It’s been a few weeks since I updated my blog. There’s been so much going on. Once the school holidays are over I’m back into work mode and there is barely time to get the jobs around the house done. Then again, I haven’t managed to get anywhere near my computer. So I thought I’d better get something writen down.
My August Cooking The Books recipe book challenge from Scandelicious Baking seems like a lifetime ago now. Although I found it enjoyable and I had plenty of time, I didn’t get round to baking two of the recipes I’d originally planned to bake. These were a Pistachio Pavlova with Boozy Cherries and a Norwegian AlmondTart. I don’t know what happened at the end of the holidays, guess I just ran out of time.
So, to recap I think I would like to look at what I did get round to making. On the whole I have really enjoyed testing out some delicious recipes. Different flavours and things I wouldn’t have thought to try.
I love making fish pie for my family so I thought the Scandelicious Fish Gratin would go down well with my family. Instead of being topped with pastry, mashed potato or breadcrumbs this version of a fish pie was topped with some crushed Swedish Krisprolls. Well I didn’t crush them enough so the topping looked very rustic and unappealing. Also my son (who used to love my fish pie) refused to eat it.
To make the Fish Gratin filling I poached some cod cut into large chunks in some milk infused with peppercorns and nutmeg. After this I made a sauce which had leeks, onion, eggs and creme fraiche in to add to the fish. This was then poured into a baking dish ready to be topped with the crushed krisprolls!
After eating some savoury cheesecake from a buffet once I was keen to have a go at baking one myself. So I had a go at the Scandelicious Cheese and Onion Cheesecake. The cheesecake contained an oatcake and porridge oat base which had been combined with melted butter. To make the filling I whisked egg yolks with a pinch of salt, then added some Quark and some cream cheese along with some flour, chopped spring onions and some cheese. Now in the recipe Signe Johansen suggests Vasterbotten cheese which I have never even heard of, let alone seen it in my local shops. In the end I used Jarlsberg cheese and grated it straight into the mixture. In another bowl I beat some egg whites which were then combined with the cheese mixture. When this was ready it went straight on top of the base and was baked in the oven for about half an hour.
I’m not very good at baking bread or using yeast but I wanted to have a go at the Spelt Picnic Buns. I’m not that used to using spelt flour either but I like eating spelt bread. These buns were meant to be useful for eating on a picnic but we never got to go on one as it was too cold or wet during the last couple of weeks of the school summer holidays. I baked the buns in my muffin tin but they were not what I was expecting at all. I was expecting them to turn out a lot a bigger than they were. They tasted delicious though and I had one spread with butter at breakfast.
So here ends the Cooking The Books Challenge for August and I had more challenges for days in the month than I had time for. There are lots more recipes I would love to bake from Scandelicious Baking. I can definitely recommend the book.
Love Sam xx