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Chorizo, Mozzarella and Pesto Pizza

Chablis wines challenged me to come up with the perfect summer pairing to a glass of cool refreshing Chablis and demonstrate how the wine with such a beautiful minerality can fit so well with many summer dishes.
Many people like to enjoy a glass of Chablis at Christmas time, but seem to forget it can also work incredibly well with summer dishes and flavours. For the Chablis blogger challenge I decided to create a light and summery pizza to eat al fresco on a warm summer evening...along with a glass of chilled Chablis.
I made the dough using my usual recipe in the bread maker then rolled it out to within an inch of its life - the thinner the better. I topped the pizza with tomato passata then layed thin slices of chorizo all over the top. Spoonfuls of my fresh homemade wild garlic pesto were then dolloped on before the torn pieces of buffalo mozzarella were put in place. As a final finishing touch I added some teaspoons of caramelised onion chutney and 2 large sun dried tomatoes cut…

Foodie News May 2014

A quick look at some of the products that have landed on my doorstep in May.
The Cracker Drinks Co

The Cracker Drinks Co have just launched a new range of no added sugar drinks. I was sent the Still Lemonade which was lovely and tart -  very refreshing on a sunny day and the Coconut, Pineapple and Lime juice - which had a lovely tropical taste and reminded me of summer holidays on far off shores...I had to make do with my back garden!
The range can be found in Waitrose and is priced at £1.99 litre. Perfect for summer BBQ’s and picnics.

Ben and Jerrys Frozen Yogurt

Ben and Jerrys have recently released a Greek Style Frozen Yogurt range. We tried the Raspberry and Dark Chocolate Frozen Yogurt and were very impressed- it wasn’t overly sweet and the dark chocolate chunks contrasted well with the raspberries. There are 2 other flavours available and priced at £5.50 (a little on the steep side) for a 500ml tub.
The Spice Drops - liquid spice.
Spice Drops® are concentrated spice extracts dis…

Fudgy Chocolate Slice

The first day of half term has been and gone and the kids are already eating me out of house and home! I needed to refill the cake tin quickly and these fudgy chocolate slices were perfect for the job.
The cake is made in a very unauthentic manner whereby you melt butter and cocoa on the hob with some boiling water then stir through the dry ingredients, an egg and some milk. Bake in the oven for 20 minutes then top with a fudgy frosting (also made using the melting method). It really does taste amazing and is so easy and quick to make.
FUDGY CHOCOLATE SLICE| Serves: 16 Slices | Prep Time: 10 Minutes | Cook Time: 25 Minutes | Total Time: 35 Minutes |

Ingredients: 110g Butter, cubed120ml Boiling Water3 level TBSP Cocoa Powder190g Caster Sugar130g Plain Flour1/2 TSP Bicarbonate of Soda1 Egg, beaten60ml Milk1 TSP Vanilla ExtractFrosting:100g Butter3 level TBSP Cocoa Powder200g Icing Sugar, sifted2 TBSP Milk Instructions: Step 1: Preheat the oven to 180c and line a 20cm square tin with baking pa…

Meal Plan 26th May - 1st June 2014

Its half term this week but unfortunately I've only got a couple of days off work thanks to a looming deadline! Mum and Dad are back from their Aussie adventure though, so they are going to look after the kids for us. I think a trip to Lydford Gorge is planned on Wednesday which I'm sure they will love. Weather permitting we're going to spend today and tomorrow in the garden clearing an area where we're going to build some steps. A trip to the car boot is planned if the rain stays away for long enough and I need to get a new rake from the garden centre. I think its what you would call a pottering kind of day. I'm sure some baking will happen at some point although I'm not sure what yet.
Have a good half term whatever you are doing.
Monday 26th May Chicken and Vegetable Bhuna
Tuesday 27th May Chicken and Asparagus Risotto
Wednesday 28th May Slow Cooker Pulled Pork with Homemade Coleslaw
Thursday 29th May LO Pulled Pork with Macaroni Cheese
Friday 30th May Chilli C…

Ginger Curd Treacle Tart

It was surprisingly busy at my polling station yesterday so time went by pretty quickly....having said that 7am to 10pm is still a long day! I'm having an 'at home' day today, cleaning and baking before going out to the local pub tonight for a meal with friends. Anyway onto the recipe.....

