Wednesday, 9 September 2009

Recently in the kitchen...

I haven't posted much of my culinary adventures here recently, and it isn't because I have given up on baking. If anything, my love for food and cooking is ever growing and I am always finding new recipes I want to try. I also got a subscription to Olive magazine for my birthday, which is the gift that keeps on giving, month after month! I love when it arrives through my postbox and I drool over all the recipes and plan what seasonal things I want to try that month.

blackberry bakewell tart

This was the blackberry bakewell tart that I made last week. Or, really, Scott made and I merely supervised. I didn't even get to try any of it because I had a stomach bug, but I was assured it was delicious and the time in that it took to disappear also assured me it was delicious. Traditional bakewell tart uses raspberry jam, but after the glut of blackberries we had picked and made jam with, I decided to use blackberry jam. It is seasonal and cheap! I also studded the tart with fresh blackberries for added fruitiness. It gave it quite a rustic look once all the frangipane had rose over it.

chocolate torte

This was the cover recipe of this months Olive, so we decided to make it for Scott's brother's birthday. I wanted a traditional layered birthday cake, but Scott wanted to try this, so we went with it. It was super easy and quite impressive! You simply mix together whipped cream and melted chocolate and leave it to set. Ta-da! Very, very rich though and is best served in a small slice with some cream.

homemade pizza

I also experimented with making my own pizza base, using yeast for the first time. It was surprisingly easy, although yeast always strikes fear in me for some reason. Will it work? Will it rise too much? The anticipation! This was a perfect pizza though, with yummy mozzarella and cherry tomatoes and of course basil. I love basil, it is definitely my favourite herb.

summer fruits sorbet

I also invested in an ice cream machine, hoping for this heatwave of a summer we were promised by the weathermen. It never did arrive... The ice cream machine has made some lovely things still though. This was a summer fruits sorbet that was so delicious and refreshing. I also made a peanut butter ice cream that was gobbled up so quickly I didn't even have time to take a photo of it. However, I don't think a photo would do justice to it's tastiness so I shall leave it to your imagination. Peanut butter ice cream.... yum.

What have you all been cooking lately?


34 comments:

  1. I've used some of my blackberries for ice cream! You should give it a try!

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  2. Good heavens, this post makes me hungry! What delightful things you've baked up. It's also fantastic that you invested in an ice cream maker - my family always had one growing up, and I've been wanting one for a while now. There's just nothing better than homemade ice cream!

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  3. Yum! Everything looks delicious. I'm dying for the blackberries in my garden to ripen so I can get picking them.

    I've been Red Velvet Birthday Cake, Apple Pies and Ginger Loaf.

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  4. oh my, I'm getting hungry! The ice cream looks absolutely wonderful.

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  5. That pizza looks delicious!

    I've been making risotto and microwave brownies (because I'm lazy, haha).

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  6. wow! is the chocolate cake really that simple? everything looks so yummy.

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  7. they all look super yum :p too bad i don't cook!

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  8. these look so so scrumptious. my mouth is watering!

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  9. Peanut butter icecream? Definetly drooling. They all look so good, especially the first one. My mom makes somethin similar with almonds on top and it's pretty much heaven on earth.
    -indigo

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  10. Oh my goodness...everything looks so incredibly delicious! I love to make pizza from scratch too...tomato, basil, and goat cheese is my favorite!

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  11. everything looks absolutely delicious!

    I didn't have time to cook much lately. Although I did make muffins for my boyfriend last weekend.

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  12. yummy.
    this post makes me hungry..
    xx cody

    codyjune.blogspot.com

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  13. yum! I want an ice cream machine! I've not been baking much, the only thing I've done in months is a marble cake a couple of weeks back, but I've been trying out lots of curries!

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  14. wow! it all looks so amazing!!!!

    well done on the ice-cream picture, i had a discussion with a photographer yesterday who assured me its hard work to take pictures of ice-cream and there are photographers that specialise in ice-cream photoshoots!xxx

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  15. I keep telling myself I've got to start baking. It seems like such a lovely thing to do, but I'm always too lazy. I must fix that.

    The pizza looks to-die-for!

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  16. Wow, my mouth is watering just looking at the photos! Last thing I made was plum jam, made me feel very autumnal.

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  17. Would you be able to post the recipe for the chocolate and cream cake!? x

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  18. Mmh, that looks so delicious!

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  19. Ah, so much culinary inspiration! I think I'll try to make my own version of your blackberry tart.

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  20. This is a horrible post!!! I am SO hungry now...

    haha ^_~

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  21. Lovely! I love olive magazine. I recently made blueberry & cinnamon cupcakes and they were delicious:) x

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  22. Omgawsh all of those look so delicious! You sure are good at cooking :D

    I've been making lotsa different type of cookies lately. Chocolate chip, cappuccino, cornflake cookies and such! :)

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  23. i tried making a pizza from scratch once, but i go the yest TOTALLY wrong, so it was an epic fail.

    i feel like making a chocolate cake now!!

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  24. As a matter of fact, I have been in the kitchen all morning cooking 3 different kinds of soups (tomato and pepper, leek and sweet potato, and vegetable)...but it doesnt look half as nice as what youve baked! WOW

    Much love x

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  25. oh fantastic! my roommate and i form a team in our kitchen (i'm the cook, she's the baker), but lately she's been foraying into cooking. she keeps tally on her blog,

    http://foodiefestivus.blogspot.com/

    on which she includes original recipes. try the tomato and corn pie for upcoming coldtime months.

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  26. omg yummy everything looks so good! I wish I could try some of your stuff! I also really like your jacket from your last post!

    xoxo

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  27. umm looks tasty! lovely blog :)

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  28. all of these look so so delicious! especially the ice cream.. the color of it is so vibrant and lovely!

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  29. Ah I want that ice cream please!

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  30. this post makes me hungry:)what did i cook lately...well, i didn't actually cook but made muffins.

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  31. Those blackberries look divine! I haven't been baking lately, but this post makes me want to!

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  32. Everything you make looks absolutely delicious! I know you bake for pleasure, but if you ever needed to make some extra pocket money, you could do catering...cakes or cupcakes for birthday parties...that sort of thing. Especially now when people still want to celebrate, but have to pinch pennies (or pence?):)

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  33. look so yumm! i wish i could bake. i should try.

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