Sunday, 9 January 2011

FOOD - What's Cooking in January

Home made vegetable pizzas

My friend and I decided to have an evening creating our own pizzas and we stocked up on some veg to get things started. I'd never tried Jerusalem artichokes before and they have a nutty flavour with a texture not dissimilar to parsnips. I'm going to try cooking them in a gratin or warm salad next. I'd also never tried baby aubergine and these were delish. Can think of loads of uses for them in Mediterranean or Indian dishes.

Home made vegetable pizzas

Topping 1 - Cheese, tomato, pesto, pine nuts and Jerusalem artichoke

Topping 2 - Cheese, tomato, baby aubergine, courgette

Home made vegetable pizzas

Topping 3 - Cheese, tomato, garlic, fresh basil, mushroom

Topping 4 - Cheese, tomato, garlic, yellow pepper, finger chilli

What is your favourite pizza topping?

I also decided to do a bit of baking last week. I'd had a stressful day at work and I didn't want to come in and start scaring at my computer or TV so I settled on making mini Victoria Sponge Cakes. They are one of my favourites, but I did cheat slightly and went for the M&S handy kit. I didn't actually want to eat them all myself so I took them into work and made sure my boyfriend got a few too. It was the first time I'd used silicone baking cases and they worked really well, the cakes just peeled straight out of them. Yum, yum!

Mini Victoria Sponge Cakes
Mini Victoria Sponge Cakes

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