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Simple Birthday Cake!

 I wanted to make my mum a birthday cake for her birthday, I think this is a very easy recipe to follow  i really enjoyed making it and the end result is pictured below. Here is my Recipe and How I made it!

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You Will Need:

8 oz  Self Raising Flour,

8oz Butter Cut into cubes

8oz Caster Sugar

4 medium eggs

1 teaspoon of Vanilla Extract

 

Method:

Cream together the Butter and Sugar  till light and fluffy, add in the vanilla extract Gradually add the flour and last but not least add the eggs. split into two  9 inch cake tins and  bake at 180C for approximately 15mins or until they look risen and if you  put a skewer into the middle it should come out clean. Turn out onto a baking tray and leave to cool

Then you Will Need:

Jam, Pre rolled icing and a ribbon if desired

cover one half of the cake in jam and sandwich the other on top you may also add some butter cream (icing sugar vanilla essence and butter) then sandwich the two cakes together.  Roll out enough icing  to cover the cake and transfer it onto the cake make sure theres no holes.

You may make some royal icing to pipe  a message onto the cake or some trims like i did. for that just add 2 egg whites with enough icing sugar to form a stiff  pipeable paste

Voila a nice easy birthday cake in less than an hour 😛

Paper Themes Personalised Cupcake Wrappers

This Company makes Truly unique Bespoke Cupcake wrappers perfect for weddings christenings baby showers birthdays you name it and  they can personalize it!Rock-n-Roll-Cupcake-Wrapper

i think this is a truly nice touch and a truly unique product. After seeing the quality and design of these products for myself i recommend them to you  i feel they are a must for that personal touch and offer the customer something truly unique. with Hundreds of colours and personalisation to suit you  truly a wonderful product.

Here are some of the designs that they currently have I also feel at £12.99 for a 24 pack that they prove very good value for money http://www.paperthemes.co.uk/wedding-cake-accessories/personalised-cupcake-wrappers/ see all their products here  well worth a look

Weird and wonderful wedding Cakes

After  discussing Cake with a friend she told me she wanted live fish  to be incorporated into her wedding cake. So i went on the hunt to find out what kind of products were already out there and how creative people  were with wedding cakes.4994978053_4605ea3dfb_z

I found so many different creative styles and some of the ones i found to have live fish in them still looked very elegant if not a bit weird. quirky i think some people call it.   Fish

So what are your views on fish incorporated as part of a wedding cake is it right or wrong and would you have it at your wedding?

Exclusive with an “Exotic Meat” supplier Horsemeat!

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I spoke to Paul Webb from http://Exoticmeats.co.uk and here’s what he had to say about the following things in light of the Horsemeat Scandal.

“We have been supplying exotic meats for about 15 months now and have always kept our horse meat under the counter, it was a controversial meat that we felt may offend some of our customers.
Since the first Tesco story broke last month it has been at the forefront of our business that has increased sales over 1000% in the past few weeks, the majority of sales have been from the general public who are interested to try new things, we no longer keep it under the counter but are happy to promote this healthy and delicious alternative meat, the response to that move has been surprising with 99% of feedback being positive.
Since the first and subsequent scandal’s have broken in the press, the general public has become untrusting in not only the sourcing, processing and sale of meats through UK supermarkets, a lot of faith has been lost with supermarkets altogether, the potential loss could run into millions as people seek to find assured local and safe meat from reliable sources.
As well as horse meat we have seen a general increase in all of our meats for sale at www.exoticmeats.co.uk as people experiment with trying different meats, as well as an exploration of taste, the produce we sell is from reliable, safe stock and can turn a dinner party or barbecue into a great talking point and social occasion, coupled with a generation to which travel and a multi cultural society developing is the norm, the taste for the exotic and getting involved in other nations cuisines and customs can only help to make us a happier, more open and accommodating nation.”

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Now my Views :

If people want to eat horsemeat then yes they should be allowed to but they should have good honest facts and  all the correct information before doing so. I think several people are to blame in regards to uncorrect labelling and food safety standards that haven’t been met.

