Daring Bakers · dessert

Daring Bakers – Avocado & Granny Smith Soufflé

Ruth from Makey-Cakey was our March 2013 Daring Bakers’ challenge host. She encouraged us all to get experimental in the kitchen and sneak some hidden veggies into our baking, with surprising and delicious results! A failed chocolate zucchini cake: too moist, didn’t rise, … the only thing kind of positive about it was the taste.… Continue reading Daring Bakers – Avocado & Granny Smith Soufflé

cheese · Daring Cooks

Daring Cooks – Let’s get cheesy

Sawsan from chef in disguise was our March 2013 Daring Cooks hostess! Sawsan challenges us to make our own homemade cheeses! She gave us a variety of choices to make, all of them easily accomplished and delicious! When I first read about the challenge, I felt a mix of different emotions : enthusiasm about my… Continue reading Daring Cooks – Let’s get cheesy

breakfast · sweet

Homemade hazelnut chocolate spread (Nutella)

Like most kids from industrialised counties, I grew up with Nutella.  Countless times when my mother wasn’t watching, I would dig in the familiar jar and walk away with a spoonful/s (read tablespoonful/s) of the chocolate goodness.  And to this day, although I have tried different brands and types of chocolate spread, I keep coming… Continue reading Homemade hazelnut chocolate spread (Nutella)

Japanese · soup · starter

Japanese Cooking 101 : Miso & Clear Soup

As I announced in my post on Feb. 22, Maki from JustHungry started an online Japanese cooking course (Japanese Cooking 101), initiating us into the wonderful world of Washuko cuisine. The first lesson was all about making dashi and then using that dashi for cooking miso and clear soup. Personally, I have never been a… Continue reading Japanese Cooking 101 : Miso & Clear Soup

main dish · pasta · seafood

Surf & Turf Pasta with Pistachio Pesto

Since joining Daring Bakers and Cooks last month, I started to look all over the internet for more of these food blog related challenges. Because nothing gets me going better than a challenge to live up to.  These challenges however have proved to be rather elusive, or maybe it’s just me using the wrong search… Continue reading Surf & Turf Pasta with Pistachio Pesto

Daring Cooks · main dish · seafood · Spanish

Daring Cooks – Paella

Our Daring Cooks’ September 2012 hostess was Inma of la Galletika. Inma brought us a taste of Spain and challenged us to make our very own delicious Paella! When you have real Spaniards around, it takes some guts to make a Spanish dish like paella, because you expose yourself to being compared to the real… Continue reading Daring Cooks – Paella