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Carrot and Dried Fig Slices

Moreish, sticky, moist....and I have my Mum to thank for these! The picture may not be wonderful (it was taken on my phone) but these slices really are delicious little treats that you could argue are super healthy thanks to the carrots, fruits and nuts they contain (just ignore the sugar and butter content) - perfect lunchbox fodder no?
Feel free to play around with the ingredients, adding different dried fruits and nuts to suit what you have in. They also keep really well and develop in flavour if kept in an airtight box for a couple of days - they wont last that long though.

CARROT AND FIG SLICES
| Serves: 12 slices | Prep Time: 10 Minutes | Cook Time: 35 Minutes | Total Time: 45 Minutes | Ingredients: 250g Self Raising Flour1 TSP Mixed Spice300g Demerera Sugar100g Dried Figs, chopped100g Dried Fruit - e.g Sultana's, Raisins75g Pecan Nuts, chopped100g Carrots, peeled and grated2 Large eggs, beaten100g Butter, melted100ml Vegetable Oil Instructions:Step 1: Preheat oven to 180c/Gas 4. …

Foodie Events in Cornwall - June 2011

Lets start with big one....

Royal Cornwall Show 9th -11th June at The Showground near Wadebridge. For the full prgramme of events see here. I will be there every day in the Food & Farming Pavillion - come and say hi!

then we have.... 

Rock Oyster Festival 17th-19th June at Dinham House, Rock, near Wadebridge. One of the highlights will be the Oyster Shuck off between 3 top chefs - Nathan Outlaw, Tom Scade and James O'Connor. For a full timetable of events please see the website.


Cornwall Food and Drink Summer Food Festival 25th- 26th June at Duchy College, Stoke Climsland. Entrance is free.

Wadebridge Big Lunch Sunday 5th June. 1pm Molesworth Street, Wadebridge. For more info please contact Harriet Wild 01208 814500

Win a gift from 'The Fairy Hobmother'

COMPETITION CLOSED I had a visit from the Fairy Hobmother today aka Appliances Online. Waiting at my doorstep as I arrived home from work was this fab Kenwood bread maker - and the first loaf is baking away as we speak - a cheese and onion loaf if you are wondering!
So, which kitchen appliance is on your wish list? Appliances Online, who sell cookers and other white goods are offering one of my readers the chance to win an appliance of their choice.
All you have to do to be in with a chance of winning a great prize is to 1. Leave a comment on this post stating what appliance you would most like to receive from 'The Fairy Hobmother' 2. For an extra entry you can also tweet about this competition (my Twitter username is @jamandcream - start tweet #fairyhobmother @jamandcream) or share it on Facebook (the Jam and Clotted Cream Facebook page is here). Please leave a comment here and let me know you have done this! 3. Competition is only open to UK residents. 4. Competition closes Friday …

Annabel Langbein -The Free Range Cook: A Review

Annabel Langbein is a name that has largely escaped my radar....until recently! For those of you who don't know, Annabel is a well known TV cook in her native New Zealand  with audiences seemingly attracted by her simple and uncomplicated approach to cooking and food. Now Annabel is launching in the UK for the first time with 'The Free Range Chef' and an accompaning TV series for the Good Food channel.
She lives, with her family in a cabin at the foot of the Southern Alps (Central Otago) and  attributes her style and ethos to the wild and beautiful surroundings in which she lives. It is this simplicity that inspired 'The Free Range Cook' and in her own words 'its about a pared back approach to food and cooking thats celebrates the spirit of resourcefulness, the pleasure of freshness, a sense of belonging in the community around you and the ability to the live in the now, enjoying what is in season at tis very best'.
On first glance through the book, the famil…

I'm a finalist in the MADS 'Best Food Blog' category

I’m pleased to announce that Jam and Clotted Cream is one of the finalists in the Mad Blog Awards 2011. The MADS were set up to celebrate the best of British ‘parent’  blogs and my blog is a finalist in the ‘Best Food Blog’ category sponsored by Morrisons.
I just want to take this opportunity to say thank-you to all those who nominated me – it really means a lot. Also if you feel you would like to vote for me then please followthis linkto the MADS website (voting is open for 4 weeks from today 17th May).
Here is what they had to say about Jam and Clotted Cream: 'Why We Love It: With competitions, news of gourmet festivals and other food news, Jam and Cream is much more than just a recipe blog.  A devotee of food and drink (especially wine!), Beth has even set up her own PR company dedicated to the industry.  More than just cakes, you’ll find delicious ideas for pasta meals, risotto and guacamole – it’s your very own online recipe book.'
I will keep you posted on how I do.

Spanish Style Rice

I was recently sent some samples of Tilda Basmati Rice to tryout and decidedto develop this easy one-pot oven baked rice dish, with a Spanish twist. Chorizo and Prawns are always a good combination and with peppers, onions and garlic added to the mix I knew it would be a winner (both kids cleaned their plates which is a good indication). It literally is a bung it all in and leave it type dish- perfect for busy families who still want to eat healthy home cooked meals.

