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1  COOKING / Vegetarian / Vegan / Bulgur wheat salad on: March 28, 2009 10:11:52 AM
I threw this together for lunch, and it was scrummdiddlyumptious.  It's a great side dish, or you can have it as a main meal.  It's basically posh tabbouleh!

Prepare some bulgur wheat.  I put two handfuls of wheat into a bowl, covered it with lots of boiling water and let it soak for 20 minutes.  Drain then cool.

Whilst the wheat is doing its thing, chop up a load of salad.  I used baby tomatoes, cucumber, sugar snap peas, spring onions and a large handful of parsley.

Toss the salad with the cooled wheat.  Now add a glug of olive oil, some lemon juice and lots of black pepper.  Mix well and scoff.

You can vary this recipe however you like.  Griddled veggies are particularly good in it too.
2  COOKING / Dessert / Cheer up cheesecake on: September 10, 2008 02:17:13 PM
My boyfriend has regular laser treatment on his birthmark, and it usually gets really itchy and uncomfortable for days afterwards.  Last time he had it done, I promised to make his favourite pudding, cheesecake, to cheer him up.  I'm a rubbish girlfriend because I never quite got round to it  Embarrassed

This time, nothing was going to stop me!  So here it is - a chocolate and vanilla cheesecake.

It's a baked cheesecake where you make up a regular vanilla cheesecake mixture and spoon some into the pan.  Then mix melted chocolate with the rest of the mixture and spoon that in around the vanilla.  Use a fork to swirl the two together to give a kind of ripple effect.  I swirled in the chocolate mixture a bit too enthusiastically though, so it looks mostly chocolatey.  I can live with that.

He's just finished a serving and literally licked the plate clean, so I'll take that as a compliment  Roll Eyes
3  COOKING / Recipes and Cooking Tips / Preserving aubergine/eggplant? on: August 29, 2008 10:11:47 AM
It's aubergine/eggplant season and I'm wondering how best to preserve the surplace.  I've made loads of pickles already with other veg, so I'm keen to try something else.

Any ideas anyone?  Smiley
4  COOKING / Recipes and Cooking Tips / 32 runner beans - help! on: August 12, 2008 10:30:23 AM
Just popped out to our little veg patch out back, and picked no less than 32 runner beans.  They're not little either, about a foot long.

I love cooking and consider myself quite inventive.  But 32 runner beans has just floored me!

I have a tiny freezer so unfortunately can't store them for very long.

Any ideas on what to do with them would be greatly received.

Thanks guys  Smiley
5  COOKING / Recipes and Cooking Tips / Bouncing onto the bento bandwagon on: July 22, 2008 10:59:40 AM
This is my version of a bento.  It's not a bento in the strict sense as it has no rice.  But I take something like this to work everyday and I love it!   Cheesy

From left to right, there is...

Tuna pasta salad
Potato salad with green beans and bacon
Olives, pickled gerkins and a pickled walnut
Cherry tomatoes
Some grapes lurking about
Some salad with spinach and beetroot shreds

There was also some yoghurt with fresh raspberries, blueberries and strawberries in a separate tub.

Just thought I'd share  Smiley
6  COOKING / Dessert / Scrummy lemon and raspberry cake on: May 04, 2008 12:40:41 PM
This is called a Lemon Griesstorte (that's lemon semolina cake to you and me)

It's an flour-less cake, filled with lemon cream and raspberries.

In honour of the in-laws visiting.  Hope they like it!

7  COOKING / Dessert / Easter Simnel Cake on: March 23, 2008 02:52:54 PM
Cherry simnel loaf, made on Good Friday.  It will have all been devoured by Easter Monday by me and my blokie   Grin

It's full of marzipan, cherries, tons of dried fruit, icing on top, and 11 mini-eggs along the top.

Simnel cake is traditional in the UK at Easter.  The 11 eggs (or balls of marzipan) represent the 12 apostles of Jesus, minus Judas.  It's like Christmas cake, but a lot lighter, and full of different flavours.  It's done by the boiling method, which keeps it really juicy (and you don't break your arm creaming sugar and butter...)

8  COOKING / Recipes and Cooking Tips / Black Forest Gateau on: March 19, 2008 12:54:38 PM
I made this about a month ago.  The recipe called for a 9" cake tin.  I didn't have one, so used a 7" tin instead.  Result?  Very tall gateau!

It tasted great, but was impossible to cut into slices without it flopping over.

(Excuse the maniac I've-got-cake look on my face...)

9  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: General / Black and white and stretchy all over on: June 06, 2007 01:40:47 PM
This is really stretchy jersey cotton fabric, with ribbons for straps.  I added some elastic at the bust to give it a ruched look.

Detail of the ruche thing:

In case you're wondering, it's not hemmed yet!

10  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: General / No sheep were harmed in the making of this top on: May 13, 2007 10:43:21 AM
Hi everyone,

In my ongoing quest to avoid zips and stretchy fabric, I have been learning shirring!

This is a top I made yesterday, with shirring above and below the bust.  I got the fabric for 2 in the remnants bin - bargain!

What do you think?

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