Tuesday, 28 February 2012

Random Recipes 1st Birthday Round Up

its my birthday and i'll cry if I want to...

...so before we start with the round-up I just wanted to chat with everyone about the recent recipe copyright debate that's been doing the rounds and how it impacts on what we all love doing and how it particularly impacts on this challenge which actively encourages you to use your cookbooks... I want to lay it on the line, here and now, that I personally and actively encourage all of you out there to use your wonderful cookbooks and write about how wonderful those cookbooks are... scream them to the stars... they are mostly written by lovely people who want you to be inspired by their work and share their work with others because, lets face it, without us... the fans... they would not sell their books...

...and it mostly seems to be the newest books that have the biggest issue as authors strike exclusivity deals with their publishers and can get into trouble if recipes from their newly published books are seen to be plastered all over the internet... although in this day and age Lord knows how anyone can expect anything different... they almost become victims of their own success...

...i'm not an expert and you shouldn't take this post as legal advice but as far as I can tell from the many things i've researched, there is no copyright on a list of ingredients it is only the method and the style that a recipe it is written in that can be seen as being attributed to the author and therefore be subject to copyright... you will not have anyone knocking at your door in the middle of the night to whisk you off to prison... you will not have your lovely blogs closed down... but ... and it is a big BUT... I am NOT talking about typing out a recipe verbatim and claiming it as your own... that is wrong and you will burn in your own personal hell for that...

... now we all have different styles of food blogging... some of us review...some of us bake... some of us do a little of everything... do NOT let anyone intimidate you into thinking that your way of blogging is wrong... what i'm saying is, is if you believe that you need to share someone else's recipe, particularly if it comes from a newly published book, be honest about where you got it from and do try, if you can, to get permission from the publishers to re-print it... encourage your readers to purchase the books themselves by including links to amazon or other on-line retailers... I, as well as many of you, have gone out and purchased books entirely because i've seen recipes printed on other peoples blogs...

... the whole point of my Random Recipes challenge is to get you to use those hundreds of books that you had the decency to purchase... and the very fabric of this challenge is compromised if you don't tell us what page and what book the recipe is taken from... yes, you can and should adapt the recipe to suit your needs but don't fear being proud of the fact that you are using a recipe from a book that has inspired you to cook... it is not illegal to cook from a cookbook, take photos of what you've cooked and then write about it... and again I re-itterate how important it is that you are not intimidated by anyone into not blogging... we all do an amazing job and love what we do... we have a wonderful community that runs in harmony with all of the food world... you are good people who love good food.

the above rant is without prejudice

...and I suppose that all that's left to say is thank you for celebrating Random Recipes first birthday with me... I really REALLY couldn't do this challenge without you good people!

... we're off to a cracking start with a Random Recipes Virgin, Denise from the delightful Magnolia Verandah with this rather wonderful looking Baked Ham and Cheese Bread Pudding take from Apples for Jam by Tessa Kinross

next up we have Michael from Me My Food and I, who was one of the original random recipes gang... he's made this stunner of an Eggplant Timbale taken from Giada's Kitchen: New Italian Favourites by Giada De Laurentis

and onto another RRO with Lucy The KitchenMaid and her random choice taken from The Silver Spoon is this very moreish looking Pollo Arosto... or 'Random Chook' as she choses to call it...

next is lovely Jo at the brilliant Comfort Bites who went back a year to her first RR book, Gary Rhodes' Great British Cassics and picked this rather marvellous Custard Tart

next we have poor Harriet from Food Love Food and an ice cream disaster with her chocolate ice cream taken from a little second hand book she found in an old shop in France... that'll teach her!

next is the brilliant Manu, from Cooking Manu another RR Original with this rather wonderful looking Carrot Cake... just look at that icing... please forgive me Manu!

next up is Janice from Farmersgirl Kitchen with a recipe that both proves she is not cheating and that this challenge can throw you a hysterical curve ball sometimes... particularly with these bacon and egg rolls from Seasonal Cooking by Clare Macdonald

next, please welcome a Random Recipes Virgin (RRV) its Vanessa from Cakes and Teacups with this rather wonderful looking Valentine Flourless Chocolate Cake taken from Sophie Dahl's Voluptuous Delights

and another RRV from Suzanne at This Upside Down Life with, what I consider to be the perfect bowl of heaven, a Chicken Noodle Soup with lemon taken Bills Sydney Food 

next up we have the insatiable Karen from Lavender and Lovage who, if she could keep her hands and filthy mind to her self for one moment, has created this lovely Creamy Cauliflower and Stilton Cheese Soup taken from some Waitrose recipe cards