SPANISH STYLE RICE| Serves: 4  | Prep Time: 10 Minutes | Cook Time: 45 Minutes | Total Time: 55 Minutes |
Ingredients:  Glug of Chilli Oil2 small Onions, sliced2 Garlic cloves, crushed1 Red Pepper, sliced50g Chorizo, sliced1 TSP Smoked Paprika1 tin of Chopped Tomatoes250g Basmati Rice500ml Vegetable Stock200g Cooked King PrawnsHandful of Peas Instructions: Step 1: Preheat oven to 200c and place the oil, onions, garlic, pepper and chorizo in a casserole and bake in oven for 15 minutesStep 2; Add the smoked paprika, tomatoes, ri…

Spiced Indian Tomato Soup

We have just enjoyed a lovely relaxing weekend down the coast in Perranporth staying in a rather luxurious caravan! Perranporth has a beautifully stunning beach which I can't believe I have haven't visited before considering I have lived in Cornwall all of my life. The kids (and hubby and I) had so much fun swimming, walking and playing on the almost deserted beach. It was also nice to be away from computers/laptops and phones....something I need to do more often!

I whipped up a batch of this spicy, warming indian inspired soup to keep us all toasty during the chilly, breezy evenings....and it did the trick! You could always add some chopped coriander and a dollop of creme fraiche on top if you wished.

SPICED INDIAN TOMATO SOUP| Serves: 4 | Prep Time: 10 Minutes | Cook Time: 25 Minutes | Total Time: 35 Minutes |
Ingredients:  2 Onions, chopped1 Red Chilli, chopped2 TSP Madras Curry Powder4 TBSP Red Lentils2 400g Tins of Chopped Tomatoes with Garlic1 Litre of Vegetable StockSalt an…

Courgette, Feta and Pine Nut Penne

This is the perfect pasta dish for Spring. Courgettes and feta are a fabulous combination and the addition of the toasted pine nuts gives it a lovely nutty flavour and added crunch. If you aren't that keen on heat, omit the chili and add another clove of garlic. Alternatively, if you wanted to make it creamy, stir through a heaped TBSP of Creme Fraiche before serving.

I'm submitting this recipe to Presto Pasta nights which this week is being hosted by Jac over at Tinned Tomatoes.

COURGETTE, FETA AND PINE NUT PENNE| Serves: 2  | Prep Time: 10 Minutes | Cook Time: 10 Minutes  | Total Time: 18 Minutes |
Ingredients:  250g Penne2 TBSP Olive Oil1 Garlic Clove, chopped1 Red Chili, ChoppedHandful of Toasted Pine Nuts1 Courgette, halved then sliced100g Feta Instructions: Step 1: Boil pasta according to instructionsStep 2: Meanwhile fry the garlic and chili in a frying pan with the olive oil. Add the courgettes and fry for 8 minutes or so until starting to brown.Step 3: Drain the pasta (rese…

Friday Treat: Milk Chocolate Chip Cookies

A little Friday treat for the kids (and adults too) that are easy to whip up as an after school snack. It's also a crafty way to use up some of those Easter Eggs still hanging around....we still have about 10 in this house.
MILK CHOCOLATE CHIP COOKIES| Serves: makes 12 | Prep Time: 10 Minutes | Cook Time: 10 Minutes | Total Time: 20 Minutes |

Ingredients: 125g Butter, room temperature100g Light Muscavado Sugar2 TBSP Golden Syrup1 Egg1 TSP Vanilla Extract150g Milk Chocolate Chips (or broken up Easter Egg)160g Self Raising Flour Instructions: Step 1: Preheat oven to 180c and grease a large baking sheet.Step 2: Cream together the butter and sugar in a bowl until pale. Add the golden syrup, vanilla extract and the egg and beat until combined.Step 3: Mix in the flour and milk chocolate chips then spoon tsp of the mixture onto the baking sheet (space well apart) and flatten down slightly with the back of a fork.Step 4: Bake in the oven for about 10 minutes. Take out and leave to firm up for …

Chorizo and Cheddar Risotto

What a weekend! We enjoyed a fab Royal Wedding Party on Friday (didn't she look lovely). I made a batch of Fruity Chocolate Crunch Bars to take along...and they were polished off within the hour (much to the dismay of my husband who was hoping to find some in his lunchbox this week). Saturday saw the return of Ballet and Swimming lessons after the Easter holidays, as well as a trip to A&E with said husband - his head had a falling out with some wire. Its all fine now - they have glued him back together. Sunday and Monday were spent gardening ....and we're not talking weeding and mowing the lawn type gardening, no we are talking building walls, moving tons of  earth and other heavy duty stuff. Phew!!
So as you can probably imagine a hearty comforting risotto was called for tonight before normality returns tomorrow. This risotto is one that the whole family seems to enjoy. Kids appreciate (or at least mine do) the creaminess that the cheddar brings and its even more perfect w…