I got very excited yesterday when I saw that Lisa Faulkner’s new cook book is half price on Amazon at the moment to pre-order! I loved her on Masterchef and I always prefer people who aren’t necessarily trained chefs but cook because they love it. Like Nigella, who I also hear has a new book/series in the pipeline! VERY exciting!
So if, like me, you have an addiction to buying recipe books, why not try this one?
I also treated myself to another recipe book. The Book People do brilliant discount books and include new releases. I ordered the hardback of Mrs Beeton’s How to Cook – a modernised version of the Mrs Beeton classic. Released in October 2011 it is just £7.99 down from the rrp of £25.00.
Both Lorraine Pascale books are on there too for about £6.99.
Copped out completely and ran out of time, patience and icing sugar.
|…and the carnage
So desperate was I for a biscuit with my cup of tea, I tried one of my daughter’s baby biscuits. Not going to do that again in a hurry. So I thought, sod it, I’ll make some. Where better to turn for baking than the Great British Bake Off cook book. I actually had all the ingredients and got to work. Then something happened that was definitely not in the recipe.
With Kitchenaid in full swing, I dropped the entire egg into the mix. There were two obvious options. (1) Swear loudly, bin in the lot, forget about biscuits and sulk. (2) Swear loudly, pick out the eggshell and carry on regardless. I went for option two and biscuits were made.
Alas, they weren’t terribly nice. Nice enough for me to have two before they’d cooled, but not great. The only think I changed was dark muscovado sugar not light and I can’t believe that makes a huge difference. They were quite cakey and actually not very sweet. Baked well, easy recipe (apart from the egg debacle) but not one I’d make again. Any recipes for choc chip cookies welcome as I have been looking for a really good recipe for ages and every one I try just doesn’t quite match up to Millie’s Cookies……
My latest bake was Blueberry Tart from Joanne Harris’ book – The French Kitchen. Yes, she’s the one who wrote Chocolat. And yes, to my satisfaction there was a section in the recipe book called just that.
This blueberry tart is like the ones you find in French patisseries and looks really difficult, tasted divine and is easy peasy to make – pastry and all!
I initially served it warm with some Haagen Dazs vanilla ice-cream, but then we took the dogs for a walk and scoffed the rest cold with a cup of tea (it should be cold) and I think it was even nicer.
Anyway, you know it’s good when your guests have seconds and ask for the recipe!