Monday, 30 May 2011

Forever Nigella #5 - Salad Days - Round-Up

I've never really wanted children of my own (sorry mum) and when I see my friends with their new babies, running around like loons, feeding, nappy changing, searching desperately for childcare, preparing meals, pulling their hair out and barely sleeping for years, I realise how much I enjoy my freedom... but I think running two challenges at the same time this month was perhaps a little like having my own precious brats... or at least one child of my own with my Random Recipes and then looking after a friends... hosting Sarah's Forever Nigella challenge was a privilege but boy did it keep me on my toes... every day, just as I thought I could relax... 'ping' would go my email telling me another entry needed attention...

... I'm really not complaining, it has been a joy to host and well, just look at the results... some stunning entries, so colourful and fresh... well done to us one and all!

and don't forget to tune in to June's seaside edition of Forever Nigella #6 'Sea, Fish and Eat It' which is hosted by Kat at Housewife Confidential.

and so first to the post was Jude from A Trifle Rushed with this great Salad Nicoise from Nigella Express

Michael from Me, My Food and I made this stunning Griddled Aubergine Salad from Nigella Bites

the tenacious Aida from the brilliant Sniff and Snort went completely left-field and made a fruit salad she found on the Nigella website.

Ren from Fabulicious Food made this lovely Lentil & Walnut salad with Feta and Roasted Salmon from Nigella Express

Jenny from Domestic Angel of the North made a Chinatown Chicken Salad which she found in Kitchen

Rebecca, from Rebecca Bakes Cakes made this Red leaf, Fig and Serano Ham Salad from  Nigella Express... she calls it her WIGIG salad but you'll have to read the blog to find out why!

Debby from Cooking Up A Storm in a Teacup went for this lovely Lentil and Walnut Salad from Nigella Express

Bea from For The Love of Food made this wonderfully fruity Anglo-Asian Lamb Salad from Nigella Express

Janice from Farmersgirl Kitchen has made this really simple but super-tasty Rainbow Rooms Carrot and Peanut salad from Forever Summer 

Lucy from The KitchenMaid has given us this fab Ginger Fruit Salad from Forever Summer... I will be making this this weekend!

Liz from That Skinny Chick can Bake made this brilliant Greek Salad from Forever Summer... I love a good Greek Salad and this one is so pretty don't you think? 

HRH Sarah at Maison Cupcake has honoured us with her Golden Jubilee Chicken salad from Forever Summer... nice one Sarah! x

Helen from Half a Pot of Cream went for two excellent salads from Kitchen, I particularly love the Chinatown Chicken Salad with it's tortilla chips but I could also handle the Quick Chick Caesar too!

Elizabeth from A Girl in Her Kitchen went a little left field and made a simple Honey Mustard Dressing for us to dress all our salads with!

Amanda from Dancing Veggies went all veggie on us with this lovely and summery Chipolte Salad with Tomato Bean Salsa

Josie from Cumin in the Cupboard made this lovely, fresh and fruity Grilled Chicken and Mango salad.

Lo81 from A Taste of my Life made this very pretty Avocado and Smoked Salmon Salad taken from Feast

Aveen from Baking Obsessively made this Lentil and Walnut salad from Nigella Express... they come with some great retro looking photo's, well worth a look

next was C from Cakes Crumbs and Cooking and she made this lovely Moonblushed Tomato and Goat's Cheese Salad from Nigella Express

and then today we got this double whammy from Yummy Chunklet with Nigella's Antioxidant Fruit Salad

and of course, let's not forget about little old me and my Pea, Mint and Avocado Salad from How to Eat

and don't forget to join in next month....

... and now I can sleep!

Saturday, 28 May 2011

Gwyneths ten-hour chicken

one of the loveliest things about writing a blog is when people start to tell you that they have made certain dishes you posted... it's happened to me a few times recently and I always read with shock that a) anyone has even made anything I've cooked and b) it's turned out to be a success!

when I started blogging it was about sharing recipes and ideas but I honestly hadn't really thought that people would actually cook something i posted... but it has made me realise that the process of writing about food is not just about liking something, coming up with an idea, cooking it and writing it up but somewhere in there is a huge amount of responsibility...

