what a month it's been eh...? scandal, death and destruction and you've still all managed to come through for me... and even though I say so myself, I just love this challenge... I never know what i'm going to get sent and reading every one is so interesting... some of you are so guilty for not following the rules to the letter (for which only your god will punish you...) and others of you seem to take it all in your stride... I love you all...
...first out of the starter gate this month was the very eager Jo from Comfort Bites with this rather tasty looking Coffe-Iced Cardamom Cake taken from the interesting The Flavour Thesaurus by Niki Segnit
next is Debbie from the brilliantly witty Cooking up a Storm in a Teacup with this delicious looking Salmon and Rocket Pasta taken from the BBC Good Food 101Fish and Seafood Dishes
next is lovely Ruth from Makey-Cakey with a Pasta with Raw Tomatoes taken from the encyclopedic Veg Every Day by HFW
here's Jean from Baking in Franglais with her very sumptuous Tarte aux Poires Frangipane... one of my favourite cakey things... randomly taken from The French Country Table by Laura Washburn
the wonderfully witty woman who has a way with words over at Little Macaroon made this Spiced Pumpkin Muffin taken from a set of mini Chef Wan cook books... it wasn't what she wanted to make but stuck to the rules none the less!
our first virgin for Random Recipes this year is laura from Laura Loves Cakes who made this weight inducing just if you stare at it Summer Fruit Cream Slice taken from the McDougalls Better Bakers Guide
and another RRV... this time from Charlotte over at Charlotte's Kitchen Diary with these really lovely looking Sweetcorn Fritters taken from Entertaining at Home by Rachel Allen
next up is the mega-talented Karen Burns Booth from Lavender and Loveage with this darlink of a Mushroom Stroganoff taken from the Quorn Kitchen Cookery Book of all places!
onwards ahoy to Phil from As Strong As Soup with these rather spiffing Pecan Puffs taken from Sophie Grigsons', Sophie's Table... and bah humbug to you!
please make room for the very wonderful GG from Glamorous Glutton, another RRV with this very brave for a first attempt, Hot Smoked Salmon, Beetroot Relish and Dill Cream taken from Jamie at Home
next is Victoria from 21st Century Urban Housewife who was lucky enough to have had to choose from Dan Lepard's excellent Short and Sweet and ended up with these marvellous Bourbon and Pecan Brownies
next up is dearest Manu from Cooking Manu with this very simple but rather cheeky Easy Cheesy Cauliflower Cheese Soup taken from Soup for All Occasions by The New Covent Garden Soup Company
next is Alice from Italian Inspiration who's having a Sicilian fantasy as she cooks this rather nice braised chicken taken from Georgio Locatelli's Made in Sicily
and here's Selina from Yummy Choo Eats with a rather wonderful Moroccan Spiced Lamb Shank taken from my favourite Nigel Slater's Real Cooking.
next is another Random Recipes Virgin (why do I feel like Dracula... counting them off... 'one... one random recipe virgin... ah ha ha!'...) its Natalie from Hungry Hinny with some Curried Naan Breads taken from Paul Hollywood's 100 Great Breads... please welcome Natalie into the playing field nicely now...
and another RRV... ah ha ha!!... (stop it!) this time its Harriet from Food Love Food with a Szegediner Goulash taken from a natty little book called Austrian Specialities, again, please make room in the play ground for Harriet...
next is Corina from Searching for Spice with these very scrumptious Leek Fritters chosen randomly from the excellent Plenty by Ottolenghi
next is the adorable Helen from Fuss Free Flavours with a really wonderful Sticky Orange Marmalade Cake taken from the BBC Great British Bake-Off How to Bake
lovely kate from What Kate Baked made this delicious Marbled Chocolate Crumble Cake from Short and Sweet by Dan Lepard... and she started a new job the very next day!
next we have that brilliant Baking Addict with these fabulous Checkerboard Cookies... aren't they fabulous..? taken from the Williams Sonoma Essentials of Baking
next we have Random Recipes stalwart Gary from Exploits of a Food Nut with this rather wonderful Chicken Tikka Chicken Thighs... inspired by my love of the thigh and taken from River Cottage Meat and Fish
another curry next from Nikki or Chef Chipmunk from Food Glorious Food with a Spicy Lamb Potatoes and Peas taken from Madhur Jeffries 100 Weeknight Curries
next we have the rarely seen but glad she's here now, Louise from Please Do Not Feed The Animals with a superlative Chicken Yakitori, taken from Everyday Harumi which I adore and will be stealing this weekend.
I always love it when Lyndsey from Vanilla Clouds and Lemon Drops takes part in Random Recipes as she's always so dreadfully truthful and her recipe of Orange and Sumac Scented Quiona, taken from Full of Flavour by Maria Elia really proves how dedicated she is!
next up is self-confessed chocolate bitch (maybe not self-confessed but I know she wont mind...) Choclette from Chocolate Log Blog with this 'to die for' Coconut Cream Pie chosen from the book of the moment, Tea with Bea.
here's a wonderfully ruby red entry from Janice over at Farmersgirl Kitchen with this Beetroot and Black Cumin Soup taken from the new Moro cookbook by Sam and Sam Clark
next is C from Cake, Crumbs and Cooking with this simply marvellous Peaches and Cream Upside Down Cake taken from The Boy Who Bakes by Edd Kimber
lovely to see the return of the gorgeous Lucy from The KitchenMaid with these yummy Wonder Day Biscuits taken from Dan Lepard's Short and Sweet
next is the enchanting Eleanor from BrownieVille Girl with the cake of the moment, the Alchemists Chocolate Cake taken from the surely soon to be a millionaire, Dan Lepard's Short and Sweet
here's Sarah from What I Baked this Weekend with a stunning hot apple flan, randomly chosen from 80 Recipes Brasseries Bocuse, very elegant don't you think?
and finally, check out these stunning Pomegranate Daiquiri Mini Cupcakes over at Nicola's brilliant blog 41 Feasts, she randomly chose this recipe from the Hummingbird Bakery Cake Days
a sudden last minute entry from Mel at Sharky Oven Gloves with these divine Goats Cheese and Rosemary mini-croissants...
so, that's it for January... and a great kick-off for the new year... however most importantly, Random Recipes is one year old next month and what a birthday treat I have in store for you all... eat and of course, enjoy!