Sunday, 30 September 2012

prawn cocktail cakes - the tea time random recipes round-up

... I know that people say this all the time but I honestly have no idea what happened to September... did someone come in the dark of night and steal two weeks from the middle... I think it may have something to do with working and playing so hard... i've barely been in the kitchen this month - you can tell by the lack of posts and if you've been anything like me I can truly sympathise... here's hoping October brings us all some down time...

... i've only had time for one blog challenge this month and I thought I wouldn't even get round to doing my own, for which I felt a dreaded sense of guilt... but then I thought that actually it would make the most perfect way to round-up this months brilliant entries... so here's mine... followed by all yours...

prawn cocktail cakes
when, at the beginning of the month, I called The Viking from London to pick a random recipe for me I was really pleased with his pick... a classic British book from a classic British chef and an unusual recipe with a fabulous twist... what The Viking failed to tell me was the name of the chapter the recipe came from, which was 'High Teas and Suppers'... how genius is that?

... I would never in a million years have chosen to make these little beauties but they were quite simply divine... so easy to make and just so tasty with a wonderful little taste of the 1970's...

a handful of new potatoes - boiled and mashed
175g cooked prawns - peeled and chopped
1 garlic clove - crushed
3 tbsp mayonnaise
1 tbsp tomato ketchup
1 tbsp horseradish sauce
a splash of worcestershire sauce
2 tbsp chopped parsley
salt and pepper
plain flour
2 eggs - beaten
white breadcrumbs

- place the mashed potatoes, prawns, garlic, all the sauces and parsley in a bowl, mix well and season to taste

- prepare the coatings into separate bowls, then shape the mixture into cakes and dip them first into the flour, then the egg, then the breadcrumbs before shallow frying till golden

eat and of course, enjoy!

... and now onto your fabulous entries after the break...

let's start with Lyndsey from Vanilla Clouds and Lemon Drops and this sublime Coconut Cake taken from Afternoon Tea Parties by Susanna Blake

next is the wonderful Susan from The Spice Garden with a lovely scented Caraway Tea Cake taken from the Crabtree and Evelyn Cookbook

here's Caroline from Caroline Makes who puts her fantastic craft talents to work with these adorable Puppydog Cupcakes taken from Hello, Cupcake

next up is Gary from Exploits of a Food Nut with his gloriously patriotic (for me and him anyway) Lincolnshire Poacher Pie taken from Jamie Oliver's Great Britain

here's our Lady of Perpetual Tea Time Treats - Karen from Lavender and Lovage with her rather fancy Tropical Fruit Flapjack slices taken from the 40th Edition of the Be-Ro Cookbook

next is SLR from Food Lust People Love and a proper classic, Scottish Shortbread taken again from Jamies Great Britain

a round lemon cake now from Kiki who writes Kitchen of Kiki, chosen on the computer with a random number generator from Te og kager - aret rundt af Kaffe and Thehuset  

next is Ruth from Makey Cakey with some very pretty NOT cherry oatmeal cookies... NOT cherries people... hokay... they're also NOT taken from Jamies Great Britain but they are taken from 500 Cookies by Philippa Vanstone

a double whammy here from Janice over at Farmersgirl Kitchen with her Lemon Drizzle Cake and Berry Compote taken from the Little Book of Treats

and now just check out these fab Rock Cakes from Lapin d'Or and More who randomly selected them from her box of clippings... perfectly traditional.

next Janet from The Taste Space gives us a stunning jar of Tomato Chili Chutney taken from the wonderful sounding Clock Book

Susie from Fold in the Flour gives us these rather naughty but wonderfully nice Chocolate Profiteroles with Raspberry Cream taken from The Teatime Cookbook by Valerie Ferguson

has Little Macaroon had her Little Macaroon yet... because I think she's ready to burst... not before she makes these very sweet savoury scones taken from Hugh Fearnly W's recent one

next we go Under the Blue Gum Tree with a very very sweet Custard and White Chocolate Biscuit randomly picked from The BBC Good Food Website

here's Mel from Sharky Oven Gloves with a stunning Blueberry, Polenta and Wine Cake taken from A Treasury of New Zealand Baking

and something a little unusual here from Laura at How to Cook Good Food - Chorizo and Spring Onion Tea Bread taken from Totally Tea Breads

next is C from Cake, Crums and Cooking who loses control with these very silky looking Maple Syrup Butter Cookies taken from Mix by the Australian Women's Weekly

here's Amanda from Dancing Veggies with a royal Apple Scone called The Queen taken from The Joy of Cooking

next is Suelle from Mainly Baking who has gifted us with these delightful little Thumbprint Cookies taken from The Green and Blacks Chocolate Recipes... three in the mouth at once im thinking...

and now on to the lovely Jean from Baking in Franglais and her rather moreish looking Pear and Goats Cheese Mini Muffins taken from the Marks and Spencer 1 Mix, 100 Muffins by Susanna Tee.