... many of my blogger friends have books out this year... Ms Marmite Lover was first to the post with her brilliant SupperClub... James Ramsden with what will no doubt be an excellent offering, has the launch of his book Small Adventures in Cooking on June 14th and the delightful Vanessa Kimbell has her genius book Prepped out a week before on June 9th...

... clearly there is a huge trend in food and food writing and whilst I don't deny that I know I have a cook book inside me it is with much trepidation that I accept the offer to review a cook book by one Gwyneth Paltrow, Academy Award Winner, Supermom, Rockstar wife and all round fabulous human being... isn't all that enough love... you need to be stomping all over my playground with your perfect teeth and happy family stories of celebrity dinner parties and recipes from Grammy Paltrow... is it huh?

... actually i'm being pretty un-fair... i like Gwyneth... and I like her book, Notes From My Kitchen Table... it's pretty non-offensive and does have some lovely stories about her father and her food influences... and it does contain this very good recipe for ten-hour roast chicken...

...really simple... just salt and pepper the chicken, squeeze on the juice of 1 lemon, place 5 garlic cloves inside with a bunch of thyme, lay it breast down in a roasting tin, wrap tightly in tin foil and roast for 9 and a half hours on 100C, the half an hour with the foil off at 200C till it becomes golden... and whilst you may think this is a HUGE waste of electricity, the chicken tastes like none other I have ever tasted before... ever... the juices alone will make a wonderful broth, perfect to finally rid me of this dreadful cold!

I also have been given 2 copies of the book to give away to my lovely readers, all you have to do it leave a comment in the comment box below and I will enter you into a random draw which will take place in 7 days time.

eat, and of course, enjoy!

Thursday, 26 May 2011

courgette and parsnip 'grab it and grate' fritters

i'm still getting through some of the items that I got sent by Sainsbury's... and it's well over a week since I got that delivery, which I guess just goes to show how long things can last for if you're not too obsessive about those stupid 'use by' dates... not that i'd recommend anyone to flaunt the brilliant advice from the supermarkets in any way... just to use that good old common sense...

my cold, which I thought had gone and bitten the dust had actually only hidden itself under a liver or some other internal organ with a nice moist crevice for it to ferment in and now I feel almost worst than before... typical huh..?

... and you know when you feel this unwell the last thing you want to do is go shopping, so it's lucky i've still got stuff left over.

so these fritters were essentially me looking in the fridge, grabbing what was there, grating it all together, binding with an egg and then frying it... so we're all quite lucky they came out this good...

courgette and parsnip 'grab it and grate' fritters

2 medium courgettes - medium grated
2 medium parsnips - very finely grated
a large chunk of strong cheddar cheese - finely grated
100ml tub of cottage cheese
2 eggs - beaten
3 tablespoons flour
plenty of herbs, salt and pepper

- grate everything that can be grated, then plop it all in a big bowl and mix it up... make sure it's not too wet, if it is, add some more flour.

- form into patties and saute in a pan until golden on each side (they will be quite floppy...)

- place onto a baking tray and bake for a further 15 minutes to firm up.

eat and of course, enjoy!

Sunday, 22 May 2011

mushroom, rosemary, garlic and spring onion soup

... sometimes a simple soup is all you need to clear the doldrums away... but my cold continues to stick around and my taste buds are shot so I need flavour... lots of it, which is why I went a little overboard with the mushroom soup and added the garlic and the rosemary... I think these three flavours were born to be together, each enhancing and bringing out the taste of the next... and I knew they'd work really well together in a soup.

Mushroom, Rosemary, Garlic and Spring Onion Soup

a bunch of spring onions (7ish) - chopped fairly finely
3 cloves of garlic - crushed
a large pinch or two of fresh rosemary
1 medium leek - finely chopped
1 lb small mushrooms - chopped (use the cheapest you can lay your hands on, no point wasting posh mushrooms on a soup)
1 and 1/2 pints of good quality vegetable stock
150ml single cream

- in a large heavy pan heat some butter and olive oil and gently saute the spring onions until soft, then add the leeks, rosemary and garlic and gently sweat for about 5 minutes

- add the chopped mushrooms and let them sweat down for 5 minutes, then season and place a lid on and let the whole lot sweat together gently to intensify for about 8 minutes.

- add the stock and let it simmer for 20 minutes, then blitz with a hand-held, add the cream and blitz again till you have a thick and creamy soup

eat and of course enjoy!

