Friday, 21 May 2010

Summer has arrived.

Today has been the first day here in Britain we have finally seen Summer! Regardless to the heat my Physical Ed. teacher forced us to do 1500m, which after trying strenuously, failed. But the day got better, sunbathing at lunchtime, and frappucino's after school!

Later, I went on a bike ride to sainsbury's to get ingredients for my Dinner Party tomorrow, and came back to a still 21 degree garden. From which I am now blogging!

And this is the view from my garden;

AND I have slightly caught the sun on my cheeks, and after having a hairband around my wrist all day, has left a mark!
Happy Days!

I am so glad the forecast is even hotter, and it looks set to stay. Anyone got any got good plans for the nice weather, and hope you will be enjoying it as much as I will!

Lots of love,
Jenni xxx

Saturday, 8 May 2010


Just a quick note to say a chocolate brownie recipe will be up shortly, hopefully tomorrow, I just have to test it, on request by my friend Reem.

Also, if anyone else has requests, I will be willing to have a go!

Jenni xxx

Real Food Festival

On Friday I had the oppurtunity to go to Earls Court to the Real Food Festival. And I loved it. Who wouldn't love a place where tasters are being thrown at you continuously?! In my opinion it was shear bliss!

This was a little Italian stall selling chorizo, salami, cheese and organic garlic!

Has anyone had this? Firefly Energy Drinks? They are now my favourite drink ever, my favourite being Peaches and Green Tea, and will be the drink of the summer, or perhaps only mine!

I picked up a beautiful recipe there, from Discover the Origin, which is a Parma Ham risotto, not to everyones taste, but in my opinion amazing. Once you have learnt how to make risotto it comes 'easy peasy lemon squeezy'! My mum is still nagging me to teach her how to make it, one day it will happen!

Serves 4
Ingredients: 50g butter, 1 small onion- chopped, 2 garlic cloves- chopped, 300g risotto rice(I use arborio), 200ml white wine, 1.2 litres vegtable stock- hot, Knob of butter, 150g Parma Ham- cut into strips, 4 tbsp. Marscapone(or any mild cream cheese), 1 packet of rocket, 200g peas and Parmigiano-Reggiano shavings- to serve.

Melt the butter, on a medium low heat in a deep pan, add the onion and cook gently until softened. Add the garlic until that too is softened, then the rice and stir until coated in butter, then add the wine and stir until the liquid has been absorbed. Add the stock, ladleful by ladleful, stir each time until completely absorbed. Keep stiring until the stock is finished and the rice is slightly 'al dente' but creamy. Season and leave to rest for a minute or two.
In a second frying pan, heat a knob of butter, and add the Parma Ham and fry till crisp. Add the Parma Ham to the rice, followed by the rocket, Marscapone, and peas. Serve quickly, and top with the cheese shavings.

Not my photography, scanned from the picture on the recipe.

I had a wonderful time and will hopefully be heading back next year!

Jenni xxx

Saturday, 1 May 2010

Lemon Capri Torte

Ever since I began my lemon fetish at the beginning of this spring, I haven't stopped eating anything 'lemony'. Which is why I set off this morning to the local farmers market in order to buy some fresh ingredients for a lemon tart. Sadly, as I got there rather late, many of the sellers had already gone home after selling their entire stock. I managed to get loaf of bread, some fresh fish, and a bite of lunch. I sat in view of the river eating my Ciabatta filled with crumbed chicken and rocket and decied to do a little bit of shopping. I went straight to Cancer Research and bagged myself a pair of cropped chinos, for £6.50! Anyway, in order to get my ingerdients, I decided to resort to good old Tesco Metro.

The tart I made was a Lemon Capri Torte, which fulfilled my desire for something lemony without fail.

Ingredients: 150g butter; plus extra for greasing, 225g caster sugar, 6 eggs; separated, zest and juice of 4 unwaxed lemons, 300g ground almonds, 115g potato/cornflour; plus extra for flouring.

Preheat oven to 200C/180C fan/Gas 6. Grease and flour a 23cm round cake tin.

Cream the butter and sugar(this takes a bit of strength, so I recommend you leave the butter to warm slightly), add the egg yolks in one go, then add the lemon zest and lemon juice. In a separate bowl, whisk the egg whites until they form soft peaks and add to the mixture. Lastly, fold in the ground almonds and the flour. Pour the mixture into the cake tin and bake in the oven for 10 minutes, then turn the heat down to 150C/130C fan/Gas 2 and cook for a further 40 minutes- yes, it is extremely annoying as all you want to do is eat it but do be patient, the outcome is definitely worth it. Cool and turn over.

Jenni xxx