The Day Chocolat’s Juliette Brioche Got Battered…

The Day Chocolat’s Juliette Brioche Got Battered…

Bread scares me. Not the finished article, I don’t have an irrational fear of a crusty baguette. But the making of it fills me with bread dread. Kneading is not my forte and the time required to prove this, prove that, prove you’re a good enough baker…  *Sigh*.

Which explains to some extent why I’ve fallen very behind in my Bake Off Challenge bake-along. I’ve been dodging week 3: Bread Week. 

So I thought I’d double up and do two week’s worth in one go for Monday Munchies. 

And don’t you just love the title? I do. Except it’s a lie as I didn’t make brioche. And yes I know it’s ‘Binoche’ but the former worked better. It does have chocolate in it though!

And the battered part? Well, that covers week 4 – a first for Bake Off with Batter Week. I am definitely earning my bread and batter… (sorry).

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Easy Pleasy Meat Treats

Easy Pleasy Meat Treats

As the British sunshine mustered up enough courage to break through the clouds for more than four hours this past weekend, it seemed the world and his wife were dusting off the old BBQs (including us!) So I thought I’d reshare this tasty, meaty recipe post, great for a BBQ gathering but equally as delicious for a weekday meal. I hope you enjoy and remember, ‘n’er cast a clout ’til May is out‘ – in other words, it might snow next week… 🙂


It’s Monday Munchies which means recipe o’ clock 🙂 But I thought I’d branch out this week and share something other than baking. As much as my first love will always be cakes and sweet treats, apparently we have to eat other stuff too! ‘Boo and hiss’ I hear you cry, but unfortunately carrot cake does not constitute one of your 5-a-day!

However, I’m not going for greens today, more of a protein angle. Despite me trying to encourage Sam to consume more vegetables by cleverly disguising them in exciting dishes (he is an adult, honest!), his inner neanderthal never feels completely satisfied unless he’s gnawed on flesh.

So here are two meat dishes (both easy, one quick) that can be rustled up for a tasty weekday meal or used to impress friends at that weekend BBQ you promised to bring something along to! I hope you enjoy them, they got the thumbs up for a re-cook from Sam, so they can’t be too bad!

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Puff, the Magic Pastry!

Puff, the Magic Pastry!

Does anyone remember that little, imaginary dragon, who frolicked in the autumn mist, in a land called Honalee?

The song is from the 60s, based on a poem written by a 19 year old student at Cornell, about a dragon who gets forgotten about after his best friend, Jackie, grows up. 😦

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I remember the song being sung to me as a child and it’s quite likely this is where my fascination with dragons began. However, dragons have nothing to do with cooking (unless, perhaps it’s a BBQ post!) No, today’s Monday Muchies is about another kind of magical puff – the pastry variety!

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One ROLL to ROULADE them all…

One ROLL to ROULADE them all…

Hi all! It’s back to the regular schedule after a weekend of reblogs – I hope you enjoyed reading the bloggers I shared and you popped along to say hello / made new connections! It was very popular so I may make it a regular feature, watch this space…

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Now everyone knows that Hobbits love their food and this hairy-toed blogger is no exception. Yes, I have hairy toes. We all do (don’t we?) Erm…moving on…

So for this week’s Monday Munchies I’ve a little snackerel of deliciousness that any adventuring wanderer would be happy to pop in their knapsack – a good old, sausage roll. I’m not a huge fan of sausages, as I mentioned last week, but something draws me to the homely nature of pretty much anything wrapped in pastry, savoury or sweet. I’m talking abut a good quality roll mind you, not something sweaty and greasy, that flops on the plate in a disturbingly limp manner! Something much more wholesome and tasty.

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Are you putting on the cho-RITZ-o?

Are you putting on the cho-RITZ-o?

If the answer is yes, shame on you! You’re pronouncing it all wrong…just like me. 🙂

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My Yorkshire accent tends to harden and flatten many a syllable but the delightful chorizo sausage (see, there’s not even a ‘T’ in it!) needs to sounds as exotic as it tastes: Say ‘choriTHo’ or ‘chorEESo’.

Originating from the Iberian peninsula (Spain, Portugal, Andorra and Gibraltar), its cured, spicy goodness makes it a popular choice for tapas and can certainly jazz up any dish. (Okay, not any dish – I’m sure it wouldn’t work well in a chocolate cake, but you know what I mean…)

Although I’m not a huge fan of sausages in general, this has been a firm favourite (and a kitchen staple) for many years. Whether it’s added to a pasta bake, chopped into an omelette or used in a traditional paella, it’s a sure way to heat up the taste buds!

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