Daring Bakers Challenge November 2010 : Crostata

The 2010 November Daring Bakers’ challenge was hosted by Simona of briciole. She chose to challenge Daring Bakers’ to make pasta frolla for a crostata. She used her own experience as a source, as well as information from Pellegrino Artusi’s Science in the Kitchen and the Art of Eating Well. I chose to make 2…

I <3 Anchovies

  Today I want to share with you a gorgeous, oniony, sweet-salty creation called Pissaladière. It is a french version of pizza, using soft caremelised onions as the sauce, and topped with anchovies and (usually) olives.   A couple of years ago, I would have turned my nose up at the thought of olives and…

Matcha Madeleines and a Big Chocolate Hit

  I went to Japan Centre recently. Near Piccadilly Circus? Go see it for yourself. I nearly stayed in there forever, soo much japanese stuff… and the fresh sushi and cooked to order tempura at the takeaway counter looked amazing! I was all but hypnotised by the machine freshly grinding matcha (green-tea) powder, but I…

Daring Bakers Challenge September 2010: Get Creative

Recipe: Iced Sugar Cookies           The September 2010 Daring Bakers’ challenge was hosted by Mandy of “What the Fruitcake?!” Mandy challenged everyone to make Decorated Sugar Cookies based on recipes from Peggy Porschen and The Joy of Baking.   September, for me, has been a month of firsts. First day working…

Afternoon Tea

Recipe: Madeleines     Hi, I’m Lucy and I’m a hoarder.   I go to cookware shops. A Lot. I obsessively browse the internet for deals on cake tins, cookery gadgets and things that would look pretty in photos.   This is what led me to purchase a mini madeleine pan, despite never having tasted…

Daring Bakers Challenge May 2010: Piece Montée

Recipe: Croquembouche     The May 2010 Daring Bakers’ challenge was hosted by Cat of Little Miss Cupcake. Cat challenged everyone to make a piece montée, or croquembouche, based on recipes from Peter Kump’s Baking School in Manhattan and Nick Malgieri.

Cheese Party

Recipe: Slow-roasted Tomato and Gruyère Tart     There is scarcely anything more comforting, in my opinion, than a great big quiche with crispy pastry and a super-cheesy filling. This tart, however, with its slow roasted tomatoes and black olives, lets me pretend i’m actualy a grown up while stuffing my face with cheese goo….

Rhubarb and Custard reunited

Recipe: Melting Moments   You may remember some time ago I made some rhubarb sorbet to celebrate valentine’s day. Well, the poor sorbet has been dwindling away since then, and although it has been served with a few desserts, including one of it’s very best friends panna cotta, it refused to give up the ghost….

Feeling nostalgic for your childhood in France?

Recipe: Apple Tart ‘Maman Blanc’       …no, me either. But this tart sure looked lovely when I saw Raymond Blanc making it on his most recent series, ‘Raymond Blanc’s Kitchen Secrets.’ What I enjoy most about this programme, yeah, maybe even more than the presence of desserts served in their own edible chocolate…

Daring Bakers Challenge February 2010: Heaven on a Dessert Plate!

Recipe: Tiramisu             The February 2010 Daring Bakers’ challenge was hosted by Aparna of My Diverse Kitchen and Deeba of Passionate About Baking. They chose Tiramisu as the challenge for the month. Their challenge recipe is based on recipes from The Washington Post, Cordon Bleu at Home and Baking Obsession….

Elevenses

Recipe: Coffee and Walnut Cake   Nigel slater said he would have this coffee and walnut cake for his last meal on earth, and I would be inclined to agree. But I can’t have it with a cup of coffee, oh no. It has to be tea. Proper, English, tea and cake.     Give…