A couple days ago I had the sudden urge to do some cooking. I’ve had a lot on recently and since moving back home I haven’t done as much cooking as I would have liked to. So I flicked through my Hemsley and Hemsley cook book and found these Baked Courgette Fries, I knew I had to make them! I also made turkey burgers for my family and chicken in an Encona BBQ marinade for me!
Baked Courgette Fries
2 Large Courgettes
50g Ground Almonds
Some Herbs and Spices
- Preheat the oven to 220C
- Slice the ends off the courgettes, halve them and slice each half lengthways. Slice each length into small strips, a bit like french fries. I kept mine a bit larger than french fries, similar to frozen oven chips you get from the shops. Season with sea salt.
- Mix the ground almonds, parmesan and herbs and spices in a bowl.
- Beat the egg, dip each piece of courgette into the egg, then into the almond, parmesan and spice mix to coat evenly.
- Lay the courgette fries in a single layer on a baking sheet and bake for 10 minutes until golden brown.
- Enjoy them with a turkey burger or some chicken!
The following recipe makes 5 burgers.
4 Turkey Breasts
4 slices of bread, add more or less as you feel required
- Put everything in a food processor and blitz until it is all well mixed.
- Grease a tray and take a ball of the mixture and pat out to make burgers.
- Cook in the oven for 20 minutes.
- Enjoy with your courgette fries!
These courgette fries are super delicious and I could literally devour a plate of these!
Last week was Afternoon Tea Week! I thought I would definitely take part and I invited my Nan over for Afternoon Tea and put on a proper spread for her. Needless to say she absolutely loved it. I made everything from scratch, and while I couldn’t eat any of it (damn you healthy eating), I have a whole number of tasters who said it was delicious!
I’ve never actually made scones before but I wanted to make lemon and poppy seed scones, it just seemed like a delicious flavour to make! Plus I was making madeira cake too and obviously wanted to overload on the citrus flavours!
Lemon and Poppy Seed Scones Recipe:
220g Self Raising Flour
60g softened Butter
60g Caster Sugar
2 tbsp Poppy Seeds
Zest of 1 Lemon
Milk for brushing
1.Pre-heat the oven to 200C
2. Put the self raising flour and butter in a bowl and rub together until they resemble breadcrumbs
3. Add in the caster sugar, poppy seeds and lemon zest and ensure it is all mixed together properly
4. Beat the milk and egg together and slowly pour into the flour mixture – stir together and combine the mixture into a dough
5. Make round scone shapes out of the dough and pop on to a floured tray, ensure they are round with a flat top
6. Place the scones on a greased baking tray, brush the top of the scones with milk and bake for 8 to 10 minutes until they are golden brown and look yummy!
I am so proud of how well the scones turned out for my first attempt, not to big myself up or anything! I served them with berry jam and clotted cream and they were gone before I could ask how they tasted!
I also served the afternoon tea with mini Madeira cakes and finger sandwiches and of course some delicious Earl Grey tea. It was a lovely afternoon with my Nan and she loved it!
What are your favourite flavours of scones?
In true spirit of GBBO, I wanted to make Madeira Cake as they did in the first episode. However, I couldn’t just make Madeira Cake, so thought it would be best to make mini Madeira cakes! It is also Afternoon Tea week, I put on an Afternoon Tea for my Nan which you can read more about here. So here it is, individual Madeira Cakes!
175g softened Butter
175g Caster Sugar
250g Self-Raising Flour
2-3 tbsp Milk
Zest of 1 Lemon
Candied Citron or Lemon Peel, to decorate
1. Pre-heat the oven to 180C. Grease a muffin tin and line with greaseproof paper and grease the paper.
2. Cream the butter and sugar together until pale and fluffy. Beat in the eggs, one at a time, beating the mixture well in between each one and adding a tbsp of the flour with the last egg to prevent the mixture curdling.
3. Sift the flour and fold it in, with enough milk to allow the mixture to fall slowly from the spoon. Fold in the lemon zest.
4. Spoon the mixture in to the muffin tin and lightly level the top. Bake on the middle shelf of the oven for 20 minutes, or until golden brown on top and it is cooked through.
5. Remove from the oven and set aside to cool in the tin for 10 minutes, then remove and allow to cool on a wire rack.
6. Decorate with candied peel and serve.
My professional tasters (my sister and my Nan) loved these mini cakes, and how cute do they look!
I can’t wait to see where this series of GBBO goes, what has been your favourite part so far?
As one of the brands getting involved with our first Pretty Lovely Bloggers Event, it was only right for me to make sure that their products were suitable for the 50 bloggers we have attending right 😉
I had never had Earl Grey tea before but since the other tea was Green Tea (and I have boxes of the stuff everywhere!), I thought I would try something new and go for the Earl Grey. Needless to say I was not disappointed. As tea comes, it cam be pretty basic, paper tea bags that break if you tear them apart too hard and the taste of cheaper tea bags can be practically non existent. This is not the case with TeaShed* tea. They use silky pyramid tea bags with 20 in the bag. They come in a reusable paper cup (no waste on packaging eh?!) and are funnily named Mr Grey’s Tea. I love all the names of their teas, they are witty and make you giggle a little bit, we all appreciate a good pun at the end of the day.
I honestly thought I wouldn’t enjoy the Earl Grey tea at all, but I was so wrong. I prefer my tea quite strong anyway so I really enjoyed this. I haven’t quite mastered how I like it made yet and I will definitely have to order more soon as I am on the last few tea bags! It has the taste of strong tea with a hint of orange in it, it definitely isn’t for everyone and as British people we are accustomed to our standard Breakfast Tea, but I can’t urge you enough to try Earl Grey. If you love strong Breakfast Tea then you will love Earl Grey!
The other product I had the pleasure of trying was the Blueberry Popaballs. I had seen so many pictures on their Twitter and Instagram pages of people using their Popaballs in cocktails and prosecco and I absolutely had to try some like this! I didn’t have any prosecco in but I did have a frozen cocktail in so I grabbed this and put so Popaballs on top. It was so good! I can only imagine how goo they would taste with prosecco.
I thought I would come up with some other ideas that weren’t necessarily alcohol based but the list for those is endless. I think these are great just to pop in some water with a drop of juice and mix up to flavours and also with some lemonade (and a cheeky splash of vodka).
The next thing I’ll be ordering from Popaballs is one of their Bubble Tea Kits, on The Tea Shed website they have a Bubble Tea Subscription box but before I sign up to that I want to make sure that I actually like the bubble tea. So I’ll be ordering one of these with Mango flavoured powder and Peach Popaballs. I’ve got a love for mango and peach at the moment so I think this combination will be perfect. However, the combination possibilities are endless so you can choose something that you would love!
What do you think of Earl Grey tea? What would you put with Popaballs to make your perfect drink?