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Monday, 20 October 2014

Giveaway a set of glass bowls from dotcom gift shop.


I love paisley print and have lots of crockery with paisley in my kitchen. When I recently saw these lovely set of bowls from dotcomgift shop I immediately fell in love with them. They come in a set of five and nestle together one inside the other. They are perfect for storing salads, fruits, sweets in fact they are brilliant for serving food in them too.

The glass bowls are heat resistant, for storing they stack together and have pretty  ivory paisley rose design plastic lids which are BPA free.  The sizes of bowls largest to smallest: 18cm,15cm,13cm,11cm,9cm Diameter.The bowls come in a gift box and make an ideal present for a foodie. You can buy them on line for £12.95
I was sent a set of bowls by dotcom gift shop to review, I was not asked to write a post, all views and opinions expressed are my own.

Dot com gift shop have been very generous , and since its diwali they have agreed to send one simplyfood reader a set so that they too can have these lovely bowls in their kitchen.

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Citrus Orange and Cucumber salad ~ Secret recipe club challenge 20th October 2014


This is my assignment with the Secret Recipe Club.The aim of the club is that you are allocated a blog from which you have to select a recipe and try it and blog about it.

This month I was assigned the kitchen witch blog that is written by Rhonda who is a professional food photographer. Whilst I was searching her blog for a vegetarian recipe, I got thoroughly carried away as I spent such a long time drooling over her amazing food photos. I fell in love with all her background boards too. At the moment I have been trying to loose a few pounds so creating a salad for my lunch box everyday has been somewhat challenging. When I saw Rhondas citrus and cucumber salad I immediately fell in love with it. I loved the colour of the orange and the pretty cucumber rings and the overall presentation and the background board what can I say I want one like that too!!! 

The salad is simple but the flavours are amazing, light and tangy. It is delicious and I have since made it 4 times, its one for keeps for sure.You can see Rhondas Uniq citrus and cucumber salad here. The only addition I made was that I scattered a few pomegranate seeds on the salad to give it a little more colour and texture.

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Citruss Orange and Cucumber Salad

Tangy orange with refreshing cucumber and jewelled pomegranate salad in a delicious lemon dressing with chilli flakes and coriander.

Ingredients:
  • 2 Jaffa Oranges
  • 1/2 Cucumber
  • 2 Spring onions
  • 1 tablespoon Fresh coriander finely chopped
  • 1 teaspoon Lime zest
  • 2 tablespoons Lime juice
  • 1 tablespoon Olive oil
  • 1/2 teaspoon Chilli flakes
  • 1/4 teaspoon Coarsely ground black pepper
  • 1/4 teaspoon Salt
  • 2 tablespoons Pomegranate seeds
Method:

1. In a jar with a lid add the lime juice, lime zest, olive oil, salt, chilli flakes and black pepper. Screw the lid on and shake the jar to combine everything.
2. Peel the orange and remove all the skin and pith and slice into rings and then cut the rings into halves. Place the orange slices onto a serving dish.
3. Slice the cucumber thinly into rings and arrange over the orange slices.
4. Slice the spring onions both the green and white parts thinly and scatter over the salad.
5. Scatter the chopped coriander and pomegranate seeds over the salad. 
6.Drizzle the lime dressing over the salad.

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Thursday, 16 October 2014

Giveaway 1 pair of tickets to BBC Good Food Bakes and Cake show



“The BBC Good Food Bakes & Cakes Show launches in Islington, London from 25-27 October 2014.  The show will be packed with baking, bread-making and cake-crafting demonstrations, free step-by-step master classes, and hundreds of products to get you baking like a pro. 
PLUS!  Every full day adult advance ticket includes a seat in the Bakes & Cakes Theatre!  See Mary Berry, Mich Turner, Paul Hollywood, and other expert bakers in LIVE baking and technique demos. 
This brand new show is the perfect place to meet bakers, cake-crafters and confectioners, learn new skills, and pick up all the essentials you need to develop your home baking hobby.” For more info, visit www.bbcgoodfoodbakesandcakesshow.com

If you wish to purchase the tickets use this special promotional code to get 15 % off the tickets.
Save 15% today! Simply quote 15PO when you book.  Offer ends 24th October.


BBC Good Food  Bakes and Cake show  have been very kind and as a treat they are giving 1 pair of tickets to one simplyfood reader to attend the show on Monday 27th October 2014

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Monday, 13 October 2014

Kiksekage~ Chocolate biscuit cake Secret Recipe Club Challenge 13th October 2014


This is my assignment with the Secret Recipe Club.The aim of the club is that you are allocated a blog from which you have to select a recipe and try it and blog about it. 
I have been part of SRC for almost three years now and I really enjoying looking through my secret blog assignment  and choosing a recipe to cook from. This month I am going to do the challenge twice as I am doing an extra one for group B to help out. The blog I am cooking from today is called Sid's Sea Palm Cooking. Looking through Sid's blog I noticed she is a member of the boat club and shares her creations with her friends. How lovely is that.  

Being a vegetarian I always head over to the vegetarian friendly recipes and in Sids blog I found she had 34 recipes that were vegetarian. However my sweet tooth took the better of me and  fell in love with the Aebleskivers -danish pancake balls and the  Kiksekage Chocolate Biscuit cake . I tried both but the photos of the chocolate cake won the toss so I am sharing it here:

The cake was easy to make and really tasted delicious. The only changes I made were that I left out the alcohol since I don't drink.

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Kiksekage-Chocolate Biscuit Cake


Layers of biscuit drenched in a silky smooth chocolate ganache.

Ingredients:
  • 1 packet -360g Rectangular biscuit (lotus biscoff)
  • 240 ml Double cream
  • 240 g Milk Chocolate
  • 120g Icing Sugar
  • 120g Butter
Method:

1. Break the chocolate into pieces and add it to a glass bowl.2. In a pan warm the cream with the icing sugar, keep stirring the cream until icing sugar melts.3. Remove the cream from the heat and slowly pour it onto the chocolate and keep whisking until the chocolate melts.4. Add the butter to the chocolate ganache and whisk until it has melted and the ganache has a nice shine.5.Place the chocolate ganache into the fridge for 30 minutes.6.Line a loaf tin with some cling film. Pour a this layer of the chocolate ganache into the bottom of the tin and tap the tin to spread it out.7. Place a layer of biscuits side by side on top of the chocolate ganache.Spread a layer of ganache on top of the biscuits.8. Repeat the layers in this way until all the biscuits are used up and you finish with a biscuit layer.9. Place the biscuit cake in the fridge to chill overnight.10. To serve, lift the biscuit cake out of the loaf tin with the help of the cling film.Place a long tray over the cake and invert it.11. Remove the cling film and slice the cake as required. Cake needs to be kept refrigerated and only remove before serving.
Details
Prep time: Cook time:0 Total time: Yield: Serves 12
Overnight Chilling required.

I used Caramelised Lotus Biscoff biscuits , but you can use rich tea or morning coffee or malted milk biscuits in the recipe.




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