Its fair to say 2010 has been one amazing year. I started off working as a litigation clerk for a bank, a job I really didnt enjoy, and ended up the year by basically becoming self employed about to embark on some massive changes. You could say that my life has turned upside down. I, slightly reluctantly, entered The Great British Bake Off and beyond all my expectations I only went and won! Along the way there was of course a lot of baking, many cookbooks bought (a practice I have had to stop, cant justify cookbooks with no income!) and a holiday to Paris. Since ive been too busy to blog the way I would like I thought I would do a roundup of my favourite recipes, cookbooks etc of the year. Continue reading
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Its funny but as I get older I seem to find more links from family in the past that involve food. I always knew my Uncles were Butchers (of sorts they sold mostly cooked meats) and that my Grandfather ran market stalls across lancashire selling meats as well as biscuits during the war, which were a luxury due to rationing. Recently though I found out my Great Grandfather was an ice cream man. I found this out after making my first ever batch of ice cream this past weekend. I had been waiting for my ice cream maker to arrive for what seemed like ages and when it did finally arrive last friday it went straight in the freezer and as soon as I could I whipped up a batch of Butterscotch Pecan from the amazing book by David Lebovitz – “The Perfect Scoop” which David had suggested in an interview on Amateurgourmet.com. Continue reading
This past weekend we were blessed with some wonderful weather so I decided to take advantage and cooked some summery food and drink. A couple of weeks ago I had a lie in and woke up just in time to see Rachel Allen cook what looked like a lovely Puy Lentil and Coriander Chicken Salad. I decided straight away that I would, at some point, make it. The same was true when I saw the recipe for ginger ale on amateurgourmet.com. I recently decided I want to try and cook more for everyday meals so I am branching out and going to try a new recipe once a week that will be a meal rather than baking. I will of course continue to bake, but as much as I try my body sometimes needs a bit of something more than sugar. As such I have also decided to change the name of the site to he-eats.com to match the content. If anyone has bookmarked or subscribed to bakingbynumbers.wordpress.com this should still work as the new name is hosted on wordpress so you shouldn’t need to change anything.
Cake interlude to my NYC posts
Just over a week ago it was mine and my twin brothers birthday (we turned 24) and a large amount of my family came back home for the weekend for a visit. I wanted to make cake because it was my birthday and well…I wanted cake (not that I really needed an excuse). A request came through from Simon, my brother, that the cake should be chocolate so I started looking for a recipe as I didn’t currently have one I would turn to regularly. At first I was going to try the recipe from smittenkitchen.com but decided against it when I saw oil in the recipe, as so-far I have never been completely happy with oil cakes. None of my baking books had a cake I wanted to try apart from the guys from Baked. I have been wanting to try there Sweet and Salty Cake for ages but when I looked at the recipe I decided that this was not the occasion to try it. I then came across this recipe from Ina Garten on theamateurgourmet.com it looked great and I was settled on it until I saw the Oil!! Time was running late and I needed to go to the store so decided to trust the rave reviews I had read and im so glad I did. The buttercream is not overpowering or too sweet and perfect for the cake which is moisr with a really strong chocolate flavor but avoiding being dense.
Recipe from Seriouseats.com
I know this is supposed to be a baking blog but man cant live on baked goods alone, no matter how hard I try! After seeing this dish in numerous places online I decided to give it a go. Gai Pad Grappow is basically minced chicken with green beans chili garlic and fish sauce. Its a very simple dish to make but there are few things you will need to juggle in order to serve everything warm, especially if serving with the egg.