I have been trying to keep to my regular new recipes as promised to myself at the beginning of the new year. Recent treats have been a chicken saag, where chicken is cooked into a spicey puree of tomatoes, spinach and onions. Its very lovely, particulary when served with pilau-ish rice and/or naan breads. I was also inspired to make this caramelised onion and mustart tart or, as it might better be known, quiche after watching it being made on Saturday morning television.
I've also been celebrating the birth of new babies and birthdays by baking. Nigella's chocolate cloud cake was particularly scrumptious, (as well as being gluten free, although that's not why I chose it) and this lemon drizzle cake has made a few fans. I think if you cook a lemon cake, an apple cake and a banana bread thing, really that counts as three portions of fruit if you have a slice of each, surely? Rounded off with gingerbread - the cakey version - which although a speciality of Mr ferijen's, was successfully carried off by me.
Also been experimenting with our breadmaker. It currently makes quite stodgy bread - its OK, but recent tastings of friends' breadmakers have indicated that it doesn't have to be that way. Experimenting with the rapid setting makes it a bit nicer, but how can I make it light and airy like that what I buy? Or do I really need to do it myself...
Finally, on Monday I catered for 10 people after somewhat rashly offering to do so at 4 in the afternoon - and we'd all eaten by, I think, seven. Two rather nice lasagnes - one veggie, one not. From nothing in the larder and in the middle of a park to food for 10 at home in three hours is fairly impressive, I think!
Sadly all this cooking isn't really making a huge dent into the pile of recipe books I've got, as googling for new recipes doesn't help the fact I've got lots of things already written down. So I must press on and make more!
And bananas, raspberries, and milk in a blender for half a minute - gorgeous.