Saturday, 8 November 2008

Long time no blog!

Wow! So its actually been months since I last updated this blog, not because I haven't been cooking but mainly because I started a new job and have been horrendously busy. I am now working as a Heritage Assistant at Islington Borough Council in London, which involves 2 late nights a week and one Saturday in three, but is at the same time very rewarding. I'm mainly helping people with their family history and also local history about the Borough, which can be really frustrating but also really interesting.

I have also joined the gym and started going swimming, trying for a fitter me! Along with that I am trying to make my portion sizes smaller, something I am really struggling with as I usually only cook for me and find it really difficult not to cook too much.

I have a couple of recipes to share today and then I think I'll do the rest later on!

When I went to see my parents for bank holiday weekend, we had a feast of cooking. On the Saturday night when we arrived we went to see my Godfather, Paddy and his Partner Paul for dinner, and we brought the dessert. I made a ginger and orange tiramisu, I learnt to make this first at Leiths on my cookery course all that time ago and still make it occasionally for dinner parties now, it is so rich, but so delicious. This is the bottom layer of the dessert, I don't have a finished photo as we were in too much of a rush to get out the door!

I also had a go at the No-Knead bread, that's been floating around for a while, and which i first saw here: No-Knead Bread, made by Em of the Repressed Pastry Chef Blog which I love, the recipe does originally come from the New York Times. We had a few problems with converting American measurements! My Mum and I forgot that grams aren't the same as ml and ended up with way too much liquid, so the dough was kinda well not runny, but not exactly stiff either! It was oozing off the bread board in a very attractive way! But was absolutely delicious once cooked and slathered with butter.

I also made a batch of just plain brown rolls, which I took home with me and froze to eat with soups and make sandwiches with, they were so good, there really is nothing like home made bread!

1 comment:

  1. Hey, I posted that ham and cheese orzo casserole recipe like you asked. Sausages and cider sound like a winning combination that I might borrow for my own sometime!

    By the way, do you know an American librarian named Leonard Houx? He lives and works in London. I know it's a longshot, but he's a good friend of mine.