Potato & Ham Croquettes #FoodieFriday

potato ham croquettes


I promise you, once you have made your own Potato Croquettes you will never go back to shop bought again. I used to love Potato Croquettes meals when I was young and have to admit for years thinking that making your own would be too much of a faff. But seriously, they are very much worth it.

I’m always wary of saying a recipe is great for using up leftover potato as it sounds a bit pretentious and quite frankly I don’t want to presume that everyone else is as bad at portion control as me. If you end up boiling potatoes especially for this recipe though, its not the end of the world.

potato ham croquettes salad


Potato & Ham Croquettes

Serves 2-3
Prep time 15 minutes
Cook time 15 minutes
Total time 30 minutes
Meal type Lunch, Snack, Starter
Misc Child Friendly, Serve Hot
Crunchy potato and ham croquettes with a soft inside - you can experiment with various fillings - great with mozzarella or some finely chopped onion


  • 400g Mashed potatoes (If you have less its fine, just try one less egg to start with)
  • 4 Eggs (Beaten)
  • 2 tablespoons Plain Flour
  • 50g Smoked Ham
  • 2 Bread Rolls (Lightly toasted and broken into breadcrumbs)
  • Vegetable Oil for frying
  • Salt & Pepper


In a medium bowl, mix together the potato, 2 eggs, ham and flour until well combined. Season with Salt and Pepper.
Shape into croquette shapes about 1 inch wide with your hands - You can leave to set in the fridge if you like but I don't tend to bother
Place the remaining 2 eggs in a small bowl and dip a croquette in one at a time throughly covering it all
Immediately dip the eggy croquette in the breadcrumbs and cover well
Fry in a small frying pan, keeping constantly moving. You do not need the heat to be very high - you want the inside to be cooked and the outside to be golden not brown - This will take approx 3-4 minutes per croquette
Remove from the pan and place on a piece of kitchen roll to remove any excess oil
Serve whilst still hot with a tomato, onion and basil salad

Mami Tales describes her Nutella Brigadeiros as a Chocolatey Bomb that goes off in your mouth – Sounds perfect fun to me. I know my girls would go wild for these – We accidentally ran out of Nutella earlier in the week. Tara soon let us know about it! Congratulations on being this week’s featured #FoodieFriday post!

Nutella Brigadeiros

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1. Talking about her love of social media and sharing her fabulous Cream Cracker Fish Recipe is Foodie Quine

2. A warm welcome to Claire from Six Degress of Harmony armed with tips on baked beans and her recipe for Crazily Easy Vegetarian Quesadillas

3. The perfect combination in one – Cookies and Brownies – What’s not to love? Madhouse Family Reviews

4. Sadhna from Herbs, Spices & Traditions deserves a medal for making 100 of these delicious looking bread rolls for her party – If you want to make a few less, she has shown us how!

5. Sharing a truly magnificent Caramelised Cauliflower – Foodie Quine

6. An ode to St Delia Smith with her GF Squidgy Chocolate Cake that looks absolutely divine – the Gluten Free Alchemist

7. How can something that looks so tasty be so good for you? Rocket & Mixed Veg Bean Burgers from Mummy Mishaps

8. Catering for my love of Amaretti with her Ricotta & Amaretti Cake is Alida from My Little Italian Kitchen

9. Try to pronounce these babies from Bakewell Junction – Trc’niegl (or Zeppoles if you are a chicken like me!)

10. You won’t get many recipes with as few ingredients as this one – Singing Swede from Foodie Quine

A huge thanks as always to everyone who entered this week – well done for spreading the word about #FoodieFriday, great to see that we are growing. Remember, there is no theme – all food posts are welcome and are shared as long as they have the badge. If you would like to tweet me to let me know you have entered, include the hashtag #FoodieFriday and I will do my best to RT (@CasaCostello in case you don’t know me on Twitter)

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Cornmeal Pancakes – Foodie Friday

cornmeal pancakes

I’m still using up that bag of cornmeal and remembered how amazing cornmeal pancakes are – Crispier and more cake-like than normal pancakes. How could I forget how divine they can be? And so quick to make – This batch were measured, made and photographed in 10 minutes! Now currently being devoured by Millie as I type. The perfect after school snack.

I’ve served them with bacon & maple syrup but they are equally good with whatever pancake topping you usually use.