I made this treacle tart a few days ago after noticing a jar of ginger curd in the cupboard. I thought adding a bit of the curd would give it a lovely warm rich flavour and it certainly did. I served this with clotted cream but ice cream would be good too.

| Serves: 10 | Prep Time: 20 Minutes | Cook Time: 1 Hour | Total Time: 1 Hour 20 Minutes |


250g Plain Flour125g Butter ,cubed100g Icing Sugar1 Egg, beatenFor the filling425g Golden Syrup150g Ginger Curd190g Breadcrumbs

Step 1: Preheat oven to 180c. Step 2: In a processor pulse the plain flour and butter until breadcrumbs form. Add the icing sugar and egg and pulse until dough forms. Step 3: …

Throwing the Perfect Baby Shower with a Cornish Cream Tea

I've been asked by Pink Lining to give my top tips for hosting the perfect baby shower. If you would like to add your own baby shower tips please feel free to comment and I can add them to the bottom of the post.
Food Its got to be simple so a traditional Cornish Cream Tea with Roddas Clotted Cream and Homemade Strawberry Jam is the way to go (recipe below). If you wanted to make it more substantial you could add some finger rolls with a choice of filling - egg mayo, tuna and sweetcorn, coronation chicken and perhaps some mini cheese and bacon quiches.                                                    Image: Roddas

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Scones with Jam and Clotted Cream by Beth Sachs May-19-2014 Ingredients 350g Self Raising FlourPinch of Salt1 TSP Baking Powder85g Butter, cubed3 TBSP Golden Caster Sugar175ml Milk1 TSP Vanilla ExtractSqueeze of fresh Lemon juice Jam and Clotted Cream to serve Instructions Step 1: Preheat oven to 220c.Rub the butter into the flour, salt and baking p…

Meal Plan 19th May - 25th May 2014

A quick and easy meal plan this week as I'm doing Election duty on Thursday and have training on Wednesday. Thankfully my polling station has Wifi so I'm planning to do an online shop, write up some blog posts and organise all my photographs - I don't expect it to be very busy......
Monday 19th May
Bacon and Pea Risotto

Tuesday 20th May
Smoked Salmon Carbonara

Wednesday 21st May
Cheese and Onion Quiche with Waldorf Slaw

Thursday 22nd May
Hubby will have to cook for the kids - probably fish fingers and chips

Friday 23rd May
Homemade Pizza and Salad

Saturday 24th May
Fridge bottom frittata

Sunday 25th May
Meal out with Mum and Dad - they are back from Oz after 8 weeks visiting my brother.

3 Cheese Pasta with Roast Chicken and Ham

The 3 cheeses I used were Cornish Yarg, Cornish Blue and Parmesan and the result was a very decadent mac n cheese style dinner which seemed to go down well with all the family. I served this with salad but some steamed veg would be good too. You didn't need a lot to feel satisfied so I have lunches sorted for me and hubby for the next few days!
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3 Cheese Penne with Chicken and Ham by Beth Sachs May-14-2014 A rich and comforting cheesy pasta dish. Ingredients 400g Pasta50g Butter50g Flour600ml Milk200g Cornish Yarg, cubed75g Cornish Blue, cubed50g Parmesan, grated200g Roast Chicken and Ham Instructions Step 1: Cook pasta according to instructions, drain and put to one side. Preheat oven to 180c.Step 2: In a large pan heat the butter until melted, add the flour then stir for a few minutes. Whisk in the milk and continue to whisk until it thickens. Take off the heat then add in the cheeses, cooked pasta, cooked chicken and ham.Step 3: Bake in the oven in a 2l…

Meal Plan 12th May - 18th May 2014

A much more relaxed week in store for us here. Brother in laws wedding went well on Saturday as did the post wedding buffet for all the family on the Sunday, but we are all well and truly knackered! This weeks meals will mainly consist of leftovers from the buffet - pulled pork, salad potatoes, rice salad, tomato and mozzarella salad, Cornish cheeses, hams and pate - yum! I've also got half a Strawberry Torte leftover and some Apple Crumble so we will be OK on the dessert front too.
Monday 12th May
Buffet Leftovers

Tuesday 13th May
Chinese Takeaway on the request of my Sister in Law who travels back to New Zealand on Wednesday

Wednesday 14th May
Macaroni Cheese made with Cornish cheeses from the buffet and leftover ham.

Thursday 15th May
Leftover pulled pork taco's with leftover salad

Friday 16th May
Homemade Pizza 

Saturday 17th May

Sunday 18th May
Fridge Bottom Frittata

Meal Plan 5th May - 11th May 2014

A super busy week in store for us. Off to Devon Crealy on Monday with Sis in Law and Niece who are over from NZ, 3 days at work then Brother in Laws wedding next Saturday. I've got a few meals in the freezer ready to bung in oven/microwave and a cheeky takeaway is planned the night before the wedding. The day after the wedding we are doing a buffet lunch for about 30-40 people before they make their long journeys home! I need to work out today what food I'm going to do without breaking the bank.
Monday 5th May Creamy Sausage Pasta
Tuesday 6th May Chilli Con Carne
Wednesday 7th May Chilli Pasta Bake (using leftover Chilli)
Thursday 8th May Carbonara
Friday 9th May Indian Takeaway (Sis in Law says they don't have any Indian Takeaways where they live in North Island)
Saturday 10th May Wedding
Sunday 11th May Buffet - need inspiration!