...well dear friends you have done it again... I am always so touched by your entries and the fact that so many of you take the time to really play along and immerse yourself in the challenge... I also have such a large proportion of virgins this month too, which is just so lovely... oh and don't forget to blame choclette for the number 17...
Blog: Magnolia Verandah
Book: Donna Hay 'Seasons'
Random Recipe: Olive Crusted Veal with Feta Mash
and kicking us off again in time honoured tradition... well, she was first last week at least...
Blog: Misky's Kitchen
Book: San Francisco A La Carte
Random Recipe: English Muffin Bread
next is a Random Recipes Virgin Misky with a delightfully light English Muffin Bread, which i've never seen before but I will definitely be making!
Blog: Homemade By Fleur
Book: Recipes From My Mother For My Daughter by Lisa Faulkner
Random Recipe: Marbled Chocolate and Hazelnut Meringues
another RRV...if I were a vampire i'd be having a feast... and it's lovely Fleur and her gentle blog... and amazingly for her, she had exactly 17 books!
Blog: Cakes and Teacups
Book: At Elizabeth David's Table
Random Recipe: Oxtail Stewed with White Grapes
not sure what i'd do if i randomly picked oxtail... I guess i'd go for it which is exactly what Vanessa did and she's glad about it... well, wouldn't you be... look how amazing it is!
Book: Claudia Roden's Arabesque
Random Recipe: Lamb Stew with Aubergine Sauce
another yummy stew from RRV Jennifer... it looks amazing and according to legend it was certainly good enough for Napoleons wife, Empress Eugenie!
Blog: Hungry Hinny
Book: Baking with Homepride Flour
Random Recipe: Chocolate Chip Cookies
Natalie tried very hard to pick randomly this month but she's baked these wonderful cookies so many times that the book fell open at this page!
Blog: Searching for Spice
Book: Flloyd's India
Random Recipe: Chicken Cafarael
an un-heard of dish this time for Corina as she picks her Random Recipe... but how glad am I that she chose this spicy little number... and braved it too... homemade curry's are the best are they not?
Blog: As Strong As Soup
Book: The Hudson River Valley Cookbook by Waldy Malouf
Random Recipe: Onion Walnut Muffins
Phil braved it like a proper trouper and went for his least used book shelf... and came up trumps with these incredible Onion and Walnut Muffins... oh I LOVE a savoury muffin...
Blog: Baking In Franglais
Book: Feasts for a Fiver by Sophie Grigson
Random Recipe: Lace Biscuits
i'm seeing a pattern here as Jean also went for her least used book shelf and it seems i'm flavour of the month this time as she's loving her lace biscuits... well, what can I say... the challenge works!
Blog: The KitchenMaid
Book: My Favourite Ingredients by Skye Gyngell
Random Recipe: Tomato Squash Curry
dear Lucy laments never having visited Petersham Nurseries during Skye's reign... like me, she's too poor and perhaps a little far to hop on the bus!
Blog: What Kate Baked
Book: Hamlyn's 200 Cupcakes
Random Recipe: Leaning Tower of Praline Cupcakes
Kate goes bonkers again and creates something fancy with praline whist making up excuses not to go to a music festival with him indoors...
Blog: Me, My Food and I
Book: Indonesian Food by Sri Owen
Random Recipe: Long-Cooked Balinese Duck
Michael has gone out all guns blazing with this stunning duck dish taken from what must be my next book purchase... plus, as you'll know if you're a regular reader of his blog, he must have some very happy friends!
Book: The Claire Macdonald Cook Book
Random Recipe: Oatmeal and Garlic Bread
lovely Louise is back in the gang with this very simple but heady little number... she also fondly remembers her holiday with the actual Macdonald clan... lucky cow!
Blog: Comfort Bites
Book: Jamies Great Britain
Random Recipe: Welsh Cakes
don't these look like lovely little beauties...? Jo has outdone herself again with what can only be described as the ultimate naughty biscuit!
Blog: Little Macaroon
Book: Nigel Slaters Real Food
Random Recipe: Pasta with Spicy Sausage
whilst Camilla and her hubby have most of their stuff in transit, on the high-seas, she had to count her meagre cook books twice to get to 17... a lovely recipe but they ate it too fast to take a piccie... doh!
Blog: An Irish Village Pantry
Book: Kitchen by Nigella Lawson
Random Recipe: Mexican Tortilla Lasagne
a wonderful twist on a classic dish here from Sheelagh... and a delight it is too!
Blog: Cake, Crumbs and Cooking
Book: Chocolate by Marks and Spencer Books
Random Recipe: Caramel Mud Cakes
for some reason C thinks these were a recipe fail... I on the other hand think they are truly glorious and love a bit of stodgy cake centre... divine!... (oh and don't give up C, we love you and your recipe fails...)
Blog: Farmersgirl Kitchen
Book: The Betty Crocker Cookbook
Random Recipe: Chicken Marsala
Janice has gone all 1950's on us this month with her 17th Random Recipe cookbook and this fabulously retro and very comforting chicken dish... move over... I need room to gawk!
Blog: Lavender and Lovage
Book: Around Britain Dairy Cookbook
Random Recipe: Finkadella
or Scottish meatballs to you and me... Karen has so many cook books stashed all over the joint she had to enrol poor hubby to make a pile just so she could count to 17... glad she did, these are rather nice are they not?