Cornmeal Pancakes

Serves 12
Prep time 4 minutes
Cook time 4 minutes
Total time 8 minutes
Meal type Dessert, Lunch, Snack
Misc Child Friendly, Serve Hot
Speedy after school snack = crispy cornmeal pancakes with a fluffy, light centre


  • 90g Cornmeal
  • 65g Plain Flour
  • 1 pinch Salt
  • 1.5 teaspoons Baking powder
  • 2 tablespoons Caster Sugar
  • 1 Large Egg
  • 250ml Milk
  • 2 teaspoons Vanilla Extract
  • Vegetable oil for cooking


Mix all the dry ingredients (cornmeal, flour, salt & sugar) in a medium bowl
In a jug, measure out the milk. Add the egg and vanilla and whisk.
Gradually add to the dry mixture, constantly whisking. Leave to settle for 1-2 minutes while your frying pan is heating up
Add 3 scoops to a frying pan allowing space for the pancakes to spread a little
As soon as they start to bubble on the top (after 1-2 minutes), turn over and cook for a further 1-2 minutes
Stack on top of each other and add your favourite topping

 Last week’s #FoodieFriday was all about the giveaway for the cake book (Still time to enter until 12th April). We still had some entries though and my featured post for last week is Herbs, Spices and Tradition with her Tandoori Naan (Stuffed with Potatoes and Onion) Sounds amazing doesn’t it? I love Sadhna’s post for its explanation of family tradition of cooking in the tandoor.

stuffed Tandoori Naan

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Chocolate Orange Cornmeal Biscotti – Bake of the Week

chocolate orange cornmeal biscotti

I have recently fallen in love with homemade biscotti – Not quite as harsh on the teeth as shop bought and so much more versatile – So many flavours match perfectly with this type of dough. I like my chocolate orange to be properly tangy so use the zest of 2 oranges. The chocolate also has to be properly identifiable so I use Extra Dark chocolate but feel free to experiment with how you like it. I’ve had cornmeal in the cupboard for ages and decided to mix this in with the flour – As well as adding a lovely yellowy tinge, it makes the biscotti extra crumbly. I love using ingredients up in my kitchen, with successful results!

Chocolate Orange Cornmeal Biscotti

Serves 16
Prep time 1 hours, 20 minutes
Cook time 40 minutes
Total time 2 hours
Meal type Dessert, Snack
Misc Pre-preparable, Serve Cold
Slightly softer than shop bought biscotti - you are in less danger of breaking your teeth! No less tasty though - Can be kept for up to a week in a biscuit tin


  • 150g Caster Sugar
  • 115g Butter
  • 2 Eggs
  • 2 Zest of Oranges
  • 125g Plain Flour
  • 170g Cornmeal
  • 1 teaspoon Baking Powder
  • 1 Grind of Salt
  • 100g Dark Chocolate (Cut into small (tiny) pieces)


Line a large baking tray with baking parchment
Using an electric mixer, whisk together the butter and sugar until well combined and light in colour
Add the eggs gradually whilst still mixing at a medium speed
Add the orange zest
In a bowl (or your weighing scales bowl if you are feeling lazy) stir together the flour, cornmeal, baking powder and salt
Add to the sugar/egg combo a tablespoon at a time whilst mixing on a slow speed - Stop the mixer as soon as all the flour has been added.
Add the chocolate and stir through until spread evenly throughout the dough
Split the dough mixture into 2 halves and lightly shape into a long flat sausage, wrap in double cling film
Freeze for up to one hour - it will really stiffen up - Preheat the oven to 180C
You might need to flatten down the dough and spread out until both sections measure approx 20cm long and 4cm wide
Bake for 25 mins
Remove from the oven and allow to cool for 20 minutes
Using a saw knife, slice the biscotti into pieces (about 1-1.5cm thick) - The end pieces can be the parts that you nibble on
Place cut side down on the baking tray and bake for another 8 minutes
Turn over so the other cut side is on top and continue to bake for a further 7 minutes
Allow to cool on a wire rack - Perfect served dipped into a hot cup of coffee!

before cutting biscotti

Arranging the biscuits for their final bake …

how to make biscotti

I’m rather well known for my love of Creme Eggs so there was an obvious featured Bake of the Week for me this week – Baking Queen 74’s fantastic Creme Egg Chocolate Ganache Tart – I love that people are being so creative with their use of Creme Egg’s this year. I’ve yet to make some Spring 2015 Creme Eggs Easter figures yet so this Tart has inspired me to get on with them!

creme egg chocolate tart

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1. Making a brilliant job of inserting shapes into French Sable Cookies this week is The Dream Baker – I will have a go at this very soon, I keep promising myself.

