9 Jun 2017

Instant Pot Easy Vegetable Soup Recipe

Instant Pot Mixed Vegetable Soup

This is a soup recipe that I adapt, and mostly cook in a large pan, but now the electric pressure cooker has made an appearance in my kitchen, the very least it can do is to somehow pay for it's keep.  I store it away in a cupboard - the pressure cooker that is - I had to empty my cupboard of baking tins and move them to a cupboard which is already heaving with baking paraphernalia, there is absolutely no room on my work surface for any more gadgets.

Anyway back to the soup, it's ridiculously easy to make and can be bulked out with borlotti beans and small pieces of broken spaghetti to give a more filling version of a family friendly minestrone.

Chopped parsley added to the soup after cooking lifts the flavours, and a grating of Parmesan cheese is perfect.

1 Jun 2017

Mini Chocolate Raspberry Cakes

Mini Chocolate Raspberry Cakes

These little cakes came about because I made a chocolate cake and one of the layers didn't rise as much as I would have liked due to a heavy hand when adding the cocoa powder! I use Green and Black's cocoa powder and it's a must for these little choccie cakes.

It's a wasteful method but I cut out tiny rounds to make these little cakes and the leftover sponge cake is the cooks treat!

The filling is simply seedless raspberry jam and a few fresh raspberries crushed . I served my little cakes with vanilla ice cream.

4 May 2017

Thermomix Raspberry Sponge Cake

Thermomix Raspberry Sponge Cake

One of the best things about a Thermomix is it's ability to whip up a cake in only a few seconds. I would never before have believed that I could be cooking dinner whilst rustling up an easy sponge cake for dessert.

I used an old school method to weigh out the ingredients and it really is a foolproof way of making a sponge cake. Simply weigh three eggs in their shells - in my case they came to 160g. The same weight of flour, butter/margarine and caster sugar.

20 Apr 2017

Coffee and Walnut Traybake Recipe

Coffee and Walnut Traybake

Coffee and walnut cake is a flavour combination made in heaven and for a coffee lover like me, it's win win!

A classic cake that shouldn't be messed around with too much and one, that for me, still has it's place in a coffee shop, regardless of how 'too cool for school' they are.

I've made this cake with instant espresso powder which can be found at the supermarket, the cake is made with a mixture of butter and margarine which produces a lighter sponge.

11 Apr 2017

Bam Real Milk Drinks - Review

Bam Real Milk Drinks

New in the Kitchen Delights fridge this month are these delicious all natural drinks from Bam. They are made from British whole milk, delicately sweetened with honey and flavoured with either cocoa or banana.

These are the only milk drinks that don't contain the usual artificial colours, flavourings, preservatives or refined sugars.

They are available in a resealable 330ml carton which easily fits into a bag if you wish to take the drink out and about with you.

6 Apr 2017

Rum, Raisin and Apple Crumble Muffins Recipe

Rum, Raisin and Apple Crumble Muffins

I love a recipe that can be used as either a cake or pudding and these definitely fit the bill.  They are equally at home eaten as is, but preferably warmed through, or removed from the cases and served with cream or custard.

If you've got a very ripe banana in the fruit bowl along with a couple of eating apples then you're more or less sorted for this recipe which can easily be adapted to make it your own.

The crumble makes them quite sweet. but if I made them again I'd definitely halve the quantity of sugar in the crumble mix. There will also be crumble mix left over but it will freeze to use in another recipe.