Book: The Birthday Cake Book by Fiona Cairns
Random Recipe: Alice's Teapot Cake
oh Laura, Laura, Laura... all I can say if FUCKING HELL YESS!!!!!!!!!
Book: Good For You Cakes by Jane Marsh Dieckman
Random Recipe: Molasses Cupcakes
should you need to be reminded of why I started Random Recipes then just check out JW's blog post... he's a Random Recipe Virgin (hope it didn't hurt too much...) and he's hit the nail directly on the head!
Blog: Chocolate Log Blog
Book: Low-Carb Vegetarian by Celia Brooks Brown
Random Recipe: Chocolate Marzipan Cheescake
let me remind you all that it was Choclette who picked the number 17 this month... so the blame is fully on her shoulders... her book sounds rather depressing but her cheesecake looks rather marvellous... so we'll forgive her!
Book: Williams Sonoma Bride and Groom Cookbook
Random Recipe: Gougeres
now these are a proper challenge and good old Victoria didn't back down... and how good do they look...? lipsmacking i'd say!
Blog: Love Food UK
Book: Julia Child's French Cooking Vol 2
Random Recipe: Poached Chicken in White Wine
Keifer is another Random Recipe Virgin and boy what a book to pick... this really would send me running for the hills!... but bravely and gloriously taken on!
Blog: Under the Blue Gum Tree
Book: Jamie's America
Random Recipe: Mutton and Juniper Stew
and yet another RRV from South Africa, the glorious Claire has made a deeply delicious mutton stew... welcome aboard Claire and send some stew my way!
Blog: Sharky Oven Gloves
Book: a mysterious food magazine
Random Recipe: Poached Stone Fruit with Cinnamon Honey Syrup
Mel is celebrating World Whisky Day by smothering some fruit with the stuff... i'm up for anything being smothered in whisky...
Blog: 41 Feasts
Book: Chorizo & Squid Salad
Random Recipe: Preserved by Jonny Acton and Nick Sandler
Nicola quite literally makes sausages from scratch in this marathon post... I warn you you need a cup of tea and a lie-down before, during and after reading this post...
Book: Comfort and Spice by Niamh Shields
Random Recipe: Tender Pork Ribs
Susan goes to an old favourite with these stunning ribs... don't you just wanna dive in and get sticky...
Book: Real Cooking by Nigel Slater
Random Recipe: Pasta with Lemon, Green Herbs and Toasted Crumbs
lovely Lyndsey is always so enthusiastic about taking part in Random Recipes and who can blame her when lady luck rains down on her so often... she hits the jackpot again this month with this wonderful and simple dish from good old Nigel Slater!
Blog: The Taste Space
Book: Bean by Bean
Random Recipe: Bok Choy, Broccoli and Edamame Skillet with Millet
don't you just love the title of this dish... I want to say it again and again... Janet has organised her book alphabetically (i know...) and Bean by Bean was number 17... imagine how many books she has! Mind you if she's producing recipes like this that we can hardly complain...
Blog: Belleau Kitchen
Book: What to Eat Now by Valentine Warner
Random Recipe: Caramel Oranges
...let's not forget me... (although I nearly did...)
Book: Macarons by Annie Rigg
Random Recipe: Raspberry and Cream Macarons
well last but by no means least... what a way to end a mammoth random recipes round up with these incredible macarons... poor Ros had a mini-heart attack when she picked this book... I would have had to have had a lie down before taking these on... but hasn't she done incredibly well and if you're a reader of her blog you'll know she's tried and failed on many occasions!
Blog: Tales of Pigling Bland
Book: 400 Three and Four Ingredient Recipes by Jenny White
Random Recipe: Baked Sweet Potato with Leek and Gorgonzola
oh look... slipping in at the last second with this tasty little number...
Book: Cucina and Famiglia
Random Recipe: Lasagne di Pollo e Funghi Misti
another late guest to the party but don't mind Susan... she won't be stopping, she has to get herself another lottery ticket, the last one was faulty!
so that's it... and now I have to pick 2 winners to receive the prizes... i've updated this round-up in chronological order and this month being all about number 17 I have decided that winner number one is the 17th entry... which is C from Cake, Crumbs and Cooking... and for the second entry I have used a random number generator (The Viking) ... and the winner is number 28 - Susan from A Little Bit of Heaven on a Plate... if you could both email me your addresses, that would be lovely....
....and finally, before I go, just a little bit of info about the dreaded SEO or Search Engine Optomization to those of us with dull brains... in our ever increasing effort towards food blogger world domination did you know that the powers that be (google etc) can read the title you give to ... or don't in many cases... your pictures... essentially this means that if Mrs Miggins from number 12 is googling for 'pineapple upside down cake' she will type into her search engine 'pineapple upside down cake' and it will help you all HUGELY if you title your picture 'pineapple upside down cake' rather than being lazy and leaving the title your camera gives the picture such as jpeg1294756372... because then google will be able to find YOUR picture of said pineapple upside down cake... all you have to do is hit the 'save as' button when saving and change the name of the picture... you will not regret it... unless that is Mrs Miggins happens to be searching for jpeg1294756372... in which case i'll mind my own...
... look out for April's Random Recipes where i'll be celebrating my second anniversary as a food blogger!