Saturday, 13 October 2012

spinach and cheese roulade - a book giveaway

... according to new research carried out by YouGov Plc the youth of today are growing up without knowing how to cook eggs... one imagines they don't even know where eggs come from but that's another matter entirely... just a little worrying if you ask me... not being able to boil an egg is tantamount to not being able to boil water and if you can't do that then there's little hope for you out there in the big bad world, although no doubt Cameron has plans to get someone else to do it for you in his scheming towards a big society... in fact you can probably now study a course on how to boil water and come away with a university degree in it...

... let's face it, eggs are about as basic as basic gets, they're a valued source of protein, vitamins and minerals, they are cheap, quick to prepare and now that the boffin scientist types have finally decided there is no limit on the number of eggs people should eat, they are healthy... I eat 2 eggs for breakfast most mornings, have done for years and on my most recent check-up I had no issues with cholesterol... eggs are amazing as a simple omelette... they are delightful in quiches... and they work their magic in cakes in ways that I still don't really understand...

... quite frankly if the youth of today stopped eating that revolting southern fried chicken crap and started eating eggs, we'd be in a better world...

... the beginning of October marked British Egg Week but in my opinion, every week is worth celebrating the genius of the egg and a new little book just out called Take A Box Of Eggs, written by Lucy Knox and part of the Dairy Cookbook series, does just that.  It's a tidy little book, packed with 100 recipes that cover everything from the basics to the more eggciting... and with plenty of pictures for each recipe it's a nice looking book too... each recipe has a handy little QR code so you can scan the ingredient list direct to your phone, which is just what I did to make this roulade... one criticism would be that I had to read the recipe quite a few times before I fully understood the process... the method seemed over-complicated and left me confused as to when I should add the spinach... but I coped...

spinach and cheese roulade
25g melted butter
275g spinach (i used frozen)
3 eggs - separated
275g Full Fat Cream Cheese
2tbsp plain yoghurt
4 spring onions - finely chopped
50g walnuts - chopped
1/2 teaspoon cayenne pepper

- pre-heat the oven to 190C and line a swiss-roll tin with greaseproof paper which you then brush with butter

- thaw the frozen spinach, drain and press out as much liquid as possible then place in a bowl along with the beaten egg yolks and 75g of the soft cheese, mix together and season to taste

- in a separate bowl, whisk the egg whites until they form stiff peaks

- fold the egg whites into the egg yolk and spinach mixture and once fully encorporated pour out into the lined tin, smooth over and bake for 15 minutes until firm to the touch, then turn this over onto a piece of greaseproof paper to cool slightly

- peel away the top layer of paper and roll up gently with the bottom greaseproof paper in the roll and leave to cool entirely

- mix all the remaining ingredients together in a bowl, unroll the roulade and remove the paper.  Spread with the filling mixture and roll up once more.  Serve chilled.

... Take A Box Of Eggs can be ordered from your milkman or by clicking on the link above but I have one copy of the book to give away... all you have to do to be in with a chance of winning is to leave a comment on this post ... and you can use this natty rafflecopter widget to do just that...

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