Archive for October, 2013

October 30, 2013

Hide and Seek Cookies

by therecipebank

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I found this recipe on a really useful baby website; netmums.com, I adjusted it a little and my girls named them ‘hide and seek’ as we hid smarties inside before cooking them!

  • 100g/4oz softened butter/margarine
  • 100g/4oz soft brown sugar
  • 1 tbsp golden syrup or honey
  • 150g/6oz self raising flour
  • 1 tsp cocoa powder
  • 1/2 tsp vanilla extract (optional)
  • Smarties
  • Giant chocolate buttons

Preheat the oven to 170°C/160°C fan

Beat the butter, sugar and syrup together until soft and creamy.
Mix in the flour, cocoa and vanilla extract.
Divide the mixture into 15 pieces (we were practicing our maths and if you are a perfectionist each one weighs around 27g!) pop 2-3 smarties in each one and roll into balls using your hands.
Place well apart on greased baking sheets. Flatten slightly and pop a chocolate button on the top of each one.

Bake for about 10 mins until a pale golden colour (don’t cook any longer or they’ll go crispy!)

Leave to cool on the tray for a few minutes and then remove from the tray and finish cooling on a wire rack.

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October 16, 2013

Gluten Free Mango Carrot Cake

by therecipebank

Gluten Free Mango Carrot Cake

This is delicious, it was good as a cake and as cupcakes. I topped mine off with a tub of coconut cream, mixed in the food processor with a little maple syrup and vanilla essence. So dairy free too!!!

October 11, 2013

cardamom butter chicken

by therecipebank

cardamom butter chicken

I love bbc good food website, this was another winner!

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October 11, 2013

Another yummy curry

by therecipebank

Another yummy curry

click on the link for a coconut kerala chicken curry. Didn’t have mustard seeds but was fab anyway :o)

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October 11, 2013

Spicy Lamb

by therecipebank

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(my new 35litre pan!)

Spicy Lamb

AMAZING… worth all the effort!

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October 11, 2013

Indian dinner party extravaganza!

by therecipebank

So we had some friends over for dinner, 12 to be exact, and decided the theme would be indian dinner. We had some new dishes and some like the cauliflower curry which I have made many times before.

Dinner menu was:

Pea and potato samosas
Carrot and coriander fritters
Mango chutney
Raita

Followed by
Cardamom butter chicken
Sag paneer
Spicy slow roasted Lamb with HOT potatoes
Cauliflower curry
Pilau rice

And lastly –
Gulab Jamun (YUM)

All washed down with some traditional Indian beer.

October 11, 2013

Bread pudding

by therecipebank

Not to be confused with bread and butter pudding, this is a stodgy cake which can be eaten in slices either warm or cold and is LOVED by me and (very surprisingly) by my children!

300g white / wholemeal bread

160g raisins

1 tsp mixed spice

1 tsp cinnamon

350ml milk

1 large egg

70g light muscovado sugar

zest 1/2 lime/lemon

50g butter, melted

1.5 tbsp demerara sugar

Tear the bread in a mixing bowl and add raisins and spice. Stir in milk and completely break up the bread. Mix eggs, dark brown sugar and lime/lemon zest and add to bread mixture. Stir well, then set aside for 15 mins to soak.

Heat oven to 160C . Grease and line the base of a 20cm non-stick square cake tin. Stir the melted butter into the pudding mixture, tip into the tin, then scatter with demerara. Bake for 1½ hrs until firm and golden, covering with foil if it starts to brown too much. Turn out of the tin and strip off the paper. Cut into squares and serve warm.

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