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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40 comments:

  1. Frozen chopped spinach: the saviour of many of my toddler's meals. I used to chuck a couple of bricks in everything and satisfy myself that while her diet could've been better, it certainly could've been worse!

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  2. I have grown up never enjoying eggs, I know, but I have found many ways that I do enjoy them..quiche, devilled, in a sandwich, and I would love this roulade.

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  3. After reading this post I realized I'm a "youth of today" ahahah I'm so happy I don't know how to cook eggs ahaha ...
    Btw your roulade is so beautiful!

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  4. I haven't tried spinach cheese roulade. This looks nice : )

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  5. As someone who has neighbours who both keep hens (and ducks) I eat a lot of eggs. That roulade looks delicious and is something I will definitely be trying.

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  6. Eggs are the perfect food, and your roulade looks unusual and delish.

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  7. That roulade is al-bu-men beauty ;)

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  8. I love eggs for easy meals and lunches. I should try something more exciting like the roulade though.

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  9. I have been trying to blog my one tom egg (egg baked in a tomato) for days lack og decent computer due to ..
    ..holidays is the culprit but soon on Pebble

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    1. sounds lovely... send me the recipe and i'll do it for you!

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  10. I have to confess I've never boiled an egg and wouldn't know how long to cook it for, then again I don't like boiled eggs much. I do however make pretty damn good omelettes, scrambled eggs, fried eggs and poached eggs.

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    1. yes, but you'd know how to right? Boil water, put in egg... not exactly hard...!

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  11. I want to try this roulade!!! Eggs ... so versatile ... a mum's best friends in the kitchen!

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  12. SHOCK! There are people out there who cant cook eggs???!! Like you, I cook with them all the time and they are the mainstay of my kitchen! LOVELY post Dom, and I fancy that book, so I am entering! Karen

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  13. Can't imagine life without eggs, but I guess vegans manage! Anyway, 'they' have been saying this stuff about 'the yoof' not knowing where things come from for years and years, I'm not sure how relevant it is. I do agree that eggs are better than fried chicken though. Looks like a fab book and I'm newly into QR codes so will enter your comp :-)

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  14. This looks lovely - it reminds me a little of the kinds of dishes that people used to make for dinner parties in the 1980s (in a good way, of course). I can honestly say that I did know how to cook eggs as a kid, although properly poached eggs was always a little too tricky. The youth of today don't know they're born as we say in the League of Grumpy Old Bloggers. I'd probably like the idea of QR codes if I could be bothered to get a phone.

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  15. I got so used to avoiding eggs long long ago, that even though I know I can have them more often, I'm out of the habit. Goll darn it I'm going to make myself an omelet this week.

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  16. I think you are eggactly correct about the youth! The roulade looks amazing!

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  17. what a cool recipe and pretty too

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  18. Hard to believe that people cannot boil an egg - my goodness. If this is not learnt in the home surely Food Tech classes should be reintroduced at school where most of our basic education should be taught. Like the look of this book though.

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  19. These days there seems to be only two types of people (in relation to cookery): the ones who know Nothing, and the ones who know Everything! Well, it may not be that they KNOW everything about cooking, but they are at least interested. Just think how many Foodie blogs and websites there are. They ought to make "Cooking and Nutrition" a compulsory subject at school.

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  20. Ugh! Spinach. That's probably the only recipe in the book I will NOY be cooking, although him up there ^^^ (Mark Willis) would love it. But if he wants it, he can cook it himself!

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  21. Spinach and eggs- two of my favourites and so good for us!

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  22. I'd love to explore these recipes.
    rsgrandinetti@yahoo(DOT)com

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  23. I love eggs and am always looking for new egg recipes so would love this book to give me some ideas :-)

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  24. Looks great Dom - never mind about the eggs, all of that green just has to be healthy!

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  25. Please put me into the draw - thank you xx

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  26. I once saw once a program on television were they asked people how the plants of widely known vegetables look like. Some things were really shocking.
    That spinach and cheese roulade caught my attention from the moment I saw a picture of it ...

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  27. Green I love green. This must be delicious

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  28. I'm crazy about eggs and travel 45 minutes one way to buy my farm eggs. Once I ate a farm egg it was next to impossible to eat a supermarket egg. Your roulade looks delicious. I love spinach and eggs and who doesn't love cream cheese. Wonderful recipe.

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  29. I guess there are things in life that I just take for granted, like being able to cook an egg, mind you, ask me to paint a room and I would struggle with the finer details of it. Fab looking roulade, in fact, I would go so far as to say it was perfection on a plate!

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  30. Looks an interesting book. Would be nice to add to my collection. Love Eggs, but am ashamed to say that my hubby cooks the soft boiled eggs. I have no problem cooking hard boiled eggs

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  31. Wow that's a delicious recipe. I've always loved spinach with some sort of cheese - very fabulous.

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  32. You are such a whizz with the roulade Dom, this looks fantastic. It wouldn't surprise me in the least if lots of young folk have no idea where eggs come from - bring back Domestic Science I say!

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  33. Kids cant boil eggs?! Whaaa?! They need a copy of this book!!

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  34. Confession time... I can cook reasonably well. I can cook eggs in a number of other ways, but I can't boil them! I can do hard boiled (i.e. boiled within an inch of their lives) but soft boiled eludes me...
    Rx

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  35. Both the book and the recipe sound brilliant

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  36. I'd like to win -- is this giveaway offered in the U.S.A.?
    Digicats {at} Sbcglobal {dot} Net

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  37. Hello again! Just had to stop by and tell how awesome this recipe looks, although I'm sure you know that, lovely combination and is not a million miles from my recent spinach pancakes recipe. Nice work! X

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