2. I’m a massive fan of anything tiny so completely adore these Red Velvet Crinkle Kisses from The Not So Creative Cook.

3. Nova from Cherished By Me tells us these Coconut Chocolate Bars are a cross between a Twix and a Bounty – I’m sold!

4. The lovely Alida from My Little Italian Kitchen has got the biggest, most exciting announcement ever on her blog this week – I’m not going to spoil it for you, pop over to her post to find out what it is!

5. Any mother would be delighted to be presented with such a beautiful Mothers Day Cake Bouquet – ET Speaks From Home

6. I’ve got to try these fabulous Marshmallow Cookies from The Not So Creative Cook – Just love the step by step instructions.

7. I just love the thought of the addition of lavender flowers in this Apple Shortcake with Honey & Cinnamon -This bake from Winnie’s Blog has got just about everything you could ever want!

8. There’s no stopping ET Speaks From Home this week – She’s even found time to make the cutest Mini Monsters!

9. Making a terrific job of her sugarcraft with this Baseball Cakelet is ET Speaks From Home

10. Getting arty with her White Chocolate & Vanilla Choux Buns is Eileen from ET Speaks From Home

11. Experimenting with Coconut Oil this week is Tales from the Kitchen Shed with her Chocolate Peanut Butter Biscuit Bars – Looks like the experiment worked :-)

12. Beautiful photography and an even more stunning Lime & Coconut Loaf cake is A Girl and Her Home

13. A perfect Honey & Date Syrup Swiss Roll from Winnie’s Blog – The Swiss Roll may just be the most versatile cake ever!

I have had the loveliest message today from one of our Bake of the Week contributors that they have nominated me for a Brilliant in Blogging award – What a lovely thing to do. I’m so chuffed. Details of the awards are here if you want to take part – Any nominations would be lovely but totally not expected. I was so pleased to be there at the awards last year and am even more pleased that someone has thought of me this year. Good luck to everyone!

Thank you as always to everyone who has taken part in Bake of the Week – I really appreciate it. I will continue to mention each entry and link back to you as long as possible – Takes forever but feel it is only right if you have taken the time to enter. Please also add the Bake of the Week badge to your post and if you have time, comment on a couple of other entries.

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This Is How We Roll Thursday

Joining in with A Simple Pantry for their Create & Share party I’m also joining in with this month’s CreditCrunchMunch because I’m finally using up that bag of cornmeal! Pop over to these lovely people to see who else is entering: Jo’s Kitchen, FabFoodForAll, Fuss Free Flavours and also Domesblissity Thriving on Thursdays

Sunshine Cookies – Bake of the Week

sunshine cookies

Its been a gorgeous day today – the sort of sunshine that makes everyone smile. You can’t help but comment in shops on how lovely the weather is – terribly British I know!

In honour of Spring doing its hardest to appear again, I’ve carried on with the Spring baking theme with my Sunshine Cookies. Soft, sweet cookies with a citrus zing. Totally addictive, one will never be enough.

Sunshine Cookies

Serves 25
Prep time 15 minutes
Cook time 12 minutes
Total time 27 minutes
Meal type Dessert, Snack
Misc Child Friendly, Serve Cold
Occasion Casual Party
Soft citrus cookies with a sugary crispy shell


  • 100g Granulated Sugar
  • 100g Caster Sugar
  • 2 Oranges (The Zest Of)
  • 1 Lemon (The Zest Of)
  • 120g Softened Butter
  • 220g Self Raising Flour
  • 2 Eggs
  • 2 teaspoons Vanilla Extract
  • 6 tablespoons Icing Sugar


Preheat the oven to 180C and line 3 baking trays with baking parchment
Mix the sugar and the zest of the orange & lemon.
Using an electric mixer, whisk in the butter until fully combined and light and airy
Keep the mixer on a medium speed, add the eggs, one at a time. Add the vanilla whilst still mixing.
Reduce the speed to a low setting & add the flour a tablespoon at a time, until just added.
Turn off the mixer and fold through with a spatula until just combined
Put the icing sugar in a dessert bowl - Sift if contains any lumps
Using a dessert spoon, scoop up a spoons worth of dough (it is a sticky, loose dough) and drop into the icing sugar. Coat all over the dough and roughly mould into a ball shape.
Arrange no more than 12 dough balls on an oven tray and bake for 12 minutes until just turning golden
Remove from the oven and leave to cool on a wire rack
They will have a lovely sugary shell and be light, fluffy and soft inside

sunshine orange lemon cookies

My featured Bake of the Week from last week’s entries are these delightful little Chocolate Bundtlettes – How cute? And topped with a strawberry is even cuter. Like me, Jhuls from The Not So creative Cook is a migraine sufferer and is contemplating the relationship between migraines and chocolate in her post. Doesn’t put either of us off eating it though!

