Here are 7 ideas for using up your leftover chocolate…
Chocolate Chip Bread Pudding
Bread pudding is easy to make and - as an added bonus - uses up any stale bread, too. Just chop some leftover chocolate and sprinkle it into the bread pudding mixture before scraping into the tin and baking. You could also add the broken up chocolate to bread and butter puddings, tucking the pieces in between the bread slices before pouring the custard on top and baking. Don’t forget other desserts - swirl broken up pieces of chocolate into warm, vanilla-speckled rice pudding for a luxurious touch. Lovely.
Ganache Cake Topping
Made a cake and don’t know what to top it with? Indulge in a glossy ganache topping made from your leftover Easter eggs. To cover the top of a cake that’s 21cm wide, break 120g leftover chocolate into a bowl and add 100ml double cream. Heat gently, in a bowl placed over a pan of simmering water, until the chocolate has melted. Make sure the bowl containing the chocolate and the spoon
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If you’re lucky enough to have an excess of Easter eggs after this weekend and can’t face chomping on them straight from the pack, why not transform them into something else?By Jo Romero | Yahoo Lifestyle – Tue, Apr 15, 2014 13:39 BST
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Is Mum a food lover? Then you’re in luck. Here are ten foodie gifts she will love - just in time for Mothering SundayBy Jo Romero | Yahoo Lifestyle – Thu, Mar 27, 2014 11:19 GMT
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The St. Ermin’s Hotel at St James’s Park is hosting a special Newby tea tasting event, where a tea expert will be on hand to reveal all about the evolution, customs and etiquette of tea drinking. Mum can then be treated to a Spring Afternoon Bellini Tea created by Masterchef finalist Adam Handling.
Or maybe Mum would prefer a coffee? Then Chocolate Ecstasy Tours have a Coffee and Chocolate Tour that would be right up her street. The 3-hour tour involves learning about coffee and the different types and flavours, along with chocolate samples and VIP discounts. Check out the Chocolate Ecstasy Tours website for more information - tours are priced at £45 per person and gift vouchers are also available.Photo © Kavita Favelle 2014.
White Chocolate and Raspberry Bark
This white chocolate bark is really simple to make - a perfect home-made gift for Mum this Mother’s Day. We've added dried raspberry pieces for flavour - but you could experiment with
Eating gluten-free? Then check out these simple and tasty recipes for some mealtime inspiration…By Jo Romero | Yahoo Lifestyle – Tue, Mar 25, 2014 17:00 GMT
Pulled Pork with Quick Chipotle Beans
Pulled pork is one of the easiest joints of meat to cook - you just season the pork shoulder joint and slide it into the oven, leaving it to roast slowly all day. Serve with these smoky, spicy beans, some plain boiled rice, avocado, lettuce and a spoonful of sour cream on the side. Serves 4-6, with leftover pork.
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pork shoulder joint, approx 1.6kg
salt and pepper
400g tin borlotti beans (or other beans of your choice)
400g tin chopped tomatoes
your favourite chipotle chilli sauce, to taste (check the label to make sure it’s gluten-free)
Turn the oven up to as high as it will go - around gas mark 8-9 or 220ºC. Lay the pork shoulder, skin-side up, on a shallow roasting tray and season with salt and pepper. Roast in the hot oven for 25 minutes and then turn the oven down to gas mark 3/170ºC. Continue to cook slowly for 5 hours, or until the meat is tender and can be shredded with a fork. Take out of the oven and leave to rest while you make
Irish food is so much more than stew and spuds. Celebrate St. Paddy's Day with these mouthwatering Irish dishesBy Jo Romero | Yahoo Lifestyle – Mon, Mar 17, 2014 10:36 GMT
Are you planning a special meal to celebrate St. Patrick’s Day? Then take inspiration from some of these chef’s recipes, inspired by Irish dishes and ingredients. What will you be making?
Parlour’s Famous Soda Bread
This recipe comes from Jesse Dunford Wood, owner and head chef at Parlour in Kensal Rise, London. Makes about six small loaves.
375g plain flour
125g porridge oats
15g bicarbonate of soda
30g soft brown sugar
50g black treacle
Mix together the ingredients to form a dough. Dust with flour and cut into quarters. Cut deep, spray with water, then dust heavily with flour. Bake at 220ºC in an oven with a low fan setting - or better still, no fan, so the flour doesn’t get blown off, for 17 minutes.
The dough can be stored in the fridge for up to 5 days to be baked when needed.
Menthol Molly Cocktail
This St. Patrick’s Day cocktail was devised by Steve Manktelow from Goat Chelsea and the Chelsea Prayer Room. Serves 1.
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50ml Tullamore Dew
Cook up a treat for friends and family while watching the rugby this weekend with these themed snacksBy Jo Romero | Yahoo Lifestyle – Wed, Mar 12, 2014 17:58 GMT
Been following the Six Nations rugby tournament? Here are six party recipes, inspired by ingredients and dishes from the participating countries. Who will you be cheering on?
Wales: Glamorgan Sausage Bites
You can adapt a Glamorgan sausage recipe to make bite-sized party nibbles. These treats are vegetarian and kids love them too. You can even get them to help with grating the cheese or combining the mixture. Makes 12-14.
