Monday, 29 April 2013

random recipes #27 round-up

... it seems that my random recipes random number generator thingamidoodah proved rather popular this month with many of you rather liking the thrill of the unknown digital 'hands-off' approach... there was something rather scary about having no control over any of the choices that added something to the proceedings this month... it certainly left us with a very random collection of recipes from a fearsome selection of books.  Some months it can be all curry's and cakes but this time we really had a wide selection of randomness... i'm sure this high-tech gadget will make another appearance again soon but until then, feast your eyes on this lot...

let's start with the adorable Karen from Lavender and Lovage with this stunning Cheese and Onion Scone Bread taken from The Art of Home Cooking by the Stork Cookery Service Heritage Cook Book

and off you pop to check out the rest of April's random recipes after the jump...

next up is Fiona from TIFFIN with a Moroccan Chickpea Soup taken from the beautiful Arabesque by Greg and Lucy Malouf

here's the delightful Caroline from All That I'm Eating with a Veal, Pork, Serrano Ham and Porcini Cannelloni taken from Rick Stein's Spain - un-faultably moreish if you ask me!

next up is the channel hopping Jean from Baking in Franglais with some bi-polar Cardamom Frainds / Financiers a la Cardamome taken from Cake by Liz Herbert, a brilliant book that I also have!

here's Janet from The Taste Space with a wonderfully summery Basmati Rice Pilaf with Caramelized Onions and Broccoli taken from 1000 Indian Recipes.

and next is Claire from Under The Blue Gum Tree with an inspirational Cardamom Challah Bread taken from Bread by Rachel Allen... I made this bread this weekend and it was good and has inspired me for May's random recipes... watch this space...

here's the well-travelled and well-fed Chris from Cooking Around the World with his Tonno di Nonna Fangitta taken from Jamie's Italy by Jamie Oliver.

and then here's Elizabeth from Elizabeth's Kitchen with a wonderfully fragrant Tavuklu Pilav and Labnieh randomly selected from Claudia Roden's A New Book of Middle Eastern Foods

next up is our very own Farmersgirl Janice with a very fine Treacle Bite taken from the rather retro looking The Dairy Book of Home Cookery

and next along is random recipes virgin (yes, there are still one or two of you out there...) Pat from A Yorkshire Cook with a Yorkshire Fish Pie taken from From Alsace to Yorkshire by Lionel Strub.

here's the stunning Susie from Fold in the Flour with this stunning Limoncello Cake taken randomly selected from Boutique Baking by Peggy Porschen... the lengths you guys go to!

next is Stacy from Food Lust People Love and a very healthy and tasty Lemon and Cilantro Crusted White Fish taken from the brilliant Bill Granger's Bills Food.

next up is the strawberry-haired Alex from Gingey Bites with a very Sunday afternoon Slow Cooked Pork with Sage Polenta and Greens randomly selected from Economy Gastronomy by Allegra McEvedy and Paul Merret

and here's some really naughty Cream Cheese Swirl Brownies with pecans and Curly Wurlies made by Lola and Finn's Mum and taken from Magnolia at Home by Allysa Tovey

and next up is Rachel from Marmaduke Scarlet who's innuendo's about my balls aside has made some delicious Prawn Balls with Vietnamese Noodle Soup taken from The Bowlers Beatball Book by Jez Felwick

here's the long suffering Jane from Onions and Paper who really ended up with a bit of a doozy this month but persevered with true British spirit none-the-less with these rather sad looking Beancurd Satay taken from Travels with A Hot Wok by Ken Hom

and here's yet another random recipes virgin Bec's from Lay the Table with a fabulously hearty Beef and Honey Stew taken from The Hairy Bikers, Mum Still Knows Best.

now this is truly random and quite frankly, exactly what random recipes are all about... it's a Chicken Under a Brick made by Sally from Recipe Junkie and taken from Nigellisima by Nigella Lawson... maybe a little unfair of me to show you the 'before' picture but you'll just have to go over to Sally's blog to see the finished dish..

next up is Sarah from Sezza Knits with a very nice and naughtily boozy, picture perfect, Chocolate Raisin Cake taken from Bake Essential Companion by Alison Thompson

and here's Erika from Tea with Erika with these butter-dripping treats, Yoghurt Scones taken from a much neglected and not all that tempting sounding The Ultimate Low Cholesterol Low Fat Cookbook...

and next is Suzanne from This Upside Down Life who's turning rather violet, violet with these Blueberry Cornmeal Muffins taken from Nigella's Kitchen.