chocolate bundtlettes

I also want to give a special mention to Baking Queen 74 for inspiring me to make these Brownies – They are just too tempting. I’ve ended up buying 3 lots of raspberries this week, just because of these pictures!

raspberry brownies

And onto the roundup:

bake of the week

1. Oh good gracious, how incredible does this Lemon & Coconut Pull Apart Bread look from the Domestic Gothess? Those spring colours and flavours!
2. Oatmeal Peanut Butter Scones – I’m imagining eating these on a hot sunny afternoon in the garden – Baking in PJs
3. Giraffes can Bake asks who could possibly not like Creme Brûlée? I’m afraid that’s me! Even I have admit that her Lime & Ginger Brûlées look wonderful though
4. Haman’s Ears or otherwise known as Baklawa Hamantachem from Winnie’s Blog – I love anything with nuts and cinnamon!
5. Tres Leches Cake is nowhere near as popular in the UK as it should be – This looks one of the best from Giraffes Can Bake
6. Reminiscent of visiting my Grandma’s: Raspberry Coconut Loaf from Baking in Pyjamas
7. Salted Honey Walnut Pie from Baking in Pyjamas – Such an unusual combination of flavours – I bet it tastes amazing
8. Uber pretty Triangular Shortbread from Winnie’s Blog. I can feel a Baked Shapes Roundup coming soon!
9. Always popular at this time of year but consistently go down super quick with the kids, Mini Egg Rice Krispie Treats from Baking in Pyjamas
10. Small but perfectly formed, Chorizo, Red Pepper & Cheddar Quiches from Jen’s Food


11. Happy 1st Birthday to The Dream Baker who is celebrating the first whole year of her lovely blog this week with this Chiffon Chocolate Cake
12. Showing off her incredible baking talent with this Almond Vanilla Twisted Bread is the Domestic Gothess
13. This pretty Orange Raspberry Swirl Bundt has been torturing me all over the internet this week: the Gluten Free Alchemist
14. Perfect looking baked donuts from Edible Reflections – Amazing for a first time donut baker
15. Putting Buckwheat flour successfully to the test with her Chocolate Muffins is I’d Rather Bake Than
16. And finally the lovely Lancashire Food with her ever so pretty, Spring Lemon & Lime Drizzle Cake

Thanks as always to those people who entered – I have a lot of people saying that they want to enter but are not expert bakers – we love learning to bake around here! Get entering and join in our lovely, friendly baking community. Please add the badge or a link back to this post so people know you have taken part.

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Entering into The Baking Explorer & Cakeyboi’s Treat Petite linky – Their theme this month is MUM, so I tarted the cookies up with a pretty ribbon to make them ideal for a Mother’s Day gift.

Also sharing with Lavender & Lovage & The Hedgecombers whose Tea Time Treats theme is happily Biscuits & Cookies this month.

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Mexican Potato Medley – Foodie Friday

mexican potatoes

You probably know by now that I love a cooking challenge. A couple of weeks ago, I received a parcel full of goodies from Knorr – Their Flavour Pots have won Product of the Year which is brilliant news.My challenge was to come up with meal idea using one of the 9 variations of Flavour Pots.

Well, we’ve had a blast – Our first meal was just a couple of hours later when we had a Chicken Curry (Using funnily enough the Curry Flavour Pot). There were 5 of us eating so it took 3 tubs of Curry Pots (I’m not that great on portion control so this wasn’t as extreme as it may sound)

Over the course of the fortnight, one of our favourite stars has been the Garden Herbs (We already use the Mixed Herbs Flavour Pot regularly). If a meal had some accompanying veg, then we bunged in a Garden herb Flavour pot. Wow, they really perk them up – Try it with Green Beans, mini broccoli stems and peas. Gorgeous!

Our surprise success though is the meal featured – Mexican Potato Medley. Super simple and just what we needed after a day of looking after a sick child earlier in the week.

