Sunday, 9 January 2011
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.
Topping 1 - Cheese, tomato, pesto, pine nuts and Jerusalem artichoke
Topping 2 - Cheese, tomato, baby aubergine, courgette
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!
Sunday, 2 January 2011
I love Christmas, while some people avoid spending too much time with the family, I enjoy every minute. This year I wangled a week off to head back to Hastings.
While mum prepped for dinner my sister and I took our dog Rufus out to stretch his legs at the nearby country park. I think he feeds off our excitement and gets far too excitable himself so before my grandparents arrived it was essential to wear him our slightly. It just so happened that Christmas morning was beautifully sunny but frosty, very pretty for photos.