Thursday, 27 October 2016
Cook the Books - October
So much for all my healthy fresh salads this month.
Holiday baking, so chocolate is the preferred (necessary) treat of choice. This recipe actually popped up on my Facebook page, and knowing that we are a family of Chocolate Mint fans, I thought I would give it a go.
Verdict: A little bit faffy to make with the different layers, but very delicious. My kids both thought it tasted like the Chocolate Mint biscuits we buy as a treat.
Baking for back to school morning teas, was in order. Using my Homemade Happiness book again, I made Delicious Date Loaf. It made quite a lot of batter, so I used two smaller loaf tins for this recipe.
Verdict: Lightly spiced, moist inside and a lovely chewy crust, this was delicious still warm with slightly melted butter.
Having seen numerous recipes in various books and internet sites for Freekah salads, I finally found some in my supermarket. Not having things like pomegranates on hand I ended up googling ways to use it and found this salad. I added some raisins and walnuts to it, and omitted the celery because I didn't have any.
Verdict: Nice with a hint of smokiness from the way freekah is roasted after harvesting. I don't feel the urge to stock up on freekah, and could probably easily substitute quinoa, brown rice or burghal in this.
Week Four: My new Chelsea Winter cookbook , Scrumptious is very inspiring. Lots of delicious recipes, so far I have made three of them. Caramel Apple Cake, Snickalicious Slice and Sausage Pumpkin Pasta Bake.
Verdict: Mr J reckons this cake was made to be a dessert, preferably with ice cream, though he was happy to eat it any time. The Snickalicious slice has been a big hit, not overly sweet, but rather rich and definitely not everyday baking I am also thinking this is best hidden away from my family and kept as a 'me treat'. The Sausage Pumpkin Pasta Bake was delicious too, another big hit with the family, it made enough for two nights. Of course all will be made again.
Lets see how healthy November will be ......