1 #Knorr Mexican Flavour Pot
One bag of Charlotte Potatoes – Unpeeled, Chopped into 1-2cm chunks and boiled until just soft.
1 Red Pepper – Chopped into small pieces
1 Small Onion – Chopped Finely
3 Eggs (Or more if more than 3 of you want an egg!)

To Make:
Lightly fry the Onions and Peppers until soft
Add the Boiled Potatoes to the frying pan
Add the #Knorr Mexican Flavour Pot and stir through until all combined
Crack the eggs directly into the pan and cook through for 2 minutes
Season with Pepper just before serving

Deliciously simple but really flavoursome and you definitely don’t need more than one Flavour Pot. I knew I would like it and to be fair, Dermot would eat most things but wasn’t sure how the girls would take it. Millie and Tara absolutely loved it! They both though it looked a bit strange when I added the egg but couldn’t get enough of it. (Violet was poorly so sadly missed out)

Thanks to everyone who took part in last week’s #FoodieFriday – The aforementioned sick child has meant I’m still getting around you all but rest assured you will be commented and shared aplenty!

My featured entry is Roasted Carrot & Leek Soup from Tales From The Kitchen Shed – Did you know it is National Carrot Day on April 4th. Watch out for a carrot themed post coming from me soon! This was one soup that looked hearty and full of flavour – So often I feel disappointed by a soup but I could quite happily dive into this one!

foodie friday roundup

1. I love a good Lemon Curd – Cannot abide the shop bought stuff but homemade is fantastic. Bakewell Junction has shared her Meyer Lemon Curd.

2. A go-to favourite from Jan at Mum In The Madhouse with her Simple Banana & Chocolate Chip Muffins

3. Celebrating Fairtrade Fornight is Foodie Quine with Cookies & Quinoa – What better way to honour the occasion?

4. I have completely called for the charms of Haggis recently – Foodie Quine’s Haggis Toasties are so tempting

5. I’m well and truly ready for the start of summer and may very well celebrate its return (when it finally arrives) with Herb, Spices & Tradition’s Homemade Lemonade

6. A warm welcome to new comer to the Foodie Friday gang, Behind the Blonde with her Flourless Rum Cake … and its Gluten Free too!

7. I’m definitely having these Creamy Mushrooms on Toast this week in a rare moment of peace & quiet – Tales from the Kitchen Shed

8. Just love these Over the Rainbow Cupcakes from Foodie Quine – Brilliant colours!

9. Totally summing up the curse of chocolate is Alida from My Little Italian Kitchen with her Chocolate Chip Torta Stracciatella

10. Bread needn’t be boring, especially with this Spelt Banana & Chocolate Bread from A Thrifty Mum

11. Having a similar week to mine, with a sick child but also going through sugar withdrawal is the Free From Fairy. Everyone pop over and admire her Sweet Lemon & Spice Kefir Buns to cheer her up.

12. We don’t have a Wagamamas here in St Helens, so I’m very pleased to be able to make Truly Madly Kids’ own version of Chicken Ramen

13. A warm welcome to A Girl and her Home with the so pretty Rose & Pistachio Cake – The colour pink at its natural best.

Disclosure: As previously stated, we were supplied with goods suitable to be able to make meals containing ¢Knorr Flavour Pots – We had full editorial control over the recipes made.

The linky is now open for all your foodie posts – Please add the badge to your post to share the word. Maximum of 3 posts per blog please and if you could pop over to a couple of fellow entrants, that would be awfully kind! Linky remain open until next Thursday evening. Right. I’m off to do a whole load of commenting and sharing – Have a great week! I’m also off to learn (again) how to make a new #FoodieFriday badge so expect wonders next week!

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Spring Lemon Eclairs – Bake of the Week

lemon eclairs white chocolate ganache

I’m declaring winter to be over – I’ve officially had enough of the cold and misery. Time for some spring in our step and in our cooking. For this week’s Bake of the Week recipe, I wanted a fresh feel – so what better than lemon eclairs with a White Chocolate Ganache topping?

I’ve mentioned before my love of making choux pastry – and now I’ve discovered that it is possible to decorate eclairs & choux buns too. I’m in heaven.

