl is full, finishing with a layer of strawberries. Chill in the fridge until ready to eat.Shortly before serving, you can flamb矇 the top of the trifle. To do this, place some amaretto in a stainless steel ladle. Warm it through over low heat. Gently ignite the mixture and pour it over the trifle. 
As stated earlier in the post, I am sharing my trifle to the blogging challenge entitled Random Recipes  hosted by the lovely Dom from Belleau Kitchen .

Enjoy 
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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.
http://www.foodgloriousfoodx.co.uk/2014/08/waitrose-bbq-off.html
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
  a Rafflecopter giveaway

Disclaimer: I received all the above products for review purposes, as always all my opinions are my own.

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Wednesday, 6 August 2014

Waitrose BBQ Off

When the lovely people at Waitrose asked me whether I wanted to host a BBQ off, I happily obliged. As much as I am a relatively experienced cook I have never held a barbecue. In fact, I've never flipped over a burger on a barbecue so this challenge was a great experience for me. Also a new thing for me was shopping at Waitrose; many say that this store are expensive but I found the meat offers, three packets of barbecue meats for £10 very reasonable.
There is a superb range of BBQ recipes from the lovely Heston Blumenthal which I used in the barbecue, as you will see from the photographs in the post such as ribs, corn on the cobs and the chosen item for the BBQ off the juicy burger.  The idea of the BBQ bake is one dish to be chosen, in this case the burger and a winner is chosen based on how they assemble and top the burger. But before I share the winning burger I had to share that the products that I tried which was served at the BBQ, such as the maderia cake, burgers, bread rolls and sun dried tomatoes is the best rich quality of food I have ever tried in a very long time. This proves there is quality over quantity.  My favourite dish from the barbecue was the smokey beef burgers which tasted moist, meaty, tender and were hearty. I certainly would make these burgers again as they incredibly quick to make and were a real crowd pleaser. I'm quite a planner but wanted to keep it relatively simple and easy for me, I loosely based my menu on the following gorgeous dishes.
Here is my BBQ menu planner:
Roasted tomato & Wensleydale tart
Smokey beef burgers
Heston's Asian-style ribs
Corn on the cob

Smokey burgers, smoking

BBQ spread
BBQ spread inside 

Wensydale and cheese tart


Asian style ribs


Me with the dessert, my big fat trifle from LP  Home Cooking .

As part of the BBQ challenge one of my lovely guests had to make their own take on a chosen dish, which in this case was the smokey burger. I chose this delicious looking burger as it was piled high with guacamole, salsa and coleslaw. It also reminded me of my nostalgic trip to Brazil where burgers are sold on the streets with an abundance of toppings and the high and full a burger is, I'm a happy bunny. 
Winning burger

Disclaimer: I received vouchers from Waitrose, I was not required to write a positive view. Of course, all opinions are my own.
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