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Tuesday, 30 September 2014

Personalised Wall Stickers

Since painting the kitchen I've been wondering what to put on the narrow piece of wall that separates the two areas of our kitchen. Then I received an email asking if I would like to receive a wall sticker from My Wall Stickers. They have a lot of lovely wall stickers, however I couldn't find anything suitable for that particular space, until I noticed the 'Personalised - Create your own' section, with wall stickers available to create yourself from £17.99.

I wanted to create a wall sticker similar to my blog header (without the logo) and emailed to find out if other fonts were available, and sure enough they were.

Within a couple of days my sticker arrived in a cardboard tube, complete with instructions and squeegee applicator. Despite the size of the sticker it was very simple to apply, by following the comprehensive instructions, and making sure I had everything to hand whilst balanced on a couple of chairs - it would be a lot easier to apply stickers at head height or below.

I'm pretty pleased with the result.

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I was provided with the wall sticker free of charge

Cumin Seed Crackers, Chutney and Carnivore Club

I had some pastry left over from the Chicken Korma pie that I made recently, and decided to roll it out thinly and bake it with cumin seeds & salt sprinkled on, and it was bloomin' lovely. This gave me an idea for cumin seed crackers, which turned out light and crispy just as I'd hoped.

Cumin Seed Crackers, Chutney and Carnivore Club

Cumin Seed Crackers

150g wholemeal self raising flour
25g cold butter
1/2 tsp course sea salt, plus extra for sprinkling on top
1 tsp cumin seeds
approx 3-4 tbsp cold water
1 egg white
  • Rub the butter into the flour
  • Crush 1 tsp of cumin seeds in a pestle & mortar
  • Add the salt and cumin to the flour
  • Add the water a little at a time, until it all comes together
  • Knead for a couple of minutes until it becomes more elastic
  • Place into a bowl and cover with clingfilm and leave to rest for an hour
  • Divide the dough into 3 pieces and roll out between 2 sheets of greaseproof paper as thinly as you can
  • Cut discs with a pastry cutter
  • Lay onto a baking tray and brush with the egg white
  • Sprinkle a few seeds and salt over the discs
  • Bake in a preheated 180C oven for 10 minutes until just turning brown
  • Leave to cool

I served up a little platter with cheese, a batch of this year's home made chilli plum jam, grapes and some of the contents of my Carnivore Club box.

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Carnivore club is a monthly subscription service that sends out a box of 4-6 handcrafted cured meats from top artisans; perfect for a charcuterie buff. The box I was sent had the following meats in :

Cornish Chorizo
Wild Venison Bresaola
Black olive salami
Pokers (snacking salami)
Cornish Coppa

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I was provided with the Carnivore Box free of charge

Chicken Korma Pie

If you ever fancied yourself as a bit of a piemaker then get your thinking cap on as Higgidy are on the search for their next pie, in their Higgidy Recipe Hunt.

Higgidy Recipe Hunt

I was sent a few goodies to help me create my own recipe to enter into the hunt, including my very own personalised rolling pin!

Since attending an Indian cookery course last week I've been a little addicted to making chicken korma, so I decided to make a chicken korma pie.

Chicken Korma Pie

You can find the chicken korma recipe here (I used chicken breast) and my recipe for cream cheese pastry here, which I added a little turmeric to, to give it a great yellow colour. Instead of a pastry base I added approx 200g of cooked basmati rice to help soak up some of the excess sauce. Despite the shrunken pastry the pie was so good, and all the family loved it, and it tasted so much better than it looks. The pastry was lovely and light and crispy, and the offcuts were baked with a sprinkling of cumin seeds and salt and eaten with cheese & chutney!

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It was a complete meal in a pie, however we enjoyed it accompanied by Naan breads, poppadoms and chutney.

Monday, 29 September 2014

Caramel Apple Choux Buns

What do you do when you have more apples than you can possibly eat and there's no more room in your freezer? You cook with them and make dessert, of course.

We have loads of apples at the moment - you may have noticed a few apple recipes this month - Toffee Apple Cinnamon Bun Rings, Toffee Apple Cobbler, German Apple Streusel Cake and Cinnamon Apple Breakfast Rolls, but you can never get fed up of eating apples if they're smothered in a caramel sauce, like these choux buns.

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You can find the full recipe on Great British Chefs here.

This recipe was commissioned by Great British Chefs


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