Its not been the easiest week – You may have already gathered that by how late #Bakeoftheweek is – Vi has had a horrid bout of Tonsilitis – This definitely wasn’t a house to be baking in on Monday or Tuesday of this week. She happily skipped off to school this morning though, so hopefully that’s that over with.

lemon eclairs

To make the choux pastry follow the same recipe as for the Passion Fruit & White Chocolate Profiteroles – The only difference in the baking is as follows:

Bake for 15 at 200C
Open and shut the oven door quickly and as if you mean it (so sort of slam it!)
Reduce the temp to 180 and bake for another 10 minutes
Remove from the oven – pierce a hole in the bottom of the eclair then continue to bake for a further 5 minutes.
They should be golden and crispy

To make the Lemon Cream:
250ml of double cream – Whisked until fairly firm
Grated Zest of 2-3 lemons (depending on how strong you like it)
Optional: 1tsp lemon extract

To make the White Chocolate Ganache:
4 tbsp Double Cream
100g White Chocolate

Melt the white chocolate in a glass bowl over a pan of boiling water – not allowing the bottom of the glass bowl to actually touch the water
At the same time, heat the double cream in a small pan until it just starts to bubble at the edges. Remove immediately from the heat.
As soon as the white chocolate has melted (Stir like crazy to make sure this happens), pour half of the slightly warm cream into the chocolate whilst still stirring.
It will look horrid but keep with it – Stir until fully combined then add the remaining cream.
The white chocolate will be thick enough to spread on top of the eclairs but for the piped brown bits, I added 2 tbsp icing sugar and some brown edible dusting powder

white chocolate cheesecake

My featured post of the week has got to be these amazing, incredible & spectacular Mini White Chocolate Cheesecakes from Winnie’s blog. There are not enough adjectives to describe this lady’s talent and these are sheer perfection. I only wish I would get chance to share some with her.

bake of the week roundup

My first roundup is all the individual portions – Love how we don’t have to share!

1. Giraffes can Bake with her Banoffee Muffins – look so light and airy
2. Baking in Pyjamas got creative with cookies and her Bourbon Creams – Yum!
3. She has definitely had a busy week as she also shared Coconut filled Brownies – I have a bag of coconut waiting patiently for me to make these!
4. Another exciting creation from Winnie’s Blog Baked Cheesecake Apples
5. Inspired by Celebrity Bake Off, Eileen from ET Speaks From Home with Chocolate Profiteroles
6. Hidden Oreo Cupcakes that are dairy, egg & nut free – Perfect from the Free From Farmhouse
7. You have no soul if you don’t fancy these Bailey Salted Caramel Chocolate Mousse Oreo Tarts from Domestic Gothess
8. Another fan of white chocolate with her Jammy Dodgers is Friends Family Food
9. Perfect for the kiddies, Ice Cream Cone Cupcakes – so pretty from Mummy Mishaps

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10. I think I have fallen in love with this Salted Caramel Hazelnut Cake from Baking in Pyjamas
11. Love the colours in this Mango Mascarpone Tart from Giraffes Can Bake
12. Truly stunning white chocolate roses on this Red Velvet Cake from Baking in Pyjamas
13. Homemade Multigrain Bread that would be perfect for any breakfast from Tales from the Kitchen Shed
14. Perfect for the picnics we will have now it is spring ;-) Coconut & Ginger Flapjacks from Domestic Gothess
15. A beautiful bake as ever from Baking Queen with her Speculoos Butter Twist Bread
16. Loving the frugal use of old cereal crumbs in this cereal cake from Jibber Jabber

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Stuffed Meaty Mushrooms – #FoodieFriday

stuffed meaty mushrooms

One of my most favourite recipes ever! If there is stuffed mushrooms on any menu when we go out, you can guarantee I’ll be ordering them – Indian, Italian …even those breaded ones on most pub menus! The good news is this recipe is even better than the bought versions.

The quantities given are enough for 4 large mushrooms and comfortable serve 2 hungry adults as a starter (or if you are feeling greedy, all 4 for one person!)

Stuffed Meaty Mushrooms

Serves 2
Prep time 10 minutes
Cook time 20 minutes
Total time 30 minutes
Meal type Lunch, Snack, Starter
Misc Serve Hot
Stuffed Mushrooms Recipe with bacon, breadcrumbs & walnuts


  • 4 Large Flat Mushrooms
  • 4 Rashers of Smoked Bacon (Chopped into small cubes)
  • 25g Walnuts (Crushed with some small chunks left)
  • 100g Soft Cheese
  • 1 teaspoon Dried Parsley
  • Breadcrumbs (using 2 rounds of stale bread)


Preheat the oven to 180C
Bake the mushrooms for 15 minutes
Fry the bacon in a small frying pan
In a medium sized bowl, mix together the soft cheese, crushed walnuts, breadcrumbs & dried parsley. At the last minute, stir through the cooked bacon.
Season with a vigorous grind of black pepper and spread evenly across the top of the 4 mushrooms
Place under the grill for 5-6 minutes until starts to crisp over on top and turn golden brown
Serve with a fresh salad

beef shin mushrooms foodie friday

So let’s move onto the #FoodieFriday roundup: I’ve chosen a featured recipe from our last entries that my husband would just love. I’m going to try to recreate this Braised Beef Shin & Mushroom next week – He’d be thrilled to come home from work to this. Foodie Quine’s blog is jam packed full of loveliness – be prepared to lose hours of your life pottering through it and being generally tempted!