Saturday, 21 May 2011

Light Fruit Cake - Random recipes #4 Just Desserts

... i know I should be making some typically British 'Carry-On' style smutty joke out of the title of this post but quite frankly I can't be bothered... I have a stinky cold and this has been one of the shittiest weeks of the year so far... so here's my entry for my own Random Recipes challenge, which I've taken from Liz Herbert's WI Cakes... and we'll leave it at that shall we?

Light Fruit Cake

6oz sunflower margarine
6oz soft light brown sugar
3 eggs, beaten
12oz dried fruit (I used sultanas and dried orange peel but you can use whatever you fancy)
3oz chopped nuts (I used pecans, walnuts and almonds... again, do as you please...)
4oz plain wholemeal flour
4oz plain flour
1 tsp baking powder
1 tsp mixed spice
1/4 tsp freshly grated nutmeg
a pinch of salt
1 tablespoon demerara sugar for sprinkling (I didn't have any so I used soft dark brown sugar)

- grease and line a 20cm springform cake tin and pre-heat oven to 170c

- cream the margarine and sugar for 2 mins, then add the egg gradually beating between spoonfuls.

- add the chopped nuts and fruit and fold in

- add the flours and other dry ingredients and fold in

- pour into the cake tin, sprinkle with sugar and bake for 1 and a 1/4 hours until golden

doesn't look too bad does it?

remember you have until the end of the month to get your entries in!

eat and of course, enjoy!

Wednesday, 18 May 2011

banana jam... thanks for waiting!

never the more perfect bedfellows... banana jam and sourdough

if you cast your minds back about a month ago you'll remember I attended a brilliant writing course with the delightful Yotam Ottolenghi where he divulged the secret of his banana jam recipe to me... and I in turn promised it to you...

... I realise it's been a while but I've finally had the time to sit down and make it... the thing is, Yotam didn't actually write the recipe down, he kind of told me what I'd need to make it and his trick for making it set, so you see I've been a little reluctant to get started with it just in case it doesn't come out right... but as I sat here this morning staring at the fruit bowl groaning with an excess of over-ripe bananas from my recent gifted Sainsbury's delivery I had a jam revelation and set to what is making my kitchen smell utterly and mouth-wateringly divine...

Banana Jam
as well as being the most wonderfully tasty jam this side of Montego Bay it is also teeth-jarringly sweet, Yotam originally told me to use pineapple juice but I have substituted this with the last of my freshly pressed Gunby apple juice... I think next time I will add another lemon and reduce the sugar slightly... that or crack open a bottle of Malibu and go for the full Caribbean experience!

500g ripe bananas - finely sliced
250g sugar
2 lemons - halved and juiced
11/2 cups apple juice
half a teaspoon of cinnamon

- place the whole lot into a large pan, cut open the lemons, squeeze in the juice and then throw in the lemon halves too.

- bring to a rapid boil for 5 minutes then turn down the heat and let it simmer gently till it become thick, this should take about 30-40 minutes

- remove the lemon halves and spoon into jars

perfect with a slice of salty sourdough...

eat and of course, enjoy!

Sunday, 15 May 2011

spicy roast pork with Gunby apple juice gravy

ahhh Sunday... truly a day of rest... a day of lazy lounging, no-braining, thinking about nothing but perhaps what may be the next thing into your belly... and that next thing should not mean you rushing around like a loony preparing meat, chopping veg... steam and your temper rising from the oven... no, Sunday should be slow and languid and very, very tasty.

  one of the fabulous things that came with the recent Sainsbury's delivery was a shoulder of wasn't the best or prettiest cut of meat in the world but I don't want to sound ungrateful... i'm not a huge fan of pork like this but I do love pork belly and any kind of crackling so I've mixed up this traditional Sunday roast with a few spices to add a bit of zing... the original recipe called for cider but I had a jar of freshly squeezed apple juice made from the lovely Gunby apple hoard, so i've used this instead...

Spicy Roast Pork with Gunby Apple Juice Gravy
other than making the spicy rub there's very little to do here but turn on the oven...

for the spice rub
1 tsp fennel seeds
1 tsp dry chilli flakes
1 tsp black peppercorns
1 tsp cardamom pods
3 tsp salt
3 cloves garlic
zest and juice of one lemon

for the pork
1 shoulder of pork (mine was just under 1kg) with skin scored
1 large carrot - cut into thick batons
1 large red onion - cut into wedges
2 apples
1 large glass of apple juice

- crush the dry ingredients for the spice rub with a pestle and mortar, then add the garlic and lemon and crush again into a paste

- place the veg into an oven dish and lay the pork on top, rub the spice paste onto the pork, sprinkle the whole lot liberally with olive oil.

