Sunday, 19 October 2014

River Cottage: Foodie Feels

We marked the end of our road trip holiday with a trip to the River Cottage Canteen in Bristol. We had wanted to do the smoking and curing course but it was cancelled and we also wanted to see more of Bristol but it rained from the moment we arrived. We didn't let any of that dampen our spirits as we tucked into four dishes from the smaller (started sized dishes) menu.

River Cottage Lunch

Have you eaten out anywhere special this week?

Saturday, 18 October 2014

Bubblegum Cake Pops

These bubblegum flavoured cake pops use the new bubblegum flavoured Angel Delight to give them that classic bubblegum flavour. Ok, there's nothing classic about bubblegum flavoured cakes on sticks with blue frosting but you know that old school sugary bubblegum flavour that you remember from childhood? It's classic.

Bubblegum Cake Pops

You can use any basic sponge recipe for these cake pops just replace 60g of the sugar with the Angel Delight mix.

Ingredients (makes 24 cake pops)
125g butter
125g self raising flour
2 medium eggs
2 tablespoons of milk
65g caster sugar
1 packet of Bubblegum Angel delight (60g)

Cream the butter, sugar and Angel Delight together.
Beat in the eggs and milk.
Then sieve in the flour and mix until smooth.

Bubblegum cake mix

The uncooked batter looks pink but the finished cake is regular cake colour because Angel Delight uses natural colourings which tend to be a bit pale. If you'd like a pink cake add a couple of drops of red food colouring at this stage.

My cake pop maker only makes 6 balls at a time so I had to cook these in batches.
Put a teaspoon of cake batter into each cake pop mould and cook for 7 minutes.

Once cooled spear the cake pop balls onto lollipop sticks and decorate.
I used blue Candy Melts and pink sugar sprinkles.

Get creative with your cake pop decorating

This post is an entry for #AngelDelightMoments Linky Challenge

Wednesday, 8 October 2014

Guest Judge For National Sausage Week Vlog

National Sausage week starts on 3rd November before the best national sausages are announced all 700 sausage entries need to be judged. In my role as Hambassador I went along to Harper Adams to be a guest judge. Best day ever!

What do you look for in a sausage?

Saturday, 4 October 2014

Ludlow Food Festival Vlog Autumn 2014

We were at the Ludlow Food Festival again last month, I'm having to date stamp these posts because we seem to be there so often. The autumn festival is bigger than the spring on and this time round we paid to attend a couple of classes which were only £5 each. I thought this would keep us entertained if it was too cold and rainy to sit and watch a lot of demos but the weather was on our side so we were able to do both.

Which food festival has been your favourite this year?

Friday, 3 October 2014

Tuesday, 30 September 2014

Allotment Cooking in September

What did we cook with produce from the allotment during September?

This month it's been all about courgettes. Giant courgettes which have all been produced by the solitary courgette plant we inherited with the plot.

We've had tempura courgette flowers, courgette bread, more courgette fritters and a courgette hybrid of onion baji. I tried cougette linguine but I think I need a better tool for cutting it into strips as doing it by hand was tiresome and my strips were not very even.

A leek
We've also had a leek. It looked like it would be giant but it was all show above ground and rather stumpy when I pulled it out.

There were a few more raspberries this month but the birds got to them before I did.

Mom's bumper harvest
Fortunately we've also had a bounty from Mom's garden to keep us going and give us some variety from the all courgette centric dinners. We had chilli's which I've strung up and left to dry out. A great selection of tomatoes and box after box of russet apples that I've stored for the winter.

Sunday, 28 September 2014

Povitica: Foodie Feels

A relaxing weekend at home gave us a chance to catch up with Paul Hollywood's Great British Bake off technical challenge of povitica.

More Foodie Feels
What's Foodie Feel?