Tuesday, 30 October 2012

random recipes #21 - the round-up




... another fine month and again you've done me proud... as expected - lot's of dried stuff... quite a bit of jam... a few freezer finds... and one or two really obscure ingredients, so i'm glad to have been of service... I know that I was a little disappointed with my dull as dish-water dried chickpeas but more than pleased with the final, if rather time consuming outcome... and so let's kick off with that one shall we...

here's my dried chickpeas and this really warming pot of Moreish Chickpea and Spinach Soup taken from the Moro Cookbook


the rest of your incredible entries can be found after the jump...



and kicking us off in style this month is Ruth from Makey Cakey with a wonderful stew called Fasolka po Bretonsku made with her random store cupboard pick of Big Handsome Johnny Beans... don't ask... just go look!


next up is Camilla from Little Macaroon who's random ingredient was ground almonds... she thinks... and her recipe for this glorious apple and raspberry crumble tart came from a magazine cutting


here's 'third time lucky' Corina from Searching for Spice who had to dispose of her first two picks before landing on Pearl Barley... mind you it did mean she got to make this lovely Beery Barley Beef taken from 200 Slow Cooker Recipes


and next is the fabulous Miss C Flash from Food Glorious Food and her spectacular, if not a little nostalgic Coconut Cake, recipe to be found in the BBC Cakes and Bakes book... her inspiring find was of course that bag of desiccated coconut!


next up is poor Lucy The KitchenMaid with her bag of undisclosed flour... and a dodgy recipe taken from The Joy of Cooking by Irma Rombauer... they do not sound good.


perhaps a little more successful than Lucy is Chris from Cooking Around The World and this very lovely looking Lasagne he made from those lasagne sheets he found lurking at the back of the cupboard and the recipe is taken from the brilliant The Greedy Italians Eat Italy by Carluccio and Contaldo


next up is Susan from the lovely Spice Garden blog and her bag of frozen 'mystery meat'... sounds a bit scary doesn't it but just look at what she made with it, the most fabulous Butchers Sauce taken from a recipe found in The Italian Slow Cooker by Michelle Scicolone 


next is Victoria the 21st Century Housewife and a simple little Pasta Puttanesca made with a tin of sardines and taken from the random recipe library she stores in her beautiful brain!


here's Sarah from Sezza Knits and her Mama's Greek Butterbean Salad taken from good old Ainsley Harriotts Gourmet Express... all inpired by her store cupboard find the humble tin of butter beans!


next up is Denise from Magnolia Verandah who made these Chinese Chews from some dodgy dates that hadn't seen the light of day for quite some time... the recipe is from her mother-in-law which I think gives me an idea for next months challenge....


and here's the divine Karen from Lavender and Lovage and her truly nostalgic Jam and Coconut Cake recipe made with some desiccated coconut she found lurking in the larder... and taken from a recipe found in the Be-Ro Cookbook I remember sticky hands and smothered face eating these in Betty's tearoom with my grandmother... gorgeous!


and next is Phil from As Strong As Soup who has dared to step into my territory with this amazing looking Lincolnshire Plum Bread taken from The Hairy Biker's... it's a great recipe made with some prunes he found at the back of his messiest shelf... nice work Phil but if you ever...!


and here's Vanessa from Cakes and Teacups with her lovely Lemon Polenta Cake taken from Nigella and made with that store cupboard stalwart, Polenta - of course!


next is Helene from I Cook with Butter with a very strange ingredient I've never heard of... ble... it looks a little like a barley so I am intrigued as to how it tastes, especially alongside this delicious and creamy tarragon chicken


here's Caroline from Caroline Makes with her Jammy Flapjacks... like her i'm not a huge jam fan if truth be told so there's always a jar of the stuff lurking unfinished somewhere in the house...


next up is Choclette from the excellent Chocolate Log Blog with this incredible Marrakesh Express Loaf Cake taken and adapted from a Dan Lepard recipe... and what a stunner it it!


and here's Fiona from The Tiffin Blog with her Magic Pudding made with some frozen sausages found in the darkest recess of the freezer and recipe found in Nigella's Kitchen.


I love that Jean from Baking in Franglais took her poppy seeds from the UK to France and then let them sit in the back of the cupboard before using them for this wonderful Courgette, Lemon and Poppyseed Cake taken from the allrecipes.co.uk website


and next is Natalie the Hungry Hinny and her Apfelstrudel served with custard... it's the custard that's the random ingredient, which is such a genius excuse to make pudding isn't it?  The recipe was found in the brilliant Two Greedy Italian's cookbook.


next is Claire from Under The Blue Gum Tree with a nice and summery Marmalade and mascarpone Ice Cream made with a half-used jar of marmalade and taken from the BBc Good Food website


here's Laura from Laura Loves Cakes with the wonderfully random ingredient of gelatine with which she made these beautiful bramble marshmallows taken from a recipe found on the BBC Good Food website


and next it's random recipe virgin Katharine from Leeks and Lemoni with a rather random Puglian Broad Bean Dip made with some dried broad beans and a recipe from the excellent La Cucina Salentina


it seems we're all keeping odd jars of jam in our store cupboards and Ros from The More Than Occasional Baker is no exception, although these Plum Cupcakes made with a jar of plum jam and made from a recipe found in the Hummingbird Bakery Cookbook really are exceptional!


next is Susan from A Little Bit of Heaven on a Plate with what can only be described as an absolute stunner... this black pudding, pork and chutney sausage roll, made with a jar of onion chutney and taken from Nigel Slaters Kitchen Diaries, is quite literally to die for... 


and here's the lovely Janice from Farmersgirl Kitchen and her delicious Polenta Cake made with a packet of polenta and taken from Vintage Cakes by Jane Brocket... and a great book review too!


and next up is Janet from The Taste Space with a stunning but simple Pomegranate Vinaigrette made with pomegranate molasses and taken from the excellent Turqoise!  Just look at this salad!


next is Stacey from the brilliantly titled Food Lust People Love and a really rather wonderful Sweet Potato, Walnut Cheese Bread taken from Delia's How to Cook Part 1 and using a wonderful method for choosing the ingredient by pulling unlabelled bags from the freezer!


a random recipe virgin here with Ruth from 8&Ruth and a very random Stuffing Bake made with a collection of store cupboard stuffings and taken from her own collection of recipes... clever if you ask me... be nice, say hello Ruth!


and next is Mel from Sharky Oven Gloves who made this delightful Juniper Berry Salmon with a pot of juniper berries and taken from the BBC Good Food website.


here's Jen from Blue Kitchen Bakes with her lovely Prunes Poached in Red Wine and Rosemary taken from a recipe in Ani's Raw Food Desserts and inspired by a dodgy, half used pack of prunes found lurking in the back of the cupboard!


and next up is Nicola from 41 Feasts with this STUNNING baked Alaska made with freezer-found frozen egg whites and taken from the Green and Black's Ultimate Chocolate Recipes book


and rounding us off in style is Lou from Please Do Not Feed The Animals with a triple-header of maize-meal inspired recipes that were found all over the place... she's looking for more if you know any...

maize meal porridge

maize meal pancakes

maize meal chocolate puddings!

ooops!... there's always one that get's away, isn't there...?  here's Amanda from Dancing Veggies with a fabulously tin of chopped tomatoes inspired Mexican Casserole... sorry for neglecting you x


... and that's your lot for October... I think it was quite an enjoyable month for many of you and a great excuse to get into those cupboards and get at least one item finally used...

... thank you once again and see you in November for another crafty little game of random recipes x

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