- place into a hot oven (220c) for 30minutes, then turn down the heat to 140 for a further 2 hours, basting  every half hour

- after 2 hours cut up the apples into wedges and throw them into the dish along with the apple juice and roast for a further hour (you could also throw in some small, un-peeled new potatoes at this stage too)

- after this last hour take the roast out of the oven and remove the pork and carrots and let the pork rest while you make the gravy

- for the gravy simply whizz the juices, onions and apples with a hand-held blender to create a thick apple gravy

I served it all with some of these heavenly roast new potatoes...

simply divine... eat and of course, enjoy!

Saturday, 14 May 2011

fusilli pasta with a creamy mushroom sauce

a couple of weeks back I attended a Sainsbury's blogger event... i've never done anything like this before and to be honest I don't think I was quite the target market... the event was to promote their new 'feed your family of 4 for a week for £50' meal planner... it's a great idea, which promotes not only healthy eating but cuts down on wastage too... anyway, the fact that The Viking and I don't quite make up a family of 4 didn't seem to matter to them and the bonus for attending the event was the gift of a fabulous Sony Bloggy Cam (expect some videos soon...) and a no-strings-attached, delivery of shopping based on a week-long meal plan... and lsst night half a tonne of food stuff arrived... I mean I quite literally have never seen so much food in my kitchen...

... now, they've given me the meal planner for next month as a guide to try out the meals but to be honest, they're just not my thing ... however there was a whole bunch of food that needs eating and tonights meal was un-planned, so using some stuff from home and some stuff from the delivery i've created my own meals... here we go...

fusilli pasta with a creamy mushroom sauce
this is one of The Vikings favourite sauces as he loves the creamy richness, something that sometimes lacks in vegetarian cooking especially when it comes to pasta which usually involves tomato based sauce which he's not so keen on.  I have added the extra rocket here to lift the heaviness of the sauce.

2 portions of fusilli pasta (i'm not going to tell you how much pasta to eat!)
about 10 medium mushrooms
1 large onion - finel chopped
2 cloves of garlic - crushed
1 glass of white wine
2 table spoons of cream cheese
1 small pot of single cream (100ml)
1 small bunch of rocket leaves
salt and pepper / fresh herbs

- fill a large pan with salted water and bring to the boil

- meanwhile, saute the onions and garlic, along with some rosemary in a heavy pan, once translucent add the mushrooms and saute gently for 10 minutes until soft and packed with flavour

- add the pasta to the water a boil until you like it (I like a full 8 minutes for dry pasta)

- take the mushroom pan off the heat, pour in the cream and wine then return to a low heat and let the wine bubble for a further 5 minutes, then off the heat again and add the cream cheese.

- drain the pasta, pour on the mushroom sauce, stir in a bunch of rocket and serve.

eat and of course, enjoy!

Friday, 13 May 2011

The Observer Food Monthly Awards 2011

... so now that i'm an international radio star and in my on-going efforts towards world domination I thought I'd better enter my blog into the Observer Food Monthly Awards for this year...

... as many of you know, the Observer is the Sunday edition of The Guardian Newspaper, one of the UK's most established and longest running, left-leaning newspapers and also one of my favourites because it has such a brilliant art and culture section... it is also probably the best newspaper when it comes to food, with it's excellent monthly OFM Magazine and brilliantly informative Word of Mouth food blog... The OFM Magazine have been running the OFM Awards for 10 years now and it is, I think, one of the most highly regarded food awards in the UK.  The 'best blog' category is new.

... so i'd love you to vote for me, should you feel so inclined... simply click here to vote... you don't even have to fill in all the categories, you can just go straight to 'best blog' and fill that in...

... it's for UK only (unless you fancy making up a UK address or using the address of someone you know here?)

... and obviously when I win I will thank you all in my acceptance speech!

