Sunday 29 July 2012

Going nuts at breakfast for Blue Diamond Almond Breeze

Blue Diamond Almond Breeze

On Twitter I seem to have no problem expressing the first thought that comes into my head - no matter how pointless. But for some reason I clam up when it comes to this blog. This mental block has been causing massive problems for my productivity levels (as evidenced by the delay to my #project366 updates), so I'm going to do my best to channel the casual social media vibe from now on.

When Foodies 100 recently sent out a request for bloggers to conjure up their best breakfast recipes using Blue Diamond Almond Breeze, I immediately knew I wanted in.

Saturday 28 July 2012

#Project 366 – week 27

The first week of July marked the halfway point in my #project366 challenge! I may not have accomplished all of the blogging goals I set myself for 2012, but I’m proud that I’ve so far managed to capture a food-related photograph every single day this year. Let’s hope I can continue to discover appetising new culinary experiences over the next five months to keep you drooling…!

#183 - sticky sausage and apple bake

Day #183 (halfway through my #project366 challenge!) – Easy tray baked supper of sausages, apples, potato wedges and diced summer vegetables covered in a sticky spicy plum sauce

Tuesday 24 July 2012

#Project366 – week 26

They say the camera never lies, but I seem to have done a decent job of masking the fact that it was pouring with rain for most of this final week in June!

#176 - Moist mango cake from Taste of London

Day #176 – One of my purchases at the Taste of London festival on Day #174 was this slice of moist mango cake…unfortunately I can’t remember the stallholders name but I’ve lusted over their fruity loaves many times before!

Sunday 8 July 2012

Making perfect pasta with L’atalier des Chefs

Day #112 of #project366 - fresh tagliatelle and ravioli with pesto

The best chefs continue to develop their skills by constantly exploring new gastronomic experiences and experimenting in their kitchen. For a novice cook like me, the list of culinary techniques still to learn is extensive, so I figure it's important to get a good grip of the the basics before tackling the tough stuff.

If I was only allowed to eat one type food for the rest of my life, I would choose pasta without a doubt. You could never get bored with so many varieties on offer - long spaghetti strands to twirl around your fork, thick lasagne sheets to layer into a hearty bake, pretty shapes to coat in sauce and delicate tortellini parcels containing all manner of surprising fillings.

#Project 366 – week 25

My week began with an overnight stay at the Fairlawns Hotel and Spa for a pampering session with a few hard-working girl friends. I’m so used to the daily grind that whenever I do get a moment to pause the ensuing exhaustion comes as a shock! Clearly I should make time for “rest and relaxation” more regularly – it certainly felt therapeutic not to worry about emails, phone calls, texts or tweets for 24 hours, though I did manage to capture a few snapshots of the good food on offer!

#169 - cracking the top of vanilla creme brulee

Day #169 – Cracking into a rich vanilla creme brûlée whilst unwinding over a three-course feast at the Fairlawns Hotel

Sunday 1 July 2012

#Project366 – week 24

A diner’s-eye view of the culinary moments that made my week more enjoyable…

#162 - Goat galette from the Brick Box

Day #162 - Introducing some good friends to the Brick Box’s amazing crepes served up in Brixton Village. A buckwheat galette for Sunday brunch packed with goats cheese, spinach, olives, sundried and cherry tomatoes