Camembert – Pan Fried to set your Taste Buds Watering

Camembert is a delicious soft and creamy cheese. It was first made in the late eighteenth century in Camembert, Normandy – hence its name! When camembert is fried in breadcrumbs the exterior is crispy, but when you cut into it the middle oozes out onto your plate. It is an easy dish to make as a starter that’s guaranteed to please your guests – just serve with redcurrant sauce and a small side salad. I must confess to sometimes serving pan fried camembert as a main course for my family, I simply increase the amount of salad and serve with fresh crusty bread.  Here’s how I make the dish for two people.

pan fried camembert served with redcurrant sauce

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Hunger in the UK – 15 Ways Caterers and Food Bloggers Can Help

Hunger is a craving or need that most people experience, often on a daily basis.  For the majority of people in the UK this need is satisfied pretty quickly with a snack or a meal. Indeed we, as caterers and food bloggers, like to exploit this craving by creating delicious meals and sharing our favourite recipes.  Tragically there is a growing number of people in the UK, including children, who experience hunger on a daily basis – but they do not have the luxury of being able to eat when they are hungry. Parents go without food so that their children can eat. Children go to bed hungry. They go to school hungry.  The UK is the fifth largest economy in the world yet we have people faced with the choice between hunger or the indignity of asking for help from charities.  What can we do to help?

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How to make a Christmas Pudding

How to make a Traditional Christmas Pudding

Christmas Pudding, Plum Pudding or Figgy Pudding – you simply cannot have a Christmas Dinner without the traditional dessert! It has a long history dating back to Roman times, and the recipe I am sharing with you today was passed to me by my mum. It has never let me down!

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Austerity Makes You Fat

Why am I writing about austerity on a food blog?  Aren’t food blogs for foodies and people who love cooking?  Shouldn’t I just stick to sharing recipes and giving culinary tips? Perhaps – but austerity affects a lot of people and eating healthily and exercising is something we all need to do.  According to new reports, almost half of Britons will be obese by 2045 if current trends are not halted. A record number of primary school children are leaving school severely obese – more than 22,000 children!  Is it possible that austerity is responsible for this trend?

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Food Blog – Relaunching after an Eight Month Break

I’m sorry guys. I abandoned my food blog. I find it hard to believe that it’s been eight months since I last posted on my blog. It wasn’t intentional. Whenever I write my dogs lay by my feet, and sadly I lost my two Labradors within the space of a couple of weeks – Sasha aged 11 years and Holly who was only 5. I simply lost my motivation to write. I’m sure my fellow dog lovers will understand, but I am conscious of the fact that others have far greater losses to bear – so please accept my apologies.

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Plastic Waste – Can Caterers Afford to Say No to Plastic? A Caterer Trying to Say No to Plastic & be Kind to the Environment

Plastic waste is damaging our planet.  As a caterer I undoubtedly contribute to the pollution of our planet and I want to stop. But – can I afford to stop using plastic as the alternatives are more expensive?  Although I enjoy catering, I work to earn money, and replacing the catering disposables I use with eco-friendly alternatives will cut into my profits. Will my customers embrace my efforts to be ‘plastic free’ and help absorb the increase in my costs? How much is it likely to cost me to say no to plastic?  Here’s what I found out.

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Caring Caterers – Five Examples of Caterers helping the Homeless

Caring Caterers across the UK are providing the homeless with free food but it is often difficult to find out who these caterers are.  Newspaper headlines sometimes report on these caterers; similarly they report on those who refuse to serve the homeless.  Here I showcase some of those caring caterers and I have just added the five examples given in this post.

Caring Caterers - Five Examples of Caterers Helping the Homeless

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Valentine’s Day – How to Tempt your Loved One

Valentine’s Day is celebrated around the world. Although the origins of the mystery saint are unclear, with some contending it’s a pagan celebration, what is clear is that millions of people exchange cards and gifts on 14th February every year. Romantic meals for two are also common on Valentine’s Day with restaurants getting booked up very quickly. Why not save your money and instead cosy up with your loved one on a cold winters night with a dinner for two? For dessert may I suggest a delicious chocolate pudding with chocolate sauce?

Valentine's Day. How to tempt your loved one

SERVES 4

Sponge

100g Margarine
100g Caster Sugar
2 Eggs
150g Self Raising Flour
50g Cocoa Powder
1 tsp Vanilla Essence
2 tbsp Milk

Sauce

500ml Milk
30g Cocoa Powder
30g Caster Sugar
25g Cornflour

Beat the Margarine and 100g of Sugar together in a bowl until it becomes light and creamy.

Add the eggs, one at a time, and beat well into the mixture.

Add the flour, 50g of cocoa powder, vanilla essence and milk and fold into the mixture.

Distribute the mixture equally into 4 plastic pudding moulds.

Steam the puddings for one hour.

After 45 minutes, put the milk, 30g of sugar and 30g of cocoa powder into a saucepan and bring to the boil.

Mix the cornflour in a cup with a tbsp of water. Gradually add the cornflour to the chocolate flavoured milk, stirring all the time until it thickens.

When the puddings are ready, serve with the chocolate sauce poured over the top.

Did You Know?

  1. No record of romantic celebrations on Valentine’s Day exists prior to a poem Chaucer wrote in about 1375.
  2. As well as being the patron saint of engaged couples and marriages, Valentine is also the patron saint of beekeepers, epilepsy, the plague, fainting and travelling (history.com)
  3. In Victorian times it was considered bad luck to sign a Valentine’s Day Card.
  4. Approximately one billion Valentine’s Day cards are exchanged each year.
  5. 3% of pet owners prefer celebrating Valentine’s Day with their pets and buy them gifts.
  6. In the 1800s Richard Cadbury invented the first box of heart-shaped chocolates.

Single?

There is no reason to miss out if you’re single!! As an alternative to chocolate pudding you may like to consider some other comfort foods such as Guards Pudding or Steamed Raspberry Pudding.  Enjoy – and let me know what you think.

Stuffed Seafood Mushrooms

Stuffed Seafood Mushrooms

The Perfect Starter

Method

Serves 6

Preheat oven to 180 degrees.

Put the breadcrumbs, grated cheddar, prawns, crab meat and lemon juice in a mixing bowl, add the seasoning and mix well to combine all the ingredients.

Take each mushroom and spoon the mixture into them as equally as possible and place on a baking tray.

6 Large Flat Mushrooms
50g Wholemeal Breadcrumbs
60g Mature Cheddar Cheese
150g Peeled Prawns
170g Crab Meat
Juice of 1 Lemon
Seasoning
50g Melted Butter
10g Grated Parmesan Cheese

Total Cost:  £7.80

Cost per Portion:  £1.30

Melt the butter and spoon a little over each mushroom.

Finally sprinkle the grated parmesan over the top of each mushroom.

Place them in the oven for 45 minutes.

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