Beef is not Horse and Horse is not beef! it is a completely separate meat and although perfectly legal to eat in the uk many are unsure of it but had it been labelled correctly then it would give consumers the right to choose! But if people chose to eat better and not eat processed meat in the 1st place then this probably would not have happened.

If youre Curious now and really want to try horsemeat why don’t you order some from http://exoticmeats.co.uk  where they will be most happy to help and they deliver throughout the uk.

They stock Horse Fillet Steaks, Horse Burgers, Horse Sausages and last but not least Horse Mince.

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The company also stock a variety of other exotic meats such as Kangaroo, Llama, Zebra,  Ostrich, Reindeer, Crocodiles, Goats, impalas and many many more. With over 1000% increase in the sale of horsemeat all these people cannot be wrong! Can they?

Monica Galleti  who is an Excellent Chef and well known TV Personality tweeted me with the above quote on 13/02/2013 as i asked her what her views were on the horsemeat scandal, Her reply was “I think 1) customers should have the right to know what they’re buying, full stop. ;-)” thanks Monica x

I hope you enjoyed this article all feedback greatly received to Rona_grieve@hotmail.co.uk with thanks to Paul Webb and http://www.exoticmeats.co.uk

 

Olive Bread with Sage and Oregano

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I made this wonderful bread today at college here is the recipe I hope you enjoy making it and eating it it tasted wonderful so much flavour!

 

 

 

You Will need:

12g of Fresh yeast or 4g or Dried Yeast

310ml of milk

825g Strong Bread Flour

5g Sugar

80ml Olive oil

5g Salt

250ml Tepid Water

100g  De-Stoned Black Olives

1tbsp Chopped Fresh Oregano

1tbsp Chopped Fresh Sage

Temperature 200C, Gas mark 6 for 40-45 minutes

Method:

1. Warm the milk to 37C or body Temperature and remove from heat, add yeast and sugar until dissolved, whisk 300g of flour into the mixture and allow to prove for 30 minutes.

2.When mixture has doubled in size add oil, remaining flour,herbs and salt mix well and knead until it turns into a smooth elastic dough.

3. Place the dough in a greased mixing bowl and cover for 30 mins or until mixture has doubled in size. in the meantime chop Oregano, Sage and the olives.

4.Turn the dough out onto a floured surface, knock back, add remaining ingredients including the  olives. Cut the mixture into two and roll dough out into an oval shape, fold in half and place ontoa greased baking tray,allow to double in size.

5. Dust with sifted flour and bake for 40-45 minutes, allow to rest on a wire rack before serving.

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Choux Buns with a Chocolate Sauce Recipe!

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for the Choux Buns you will need :

250ml cold water

110g/4oz butter,

1 tsp sugar

150g/5oz plain flour

4 eggs

Method :

cold water in a medium-sized saucepan together with butter, cut into small pieces, then place the saucepan over a moderate heat stir with a wooden spoon. As soon as the butter has melted and the mixture comes up to the boil, turn off the heat tip the flour in – all in one go – with one hand, while you beat the mixture vigorously with the other.Beat until you have a smooth paste that has come away from the sides of the saucepan clean –
beat eggs well, then beat them into the mixture – a little at a time, mixing each addition in thoroughly before adding the next. pipe onto a lightly greased baking tray in a circle and cook in a pre heated oven gas mark 6, 400°F (200°C) – for 10 minutes. After that, increase the heat to gas mark 7,(220°C), and bake for a further 15-20 minutes until the buns are crisp, light and a rich golden colour.

for the filling mix fresh cream with a teaspoon of icing sugar and pipe a little into the buns by making a small hole from the bottom.

For the chocolate Sauce :

500ml milk
150g caster sugar
80g plain chocolate, chopped
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
5 large egg yolks, beaten
3 tablespoons cornflour (optional)
3 tablespoons water

saucepan over medium heat, melt the chocolate with the milk, sugar and vanilla. Stir to melt the chocolate completely, and allow to gently simmer leave to cool then add eggs stirring continuously to stop curdling Place back over medium heat. Allow to thicken over medium heat, for about 4 minutes, stirring frequently. 5.Only if the custard needs further thickening (it might not!), make a slurry with the cornflour and water, then slowly stir into the hot custard. Cook for a further 2 minutes over medium heat until thickened as desired.