Roasted Cauliflower and Cheese Soup

With Autumn weather now full swing there's nothing like a nice bowl of steaming hot creamy soup.  Of course once the cauliflower has roasted this soup can be made in a saucepan and the blended with a stick blender but I prefer to use my Power Blender since there's no messing about with extra pots and gadgets, which means there's less to wash up!


If you've never roasted cauliflower before why haven't you?!  Roasting cauliflower gives it a delicious sweetness that tastes so good you'll wonder why you didn't try it before.

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Hotel Chocolat Christmas Goody Bag - Giveaway

I can't believe it's almost Christmas (again) where has the past year gone?!  The nice people over at Hotel Chocolat are kindly giving one lucky reader of this blog the chance to win their Christmas Goody Bag.

A goody bag containing a host of festive treats, including a Cookie Wreath studded with Florentines and Biscuits; Coconut Snowballs, Billionaire's Shortbread, Our Comet Does Caramel Slab, a Christmas Duo of Nutmeg Praline and Christmas Mess.
Weight: 335g
£18.00


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How to Make - Leek Brie and Bacon Quiche using a Pie Maker

Regular readers will know all about my amazing, life changing pie maker from Judge Cookware! 
Now, my first attempt at quiche wasn't brilliant as the filling didn't cook enough while the pastry was getting a little too done for my liking.  Well I've been experimenting and after a couple of attempts, I think you'll agree I've now perfected quiche. 


Of course you can use Cheddar cheese if you don't like Brie.  I just happened to have some in my fridge left over from my Moroccan dinner party the weekend before; and yes I know Brie isn't in any way very Moroccan, but after dessert we ended our meal with cheese and biscuits.


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Bodnant Welsh Food Delivered To Your Door - Review

Bodnant Welsh Food is a centre of excellence for Welsh food and is located in the stunning Conwy Valley, North Wales.  Recently they kindly sent me a small hamper of Welsh goodies to try.


A little bit about Bodnant:
With a talented team of experts and food specialists, Bodnant delivers the very best of fresh, seasonal, quality produce; combined with expert knowledge and outstanding customer service.  Customers can purchase the finest, award-winning Welsh meats, artisan cheese celebration cakes, luxury Welsh food hampers, groceries and cookery school courses from a continually developing and unique range of online products which can be found over at  Bodnant Welsh Food.
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Spooky Halloween Chocolate Cakes

Kids will love these Halloween Spooks made in a silicone cake mould from Premier Housewares.
The mould is microwave safe, dishwasher safe and of course can be used in the oven up to 230 degrees; it can also go in the freezer too.


The eyes and mouths didn't show up to well in my finished cakes, but I'm not one to be beaten so I used a micro marshmallow cut into three pieces; just cut one piece slightly bigger than the other two to make the mouth.  Stick them on with a tiny bit of marmalade and the jobs a gooden.  Anyway, kids will love to decorate their own spooks!
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Great Books - Wine - Stock and Lightly Dried Herbs

Listed in no particular order at all, here are some of the lovely products I've been trying this month along with a some great books.


Check out the latest great products, books and wine.....


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Tarte Flambée with Goats Cheese

The nice people over at Expedia recently asked me to create a French recipe for their #expediaworldonaplate challenge.  Each month Expedia’s World on a Plate Challenge focuses on the cuisine of a different part of the world and this month it's France.

Having very little knowledge of French cooking I came across the French equivalent to pizza, Tarte flambée from Alsace; a northeastern French region on the Rhine River plain.


Alsace borders Switzerland and Germany and there's a south German version called flammekueche and flammkuchen; which in German means 'flame cake'.  Anyway, Tarte flambée looked and sounded good to me so I had a go at making it!
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SPAMTASTIC™ Halloween Bat and Pumpkin Sandwiches and SPAM Spooks

I'm pleased to share with you these Spooky Treats from SPAM that kids will love to help make!    

Whether you’re planning a party or having a cosy night in watching horror films, iconic meat SPAM® Chopped Pork and Ham offers friends and family a tastier Hammier Horror savoury treat.

Quick and easy to make, these specially created spooky SPAM® creations are guaranteed to put a smile on the scariest guest’s face.  Treat the assorted scary monsters and super freaks to Spooky SPAM® Sandwiches and keep the vampires away with Garlic SPAM® Spooks.

SPAM® Chopped Pork and Ham is made with a minimum of 90% shoulder pork and ham and is available in an easy to open, re-sealable 200g tub (RRP £1.79), 200g can (RRP £1.79) and 340g can (RRP £1.99).   The 200g and 340g cans are available at all major supermarkets and the easy to open plastic tub is available from Tesco’s and ASDA.
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No Bake Limoncello Cheesecake

No bake cheesecakes are really easy to make.  As long as you leave enough time to chill the base in the fridge (so it can firm up) your cheesecake won't fall apart.  With that in mind depending when you are planning to serve it, you might be best doing that bit the day before.
It's also important to use enough butter when making the biscuit crumb base since it's the butter that holds the crumbs together. 

Limoncello

My easy to make cheesecake is perfectly balanced; not too sweet and although it's nice and lemony, it's not too tart either.

Limoncello is an Italian liqueur at around 26% Vol which has become very popular outside of Italy; it's quite sweet and very lemony and works well in this dessert.
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Good and Filling - Sausage and Vegetable Crock-Pot Recipe

My favorite Crock-Pot recipe has to include sausages, good ones though; only proper butcher's sausages will do.  My one-pot sausage and vegetable recipe served with a good dollop of creamy mashed potato makes for perfect comfort food and is the very thing for cold weather days.

Crocktober is an exciting (and rather tasty), 30-day event to promote and celebrate all things slow cooking.  As part of the Crocktober recipe challenge, here's my latest sausage Crock-Pot or slow cooker recipe.
  

An easy, one-pot, no fuss, good and filling dinner.  Crock-Pots are fantastic since they cost very little to run making them far cheaper than having then oven on for hours.  Also as dinner cooks without you having to tend to it, Crock-Pot cooking is the way to go - marvelous!




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Quick-n-Easy - Spicy Rice and Bean Feast

Along with a few other bloggers I was asked to join the Veetee Bloggers Community and to create a recipe using a pack of Veetee's rice. 

I don't know about you but sometimes I just want dinner to be something quick and easy.  So I've got a recipe for when; you're in a hurry and want something quick and filling but still on the healthy side. 

Quick-n-Easy - Spicy Rice and Bean Feast

Of course it's so easy to just order a takeaway, but with Veetee's 'Heat and Eat' rice range (it takes just 2 minutes in the microwave) which is great, but you still need something else to go with it; so instead of a ready meal why not try my recipe?

Veetee's range of ready cooked rices include not only Long Grain Rice but Basmati, Basmati and Wild Rice, New Orleans Style, Peri Peri and more.
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