... well, the good news is that my oven got plugged in last night, so I now have a working oven... woo hoo!... although I sat and stared at it for 2 hours last night, not knowing quite what to do with it... I feel like I need a day, by myself, in the kitchen, getting to know my new friend... i'm having an affair with my oven...
it's also been a lovely month for getting back to basics with Random Recipes and I must thank you all for your lovely and VERY random entries, along with your kind words of kitchen encouragement... they have been greatly received...
let's start with Phil from As Strong As Soup and this really simply but delicious looking coconut sorbet he randomly chose from Simply Good Food by Jean-Georges Vongerichten and Mark Bittman... lovely start
and still on a tropical theme, next up is the ever delightful Choclette from Chocolate Log Blog who bravely made these scrummy Tropical Brownies which she forced poor CT to choose from The New Taste of Chocolate by Maricel E Presillia
and on to Victoria from 21st Century Urban Housewife who, apart from critisising my baked risotto (I know! how dare she...!) has been very faithful to the challenge and made this lovely Black Bean Soup from the Canadian Basics Cookbook
the lovely Michael from Me, My Food and I has made this glorious French Apple Tart from Barefoot Contessa - Back to Basics... fabulous coincidence with the name eh?
the guilty conscience of the Brownieville Girl forced her to make two things this month, one true random recipe in a Marmalade Pudding Cake and another fake random recipe in Indian Roast Potatoes... both from Nigella's Kitchen.
Lou and Steve from Please Do Not Feed The Animals took two very different routes to their Random Recipes, with Steve going first with these Easy Cheesy Bread Rolls from Annabel Karmel's dreadfully sexist titled, Mummy and Me Cookbook
and then Lou with this AMAZING looking Seared Beef Tataki with Wasabi Mashed Potato from the Yo Sushi Cookbook
next up is Debbie from Cooking Up A Storm in a Teacup who randomly selected this luscious creamy Spagettini with Peppercorns, Anchovies and Lemon from Tessa Kiro's Falling Cloudberries
now here's a fabulous pictoral post from the completely barmy... but a little less drunk, Kate from Kate's Cakes and Bakes, it's a Ginger and Lime Cake randomly selected from Bake and Decorate by Fiona Cairns
next us is Janice from Farmersgirl Kitchen and this hilarious post... she made Acorn Eggs from the Scottish Women's Rural Institutes Cookery Book (Eighth Edition)... it is an acorn egg!
Lucy from The KitchenMaid hit the Random Recipe jackpot with this gloriously 70's Burmese Curry taken from the most excellently titled Great Ways with Steak and Chops by the Australian Women's Weekly
lovely Sarah from Maison Cupcake has made these very pretty little random chocolate whoopie pies which she chose from Claire Ptak's Whoopie Pie Book
Michelle from Chocolate Teapot has made these rather special Grand Marnier Chocolate Colettes randomly selected from The Cookie and Biscuit Bible
Michelle from Food Football and a Baby got these strangely titled but delightful Wasps Nests which she got her daughter to choose from Dr Oetkar's German Baking Today - The Original
back to Random Recipes this month is Gary from Exploits of a Food Nut with this excellent Squash, Chicken and Couscous One Pot which he randomly selected from his growing pile of Good Food Magazines (and has also given me a theme for another Random Recipe)
the lovely Mel from Sharky Oven Gloves came up with these yummy, eggless Fig and Almond Muffins which she randomly selected from Baking - 100 Everyday Recipes
next is the lovely Susan from The Spice Garden with this tantalising Libyan Spicy Pumpkin Dip taken from Jewish Cooking by Marlena Spieler
let us not forget my own entry... a very glammed-up version of cheese on toast...
and finally, to round of the month, Aveen from Baking Obsessively picked these delightfully bizarre Beetroot Puddings from the genius that is Marguerite Patten' The Victory Cookbook... how very British!
so there we go... a great back to basics month... but I do need to announce a winner of the fabulous 'The Essentials of Classic Italian Cooking' by Marcella Hazan... I said it would go to the most random of recipes but I feel the fairest way to do this is with my RNG (numbers in a hat) and the winner is... Lucy from The KitchenMaid!... well done Lucy, send me an email with your address... (he says as he has to take out a new mortgage to send the book half way across the world...)
eat and of course, enjoy!