Thursday, 30 June 2011

Random Recipes #5 - round-up


cookbooks make great gifts don't they...?  well if you're anything like me they become objects of lust, then objects of worship... but then very quickly become objects of neglect as we slip back into our cooking routines...

... well it seems that this month we've all broadened our horizons slightly and actually cooked from those newly aquired cook books... and what a random lot of little bloggers we are...

... again, totally humbled by the entries... so much so that i'm giving away another book next month because you're all so bloody lovely...!

... so on to the entries and first to the gate this month (and only 24 hours after I got my entry in for her blog challenge...) was the hyper competitive Choclette from Chocolate Log Blog with these Chocolate Walnut Torte Squares selected randomly from Chocolate by Random Press


next up was the brilliant Mel from Sharky Oven Gloves with these stunning Black Olive and Sundried Tomato mini-loaves which she randomly chose from Mini Cakes by Ilona Chovancova


Aveen from the beautifully photographed Baking Obsessively used her Dorie Greenspan Baking from My Home to Yours for the very first time (even though she's had it for a few months, so cooked these two delicious treats, Lennox Almond Biscotti and Dories Classic Brownies!



now Michael, from Me, My Food and I, who's off on his travels again, well he baked from Nigella (of course!) and his latest How to Eat... can't grumble as he made this delightful Almond and Orange Blossom Cake


Phil from As Strong As Soup went thoroughly traditionally British for the second time with this fab looking Ard Daraich Sponge Pudding randomly chosen from the Constance Spry Cookery Book


and with our first savoury dish this month we have the wonderful BrownieVille Girl with this fabulous Sole Normande randomly chosen from The Food of France by Maria Villegas and Sarah Randell.


Jac from Tinned Tomatoes... surely the busiest blogger this side of the Atlantic, brings us this very pretty Blueberry Crumble Cake from The Free-range Cook by Annabel Langbein.


and more blueberries here from Sarah from What I Baked This Weekend with these lovely Blueberry Muffins from the brilliant Gwyneth Paltrow.


the brilliant Susan from The Spice Garden got these scrummy Marsala Burgers from a recent blog book win, Rachel Rays Look and Cook... oh god i'm hungry!


Susan from Not Just Any Old Baking has made this most enviable Apple Pie Crust with Cheddar she got her husband to choose (so she wouldn't cheat!) from The Great British Book of Baking


next up is Michelle from Food, Football and a Baby with this amazing home-made linguine with butternut squash which she found from Ross Dobson's Market Vegetarian... she even broke a dish for me!... 


Bea from For The Love of Food made these sweet little Raspberry Trifle Cupcakes chosen randomly from the brilliant Hummingbird Bakery Cake Days... so lovely...


and then Kate from Kates Cakes and Bakes made these 'bird-food like' fruit nut and honey bards from The River Cottage Handbook - Cakes... oh, those are her words not mine, I think they look lovely!


Victoria from 21st Century Urban Housewife seems to be on some kind of health kick... no,  not sure what that is either dear readers... but she managed to randomly select this very scrummy looking warm pea and tomato salad she found in Dennis Cotter's For the Love of Food


poor Debbie from Cooking up a Storm in a Teacup had a complete disaster making a Frangipani she 'adapted' from Round the World in 80 Dishes: The World Through the Kitchen Window... she did then make a successful chocolate cake to make up for the disaster but it's the disaster i'm showing here!


Angela from This is what I eat has made this delightful Cappuccino Mousse that she randomly selected from The All New Good Housekeeping Cookbook... she addicted to coffee so very pleased with the selection and i'm not surprised, i could do with some of that myself right now!


C from Cake Crumbs and Cooking completed two challenges in one with this scrummy Strawberry and Banana Smoothy she selected from Hungry by the Innocent Smoothie people


and then how could we forget the lovely, the charming, the guilty party themselves, Lou and Steve from Please Do Not Feed The Animals with this totally yummy Praised Chicken from Nigella's Kitchen


then of course there was my offering taken randomly from Vanessa Kimbell's brilliant new book, Prepped!... It was a hard task drinking these rhubarb vodka's I can tell you!


and finally, with a cheeky flourish we end this month with these hysterical Honey Dog Biscuits baked by Jean from Baking in Franglais for her lovely dog Lulu, which she randomly selected from her most recently gifted book, Cooking for your Dog!



that's it... time for sleep and to stare at the hole where my kitchen used to be...

... eat and of course, enjoy!

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