I thank you x

Wednesday, 11 May 2011

a white loaf

i've been having a bit of a non-sourdough moment of late... I made some delightful Hot Cross Buns a few weeks ago which were soft and doughy and they made me yearn for that in a loaf... don't get me wrong, I do love Lucretia and all she brings to my world of bread but sometimes, what you really want is a classic, soft dough, crunchy crust, white loaf... and so I refer you to my WI book of bread by Liz Herbert... I don't think I could get any more classic than their Farmhouse Loaf... and it's remarkably easy to make too, perfect for a first time bread maker...

... I also just found out that a 'white loaf' will be one of the categories in this years Aby Village Show, so it's a good thing i'm getting my practice in early eh?

Farmhouse Loaf

450g strong white bread flour
25g butter
1 teaspoon sugar
1 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon fast action dried yeast
200ml hand-hot water (the recipe called for 300ml water but i've reduced this slightly and added milk)
100ml milk

- put the flour into a large mixing bowl and rub in the butter then stir in the sugar, salt and yeast.

- pour over the water/milk and gently bring together, turn it out onto a lightly floured surface and knead for 10 minutes.  You should end up with a really soft silky dough.

- place the dough in a large bowl, cover with cling film and let it prove in a warm place for at least and hour or two until it has doubled in size

- knock back the dough for 2-3 minutes, then shape it into a rough oblong and place it into a greased bread tin, cover with a tea-towel and let it rise again for a further 45 minutes or until it has doubled in size.

- preheat the oven to 230c, score the top of the loaf with a sharp knife and dust with a little flour, bake for 30-35 minutes until golden.  

If you want a really crispy crust, take the bread out of the tin and place it back onto the oven shelf for a further 5 minutes.

eat and of course, enjoy!

Sunday, 8 May 2011

another salad day - beetroot slaw

the sky has grumbled... does this mean it's hungry?

the weather here has gone from crazy to bonkers as the temperature rises and it's now really muggy outside... but you can smell the thunderstorm... it's as though everything and everyone is waiting with it's collective breath held, until the sky opens and down comes the rain... it's raining in London as I write this, so no doubt it will start raining here in an hour or so... and about time, we really need the rain... i'm not kidding when I say it's been over 30 days since there's been any rain, the driest April since records began... that's some April folks!

... in the meantime my salad has been growing beautifully... check out these radish... aren't they stunners?... plus the lettuce and carrots are well on their way... the beetroot may have a while to go yet but whilst i'm waiting I made this fabulously pink beetroot, cabbage and fennel slaw, which has the perfect amount of crunch for this funny, muggy Spring day.

Beetroot, Cabbage and Fennel slaw

2 large beetroots
1 small white cabbage
1 fennel
a bunch of spring onions
2 tablespoons flaked almonds - lightly toasted
a handful of saltanas or raisins
4 tablespoons of mayonnaise (hand-made if you're all over that way inclined)
1 tablespoon salad cream (option but let's be honest...)

- place the almonds in a hot dry frying pan and toast until they turn golden (usually takes 3-5 minutes but watch them!)

- shred the beetroot, cabbage and fennel - I used my magimix large grater for the beetroot and large shredder for the cabbage and fennel but I finely sliced the spring onions by hand.

- place in a large bowl, sprinkle in the flaked almonds and saltanas and dollop on the mayo and the salad cream... this adds a nice vinegar touch but you could simply add a splash of white wine vinegar and olive oil.

- mix it all up and serve

eat and of course, enjoy!

Thursday, 5 May 2011

Forever Nigella #5 - Salad Days

i am beyond proud to be hosting this months Forever Nigella challenge for the delightful Sarah at Maison Cupcake... I was a little worried that hosting two challenges this month may be a little over-kill but they're so completely on either end of the culinary spectrum I believe we have room for them both...

... over here in the UK we've had some incredible weather of late, so much so it's been hard to remember that it's still very much Spring... this much sunshine turns ones thoughts to hot Mediterranean beaches, BBQ's in the garden, pic-nics in the countryside, struggling to squeeze into last years swimming trunks and at last being able to walk around barefoot without people thinking you're bonkers.

It's also the time when food can finally become less heavy and stodgy; light soups replace stews, the grilled chicken replaces the roast and that vegetable side dish is replaced by a fabulous fresh salad... so let's turn to Nigella and be inspired by her salad recipes.

I've gone for an absolute classic, the Pea, Mint and Avocado Salad, taken from Nigellas brilliant How to Eat and can also be found on her website.

