Whoop, whoop! I made a good pud!!

Sorry, but I just had to let you know : ) I am a Yorkshire lass for sure now!!

I made a few alterations to my previous attempt and hey presto, lovely, well risen Yorkshire puds!

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The alterations I made were  to wait a little longer until the oil in the tin was r e a  l l y hot and also the tin I used this time was a m u f f i n tin which was a lot deeper than the previous one.

I am so pleased I have found a way to make great looking puds, but more importantly, puds that taste lovely too! I think my Nan must have been looking down on me : )

Have a great week ahead.

Jane x

Yorkshire puddings

I was born in Yorkshire, I live in Yorkshire, I am Yorkshire through and through, so why oh why can I not make Yorkshire Puddings that rise and look pretty?

I tried again tonight. I appeared calm, I was not about to let the batter know I felt nervous. Everything was going great…the batter was smooth, the pudding tray was hot. I poured in the mixture, it sizzled and I smelled victory! I looked through the glass in the oven, they were rising…yes!! Then they didn’t rise any more, they just stayed there and turned golden brown. Victory ebbed away.

But,  I   w i l l   n o t   b e   b e a t e n!  I will conquer the great Y o r k s h i r e  P u d d i n g! I must for I am from Yorkshire!!

Questions need answering here:

Did I have the fat hot enough in the tin? – I think so.

Was the batter mixed correctly? – I did what the Be-Ro cook book said.

Should all Yorkshire people be able to make Yorkshire Puddings? Erm…not sure about that one!

My Nan made  a m a z i n g  Yorkshire Puds, I wish she had told me her secret! But, I will not be deterred, because even though the ones I made today looked a little like they had been stamped on, they did taste great, so that’s half the battle!

Here’s the Be-Ro recipe if you fancy making some, however,  if they look better than mine I don’t want to know…only kidding!

Have a great week ahead!

Jane x

Lemon drizzle cake

Apologies for the lack of foody adventures round here lately…work, home and life in general have been a bit hectic, but hey I’m here now!

I have been watching ‘The Great British Bake Off’ like so many other people and am thoroughly enjoying it. However, I do watch it with a slight feeling of envy, baking is simply not my forte (is anything?) and I really wish it was.

Now I love lemon cake, but always seem to struggle to make cakes, they usually look more like a large biscuit! However, undeterred I thought what the heck I am going to give it a go! I searched for a suitable recipe (aka simple) and found this one from Tana Ramsay, wife of Gordon. I find that I get on a lot better with less ingredients and simple instructions, so this one is perfect.

I felt quite relaxed making this cake, none of my usual ‘am I stirring the spoon the right way’ anxiety and I must admit I found it very therapeutic, which is a new feeling while baking I can tell you.

Anyway the cake turned out great, beautifully moist and lemony, so thanks Tana. Unfortunately, I have already had three pieces!! I knew there was another reason, other than I am not very good, why I don’t bake often.

Wish I could send you all a piece, if for no other reason than to stop me eating the whole flipping thing!!

Take care and I will try not to leave it so long next time…Jane x

Flour tortillas

Hi there! Has it really been a week since I made (cobbled together) the quiche? Time certainly flies when you’re looking for new recipes to try!!

Today I decided to have a go at making flour tortillas as we eat them (shop bought) an awful lot. We much prefer them to sandwiches as there is just something nicer about them somehow, less bready (if you know what I mean?).

Well I searched for a recipe and eventually decided to follow this one, although I did halve the recipe and had to tweak it a little to make it work. The ingredients I used were:

400g plain flour

1.5 tables spoons of butter

1 tea spoon of baking powder

a pinch of salt

8 – 10 fl oz of boiling water

Other than the changes in amounts I just followed the recipe as it says over at All Recipes.

I think I cooked the first tortilla for too long as it was very crispy but still tasted pretty good. The ones that followed were a lot better and my son and I enjoyed them with a cheese and salad filling for our lunch. The tortillas were a bit thicker than the shop bought ones but tasted so much fresher! I will definitely make them again and I still have some for lunch tomorrow.

