My husband loves pizza, so last time I baked potato bread, I made a little more and baked a pizza too.
This time I made the pizza with canned cherry tomatoes, olives, mushrooms, cheese and green pepper. I think the cherry tomatoes were very good and it looked so much better than having tomato cubes. It wasn’t a lot of moisture from the tomatoes and I could use them as they were, without having to prepare them, as I have to with raw tomatoes.
Ingredients for the base:
– 100g wholemeal strong flour
– 100g white strong flour
– 100g mashed potatoes
– 125ml lukewarm water
– 4g fast-action yeast
– 3-4 spoons of cornmeal
Ingredients for the toppings:
– 1 can of cherry tomatoes
– 50g tomato paste
– 100g cheddar
– 200g mushrooms
– 1 spoon of oil
– a few bits of green pepper
– 10 green olives
– 1 tsp chilli oil
– garlic powder
I made a similar dark chocolate and orange cake before, last year for Picnic fit for a Queen. As in that post I shared a few recipes, I decided to make this post as a stand-alone recipe. It was so good that I feel it deserves more attention.
This is one of those cakes I have to stop myself from eating. I love the texture of the cream, light due to the mascarpone, but still rich from the butter. The orange gives a lovely texture and the flavour is amazing. This time I used blood oranges, but they weren’t as red as I hoped they will be. I made another small change, I used 30% wholemeal flour. I usually bake with a blend of wholemeal and white.
Ingredients for 8 slices:
– 1 blood orange and a few more slices for decor
– 200g plain white flour
– 100g plain wholemeal flour
– 3 eggs
– 100g demerara sugar
– 1 tsp baking powder
– 75g soften butter
– 100ml oil
– 3 tsp cocoa
– 125ml milk
– 250g full-fat mascarpone
– 150g icing sugar (for the cream)
– 100g dark chocolate
I made Ramen for the first time and it turned out delicious. I will share the recipe for it and I will make loads of variations because I love it, my husband likes it and I’m so excited with the new chopsticks I bought. I want to learn to use them properly.
My husband and I went to a newly opened Japanese restaurant in Manchester last month called Shoryu Ramen, you can have a look at my review on ancaslifestyle, if you want to have a nosy. We both enjoyed our dishes; the vegan option as the other ones weren’t really suitable for us. The hard part was to eat the Ramen with chopsticks and ladle, but I plan to change that by using the chopsticks at home as much as I can. As I said, we both were happy with the vegan option, so this Ramen is vegan.
I had a thought about the broth and the toppings and I decided to do something simple for the first time. To make this Ramen, I didn’t follow any recipes, but I looked on the packaging and went from there. The only thing that I would change, I would make a little more broth, like adding 50% more vegetable stock, but it was too late when I realized I wished there was more broth. I saw that some recipes of Ramen have less broth and some have more, I think it might be just a matter of preference.
I was in a rush and I had no time to make a complicated pasta recipe, so pasta with artichoke was the answer. It’s very easy to make and I will keep it in mind for when we are going caravanning, as it’s something that can be easily done in the caravan. I do make variations of this pasta recipe with other types of canned veggies. At that time I had some artichoke, I thought it will be great and I was right.
On top I’ve sprinkled Nigella seeds because I find them delicious and they also add a little bit of colour. I used light soft cheese, but it will work with any type of soft cheese you prefer.
As tomorrow is the big day, I wanted to share this Red Valentine’s Day Doughnuts recipe. It’s very easy to make and it looks so cute. The doughnuts are baked, so it’s a healthier option. I made lots of variations on the recipe and they turned out perfect each time.
I decided to add a little bit more milk, oil and flour, to make more batter. This way the doughnuts will grow over their tin and, when flipped, they will have a base that can be filled with beautiful, smooth, whipped cream. I think this makes them more like dessert than a simple doughnut. I loved them so much that I will make them again.
Because it’s Valentine’s Day, I had to make them red. I used vegetarian red food colouring. For decor, I used redcurrants, as they are the perfect size. If you don’t have berries, use small hearts made out of biscuits or shop bought decorations.
Ingredients for 6 doughnut-desserts:
– 80g plain wholemeal flour
– 50g demerara sugar
– 1/2 tsp baking powder
– 1 egg
– 70ml milk
– 3 spoons of oil
– 4 drops of strawberry flavouring
– red food colouring
– 150 ml whipping cream
– 2-3 spoons of icing sugar
– 6 berries to decorate the doughnuts
Even though a few years ago I didn’t like soup, now I like it and I have a soup almost every day. As I had sweet veggies, I though of making a sweet soup and condiment it with cardamon to give it the savoury taste. It worked great and I enjoyed the soup. I think the cardamon works really great in both sweet and savoury dishes. As I plan to make this sweet potato and parsnip soup recipe, again and again, I though is better to share it on my blog, so I will remember it next time I’m looking through my recipes for things to cook. The recipe is vegan and low in fat, as I didn’t add any type of oil, I didn’t think it needs any.
Ingredients for 6 bowls of soup:
– 300g sweet potato
– 300g parsnip
– 1.5l vegetable stock
– 1 medium potato
– 1 tsp sea salt
– 1/4 tsp white pepper
– 1tsp cardamon
I love how glass biscuits look, they are such a showstopper. After trying a few different things, I can say that now I know how to make the perfect glass biscuits and I want to share that with you. The glass biscuits are very easy to make, once you know how to make them. For the biscuits I’m sharing today I used the same recipe of dough like in the heart biscuits and these too are perfect for Valentine’s Day. The glass biscuits are great because they are suitable for all occasions. I made some last Christmas in shape of the house and stars, but then I was still trying to figure out the best way to make the glass.
First of all, choose the biscuits cutters you want to use. I suggest to make the glass part small enough that the biscuits can be easily transferred onto the baking paper.
To make the glass, you need hard candy or boiled candy. I have to confess I had no idea were I can find them in my local supermarket. I never go into the candy section as none of us likes candy, so it took a while to actually find the right one.
The candy is hard and it will not get softer after baking. That makes it great for glass biscuits, but if you don’t like candy, like me, just make enough biscuits for decor and bake the rest of the dough without glass.
Hard candy is made out of sugar, boiled, then removed from heat and flavoured and coloured.
Cut the hard candy on a chopping board, with care because it’s hard and it can be tricky to cut. Cut the candy in halves and quarters. If you try to crush it into a food processor the pieces will not be big enough to make the glass. Also, crushing the candy with a rolling pin will not work. I tried all these methods and the best one is to cut the candy by pressing down a big sharp knife with both hands on top. I think this is the best way to avoid getting hurt too.