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Ginger Glazed Gammon With Root Vegetable Gratin

 Ginger glazed Christmas ham - Domestic GothessA Christmas ham is something of a tradition in my family. My dad cooks one every Christmas Eve to sit in the fridge and be gradually whittled away at over the festive period; it is bought out for buffets and used to make sandwiches and any remains are boiled to make stock. I don’t think that a festive buffet table is complete without a gleaming, clove-studded joint of gammon. (more…)

Gingered Christmas Fruitcake With Rustic Decorations

Moist, gingery Christmas fruitcake topped with marzipan, royal icing and rustic decorations of sugared cranberries, rosemary and bay leaves, dried orange slices, pine cones and whole spices. There are a lot of mixed feelings about fruitcake, some people love it, others hate it with a fiery passion; I am firmly in the first camp, I adore fruitcake (of course I do. It’s cake.) and will happily eat it year round; fruitcake is not just for Christmas, though I wouldn’t want to celebrate it without it. Traditionally, Christmas cake should be made a good while in advance to allow it to mature; I am not that organised however so I made a cake that requires minimal maturing; though it certainly wouldn’t harm it if you wanted to make it a month or so in advance. (more…)

Apple, Fig, Pecan & Honey Scones & A JING Tea Giveaway

Apple, fig, pecan and honey scones with a hint of spice - Domestic GothessIt is no secret that I love tea; I drink about seven cups of tea a day but barely notice most of them as I am so busy doing something else at the same time; but sometimes it is good to stop for a moment, take a step back from whatever it is that you are so incredibly busy with and breathe. Take ten minutes for yourself to relax, regroup, savour the tea and come back to whatever you were working on refreshed and focused. (more…)

Toffee Apple Gingerbread Loaf

Toffee apple gingerbread loaf cake, perfect for bonfire night - Domestic Gothess I don’t think that I have ever been to a bonfire night celebration as an adult, though the holiday is tinged with nostalgia; as a child I remember being bundled up warm and heading out as a family to watch the local firework display and burning of the guy; or building a bonfire in the back garden (check for hedgehogs!) and fashioning a guy from old clothes and newspaper and then gleefully setting fire to it… There are certain foods that are always reminiscent of Guy Fawkes night as well; crisp, cheesy jacket potatoes, mulled apple juice (though I prefer the grown-up kind now!), squidgy gingerbread, toffee apples, and marshmallows toasted on the bonfire; I used to let mine catch fire so that they were burnt on the outside and liquid on the inside… (more…)

A Day At River Cottage

River CottageI am sure that by now if you follow any other British food bloggers then you have already come across several posts about the Foodies100 River Cottage blog camp, and I am (as ever) a bit late to the party in writing up my account of the day… Better late than never however and I finally got round to it so here is my experience of #BlogCampRiverCottage! (more…)

Chocolate Dipped Lime Viennese Finger Biscuits

Chocolate dipped lime viennese finger biscuitsViennese biscuits have to be one of my absolute favourites, they are incredibly delicate and buttery, with an extremely short texture which just melts in the mouth; and dipping them in chocolate just takes them to another level of deliciousness. They can be piped into pretty shapes, and on top of all that they are super quick and easy to make. (more…)

Espresso Martini Cupcakes

Espresso martini cupcakes, a boozy, grown-up cupcake based on the popular cocktail.Did you know it was national cupcake week this week? I had no idea it even existed until OXO and The Happy Egg Co. contacted me and asked if I could create a cupcake recipe for the occasion and sent me a couple of their baking tools to help make them. It seems like there is a national week or day for pretty much every foodstuff nowadays…it all seems a little over the top and unnecessary to me to be perfectly honest but hey, it’s a good excuse to bake some cupcakes! (more…)

Bake In Black Review & Giveaway & Chocolate Raspberry Battenberg

Chocolate and raspberry battenberg and Bake In Black ReviewWhen I was given the opportunity to review Bake In Black, the new music inspired cookbook by Eve O’Sullivan, the well-known food writer, and David O’ Sullivan, I jumped at the chance; I had heard quite a lot about the book already (it was reviewed in Metal Hammer after all) and I was intrigued. The premise of the book is to take the title of a song or album from the world of rock and heavy metal and bake something inspired by it, resulting in recipes such as “God Save The Cream” angel cake (Sex Pistols), “Sweet Tooth O’ Mine” honey, molasses and maple cake (Guns N’ Roses), “Them Buns” white chocolate, apricot and orange swirl buns (Alice In Chains) and “Killer Queen Of Puddings” (Queen). There are a lot of recipes packed into Bake In Black, all of them delicious looking; the photos are all inspired by the band the bake is based on, making the book visually interesting as well as humorous. (more…)

Cinnamon Honey Cornmeal Pancakes With Lemon Honey Cinnamon Syrup & Roasted Plums

Honey cinnamon cornmeal pancakes with lemon honey cinnamon syrup & roasted plums - Domestic GothessWhen I was sent an OXO Good Grips non stick frying pan (£50 from Lakeland) to review I knew exactly what to make in it to test it – pancakes! they are one of the best (and tastiest) ways to test just how non stick a pan is, if you can flip a pancake cleanly then it’s a goodun. The Good Grips frying pan was perfect for pancakes – I only had to use the teeniest smidge of butter to cook them in and they didn’t stick at all. It felt very solidly made, with the kind of non-stick coating that isn’t just going to flake off after a couple of uses (I’ve bought some very cheap and crappy cookware in the past…always a false economy) and I was impressed by the addition of a silicone handle in place of the usual plastic which means that the pans are oven-proof up to 200°C, a bonus for me as I didn’t actually own a single frying pan that could go in the oven… And if you are lucky enough to own a dishwasher, it is dishwasher safe and suitable for use on induction hobs. (more…)

Plantain Chips & Encona Peruvian Amarillo Chilli Sauce Review

Crispy fried plantain chips - Domestic GothessI have a bit of a thing for South American food, I lived in Colombia for a few years as a child so have fond memories of buttery, charred maíz, crispy plantain patacones and cassava chips, giant avocados and creamy arequipe (dulce de leche). I also have some not so fond food memories…in Colombia, being vegetarian means that you just don’t eat beef… lamb and chicken are perfectly fine for vegetarians to eat… therefore finding actual vegetarian food could be tricky, and my school lunches often consisted of a bowl of rice and a piece of cheese as the cooks just had no idea what to feed me…I grew accustomed to not being too fussy about it, began eating fish, and would pick the chicken out of bowls of ajiaco (chicken and potato soup). (more…)

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