I really want to try to make other flat breads too, maybe with herbs or garlic. Do you have a favourite kind of bread that you like to make? I’d love to know and perhaps you would like to share the recipe?

Thanks for stopping by!

Jane x

A simple quiche…made not-so-simple

I had a lot of peppers in the fridge and my neighbour left me some eggs when she went away on Saturday so I decided I would have a go at making a ‘simple’ quiche. Well…that was the plan anyway. I am still laughing at myself now as I write this because I must have looked like such a buffoon earlier in the kitchen!

It started off well…I even made my own shortcrust pastry and pastry is definitely not high on my can do list! But I thought flour, butter, salt and water what could go wrong?

Here it is ready to be rolled out…

…and post rolling, not too bad, a few bits had to be patched around the edge but that’s okay…right?

I softened the onions and peppers and popped them in the pastry base…

…I added the pepper spotted milk and eggs and topped it with cheese…

…and that’s when it became a not-so-simple quiche!

The loose bottomed tin I was using together with the fact that I had obviously not patched the pastry up as well as I thought caused rather a large and eggy leak!!

oops!

It was hot, I was sweating, I was panicking, I wanted to swear (a lot), I didn’t because my son was there, I plugged the leak with foil, it stopped (sort of), I shoved it in the oven quickly and prayed…

…then I laughed, a lot! I wish you could have seen me dancing round the kitchen like a lunatic!!

But, believe it or not all was well and 40 minutes later I removed a rather battle weary but non-the-less very tasty red and yellow pepper quiche from the oven and ate it happily with a green salad!

Even my son, who claims not to like peppers, ate some and loved it!

My journey continues…but that’s one wrong turn I will not be taking again!!

Lesson learned today: Don’t roll your pastry too thin or it tears, then you will have to patch it and if it is not patched correctly your quiche filling will leak all over the hob.

I hope the start of the week has been a good one for you? Mine was eggy but great!!

Jane x

A great night…

…and the food seemed to go down pretty well with everyone! As I said in my last post, our friends would eat anything I gave them but they did seem to really enjoy the meal last night, which is always a bonus!

I absolutely love the Halloumi Salad with Herby Yogurt Dressing! The combination of the creaminess of the halloumi and the sharpness of the dressing was really lovely. It’s something I would certainly make again as it would make a really nice quick and easy dinner with some crusty bread. The dressing could be used on just a plain salad too or even with chicken instead of halloumi. It would also go very well with onion bhajis as it is very similar to rhaitha which consists of yogurt, mint, cucumber and lemon juice

Now I need to go and search for my next new recipe to try…what shall I go for? Italian, Indian, Spanish? Who knows, but whatever I try I am determined to have fun with it!

I hope you are having a lovely, relaxing Sunday.

Jane x

how to make this tasty and very simple (has to be for me!!) dressing…

Decisions, decisions

Hello there and how are you today? Good I hope!

We have friends coming for a meal on Saturday evening and one of them is a very good cook, to say the least! The last couple of times I have asked them round I have not been 100% happy with my offerings (apart from a very nice vanilla cheese cake) so this time I am out to nail it!!

Now, I am not trying to prove anything to anyone else just myself. This journey is for me, but if I can offer up some good grub to people I love on the way, then that’s got to be a good thing, right?

I have already decided on the tomato and thyme cod for the main (tried and tested) but I just could not decide what to do for a starter. I usually do bread, dips and olives but they may be a little bored with that (if this is indeed possible?) So I trawled cookery books and the internet and have settled on Halloumi Salad with Herby Yogurt Dressing, sounds delish doesn’t it? I absolutely love Halloumi but have never cooked with it myself so I am very much looking forward to having a go!

Now, I could be getting a bit over excited here, but I may even throw an Avocado Salad in there too!!! I did originally decide on this but my husband pulled a face, though I know our friends will appreciate it. I love avocado even though, like halloumi, I have never used them in my cooking before.

I have so much to learn don’t I?

Anyway, wish me luck and I will let you know how I get on.

Do you have any dinner plans for the weekend? I’d love to know what you are cooking!

Take care

Jane x