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Vanilla Daydreams

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This idea came to me in a daydream.

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I was sitting in my Uni lecture (last lecture of the term..whoop whoop!) and I was thinking about how I’d never made sweet potato soup before,

I think my obsession with soup started when after I made that amazing butternut squash soup ..which obviously gave me a slight obsession with developing creams (hence my basil & vanilla cream creation)..but I don’t think obsession is a bad thing, if it leads to something productive..

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Basil is bitter. My initial thought was to add sugar, but then I thought the flavour would just clash to much with the sweetness of the soup, so instead of sweet…

I decided to go with fragrant..and if you know me at all, you’ll know I’m never lacking in vanilla ..I felt like vanilla had a shy sweetness to it that could offer unique flavour ..& boy was I right

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It tasted & looked like a daydream

Running Out Of Thyme

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Timing was everything in this recipe.

I think this is was one of the few time I’d actually put my stopwatch (thanks iPhone) to good use

This was the first time I’d ever baked Camembert & I wanted to get it perfect (& I did tf)

I bought a branch of rosemary from the local market which I knew would add some amazing flavour to the cheese.

I had a stale baguette in the cupboard which I knew would make amazing toasted slices, the idea of butter & thyme wasn’t as typical as garlic bread & with the rosemary baked Camembert, when dipped those flavours would complement each other so greatly.

Adding garlic croutons to the peppers was random but successful, I bought a bag a while back with the intention of adding them to a salad (and obviously never got to it)

My bf enjoyed it, one of the few veg only meals that he’s completely enjoyed (yass)

And of course I did too 

I don’t think I found anything particularly tricky in this recipe, the oven does most of the work

..but remember thyming is everything xx

Characterising Crepes

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I had an essay due that i was finding hard to complete.

I needed some sweet inspiration

Crepes are my go to comfort food (before i my bf bought me a waffle iron- yass!)

Salmon was on offer at my local, so it seemed like the perfect fit.

 

The process was quick (which was just what i needed)

The result was delicious (which was just what i needed)

Serene Sriracha

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This had me breathing real serene too haha!

I LOVE Chinese food, ask anyone, I LIVE for sweet and sour chicken and chow mein. It’s an illness.

It was never the question of “if” I’d eventually try my hand at a Chinese dish, but rather “when” and my day off from uni seemed like the perfect day for my first attempt.

The weather was perfect, not too warm, not too cold.

It took me SUCH  a long time to find cornstarch, seriously 2 hours could have been put to good use elsewhere, but nearly every recipe that looked good to me listed it in the ingredients as compulsory (I thought, let’s not break the wheel)

Finally found it in a small Arab shop a few mins from my house.. it said “cornflour” on the front but in the ingredients it listed “cornstarch” as it’s main component. Was annoyed to realise I could have gotten it at other stores I had tried, had I looked at the back.

 

I was scared I wouldn’t get the chicken crispy, but I solved that pretty quickly (Pat the chicken down with paper towels before you add to the batter to adsorb the moisture & get an extra crispy coating).

When we sat at the table to enjoy this, we almost ate in silence (sign of a good meal..right?)

We savoured every bite..& found serenity

This dish will definitely be featured in “The Experience”..it’d be cruel to keep it from you haha

Mediterranean Madness

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I honestly don’t know what led me to think making such an elaborate meal on a week night was a good idea.

I have to say i almost dropped the camera a few times whilst cooking, a heart palpitation driving thought (seeing as i can barely afford to pay the match for the camera i’ve already got-Canon EOS 450D )

Anyway meditteranean was the theme, & excellence was the dream…which surprisingly came true.

It.Was.Amazing

There’s not a single bite that i didn’t enjoy. It was like being in Morocco with the heat & sweetness of the air (a heartwarming thought being on this side of the UK. Southampton = The wind carries you to uni..a bit dramatic..but still..)

I had some help from the boys which was nice, Felipe saved my radishes from burning (thanks felipe!)

<<This was the first time i had ever cooked with radishes, i was curious about the vegetable as my local always had them on offer, but i had no idea what to do with them…when in doubt fry..right?