next up we have Debby from Cooking Up A Storm In A Teacup and the most wonderful Green Tea and Chocolate Marble Loaf Cake taken from Mary Berry's Simple Cakes

here's Chris from Cooking Around The World, who went on a ramble to find his tea time treat but found it in the form of these lovely Tea Cakes taken from The Perfect Afternoon Tea Book

next is the triumphant in our triptych of this tremendulous tea time challenge Kate from What Kate Baked with s stunning Flourless Chocolate Hazelnut Cake taken from Bake and Decorate by Fiona Cairns

and now here's a retro trip back to the 1980's from Phil from As Strong As Soup and his Bolton Flat Cakes taken from the Sainsbury's Book of Teatime Favourites

next up is Ros The More Than Occasional Baker with her Extra Moist Blueberry Muffins taken from Scrumptious Muffins by Marc Grossman

next is Stuart the Cakeyboi with his classically American NYC Crumb Cake taken from Baked in America... welcome Stuart to your first RR!

and here's the brilliantly monikered Miss C Flash from Food Glorious Food and her West Indian Fruit Cake taken from the Levi Roots Reggae Reggae Cook Book...

and finally, with an absolute stunner it's the glorious Choclette from the Chocolate Log Blog with these Fennel and Ginger Chocolate Tarts taken from The Great British Bake Off by Linda Collister

oh blimey... there's always one (or two) who seem to slip through the net... apologies to Lou from Please Do Not Feed The Animals who made these absolutely beautiful Lemon Meringue Cupcakes, taken from The Primrose Bakery Book... sorry Lou

here's Lucy from The KitchenMaid entry... totally my fault for not including it... and how I forgot I have no idea becaause, well, look at the beauties...Powder Puffs taken from Margaret Fulton's A Very Special Cookbook

and finally, hopefully the last missing's Cat from Crunchy and Snickety with these INCREDIBLE Hazelnut Cream Cheese Brownies taken from Fat Witch Brownies by Patricia Helding

... and there you have it... Karen, Kate and I extend our thanks once again for taking part and hope you enjoyed the hybrid challenge... look out for the Octoberfest that will be random recipes #21 in a couple of days...


  1. This is my kind of round up!!! I really wanted to enter this month but I've been moving house for the last 2 weeks...thought I might still manage but alas I ran out of time! All of these Random Teatime Treats look delicious :-)

  2. These are all gorgeous, Dom! Thank you all so much for hosting!

    I felt the same about September. It zipped by so quickly. Oh, and I have gone in and changed my display name! I didn't realize it would show up as SLR. :)

  3. The prawn cocktail cakes are genius! So many interesting and delicious bakes, long live Random Recipes!

  4. Wow, there are some absolute beauties here, can't wait to explore all of them....thanks again for a great challenge - and the prawn cocktail cakes look fantastic !!

  5. Oh my gosh, don't you just wish we all lived in the same town? The Claridges high tea menu would pale by comparison. And yes, my baby macaroon has indeed arrived at last, not on your birthday Dom I'm afraid, but he is here! Update to follow very soon xxx

  6. Aw you missed me this month Dom. Will I resend an email?
    The Random Recipiers really would put on a spectacular afternoon tea!

  7. What a great selection of Random Tea Time Treats!

    I think your prawn cocktail fish cakes sound wonderful!

  8. Ah Dom, I think it was my fault. I didn't use the linky - I forgot - bit too high tech for me! ;)

  9. You are making me hungry with all the scrumptious food.

  10. What an awesome month! September was a crazy month for me as well, and I just didn't get there with the random challenge - October!!

  11. This really was a fantastic challenge. The perfect hybrid of two brilliant creations, will this be repeated?. Your prawn cocktail cakes are just up my street . I think the time is certainly running away with me at the moment too x

  12. Thanks for this wonderful round-up. There are so many lovely things ... that really makes me hungry. I don't know, where to start, though, because there are too many lovely things.

  13. Wonderful round up - as per usual of course ;0)
    Those prawn cakes have stolen the show for me though. Just heavenly.

  14. I do love to see all the strange recipes that crawl out of the woodwork on these delightful RR round-ups of yours and sooooo many books I've never heard of. Great fun and thanks for the gorgeous word.

    Just taking a break from doing my WSC round-up now. As you say, where has September gone - it's mad!

  15. I got so hungry scrolling down through these entries that I had to stop mid-way and go eat! I want to try all of them!

  16. Great round up as usual but I have to say, despite all of those delicious sweet treats my favourite was definitely your Prawn Cocktail Cakes! They look and sound amazing! Bring on next month!

  17. These round up rocks!!! I will definitely try these since I love my afternoon tea time

  18. As always, a delicious looking roundup. Sorry I wasn't organised to get in on the action. Next month...

  19. I am JUST finishing my round up Dom, but lovely to see yours here! GREAT entry too! LOVE it, clever idea! Karen xx

  20. Love those prawn cocktail cakes - that's just the 70s in fried form. Great round up, as ever. Superb variety this month.

  21. So many delicious recipes Dom and so little time. Looks like you are continuing to make the dishes you love.

  22. I love crab cakes and I see no reason why I wouldn't love these little goodies. I never know what to do with horseradish other than the horseradish I use to make Bloody Mary's for Easter Brunch. What a nice bite it must give the prawn cakes.

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  24. Dom Great Roundup - can't wait for October Challenge. Great cakes!

  25. Amazing round up! Looking forward to what October has in store :-)

  26. Wow - what a roundup! (Just getting round to perusing it now). The prawn cocktail cakes sound intriguing too - might make them for Mr E since he's a prawn cocktail lover!


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