next up we have another big welcome to RRV Sheelagh from An Irish Village Pantry with a rather wonderful Tomato and Chilli Jam Salsa taken from Darina Allen's Forgotten School of Cooking

here's an original Random Recipes hero Phil from As Strong As Soup with a bloody tasty looking Pork cooked with oranges and Lemons taken from the rather swish and wallet busting The Cuisine of Alain Senderens

now... let our hearts go out to Sam from Pistachio and Rose who's first cookbook last July was Nigella's Christmas!... I actually think she's lucked out this time with her recipe of Choc Chip Chilli but it must have been with a heavy heart that she returned to this books so soon after Christmas!

next up is Corina from Searching for Spice who has made these rather moreish Potato and Pea Samosas taken from the brilliant Indian Food made Easy by Anjum Anand

here's the lovely Susan from The Spice Garden another original RRer... with a new one for both me and her with this Peruvian Quinoa Stew taken from the excellent Moosewood Restaurant Cooks at Home

a double whammy next from Lou and Steve from Please Do Not Feed The Animals who have very sweetly taken a break from real life to take part in Random Recipes and this month they revisited their first books... for Steve it was this Paella taken from Moro by Sam and Sam Clark

and for Lou it was this Lemon Souffle with Almonds taken from I love to Cook by the Lady laird of Ballindalloch Castle

next is the very lucky Lyndsey from Vanilla Clouds and Lemon Drops who I say is lucky because if you ask me her bowl of Jambalaya is a bowl filled with heavenly wonder... she randomly selected it from Just One Pot by Lindsay Bareham

and here's Baking Addict from The more than occasional Baker with her wonderful Orange Poppy Seed Muffins... I adore poppy seeds and citrus together and these do look rather fabulous... she randomly selected them from Williams-Sonoma Essentials of Baking

next up is the really lovely Jean from Baking In Franglais with these truly divine looking Orange Polenta Cookies taken from the rather 'Alice in Wonderland' inspired Eat Me cookbook

next is my favourite chocolate lady Choclette from Choc Log Blog and this bloody marvellous Pecan and Chocolate Streusel Cake taken from Divine by Linda Collister... don't you just want a slice...?  I want a slice... Choclette... NOW!!!

here's Debbie from Cooking up a Storm in a Teacup with a very classic Minestrone Soup randomly chosen from The St Michael Freezer Cooker Book... it may be a classic but its perfect for this time of year!

another Random Recipes stalwart here from Victoria over at 21st Century Urban Housewife who has given us a rather unusual Mr Pricklepin's Cream of Cottage Cheese Sandwiches taken from the delightful Peter Rabbit's Cookbook... of all the random choices...

next is the sublimely retrospective Kate from What Kate Baked with this very simple but award winning Madeira Cake taken from Nigella's How to be a Domestic Goddess...

now... will you LOOK at this cake... I don't think 'divine' even comes close... I actually want this now... NOW!!!... but I can't, it belongs to Miss Cake Baker from What I baked this Weekend who chose it from  Eat Drink Live by Fran Ward... lucky her!

next along to the party is Angela from Free Angela who has made these fun Jeff's Jiffy Cracker Jacks taken from Loaves and Fishes - A Love Your Neighbour Cookbook

and here's the most excellent Gary from Exploits of a Food Nut who randomly selected this Stir-Fried Butternut Squash from Gordon Ramsay's Great Escape, a nice vegetarian dish... served with a hunk of juicy steak... nice work!

next is Ruth from the rather marvellous Makey Cakey who celebrates with me in style... her first cookbook was actually the magazine clippings month so she delved into her clippings with gusto and came up with this stonker... Topinambours a la Barigoule... or Provincal Jeusalem Artichokes to you and me!

and next is the delightful Shu Han from Mummy I can Cook who also went to her box of clippings to make this rather divine Spicky Purple Sprouting Broccoli with Fried Red Lentils... I wish I lived closer!

next up I think we have a little bit of kismet with Nicola from 41 Feasts who have made what I probably consider as my ultimate food... Honey Baked Chicken Thighs... inspired by a clipping from the mysterious Andi... well done you!

and last but by absolutely no means least is the dear dear Brownieville Girl with these genius Christmas Pudding Muffins taken from Rachel Allens Bake... genius!

and that's all folks for the first year of this brilliant challenge... i'm glad you all loved it as much as me and i apologise to all of you for making you suffer!... next month's challenge will be announced soon and I have 2 books to give-away to celebrate going into my second year of Random Recipes!



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