Sunday, 28 March 2010

daring bakers: orange tian

 The 2010 March Daring Baker’s challenge was hosted by Jennifer of Chocolate Shavings. She chose Orange Tian as the challenge for this month, a dessert based on a recipe from Alain Ducasse’s Cooking School in Paris.

Oh are these yummy!  crumbly, buttery biscuit smeared with homemade marmalade, topped with marmalade swirled whipped cream and caramel soaked orange segments....  sounds like an m&s advert!

never having made the biscuit or the caramel before, this was a great challenge, I love layered desserts and this one is a keeper.

Friday, 12 March 2010

slow roast lamb, white chocolate souffles and julie/julia...

after a rather long old time of it at work and a brain full of annoying life decisions to be made, I felt I had rather been neglecting my quest for culinary excellence...and especially after going to this scrumptious restaurant for my mum's birthday, and buying the below pot with special bonus money from work, I had to get out of my funk.

not that I have not been a'cookin..I've had cakes and pie coming out of my ears, but this has meant my dinners have been not so elaborate.  This changed tonight.  ok, that is a bit of a lie, I made chicken kievs on wednesday, but that doesn't count compared to this...

Slow cooked lamb shanks in red wine, served with sweet potato mash, roasted parsnips and flagolet beans...

this in itself, I do have to say, was YUM!  though I do think this is in part due to my new shiny le creuset dish which is not allowed to be put away for at least a month.

but what this blog is really about is the sweet things, and this leads me to my mum, for whom this dinner was cooked, is just a little bit fond of white chocolate so I went a little nuts on the white choc front...

chocolate dipped peanut butter sandwich cookies

...another lovely new blog discovery, another recipe I can't make again for at least a year lest the other cookie recipes get jealous.

make these cookies.  eat them.  share them.  but also keep some in a pot in the fridge at home so you forget about them then find them when glaring at the contents willing it to make itself into dinner...and all is right again with the world...

motorbike birthday cake

cheery cherry pie