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Rhubarb & Custard Tartlets June 17, 2010

Filed under: Food,Recipes — Jen @ 7:01 pm
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Rhubarb is probably my all time favourite vegetable. I adore the tart and mouthwatering taste that leaves you wanting more. I, like many I’m sure, tend to stick to the same old rhubarb recipes. In my case this involves a pork belly and rhubarb recipe from ‘Jamie at Home’ (http://bit.ly/7wCzQW) which is really a favourite of mine or if we’re talking dessert I always opt for a rhubarb crumble (with apple, rasperry or whatever fruit I happen to have in the flat).  My only requirements are a high crumble to fruit ratio and a healthy spoonful of clotted cream on top (I do live in Devon after all).

Both of these recipes have happily lasted me for many years however last weekend my boyfriend’s mum sent us home with a very generous amount of rhubarb that she’d grown on her allotment – she knows how much I like it and she’s overwhelmed with rhubarb at this time of year. So I decided to branch out and  began searching around for recipes. I found a James Martin recipe on BBC Food which I have adapted with success so I thought I’d share. This is definitely one for any lady, who like me has problems getting her other half to eat dessert because it’s ‘too sweet’ or ‘too rich’.  I made two little tartlets with this recipe (but still have more than enough of everything left to make another couple at least!)

Rhubarb Tart

Keep reading about rhubarb (and get the full recipe)…
 

Calling all comfort foodies… May 25, 2010

So as you may have all gathered by now Cat & I (along with our friends & family) tend to spend all our time, or at least a significant part of it, eating, thinking, talking (and now writing) about food. We are always on the look out for new things to try and add to our recipe books. But we have now pretty much exhausted each others food catalogue (spending 24/7 together for a year in Italy will do that to you) so this is where you guys come in.

We would love all of you to tell us how to make your favourite comfort food dish (or dishes), the one you want to eat when you come back from an awful day at work. Everyone has one. So go ahead and post the recipe. No matter how simple. Share you favourite dish (and any family secret ingredients necessary) with your fellow comfort foodies. We’ll be posting ours shortly.

Cat & Jen

 

Hummingbird Bakery Awakening!

Filed under: Food — Jen @ 5:50 pm
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I have long been a fan of baking. I don’t think there’s anything more relaxing (well at least when everything is going right-those who have seen me when things are going wrong would disagree!) Thankfully I also work with people who appreciate cake (nearly) as much as I do. Each week on Friday our office stops completely at 10.30am to gather at one end of the office for tea and cake. We have a rota and each week two members of the team bake and bring in cake. This is, understandably, my favourite part of the working week. Last week I was treated to the MOST AMAZING lemon cupcakes from the Hummingbird Bakery Cookbook (http://hummingbirdbakery.com/more/the-cookbook/).

I heard of The Hummingbird Bakery a few years ago thanks to an American friend of mine (thanks Celeste) but somehow I never got around to picking up the Cookbook. That is until last Friday. After tasting the wonderfully light, fluffy and ‘zesty’ cupcakes at cake-time I knew that I could no longer live without this book! Keep reading about lemon cupcakes…

 

Baking challenge – the results so far… May 23, 2010

Filed under: Food,Recipes — wearemadhatters @ 11:20 am
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No one could say I didn’t have a plan. The sun was out and as soon as baking was over I was going to the beach so I wanted to get everything done in the morning, but Jamie said cold cake absorbs the mixture better so honey and pistachio would be made first, to cool while I made muffins, then onto topping both of them. Then off to the beach. Best laid plans and all that…

The honey and pistachio cake mixture smells AMAZING when you pour it into the tray – Greek yoghurt and lemon and orange zest, fresh fresh fresh. I followed the recipe to the word (very unlike me which I think is why baking has gone awry in the past) and the cake looks great fresh out of the oven. Keep reading about cake and muffins…

 

Dedicated follower of… Delia? May 19, 2010

Filed under: Food — wearemadhatters @ 1:08 pm
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What is your favourite cookbook? Do you have one that you use several times a week but an equally loved book that only gets dusted off once every couple of months?

I have lots of favourites but when I got shown the Avoca cookbook http://bit.ly/d9BZuq it was instantly on my wishlist…

Cat