Archive | December 2012

Chocolate Truffles a recipe by Mark greenaway!

Made some Chocolate Truffles with the Children last night http://eatscotland.visitscotland.com/content/3744191/mark-greenaway-truffles its a Mark Greenaway  recipe.  Here is the recipe i used the kids they had a lot of fun with these and  they would make fabulous christmas pressies wrapped up in small bags.  please do try this recipe with your kids if you have time and they look and taste amazing!! very moreish

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Rosemary, Red Onion, Garlic and Sea Salt Foccacia Bread

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Ingredients

15g of Fresh Yeast or 7g of Dried Yeast

300ml of Warm Water

2tbsp of Olive Oil

Half a Red Onion

1 Clove of Garlic

Course Sea salt

2 Sprigs of Rosemary

Method:

Sieve Flour onto Surface to make a bay

Mix the yeast and water to add to bay and add the olive oil and mix all together.

knead for 5-10 mins and leave to prove in a warm place for an hour

Chop Onion and Garlic Finely

Then Knock back and divide into 3 Shapes each piece into an oval and then with knuckles press into the dough. Sprinkle with olive oil Red onion Rosemary and Garlic.

leave to rise again and bake in a hot oven for 15-20 minutes

Remove from oven and sprinkle with a little extra olive oil and enjoy

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Complaints And not Happy!!!!

a newspaper published an article on Thursday stating that ” i was now writing food columns for them”  so i contacted an event which i attended in good faith on December 1st.  I tweeted both the paper and the event about obtaining a press pass and  the event added me to the press list. i didnt think there was a problem as said paper tweeted me saying thanks Rona. On  Monday (3rd December) at teatime i had a phone call from said paper who had said that i didn’t  work for the paper and i was in no way associated with said paper. i said  i had a column in said paper and  behaved appropriately. the events organiser was most unhappy by how i conducted myself apparently all i did was speak to people and ask opinions, However i did criticise one celebrity  chef who failed to wash her hands after blowing her nose and still served the food to members of the public.  But i think this is important for people to hear!  if people like her dont wash her hands  then what hope do any of us have. this chef has won awards. Now i will apologize if i got my wires crossed but i genuinely thought  after the paper saying i was writing for them that  i was writing for them as a freelance food and drinks journalist.  or certainly that my column would be going live.  This was my one big chance to prove myself and ive somehow managed to complicate things before i have even started. However i wont give up on my dreams i have the statistics for my blog  and in the last month have hit 1000 hits so i think i am getting through to people. but as i said i don’t think ive done anything wrong and  will continue to blog here. please please let me know your thoughts on this and where i go from here?

Foodies Festival Edinburgh EICC 1st December 2012

Went to the Foodies Festival , I must say what a terrific day out it was and how impressed I was with some of the fresh local produce thats available  right on our doorstep.  One Company that really stood out for me was a company called Trotters  Independant  Condiments. they are a company based in  Upper Largo Fife and regularly  attend the various farmers markets throughout the kingdom of fife! the product that really had me interested was the Hot Pepper Jelly,  you can use it in  all sorts of things and you will even find a recipe for  Hot Pepper Chocolate Cake Here http://trottersindependent.co.uk/Condiments/Recipe_ideas/Entries/2010/3/17_Hot_Pepper_Chocolate_Cake.html  interesting and its on my to do list.

 

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Another thing which i really loved doing was the  Christmas Wine Tasting with the lovely Charles Metcalfe, I had a chat with this man after the wine tasting and he has written two books and is a very experienced wine critic. I really learnt a lot at this class.

We tried a Jim barry Lodge Hill Riesling 2011,Clare Valley, South Australian wine first  it was paired with some Thai prawns, Second wine was a De Bertoli wines Windy peak Chardonnay 2010, from Victoria and it was paired with some smoked salmon.

the 3rd wine was Stella Bella Cabernet Merlot 2008 , Margaret River, Western Australia and was paired with somesmoked ham.

the 4th wine i personally did not enjoy it was Yalumba the scribbler 2009 Barossa Valley, South Australian wine and  itwas paired with Turkey

the 5th wine was Peter Lehman Botrytis semillon 2009 Barossa valley south australia and was paired with a strawberry pavlova

and last but not least the last wine was Tempus two moscato 2011 Riverland, South australia it was simply divine the way the bubbles popped as you drank it. and it was paired with some christmas pudding! i never knew there was so much to learn about wines and i truly enjoyed it. his website is http://www.charlesmetcalfe.com

The highlight of my Day was Watching Mark Greenaway cook. i will add  his recipe at a later date we also saw Carina Contini But i wasnt impressed with her she made a Pumpkin Risotto and she blew her nose with a tissue and didn’t  wash her hands  then started to cook food which the public then ate. I asked her about this and she said there wasnt  hand washing facilities but  Mark Greenaway demonstrated in the Same room earlier that day and managed to clean his chocolate covered hands.

makes  you wonder sometimes.

That is enough for today i shall write some more tomorrow maybe