Here’s a reminder of the rules: Forever Nigella #5 “Salad Days”
Challenge: To prepare and blog any Nigella salad recipe
Deadline: Sunday, May 29 at midnight wherever you are.
 Round up: By the next weekend.

There are: 

No rules about how often you must take part
No rules about stuff being secret until certain dates
No rules that everyone cook exactly the same thing
No rules about not being able to submit to any other blog events – but do check it doesn’t contravene any rules the other guys may have.

But there are 3 rules: 

1. We want everyone to keep buying lots and lots of Nigella books so that she keeps writing them so you must NOT reproduce recipes verbatim as shown in Nigella’s publications. If you are sticking exactly to the original recipe, just tell us which book it was from and if available, provide a link to it on which publishes a lot (but not all) of her recipes. (You may also find some recipes on sites for some TV stations and newspapers).  Alternatively, you may blog an adapted Nigella recipe so long as you have changed at least two ingredients and write the directions in your own words. Tell us what you changed and why.
2. Publish your Forever Nigella blog post (in English) by the closing date including the latest Forever Nigella graphic and giving a link to this post and the Forever Nigella home page .  Your entry must have been published since the announcement post. You may only re-blog something from your archives if you republish it with the badge and links to this post before the deadline.
3.Email the details to me at  and please c.c. sarahATmaisoncupcakeDOTcom – I need your name, your blog name, a link to your post and a photo no more than 300 pixels wide. No billboard sized images please.

That’s it!

eat and of course, enjoy!

Don’t forget to tweet your post with the hashtag #forevernigella

Tuesday, 3 May 2011

Random Recipes #4 - Just Desserts

Well it's a busy old month ahead here at Belleau Kitchen; i'm proud to say that i'll be hosting the brilliant Forever Nigella Challenge for Sarah at Maison Cupcake... i'll be posting the details on Thursday, as well as continuing my cake baking and event planning for the wonderful Gunby Hall but let's kick off with some in-house, house-keeping shall we?

 ... as you've probably guessed by the title, this one goes out to all of you who love to bake your cakes... and there are a lot of you... and you've all been very sweet either diverting from your regular baking to participate, for which I am very grateful, or having to skew the results to fit in with your blogs... so this month, we're all going sweet...

... the rules are simple... take all your dessert, chocolate, cake, sweet or pudding based cook books, place them in a pile and randomly select one book... from this book, flip it open to a random page and bake that exact recipe...

... and if you don't have any specific books on desserts then use your regular cookbooks but select from the back end of the book, where these things usually lurk....

... but whatever you do, go and do it now... go on, do it now... go... NOW!!!

... I just did it and I got the Women's Institutes Cakes by Liz Herbert and randomly selected a Light Fruit Cake, which I shall cook later this month... those of you who are regular readers will be laughing along with me by my book selection as I have rather a potted history with the coven of ladies from the WI... but those are the rules and anyway, it can't be a bad thing to have a good fruit cake in the repertoire... can it?

... and remember... no cheating... after all, you're only cheating yourself... the purpose of this challenge is to expand your horizons!

don't forget to post your entry with a link back to my blog and you can even use the lovely Random Recipes logo in your post, and then email me your entry at you have until the end of the month to take part.

eat and of course, enjoy!

Sunday, 1 May 2011

Random Recipes 3 - round up

there's a lot to get done in Belleau Kitchen this month, it's only the 1st and I already feel like i'm running behind!... i've been in a little baking world of my own for the past couple of weeks so I apologise now if anyone feels neglected... I love the blog world and all my friends and I hate it when I don't get round to seeing what everyone's been up to and catching up on all the gossip from all over the world... so it totally humbles me when I receive entries for my challenge... it's been a brilliant one this month, every one with a story, so I urge you all to grab a cuppa and settle down to click on the links and read all of the posts... it's been a proper trip down memory lane for a lot of you... and not so much for those of you with little memory left like me...!

Michele from Food Football and a Baby got The Mangalore Ladies Club Cookery Book and picked Shrikhand

Beatrice chose for her mum Manu at Cooking Manu and got an amazing looking Tiramisu... how fab to get an authentic tiramisu eh?

Mel at Sharky Oven Gloves got Red Oven and Anchovy Pasta, which she randomly chose from La Cuisine des Paresseueses (Cooking for Lazy People)... always makes me laugh!

