Monday, 9 June 2008

A bit of everything...........

but mostly nothing!!!

This weekend and last weekend, save for having the family over I've made a good bit of stuff;


Choux pastry for HHDD#20, it was divine! I made eclairs and profiteroles and filled them with honey orange cream and topped with cardamom icing, the flavours were amazing and the husbag was putting whole profiteroles in his mouth. When I put the pics on the computer they were in a word........crap!!! To out it nicely, my normal turn of phrase would have been shite but seeing as I like to think my blog is international some of you might not know what shite is, said with an Irish accent of course so we'll stick with crap! No chance to take more pics as there was a choux massacre...............you can see the results above.


I also made chocolate tarts - chocolate pastry, lined with melted chocolate and filled with creme patisserie and topped with fresh cherries, blueberries and strawberries. Once again divine! I brought them to a friends house and never photographed them filled (these non-bloggers just don't understand this photographing food), the shells look nice though.


I also made fresh lemonade, the most divine refreshing and tangy lemonade courtesy of Laylita's Recipes and as always Tastespotting! I can not rave about this enough, we had lemon and lime on Sunday and orange and lemon on Monday as it was a bank holiday.

So. Good.

I changed the recipe slightly and used a whole litre of soda water, 1 lime, a lemon and a half and half a cup of sugar which is about 4ish ounces of sugar but you can use more to taste. I cannot stress though, that when you blend this you MUST strain it as there are loads of bits of the peel etc in it. I was very sceptical that this would be nice but it's WAY better than homemade lemonade with just the juice, much more flavour and tartness but still a lovely sweet balance. Check out the recipe over on Layla's blog on the link above, she also has Watermelon mimosa up at the moment which looks AMAZING!

I also made gorgeous Avoca salads, for those of you who have eaten there I made the broccoli, feta, cherry tomato and hazelnut salad and the balsamic potato salad - Divine!!! I will definitely be making these again soon as I've loads of lovely homemade fresh dressing leftover. YUM, expect salad recipes this weekend methinks.

Other than that I made beef skewers with peanut dipping sauce, sticky chicken wings, lovely mushrooms on toast, bellini's, Bill Grangers amazing scrambled eggs - you know the usual things people make at the weekend.

I'm hoping for something more productive this weekend with actual photos of finished dishes this time. I got creme brulee dishes today, that I've been waiting a couple of months for so maybe some lavender or rose creme brulee in the coming weeks, I am never going to get through my ever expanding list of things to make for the first time if I keep going!!!

On that note, I'm off to bed now, sogni d'oro (sweet dreams) rachx

11 comments:

cakewardrobe said...

Well sometimes bad photographs = too delicious to keep around! :)

Aran said...

you have been quite busy! good for you!

Suzana said...

Yes, sometimes photos pay a trick on you. I'm sure your Choux filled with Orange Honey Cream and Cardamom Icing not only sound great but certainly tasted great! Thanks for submitting those to HHDD. :)

Bellini Valli said...

Sounds like my kind of weekend Rachel:D

Barbara said...

I hate it when my photos don't turn out well. Your choux sound fabulous.

Amadan Ban said...

The flavours for the eclairs and the profiteroles sound scrumptiously lovely. Must start considering trying these.

I tried the Avoca Brocolli salad recently too, was delicious (though I didn't have the hazelnuts).

Bron said...

I like the sound of the cardamon and orange flavours you put with your choux, must try them!
As for photos, good photos are nice.. but you can't eat photos, whereas profiteroles...mmmm I can eat many!

PheMom said...

Your family is lucky to have you - yum!

EAT! said...

the chocolate tarts are calling my name. you were busy!!

Clumbsy Cookie said...

I'm absolutely in love with your choice of flavours for the profiteroles!

Kate said...

I LOVE proper mouth-puckering lemonade (as a child I apparently used to suck on lemon halves!!). I'll be making this one for sure.