and here is the completely bonkers Choclette from the marvellous Chocolate Log Blog... for it is only she who would have a book with a recipe for Chocolate and Goats Cheese Tart in it... the book in question is The Chocolate Lovers by The Tanner Bros.

next up is Denise from Magnolia Verandah with one of my all time favourite things, Steamed Pork Buns taken from Jamie's Kitchen by Jamie Oliver. 

more balls here, this time from Solange over at Pebble Soup with these Tzirangi Gololig taken from Middle Eastern Cookery by Arto der Haraoutunian

here's Lucy The KitchenMaid who has created a delightful looking Feta and Radish Salad randomly selected from Fiona Beckett's Cheese Course.

and next we have the adorable Susan from The Spice Garden with Cathy Rothwell's Teryaki Sirloin Tips, well they're Susan's i'm sure but the recipe comes randomly selected from Cathy!

next up is Elizabeth from The Law Student's Cookbook and a Ricotta Sponge Cake that went a little wrong, even though to me it looks like the ultimate sandwich that i'd have no problems eating!

and next it's the lovely Roz from The More Than Occasional Baker with a fab tray of chocolate and coffee spelt cookies taken from the Cookie Jar cook book.

a quick dash for the finish line from another virgin (we'll have to explain the rules to this one) is Becky from Picture Imperfect with a delightful looking Cornish Calzone taken from Nigella's How to be a Domestic Goddess.

close to last is Ruth from Makey-Cakey with what she's calling her 'random number generator muffins' but which are really Hazelnut Plum Muffins from the Australian Women's Weekly

and swooping in at the last minute is lovely Lou from Please Do Not Feed The Animals with her addition to a cheese-fest with these GORGEOUS cheese, bacon and apple muffins randomly selected to Nigel Slater's Kitchen Diaries II

of course there's always one or two who swoop in unashamedly at the last moment and here's Ruth from 8&Ruth, gawd bless her, and a bloody fantastic Koresht-e-Gheimeh Khalal, ahem, taken from Veggiestan

... and so all it leaves me to say is my usual 'thank-you' for taking part, it always makes me smile to receive your amazing entries and I love that you all seem to not tire of the whole random recipes nonsense... look out next month for a bit of a more structured theme...


  1. They all look gorgeous. With one exception *blush*. I really drew the short straw this month didn't I?

  2. I don't know Jane, mine was pretty much a fail too. A boiled chicken? Nah! Lovely round up yet again Dom with some fantastic recipe ideas. :)

  3. Wow - lots of intriguing things there. Er - I made mine last night and was going to post it tonight - can I sneak it in?? ;-)

  4. It is really a wonderful round-up. So many lovely dishes, put so well together. Random recipes is always a pleasure. Do I need to get some more dangerous books?

  5. Fantastic selection of recipes there - great round up. Can't wait for the next challenge! Hopefully something that doesn't require bits of masonry...

  6. Thanks Dom, can't wait to take part next month. Already clicked through on quite a few recipes from here :)

  7. GOOD HEAVENS! Open a bottle and have a swig! What a HUGE and amazing selection of recipes, just fabulous! Well done you for your FAB RR ideas, always a favourite challenge for me! Mwua Mwua! Karen xxx

  8. Great round-up, I'm off to have a good read of them all.

  9. A fine selection of true randomness. Sorry to have missed entering RR for the first time ever - I haven't been able to cook anything in April. I hope to get back to the challenge soon.

  10. Whooohooo - could this be the best random recipes ever? Definitely food for thought! Really looking forward to reading them all :)

  11. Another triumphant round up, Dom!

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  13. Sorry my taste buds got all excited and I could type properly! Well I think this is the best round up yet. Even the not so perfect look great.

  14. Fabulous round up, as usual, Dom! I've scrolled through twice to make sure but I haven't missed it. Where's yours?

    1. ah Stacy, you caught me out!... simply ran out of time to do my own bloggers challenge... I did everyone else's though so I'm not going to cry about it!... next month it's a bit better I promise! x

      and thank you all for your lovely comments too... random recipes is nothing without you lot of course x

    2. Happens to the best of us. :)

  15. Another great month of some random recipes!

  16. A truly random selection but some real gems here. Thanks for a brilliant round up. Looking forward to next month - I have a feeling my luck might run out with the RR lottery!

  17. I'm a bit late to the party but wowsers, this has to be the longest Random Recipes yet! Everything looks great and thank you for the reference to my strawberry blonde hair! Maybe I should rename my blog 'strawberry bites' probably more acurate anyway! :-)

  18. What a great selection of recipes, so many different meals, I'd love to have a try at all of them!


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