Lou and Steve from PleaseDoNotFeedTheAnimals have submitted their usual double whammy, Steve's book was Fish by Sophie Grigson and he got Roast Cod with a lemon, garlic and parsley crust...

and then Lou got the brilliantly titled Grub on a Grant by Cass Clarke and selected a lovely dish of Tarragon Chicken.

the lovely Susan over at her Spice Garden clearly remembered exactly which book was her first, which was Craig Claibornes New York Times Cook Book and her Random Recipe was this amazing looking herbed spiral bread... check out her site, it has a brilliant step by step guide

Sarah from What I Baked This Weekend, gave me a double whammy as she got a scone recipe (and you know i'm looking for that perfect scone) from one of her oldest books, Eat Drink Live by Fran Warde.

The Art of Being Perfect, kindly diverted from baking glorious cupcakes, to cook this stunning sausage carbonara from Jamies Italy by Jamie Oliver

and Lucy the Kitchen Maid has the most hysterical story and brilliant photo's of an old recipe clipping she used to cook from as a child... it was a lovely post that reminded me of my mums clippings book.  The recipe was for Gingerbread and it's a proper classic.

Phil from As Strong As Soup had a tough time with his memory bank but finally chose the most fabulous 'Cooking with Robert Carrier'... oh what a glorious book!.. and from it he got pear Clafouti, and look at this beauty!

Let's welcome Corina from Searching for Spice who is gives us her first Random Recipe entry.  She remembered that her first book was a gift from an old teacher in Germany, the book is called Kartoffeln Leicht Gemacht (Potatoes Made Easy) and she got Potato Rosti with Chorizo and Pepper Ragu

now I urge you all to go over to read Angela's lovely post at Free Angela it's a brilliant demonstration of exactly why this challenge works for me and the power of the blog world, her book was the first book her mum bought for her, Loves and Fish, A Love Your Neighbour Cook Book and got Gingerbread Modeling Dough, which is genius if you ask me.

and again, a real trip down memory lane for Debbie over at cooking up a storm in a teacup with this amazing retro Prawn stuffing from the St Michael Freezer Cookery Book... good old Marks and Spencer... aren't they marvelous?!?!

Choclette from Chocolate Log Blog remembers her very first cookbook from when she was 8 years old! It's called A Children's Book for the Kitchen by Ursula Sedgwick (where are all these writers now?) and from it she got these Crispy Crackolates, which she neatly adapted into Easter nests!

Michael, from Me, My Food and I chose from his second ever cookbook, Food Network Favourites, these rather fabulous Spicy Chinese 5 Spice Rubbed Chicken Wings

let's take a special moment to welcome our beloved Brownieville Girl back into the fold (get it... cake mix... with her American Brownies, picked at random by Brownieville Princess from Delia's Complete Illustrated Cookery Course... no, even I can't believe this is the only entry this month from this book!!!

over the atlantic to New England and Ocean Breezes and Country Sneezes book was the brilliantly titled  Country Desserts by Lee Bailey and she chose this amazing Country Peach Cake!

Gary from Exploits of a Food Nut chose the first cookbook her bought when he went off to University, the brilliant Madhur Jaffrey's Ultimate Curry Bible, from which he picked Singapore Style, South-Indian Chicken Curry

Jo over at Comfort Bites clearly remembers her first book as New British Classics by Gary Rhodes (somehow I knew he'd crop up somewhere...) and randomly selected this yummy Creamed Cabbage with Bacon

the lovely Chele from Chocolate Teapot made these fabulous Botham Burgers from Jamies The Return of the Naked Chef, which she got as a gift from her brother, it was the first book she got in the UK...

and look at this amazing Hot Spinach salad from From Beyond My Kitchen Window, who picked it from her first ever cookbook called Doin the Charleston a book full of recipes from South Carolina... so pretty!

and of course, let's not forget about my entry, which I seem to have done every month since I started this but thought I ought to include it from now on... it was the very odd Parsnips Molly Parkin from Cook for Hire,  because of the random nature of the challenge, I kind of worked out that there is no fair way to pick a winner other than using a random number generator, so without further ado, the winner of the fabulous Geometry of Pasta is... Astral from The Art of Being Perfect... which is perfect really seeing that she actually cooked a pasta dish!

thank you all again for entering... eat and of course, enjoy!



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