2010: a review

January 3, 2011 at 6:53 pm | Posted in baking, Casseroles, puddings, savoury, starters | Leave a comment

As 2010 has ended and thoughts begin to turn to 2011, it is the moment to review the year that has been. I am  delighted that I have managed to complete the new recipe challenge and cook more than 50 new recipes during 2011. I’ve also really enjoyed writing about them – and delighted to discover that people have visited the site to read my burblings.

The nice people at WordPress produce an exciting range of statistics to tell me what has happened to my blog visits over the year: overall there have been more than 1700 views.

The search terms generating the most visitors are about Nigella’s sunshine soup – it would seem that I am one of the few people to have written a review of this recipe. For the record – I love the soup and have made it a couple of times – although I do agree with other reviewers that the colour is not appealing!

I also used the brilliant application wordle to produce a word cloud of the blog – overall this is what I have been writing about

I was asked what my favourite new recipes have been from 2010…  and while I can ponder recipes for a long time and my top picks depend on mood – but right now I think the list (with slightly random categories) is:

the best cake –  hazelnut cupcakes,

best starter: hummus

the best stew: greek lamb stew

best roast: is a tie between greek lamb from Nigella’s kitchen, slow cooked pork belly (both in the Nigella’s kitchen round-up post) or the marinated lamb from the Vicar’s Wife

best pudding: chocolate pavlova

I will be continuing to blog… there will be a post later this week all about what I’m going to be writing about during this year! (If you have suggestions/thought please do leave me a comment)

Thank you for coming and I hope to see you again soon!


Recipe 53: Pea hummus

December 31, 2010 at 2:07 pm | Posted in starters | Leave a comment

While trawling through photos for the big Kitchen post I discovered a recipe that I had forgotten about! So in the manner of a bonus track on a CD… here is recipe 53: pea hummus. I love hummus and I adore peas so when I came across this recipe I had to try it out!

Making it: simple. Cook peas, add tahini and blitz.

Eating it: strange. It was kind of good, but not 100% convinced. I think there was too much tahini so that strong taste overpowered the peas.

Next time: I’d make normal hummus – I’ve refined my version of Elisa Beynon’s hummus so I put a bit less tahini in and it is fantastic!

Recipe 22: Hummus

July 11, 2010 at 6:08 pm | Posted in starters | 2 Comments
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I love hummus (or however you want to spell  it!). Normally I buy it, but various people and writers say that it is simple to make and much nicer home-made… so I thought that this dinner was the opportunity to try it out. I don’t go in for complicated starters…. I much prefer something that people can pick at when they arrive, and then it doesn’t matter if some people are later than others (for whatever reason – transport delays, children or a chronic inability to be on time!)

Making it: Very simple! The intriguing detail for me was that I had to warm the chickpeas first… not sure what that was about. But once they were warm, they were bunged in the food processor, with lots of tahini, some garlic, lemon juice and oil and then whizzed. To get it to the right texture I added the water from the chickpea can.

Eating it: Yum… Utterly delicious. We ate huge quantities – which I think is a good marker of whether something taste good. Since dinner a couple of weeks ago, Ali has now made it a number of times… so I think that is a indication that it is a good recipe!

Next time: I might put slightly less tahini in it as I think it had a slightly harsh edge although that might also suggest I could try slightly less (or better quality) olive oil. I think this recipe could be played with – perhaps trying to add some additional flavours in – such as making it more lemon-y perhaps attempting to make lemon and coriander hummus!

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