My cat kept me company whilst i was frying the couscous, the best kind of distraction (the reason why i don’t have any pics of the couscous frying process, sorry! I try to give a consistent photographic timeline for the gallery)

 

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Anyway here he is being all pretty & stuff.

Oh and don’t make this meal on a weeknight! Enjoy it on the weekend, you want to take your time with this & savour all your effort  x

 

Dulce Desire

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I was eager to make Dulce de Leche for weeks since my bf showed me a youtube video of someone making it (not the recipe i used but i’ll get to that in a bit), i was instantly fascinated by the Spanish dessert

Between Uni & work i’ve barely had time to bake, but this was a recipe i was determined to make time for
Dulce itself although delicious didn’t really pose as a “proper” dessert for me, it’s sweet & brown complexion likens to caramel (& so in taste), and as people don’t really make a habit out of eating caramel out of cans, i’d very quickly decided i wanted to make a flan..

I chose to add a biscuit base because quite frankly i was terrified of fucking up the bottom of the flan (which is actually the top) & so assured (slightly cheated) the structure of my bake with a strong (but not too hard) butter &  Golden syrup base.

I love strawberries & Lime! Whether it’s k-opping a Kopperberg
or a beautiful Strawberry key Lime pie

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After just under 3 hours of cooking I had an amazing dulce..

I made a mini one to test..that fucked up majorly ..let’s just say there’s a reason it’s not pictured (cry)

I left my Dulce in the fridge overnight because i finished baking at like 12pm..but i’d recommend a minimum of 2 hours to really allow it to set & to allow the tangy Strawberries to seep into the flan

 

It was like sex in my mouth. ridiculously good

(It says 7 servings but really it’s just for one)

Cheeseeeee(cake)

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 Excitement.

One word to describe how i felt making my first cheesecake.

I did a lot of research and couldn’t find a recipe to satisfy my needs..except one

I came across this recipe by a food blogger Susi’s Kochen und backen adventures which looked amazing

I altered the recipe a little & created the perfect combination.

Whilst enjoying a slice of this i found myself heading back online and peering back at a few of her recipes when my eyes drifted towards the blog archive section..

I saw..2010, 2011, 2012 and 2014, then for a moment i thought to myself, how could someone who was so passionate about food lose consistency?.. it made me think; That won’t be me..

It’s easy to lose motivation but hard to lose a passion. And if i know me after 21 years on this earth is: When i’m passionate about something, i definitely make it known

This cheesecake was a perfect example of how food is also good for the mind.

So here’s to many more blog posts and recipes(&passion)

Think a little, live a little, eat cheesecake

Tagliatelle Tales

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I went home to London for the Easter break, definitely missed my London Town

The road rage..the underground rush..the people packed streets..smells like chaos (..but feels like home)

The Train Journey home was wild.

 

The first meal i made for my family had to include prawns (my mum loves them)

I went for Tagliatelle because i’d recently been inspired by a youtube vid of a recipe for a sicillian pasta dish by Jamie Oliver, so i decided pasta had to be the theme

Tagliatelle was on offer at Tesco (Double Whammy!)

& so was basil & coriander (a sign from the universe, right?)

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The result was Amazing!

i slightly overcooked my pasta ( which i was so pissed about!)

Everything else was perfect,

I promise you the chives take the sauce to another level..

 

Smile whist you taste the difference..it’ll make it taste that much sweeter..

Saltfish Memories

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Had The best easter with my family last week. We all went up to my Aunt’s in peterborough, it was as windy as ever, but i suppose i’m used to it, as Southampton winds could probably carry you to your uni lecture quicker than your feet could lol.

One thing i love about family get togethers is the spectrum of flavoursome & heart warming fooddefinitely feels like home

One of the dishes that never fails to occupy the table is Saltfish..an African delicacy that’ll have you missing ready salted crisps for a while

Unfortunately i didn’t take as many photos of the food as i’d hoped i would.

However the images still make me smile..

 

 

Sundried Spice

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It felt like  Spaghetti kind of day

I’ve been wanting to use red wine in a recipe since forever, a tomato & spaghetti dish seemed like the ideal combo.

 

 

 

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