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Rock Buns : The Recipe Corner

26 Jan

Link: Rock Buns : The Recipe Corner

Today’s recipe was very like this one, except my cookbook called for 1/4 less butter, no candied peel, and currants instead of mixed dried fruits. Mine also called for an egg wash on top, but I think I’ll leave that off next time I make them. Fraser declares that they’re just like the ones he enjoyed as a kid.

They have a nice consistency – like a cupcake inside and slightly crisp outside.

Oh, and to save you doing the math or searching, that’s 1.5 cups of flour and 1/2 cup of sugar. To make self-raising flour, measure 1.5 tsp baking powder & 1/2 tsp salt for every cup of flour. Put those in the measuring cup before adding the flour.

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Smoked paprika chicken stroganoff recipe – Channel4 – 4Food

7 Jan

Link: Smoked paprika chicken stroganoff recipe – Channel4 – 4Food

Holy cow, that was GOOD!

We made the following changes to suit what we had on-hand:

No sugar-snap peas

Sliced parsnip instead of mushroom

Yellow pepper instead of green

Fresh basil instead of parsley

As for the spätzle, we just dropped it into a pot to make tiny dumplings, instead of the noodle shapes you’d get if you followed Ramsay’s instructions to force it through the holes of a colander.

It was absolutely delicious!

We were thinking, because we have lots of vegetarian and gluten-free friends, if we wanted to make this vegetarian, we’d just use tofu or Quorn grilled chick’n cutlets instead of the chicken, or possibly sweet potato. To make it gluten-free, I think rice flour would be the way to go for the spätzle.

At any rate, I highly recommend it! It was really easy, and one of the reasons we so love using Ramsay’s recipes is that he gives time-management advice in with the steps.

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Kitchen Window — Why The Priest Fainted: An Ode To Eggplant : NPR

11 Oct

Link: Kitchen Window — Why The Priest Fainted: An Ode To Eggplant : NPR

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Have Your (Less Sinful) Cupcake And Enjoy It, Too : NPR

11 Oct

Link: Have Your (Less Sinful) Cupcake And Enjoy It, Too : NPR

Some great-looking recipes – including some gluten-free & easily veganized ones!

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Tomato Galette

29 Sep

Link: Tomato Galette

We cut this recipe out of the newspaper a few weeks ago (click the title above to get the recipe from the Guardian website), and it’s one of the few times we’ve had to buy special things that we wouldn’t ordinarily include in our shopping. It was worth it, though! We did end up using the entire jar of sundried tomatoes, because as written, the recipe didn’t make nearly enough of the paste (at least, to our thinking). I think the only other modification we made was in using a lower fat puff pastry, instead of an all-butter one. It went together really quickly and easily, and we’ll probably make it again, but on a pizza crust next time, since we’ve recently discovered a really good, quick, and easy dough recipe (see previous post).

Fraser adding the last ingredients

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The Witchy Kitchen: Gluten Free

28 Sep

Link: The Witchy Kitchen: Gluten Free

Sharing for the GF friends. Lots of these look awesome, and most (if not all) are also vegetarian.

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Chocolate Chip Yogurt Muffins

28 Sep

Link: Chocolate Chip Yogurt Muffins

While my friends in So Cal are melting under record-breaking heat, it’s really strange to me to be shivering and searching for something to bake so I can use the oven to heat up the flat a little (According to the Star Wars weather report, Glasgow is currently a lot like Endor – low 50’s, temperate, but gray & cloudy, with a chance we’ll get our own cartoon series). Also, I found our lack of baked goods disturbing.

I made the recipe almost as written (click on the title above), but with these changes:

I substituted 1/2 cup of the all purpose flour with wholemeal flour.

I accidentally used the 1/3 cup measure for the sugar, oil, and yogurt, and therefore added 2 TBSP more all purpose flour at the last minute.

I used plain white vinegar instead of the apple cider vinegar just because it’s what I had on hand.

I added about a tsp of cinnamon because we like cinnamon in everything, especially this time of year.

As far as I can tell, they didn’t suffer at all for any of this. They do tend to stick to the muffin papers, but as long as you don’t mind looking a little silly when you eat them, that’s not a major problem.

– Heather

Update: For some reason, the next day, they’re not sticking to the paper at all, as long as you peel it off carefully!