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1. Sadhna from Herbs, Spices and Tradition is definitely tempting us to the sweet side with her Coconut & Strawberry Pinwheel

2. Definitely a popular choice this month, one of 2 Tirimisu This from Bakewell Junction – Stop tempting me!

3. And here’s the other equally pretty Tirimisu in individual portions from Alida at My Little Italian Kitchen

4. I love how unusual these Matcha & Pistachio Cookies look from More Than An Occasional Baker

5. Milano Cookies Chocolate Cake to make our mouths water from I am Dream Baker

6. I can never resist a trifle and a raspberry drizzle one sounds divine from Kate at the Gluten Free Alchemist

7. Utterly cute Mini Aero Cheesecakes shared by Nadine from Juggle Mum in her Valentine’s Roundup – Remember romance isn’t just for the 14th Feb!

8. A very pretty pistachio Chocolate Bark from Truly, Madly Kids – I’m thinking of making some of this as Easter gifts instead of eggs for adults this year

9. Utterly cute Oreo Penguins that all the kids would adore from More Than An Occasional Baker

10. Still got some Candy Canes left over from Christmas? You could make these creative Chocolate Candy Cane Hearts from More Than An Occasional Baker

11. Simple, good combination of flavours from Mum in the Madhouse with her Apple & Cinnamon Muffins

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The linky is now open to add all your entries – There is no theme as usual and all food related posts are welcome. Just a couple of things to remember …

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* The linky will remain open until next Thursday morning (5th March)

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Dulce De Leche Kisses – Bake of the Week

dulce de leche kisses

There are some things I make that surprise even me, how popular they are. These Dulce de Leche kisses never fail to disappear and I’m always surprised how quickly they do! I have a confession though, I used shop bought Dulce de Leche instead of making my own. I’ve had a huge tub that I bought in Costco before Christmas that I wanted to use up. Its definitely not as good as homemade but for a quick bake and when you are only using a small dollop, shop bought is just fine.

dulce de leche valentines heart


Dulce de Leche Kisses

Serves 30
Prep time 40 minutes
Cook time 12 minutes
Total time 52 minutes
Meal type Dessert, Snack
Misc Child Friendly, Freezable, Serve Cold
Occasion Birthday Party, Casual Party, Valentines day
Mouthful portions of crumbly coconut cake with delicious Dulce de Leche decoration


  • 75g Butter (Cold but chopped into small chunks)
  • 3 tablespoons Soft Cheese - Full Fat
  • 96g Caster Sugar
  • 1 Egg Yolk
  • 2 teaspoons Vanilla Extract
  • 190g Plain Flour
  • 2 teaspoons Baking Powder
  • 60g Dessicated Coconut
  • 3 tablespoons Dulce De Leche


These can be frozen before the Dulce de Leche is added - allow to defrost at room temperature for 2 hours before adding the Dulce de Leche


Add the soft cheese and vanilla whilst still mixing on a medium setting. Add the egg yolk .
Reduce the speed of the mixer and add the flour and the baking powder until just combined.
Stop the mixer and fold in the coconut.
Bring the mixture together by hand into a dough and wrap in cling film - Freeze for 30 minutes
Preheat the oven to 180C and line 2 baking trays with baking parchment
Roll the dough into small balls - about the size of a Ferrero Rocher
Make an indentation in the centre with something approx 1/2 cm wide - I used a plastic cake dowel and kept dipping into flour to stop it sticking to the dough. At a push - a little finger belonging to a 4 year old would do!
Bake for 12 minutes - You might want to move the tray around after 10 to ensure an even bake but these are so small that it is not necessary
Remove from the oven, allow to cool for 1-2 minutes then pipe the Dulce de Leche in - I use a disposable piping bag as it is fairly runny

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Well, we had the biggest week ever for Bake of the Week this week – I’m so grateful that you all join in and am loving finding so many new bloggers that bake.

