My Attempt at Fine Dining Made Simple by Masterchef Champion 2015, Simon Woods : A Review


I do love cook books. I love looking  at the gorgeous food photos and getting inspired by the recipes they feature. I have a lot of them now, and although I may not stick to the recipes exactly, they do help me with my own food ideas and get me thinking about food styling. 

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Banana Loaf Cake with a Snickers Glaze #GBBOBloggers2015

Banana Loaf Cake with a Snickers Glaze #GBBOBloggers2015

banana Loaf cake with a snickers glaze

Well what a surprise to discover that Week 5 of the GBBO is FREE FROM week ,which has allowed me an excuse to bake another cake for my GBBO Bloggers Bake Off! Yaaaaay! I have to say that this years bake along is much improved on last years, as I felt the bakes were quite hard then.

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Whole Orange Chocolate Cake (Mary Berry inspired)

This Whole Orange Chocolate Cake is based on Mary Berry’s whole orange cake as featured on the GBBO. I have added cocoa powder to mine chocolate and orange flavoured.
Whole Orange Chocolate Cake

This delicious Whole Orange Chocolate Cake is made adding a whole cooked orange to the cake batter to give the cake its citrus flavour. The cake is based on Mary Berry’s whole orange cake, but I have given it my own twist by adding cocoa powder and using a different frosting. 

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Family Kitchen Cookbook by Caroline Bretherton (Review & Give away)

I love getting my hands on a new cookbook, and I enjoy nothing more than sitting down with a cuppa and looking though the photos and feeling inspired to make something new for my family. A few weeks ago I was sent a brand new family cookbook which is jam packed full of food glorious food recipes 🙂famcookbookCleverly named Family Kitchen Cookbook, its author Caroline Bretherton has compiled over 700 tasty recipes ranging from babies to toddlers: vegetarians to meat eaters: snacks to main meals: kid friendly recipes to party food ideas and lots of puddings, cakes and bakes too.IMG_1454 (1)Honestly, this cookbook is like a recipe bible and I especially LOVE the fact that there is a photograph showing every single recipe. I hate having a cookbook where it is mostly words and hardly any pics to make me salivate and tempt me into making the food.

The book also offers lots of practical advice regarding freezing food, makes batches, food budgeting and how to help with your fussy eaters among a few examples. It is full of lots of informative and useful advice explained in a way that is easy to understand too.IMG_1455 (1)I have already tried out a few of the recipes, adpated slightly to what I have in my cupboards BUT that is what I like about this book. It has inpsired me to make some new meals due to its gorgeous photographs and because it is aimed at families, it includes ingredients which most of is carry in our cupboards and fridges.IMG_1447Priced at £25 this brilliant and helpful cookbook is available to buy now (was released on the 1st October) and I think it is worth every penny. If you make one purchase this year for a family meal recipe specific cookbook, then I think this is a very worthwhile investment and would make a fantastic Christmas present too. For more information about the Family Kitchen Cookbook please look HERE


I have a copy of this new cookbook to give away and all you need to do is to fill in the form below please. The closing date is midnight on Sunday 20th October, 2013. Good luck.

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