Tuesday, 26 May 2015

Paris

I just got back from Paris yesterday. I went with school, and it was meant to be a French trip. We didn't speak much French. I am going to show some of my pictures. I would talk about food but we just ate Italian so there is no point.

Can I just say that it took us 14 hours to get to Paris. And we left at 9 pm. And some people had energy drinks at midnight. Yeah it wasn't good.

Here are some pictures:



























p.s the trip was really fun.



Roast Veg and Pesto Galette

I love vegetarian meals. I do eat meat, however I do not love it. I love veg though. I made this meal for my family the other week. It was amazing. It is like a pizza, but has a flaky pasty base instead of a dough base. So. Good.

I also love pesto. pesto. pesto. pesto.

It has been posted a tad late because I went to Paris with school this weekend, and so had no time to post it.

It is based on the recipe from Top With Cinnamon (the cookbook).







Ingredients:

1 red bell pepper

About 10 cherry tomatoes, cut in half

1 quantity of this pastry recipe

About 5 tbsp of this pesto

75g of parmesan

1 courgette, cut into roughly 5mm coins

1 egg, beaten with a fork


Preheat the oven to 200°C. Place the red pepper onto a tray that has been lined with foil and place it in the oven to roast for 20 minutes. Using tongs, flip the pepper over before adding on the tomatoes and then place the tray back in the oven for another 20 minutes.

Take them out of the oven and and turn the heat down to 180°C. Poke a hole into the pepper to let the steam out. After you have done that run the pepper under cold water and then peel the skin off of the pepper. Cut the pepper open and remove the stalk and seeds. Slice the pepper into thin strips/pieces.

Get your dough out of the fridge and roll it out into a circle. Place it onto a greased baking tray. Spread the pesto over it, leaving a large border around the edge. Sprinkle with some cheese, then tomato, courgette and pepper, then more cheese etc.

Fold the border over the filling. Brush the pastry with the egg and then place into the oven. Bake for 30 minutes until golden brown.











Sunday, 17 May 2015

Spinach Pesto

Pestooooo.

This is a different pesto recipe to my other one. I used it in the Galette (recipe coming soon) and decided to put the recipe up.

Based on Top With Cinnamon's Herby Kale Pesto.


You need:

1 lemon

1 garlic clove, crushed

100g spinach, cleaned and dried

4 tbsp olive oil

2 tbsp Parmesan, grated

A pinch of salt


Grate the zest of a lemon. Juice half of the lemon and place the juice and the zest in a blender. Add all of the other ingredients and blend until a paste like thing is formed.

Flaky Pastry

For dinner today I am making a galette thing from Top With Cinnamon. Based on the recipe from the book.

Obviously I need pastry for it. This is the pastry recipe. The rest of the recipe will be up later.


You will need:

160g plain flour

1/2 tsp salt

100g cold butter, cubed

2 tbsp buttermilk (or plain yoghurt)

A bit of water

















Mix the flour and salt together in a bowl. Add the butter and mix until it is like breadcrumbs. Add in the buttermilk and mix. Add in water gradually until it forms a dough. Chill for at least 30 minutes and for up to a day.

Saturday, 16 May 2015

Chocolate and Popcorn cookies.

Hallo. I am back with another post. This time it actually includes food. Hooray!

Everybody has a recipe that they make again and again. Mine is my chocolate chip cookie one. It has been mentioned before.

It was sisters day yesterday (in our family). In America the date was 5/15 which looks like sis. Anyway my sister and I decided we would make the chocolate chip cookies again because we love them. We didn't have any chocolate chips so we made chocolate ones instead by substituting 40g of flour for cocoa powder. In addition to that we added popcorn. Yes. Popcorn.

We popped the popcorn ahead like usual and then mixed it through the cookie batter. We crossed our fingers, hoping the popcorn pieces wouldn't burn and waited. They came out and looked amazing. We ate them. They tasted amazing.

I think this is a really cool but interesting take on a chocolate cookie. I would definitely recommend making them. AHHH.

Here is a link to the cookie recipe: http://milliecooks.blogspot.co.uk/search/label/Cookies

The recipe is quite old which is why the pictures are bad. The measurements are the same though.


To make them pop about 50-80g of popcorn in vegetable oil. Make the cookie dough as usual. Fold through the popcorn. Bake as usual. Done.


M xx

Sunday, 3 May 2015

Stop Motion DIY

Hello!

I love making stop motion videos. I also love photography but you knew that.

Today I am going to show you a stop motion I made. It is a diy. I found a similar thing on pinterest (the fave) and recreated it.

Enough randomness - enjoy!

M xx