Thursday, 31 July 2008

Chocolate Cake

I'm not a fan of chocolate but do like chocolate cake. this one is another of my taste forum challenge recipe's. it really is delicious! thanks for the recipe RG!


For the cake:
butter for greasing cake tin
175g fine dark chocolate
115g butter
3 tbsp water
3 eggs
140g caster sugar
85g ground almonds
55g SR flour
pinch salt

For the topping:
115g fine dark chocolate
2 tbsp sour cream

For the decoration: (optional)
flaked almonds

1. Set the oven to 190 degrees C. Grease the cake tin, then cut out a circle of baking parchment and line the base of the tin with it.
2. Break the chocolate into a bowl. Stand it over a saucepan of simmering water and stir until all the chocolate is melted.
(I just melted the chocolate in the microwave on medium heat.)
3. Cut the butter into small pieces. Add the butter and water to the chocolate and stir until the butter has melted.
4. Separate the eggs into two large bowls. Whisk the egg yolks and sugar together until they are thick and creamy.
5. Stir the chocolate mixture into the egg yolk mixture. Add the ground almonds, sift in the flour, and mix well.
6. Whisk the egg whites with a pinch of salt until they form stiff peaks. Fold them gently into the chocolate mixture.
7. Put the mixture into the tin. Bake for 40-45 minutes. Cool in the tin for five minutes, then move to a wire rack.

1. Melt the chocolate in a bowl over a pan of simmering water (or melt in microwave ) Remove from the heat and stir in the soured cream.
2. Spread the chocolate topping over the top of the cooled cake with a palette knife.

Monday, 28 July 2008

Cheese & Potato Soup

Yes this is an unusual combination & one I'd not normally choose. however it was part of a cooking challenge I do on the taste website. I'm glad I tried it as its very good. thanks Frizz for the great recipe!

Potato and cheese soup

2-3 carrots, peeled, and diced up
2 -3 onions, chopped up
50g of butter
5 Cups of chicken stock
6 sprigs of parsley
2-3 big potatoes, peeled and diced up
2 Cups of grated cheese, tasty cheddar.

Melt the butter on very low heat, add the onions and the carrots, cover and let cook for about 25 minutes.

Add the potato, parsley and chicken stock.
Bring to a boil, cover and lower heat. Cook for about 30 minutes until the potatoes are nice and soft.

Remove from heat, Use a moulinex (hand blender) to mix it all up to obtain the consistency you'd like. (smooth)
Return to heat

Now, VERY SLOWLY add your grated cheese all the while stirring so it can melt in.

Once it's all in and the soup is hot you can serve it up.

Saturday, 19 July 2008

Pasta With Balsamic Slow Roasted Tomato Sauce

I often cook pasta because its quick to cook, delicious and its healthy too. this pasta is a regular in our home and its always popular, covering the tomato's with balsamic vinegar and then slow roasting them turns an ordinary tomato sauce into something special!. I'm sending this to Joelen's culinary adventures for her balsamic vinegar event.

2 kilo's ripe plum tomato's
1 red onion
1 red capsicum char grilled and chopped
4 garlic cloves, crushed & finely chopped
1 tbs finely chopped thyme
2 tsp brown sugar
4 tbs good quality balsamic vinegar
80ml olive oil
shaved parmesan to serve (optional)

500gr penne rigate (or pasta of choice)

preheat oven to 180c (350f/gas 4)
cut tomatoes into chunks & put in large roasting tin. add onions, capsicum, garlic, thyme, sugar, balsamic, olive oil, and salt & peppar to taste then toss together untill combined.

roast slowly stirring every 20 minutes or so for approx 2 1/2 to 3 hours untill tomato's are slightly caramelised & breaking down to form a chunky sauce. season to taste then toss with hot pasta . serve with cheese (optional)

Tuesday, 8 July 2008

Pork With Maple & Mustard Cream Sauce

I like cooking pork steaks on a weeknight as they're quick and easy to prepare at the end of a busy day! this dish is simple to prepare and uses few ingredients, making it perfect for busy nights. oh and it doesn't hurt that it tastes good too ;-)

4 pork steaks
2 tablespoons seeded mustard
1/4 cup maple syrup
1 tablespoon olive oil
1/2 small cup dry white wine

place pork in shallow dish, pour over combined mustard & syrup, stand 10 minutes. drain pork, reserving marinade.

heat oil in pan, add pork and cook untill browned on both sides & done to your liking. remove and keep warm.

deglaze the pan with half the wine. mix the other half wine with reserved marinade, pour it into the pan and bring to the boil. simmer uncovered untill slightly thickened. towards the end turn the heat down low & add the cream (I used about 1/4 cup).

put the steaks back in the pan turn to coat with sauce, then serve with sauce poured over. crusty bread and mash goes nice with this, noodles would be good too!

Tuesday, 1 July 2008

Bookmarked recipes 11
Monday, 30 June 2008

Well here it is - this week's round up of Bookmarked Recipes and this week we have some more great recipes from some more great bloggers:

Elizabeth of recipes from our kitchen in Toronto Canada kicks off this weeks round up with cinnamon raisin oatmeal bread a recipe she found on the fresh loaf.
I love home baked bread so this looks great!

Ruth of Ruths kitchen experiments has made a fabulous zebra cake from a previous bookmarked recipe sent in by Deeba who found the recipe on ( and here (
looks great Ruth, I love those stripes!

Ben of What's Cooking in Columbus Ohio joins us for the first time with a delicious looking chicken and grapes that he got from the cook book, green black red, recipes for cooking and enjoying California grapes. Ben I really like the idea of cooking with grapes!

Pam from Sidewalk Shoes has made Tortilla chip chicken from a recipe she found in Cuisine at home. Pam this looks so crispy and delicious!

Kate from Paved with good intentions in California joins the round up again with pot roast & green bean casserole. Kate got the recipe for the green bean casserole from the side of a French's french fried onion package. its getting cooler here so this looks very tempting, real cool weather comfort food!

Michelle in Colorado springs joins us with some delicious strawberry lemonade bars that she found on baking bites. these look great Michelle!

Thanks everyone for your submissions!!! It's always exciting to see what people have been making and recreating as well as meeting some new bloggers.

That's it for this week. Remember if you want to take part here's all you have to do....
1. Pick a recipe from a book/magazine/blog/website/tv show and make it. (Note you can only submit 1 recipe per week)
2. Blog about it
- include where you got the recipe in your blog post (including a link to their website if possible)
- include a link to this post or this blog in your blog post
- include the logo (see above) for Bookmarked Recipes in your blog post
- include a photo of your recreation on your blog post
3. Email bookmarkedrecipes[AT]gmail[DOT]com with the following information:
- Your name and where you're from
- The name of your blog
- The permalink for your entry
- A photo of your entry
- A note of where you got your recipe from