Sunday, 24 January 2010

Vegan Distaster and a Cayenne Kick!

Today's culinary quest brought to you by:

The Hummingbird Bakery Cookbook - by: Tarek Malouf & the Hummingbird Bakers

It seems that Everyone has purchased this book as of late, and it's no wonder why. It's chocca block full of down-home, American-inspired recipes of the (cup)cake, muffin, and pie varieties. Not to mention it's written by the notorious Hummingbird Bakers from the renowned Hummingbird Bakery in Londontowne!

Recipe 1: Black Bottom Cupcakes (p.27)

Black bottom cupcakes cary a sort of nostalgic feel to them. Not particularly because my mother baked them all the time (because I don't believe she ever has...),but because they were one of the first non-traditional baked goods I can remember eating. Moist chocolatey cupcakes with a chocolate spiked cheesecake surprise. What could go wrong?

Doubling up on the Hummingbird recipe, I opted to make one batch as per the original recipe and another batch with a vegan twist (for the hubs' weekly chocolate fix)! Word to the wise, vegan cream cheese is quite watery and I've yet to perfect a good, bake-able vegan cream cheese recipe...

The following pictures depict what was to happen.
Lets play: 'Guess the Vegan Cupcake'

Verdict: Original recipe - Spot on, beautiful chocolate sponge with a smooth and delicious cheese cake topping. Vegan recipe - Ever so ooey-gooey, I'm sure they taste alright...I will leave this one to the hubs ;)

Recipe 2: Spinach and Cheese Muffins (p.118)

Coming from a strict sweet blueberry muffin background, I was entertained by the option of a savoury muffin. The book gives three savoury options, and being a big fan-o-fromage I had to try this one. Spinach brings a beautiful colour contrast to these golden brown muffins, whilst red onions and cayenne pair together to give these muffins a wonderful kick!

Verdict: This spinach & cheese muffin has a cayenne kick that will have you coming back for more. Trust me, I've already had two!!

Until next time...


Sunday, 17 January 2010

Cookbooks, Cakes, and Cookies...Oh My!

Today was a bit of a treat -

I set off to wander round Guildford with the hubs and in-laws in tow. As per usual, after a few minutes wandering, I found myself in a bookstore cafe enjoying a lovely tomato, basil, and mozzarella sandwich and a warm cuppa. Afterwards, I took to browsing the cookery section where I picked up two new titles:

The Hummingbird Bakery Cookbook - by: Tarek Malouf & the Hummingbird Bakers
Terre a Terre: The Vegetarian Cookbook - by: Amanda Powley & Philip Taylor

I'll write more on these lovelies in a later post...

3:30 rolled around and it was into the kitchen. Apron on. Jarvis on the beeb6 (yes, my cooking should be sponsored by BBC6 music). Today's menu called for the help of two AMAZING Vegan Cookbooks:


Both Written By: Isa Chandra Moskowitz & Terry Hope Romero

Being the wife of a vegan (and a veggie myself), I'm trying not to limit my time in the kitchen to the sole dedication of "veg only" treats. It's nice to cook the boy some sweeties he can eat every now and then. So my verdict is: these books are a godsend.

Dish No. One:
Vegan Chocolate Cake w/ home made Coconut & Pecan Icing
(courtesy of 'Vegan Cupcakes Take Over the World')

Dish No. Two:
Peanut Butter Chocolate Pillows (courtesy of 'Vegan Cookies Invade Your Cookie Jar')

Right, it's time for some nibbles.


Saturday, 16 January 2010

The end was nye...

yet we're still here.

As part of my (oh so cliche) new years goals, I've decided to be more proactive in the kitchen...which is hard to do when one lives with her mother-in-law!

However, it has recently come to air that I'm 'quite the little chef' - Lin's words, not mine - and I've been given run of the kitchen when baking sweeties is ever needed (which is alot, in my opinion!)

Here's a little snippet of goodies I baked over the holidays:

Holiday Biscotti with Cranberries & Pistachios - dipped in white chocolate

Mama's Peanut Butter Fudge

Chocolate Chip, Oatmeal, & Pecan Cookies

Watch this space for random scribbles & my baking escapades.