Friday, 31 October 2014

Vegetable Palette: Halloween Colours Round Up #4

The idea behind 'The Vegetable Palette: natures colours - natures goodness'' is to make something with either a fruit, vegetable or combination of both each month.  You can make absolutely anything that you wish - sweet or savoury -  from a soup, a salad dish, a smoothie, a juice, a stew, a hot pot, a curry, a pie, a pasta dish, cookies or even a cake  - absolutely anything, so long as the recipe is vegetarian and includes a vegetable/and or fruit with the chosen colour.  
The theme for October was Halloween Colours.   
Janet from The Taste Space shares a beautiful bowl of soup, that also has a very pretty name Three Sisters Soup (Black Bean, Corn and Squash Soup)    Janet writes that the name The Three Sisters refers to the dietary staple of the Meso-American diet: beans, corn and squash. As a vegetable grower, I learned that these three vegetables are often found growing together as they benefit from each other, well in this soup they certainly compliment each other. The recipe comes from one of her new cookbooks, Extraordinary Vegan, I have been persuaded by her to put it on my wish list. 
Kate from the Gluten Free Alchemist comes to us with Patty Pan, Purple Carrot, Pine- Nut and Cheese Muffins.  These gluten free savoury muffins are made with ingredients sourced from her local farm shop in Kent, including the purple carrots, It was Kate's first time eating and cooking with purple carrots, and she was delighted with the result.  I love the look of these muffins, as a fan of the sweet ones, its just a matter of time that savoury ones such as this one will be appearing on my table.  
Choclette from the Chocolate Log Blog comes to us with something a little more snack or a light bite - that is of course if you share it (not if you eat a whole one), its a Squash, walnut and Goats Cheese Pizza.   There is sweetness from the squash, crunch from the walnuts and tang from the Goats cheese.  Choclette dubs as the best pizza ever.  Go on over and find out why?! Psst let me give you a hint... the sauce is no ordinary tomato sauce, its chocolate tomato sauce.  Different eh?!
Kavita from Kavey Eats shares something a little more substantial Butternut Squash, Black Garlic and Blue Cheese Bake .  The bake is made with homegrown golden butternut squash, but what is more interesting is the home-made Black Garlic Cheese that was bestowed upon her by her good friend Dave (Shu the recipe is top secret!), so I insist you go on over and check out the black garlic cheese in all its black glory, you will be totally amazed - who would have funk it, black cheese!  Kavita also added some blue cheese to the bake for extra salty kick.  This definitely sounds like the kind of dish my husband would love.
And lastly, but not least Ros from More Than The Occasional Baker delights us with a Roasted Butternut Squash, Apple and Pecan Bundt Cake with Maple Cinnamon Glaze.   Ros decided to roast the butternut squash in the oven, in fact she caramelized it with some brown sugar before adding it to the cake mix with chunky chopped apples, as well as lots of warming spices like cinnamon, nutmeg and mixed spice.  And then she goes and tops it with a maple cinnamon glaze, oh my, this makes it even more appealing.  I would really like a slice of this cake with a cuppa, woudn't you? 

Thank you so so much to every one who has participated this month in the #VegetablePalette. Please do go by and check out the entries.  Also I really hope you will participate this month too. November 2014 #VegetablePalette Challenge is White Vegetables...think cauliflower,  white cabbage, kohlrabi, onions, potatoes, mushrooms, mooli, maybe even white sweetcorn or white asparagus !  For details on how to participate follow this link.   

Thursday, 30 October 2014

Round Up Eat Your Greens #5

Welcome to Eat Your Greens Round Up  #5.    This is a monthly vegetarian cooking challenge for food bloggers.  
The  'Eat Your Greens'  challenge was launched a few months ago. The  idea behind 'Eat Your Greens' is really simple, to make something with a green vegetable each month.  
The first recipe comes from Linsy Patel from Home Cooked Food with a Pesto Pasta with Grilled Vegetables.   The pesto is made with the soft fragrant herb basil.  
We have another pesto infused dish, this time it comes from Rachel Cotterill.  Rachel shares her home-made Courgette and Mushroom Pesto Pie filled with chestnut mushrooms and baby sweetcorn.
And finally, a beautiful and decadent green Kale Cake  with cream cheese frosting comes from Johanna of Green Gourmet Giraffe.  Yes, I said 'Kale' in a cake.  I think me and Johanna are on the same wavelength, as I have also had this gorgeous recipe bookmarked, its just nice to see that it can be made at home. 

Thank you to Linsy, Rachel and Johanna for their green eat recipes.  If you would like to share your #Eat Your Greens recipes for November, then please follow this link for details on how to participate.

Wednesday, 22 October 2014

Chips Away

I'm off on my first holiday in four years, famous for chocolate, chips and beer. 
Can you guess where?

I will tell you when I get back. 

Sunday, 19 October 2014

Yarn Bombing People Like Us

Every other weekend, I will go into Cardiff, sometimes for window shopping or sometimes for pleasure, but last month, I found myself having to go into the Cardiff Bay area for a meeting.  I was there a little too early, so decided to walk along the Mermaid Quay, when I saw what made me smile.  I've seen this cluster of statues before, they are called 'People Like Us' representing the cultural and ethnic diversity of Cardiff - past and present. The dog, woman and man had all been given a cosy and colourful make-over with some gorgeous knits, otherwise known as yarn bombing. The statue woman is wearing a headband, flowers wrapped around her arm like a bracelet as well as the knitted bikini, the man knitted shorts and the dog a bandana.  I became aware of yarn bombing first when I lived in Glasgow, one example was finding this little monkey with a knitted hat at the Glasgow Botanical Garden.  

Anyway, this particular yarn bombing came courtesy of a South Wales based yarn guerrilla-ists called Woolly Welsh Wo/Men.  The aim of the Woolly Welsh Wo/Men is to make your smile (it certainly does);  produce occasional quirky yarn stormings; and beautify the local.  Whenever I see yarn bombing, its makes me all envious and wish I could crochet or knit. I try and give up, every time.