My featured Bake of the week is a lovely creation from Hey Cakes! with her Blueberry & Blood Orange Cake – The decorating is so pretty and I love the thought of that flavour combination.

I’ve separated all the other bakes (all 24 of you lovely people!) in different categories – In honour of Saturday being the most romantic day of the year, we start with Romantic Bakes

romantic bakes

1. Its lovely to welcome Baking in Pyjamas to the Bake of the Week gang with her delightful Raspberry Chocolate Heart Cookies – I think even Dermot might find these romantic!
2. I love the simplicity of Baking Queen 74’s Raspberry Shortbread Hearts – I can imagine children up and down the land making these for their parents
3. How pretty is this Chocolate Cherry Cake from Winnie’s blog? – Beautiful as ever!
4. And even more beautiful (and rather ambitious!) is this White Chocolate Mud Cake again from Winnie’s Blog
5. Just WOW! to the idea of a box of chocolate made from cake – Jibber Jabber nails it! And so much for your ‘limited decorating skills’ – you are amazing!
6. There’s no more romantic day to get married on than Valentines and this wedding cake from Caroline Makes is just exquisite – Such delicate decorations.
7. Not strictly for just Valentine’s Day but these cute little hearts make Baking in Pyjamas’ Cherry Chocolate Coconut Slices romantic nonetheless

For the dough makers amongst us …


8. Domestic Gothess combines timeless Chocolate & Cherries with her Challah complete with the most amazing six strand braid
9. I’m not a fan of olives but could be tempted by this Black Olive Focaccia from Baking in Pyjamas – I will be baking focaccia very soon too.
10. And Baking Queen 74 takes slow cookers to a new level again with her Spinach & Feta Focaccia

Sometimes you don’t want to share, you just want a portion all of your own …

individual bakes

11. You have GOT to read Baking Chocolatess’ post on her Brownie Marshmallow Cookies for the full glory of the marshmallow centre. Cor! – A big warm welcome to her too!
12. Happy New Chinese Year to Eileen and her family from ET Speaks From Home who is celebrating with her peanut cookies
13. Another new entrant and a big wave ‘hello’ to These Little Lights with her Oatmeal Raisin Cookies – I can imagine these disappearing quickly in this house too.
14. Super decorative cookies from Herbs, Spices & Tradition with her Eat Sum More Christmas Cookies made with her grandchildren
15. Using only 5 ingredients but turning out amazingly, Sea Salt & Pepper Caramels from Patisserie Makes Perfect
16. Perfectly uniform Vegan & Gluten Free Rhubarb & Custard Doughnuts from Allotment 2 Kitchen – Incredible for the first time making them.

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17. A superb, rich & dark Chocolate, Peanut & Banana Loaf from Baking Chocolatess
18. Bringing back lovely memories of my Grandma who also used to bake a Coconut Raspberry Cake like this one from Julie’s Family Kitchen
19. Classic Tiramisu and a hello to Bakewell Junction – This looks rather light and delicious!
20. Bonjour to De Tout Coeur Limonsin with her rich, luscious Chocolate Fudge Brownies
21. Another newbie with her lemon white chocolate bars – I’m very tempted to have a go at these from Emotional Baker (Love that blog name!)
22. Super neat almond cake which is also Gluten and Diary Free from This is not my Home – Hello and Welcome!
23. A vegan carrot cake that looks full of goodness and taste from Free From Farmhouse – A lovely blog that I have only discovered this week.
24. And finishing with a flourish is Farmersgirl Kitchen with the sort of Tea Time Cake good bakers should always have in their larder ready (I haven’t :-()

Here is the badge for everyone to include in their post – a link to Bake of the Week is just fine if you’d rather not use the badge but please tell everyone about our gang!

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Its half term next week and its also the most manic of weeks in our house – Baby T is a big grown up 4 next Friday (on the same day that her Daddy turns 37!) Where have those 4 years gone?!? Remember this post? The linky will be extended for 2 weeks so feel free to enter up to 4 bakes each over the fortnight – I’m thinking I will be showcasing a special little girl’s birthday cake next time! I’m also off to Crystal Palace and back (twice) with Millie as she starts her England Talent training for 2015 next week – plus we are squeezing in a couple of days at Alton Towers … and a birthday party!. What are your plans for half term?

In other news, did you watch The Secret Life of 4 year olds last night? Hilarious – I will forever be calling people a ‘Green Toilet’ ;-)

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