A spring clean just once a year is too stressful, far better to keep on top of things little and often.
So one of my resolutions for 2011 was to hoover out my in-box with various stories I’d been meaning to share but which were never going to make a post of their own. Thus here goes with the first of a roughly monthly round up of titbits, videos, links and general stuff that entertained me lately.
I will say they did a great mushroom risotto for vegetarians, my only regret is that I didn’t grab the sample plate given to the carnivores to try and eat it anyway. But hurrah! After more than a year I finally met Ms Marmite Lover and managed to have a good chat which would not be possible when she’s slaving in the kitchen at her Underground Restaurant (which I finally went to yesterday – pictures soon!)
My January-ish Top 10 favourite links of the monthAs the wife of a graphic designer, I just had to share these Pantone cookies seen on designsponge. I presume some artistic license has been allowed with the colour tones… what kind of nightmare would it be to match up those colours with food colouring?Another piece of sugarcraft inspiration I’ve bookmarked recently was Katie Cakes’ tutorial how to make fondant bows to top cupcakes.No visit to Asda is complete without a loaf of Tiger Bread, still warm in it’s cellophane wrap that the entire family can start to gnaw at on the way to the car (a super silencer for noisy toddlers). I discovered this month via Ellie at Almost Bourdin that Tiger Bread is Dutch and you can make it yourself at home.I already know that Canadian ex-pat Andrea at Made With Pink makes super Nanaimo Bars but I had never heard of “Turtles” which are apparently a pecan, caramel and chocolate confection commonly given to Canadian children around Christmas. In her first post in a month (due to busted laptop), Andrea shows us how to make Turtles here.Not being a football fan, talk of Super Bowl food from all the US sites around this time of year always amuses me, it seems like it’s the equivalent of us in the UK trying to eat Elvis’s last meal whilst watching the FA Cup Final. I’m not sure we’re any more creative than takeaway pizza and crates of beer here but I widen my eyes at the calorie laiden snack fest that rolls out for Super Bowl on my favourite US food blogs. Maybe “Super Bowl” is a reference to the size of their plates on the day?Two of my favourites here – we all love a sneaky nibble of the cookie dough before it goes in the oven but What Megan’s Making has taken this to a whole new level by creating a chocolate chip cookie dough DIP and Lori at Recipe Girl has done some bacon and cheese wrapped tater tots with tabasco which to UK eyes look kind of like hash browns wrapped in bacon, cheese and chilli. What’s not to like?Whilst I’m still craving salty bacon, Cecelia at One Vanilla Bean caught my eye tweeting about “charcutepalooza” and subsequently blogging this mouth watering DUCK prosciutto.My biggest laugh of the month came when reading how Jeanne at Cook Sister had totally lost her mind and replaced it with saccharin vanity when making this Decadent Spice Chocolate Orange Cake for my own Forever Nigella event. Fortunately about 3 lines down I realised that Jeanne had not been possessed by Bree Van der Kamp and it was all one merry spoof.