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100g Caerphilly cheese, rind cut off and discarded
100g fresh breadcrumbs
1 small leek, washed, trimmed and finely sliced
1 tbsp chives
pinch of salt and pepper
40g Panko breadcrumbs
Grate the Caerphilly cheese and place in a bowl, adding the fresh breadcrumbs, leek, two of the eggs and the chives. Season with a pinch of salt and pepper and stir, to combine the ingredients well.
Crack the remaining egg in a separate, small bowl and tip the Panko breadcrumbs into another small bowl.
Heat a teaspoon of olive oil in a non-stick frying pan and pinch a
We share expert tips for preparing and cooking fish.By Jo Romero | Yahoo Lifestyle – Thu, Mar 6, 2014 13:51 GMT
Although we’re an island nation, surveys suggest that many of us aren’t that comfortable with preparing or cooking fish. But fish shouldn’t be overlooked - it can be cheap, healthy and nutritious. We asked experts for their advice on everything from how to buy the freshest fish to which sauces to serve alongside…
And today (Friday 14th March) you can head to Sainsbury's and get a free alternative when you ask for one of the Big Five: cod, haddock, tuna, salmon and prawns at the fish counter.Read More »from How to get more fish in your diet – expert tips
Buying the freshest fish
The ‘fishy’ smell can sometimes put people off cooking fish - but very fresh fish won’t smell fishy at all. Head Chef Ben Fisher at The Gallivant in Rye told Yahoo that shoppers should look for fish that has “bright eyes, bloody gills, slimy skin and is firm to the touch.” Avoid fish with sunken, cloudy eyes – an indication that the fish is no longer at its best - and always eat (or freeze) as soon as possible after purchase.
Easy filleting tips
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Clean eating's been a buzz word for the beginning of January so our food writer sheds some light on what it is and how to clean up your dietBy Jo Romero | Jo Romero – Wed, Jan 8, 2014 11:40 GMT
It’s January. And after the excesses of Christmas the prospect of a detox is probably at its most appealing. But instead of jumping on the usual flurry of faddy January diets, could ‘clean eating’ be the answer?Read More »from What is ‘clean eating’ and how to start
We look at what it is and how you can start.
Clean Eating: the basics
Clean eating has increased in popularity, championed by American health writer Tosca Reno. It’s not so much a diet as a lifestyle choice which shuns processed foods and refined sugars in favour of whole, natural foods. And you can incorporate ‘clean eating’ into any diet - if you’re vegetarian, vegan or need to eat gluten-free you can still eat clean - just remember that if you do eat meat and dairy they should be eaten in their natural, unprocessed form.
Fans of clean eating also say that it can reward you with clearer skin, more energy and deeper sleep. It can also help you lose weight - not surprising as you’ll have ditched processed foods that are often calorie-laden and low on nutrients.
So how do you get
The world’s longest yule log? A mince pie that costs £3,000? If you thought your Christmas traditions were extreme, check these out...By Jo Romero | Yahoo Lifestyle – Wed, Dec 18, 2013 13:38 GMTLargest chocolate Santa
Executive pastry chef Laurent Branlord made this huge chocolate Santa Claus for a display at the Walt Disney World Swan and Dolphin Resort in Florida. It weighs 1,200lbs (around 544kg), contains 2,956,818 calories and took 300 hours to finish. A spokesperson from Disney told Yahoo! that every year Laurent Branlord creates an extra chocolate figure to add the to display and this year it was the giant nutcracker to Santa’s right. Bet you’d struggle to get that in your stocking.
The World’s ‘Most Precious’ Christmas PuddingRead More »from The world's most EXTREME Christmas food
After offering a £125,000 four-course Christmas dinner last year, luxury website VeryFirstTo.com have something very special on offer this year: the world’s most precious Christmas pudding. The £23,500 pud, which will serve 12 people, is to be created by pastry chef Martin Chiffers. Ingredients include a 200-year old Cognac (costing £10,890 per bottle), Agawa dates, Mamra almonds and other fine alcohols and organic ingredients. And for luck? A gold
If you've got some extra time this weekend why not try rustling up one of these tasty treats?By Jo Romero | Yahoo Lifestyle – Fri, Oct 25, 2013 11:54 BST
Breakfast is often called the most important meal of the day - so take time over it this weekend with these indulgent breakfast recipes.Read More »from Breakfast recipes for slow weekends: Cinnamon doughnuts and sweet potato pancakes
Apple and Cinnamon Mini Doughnuts
You’ll need a mini doughnut mould to create these bite-sized doughnuts with the classic combination of grated apple and a sticky, cinnamon glaze. They’re oven-baked, not deep-fried - just plonk a batch on the table and see how quickly they disappear.
60g plain flour
30g golden caster sugar
1 tsp baking powder
quarter teaspoon cinnamon
1 apple - peeled, cored and grated
100ml semi-skimmed milk
half teaspoon vanilla extract
20g butter, melted and left to cool slightly
For the glaze
4 tbsp icing sugar
quarter teaspoon cinnamon
Preheat your oven to 180ºC. In a bowl, combine the flour, sugar, baking powder, cinnamon and grated apple. In a jug, mix together the milk, vanilla, egg and butter. Pour the wet mixture into the dry ingredients and stir until you get a smooth batter. Scrape the batter into a
Creamy curries, rum-soaked bananas and new ways with jerk seasoning - we love the tropical tastes of the Caribbean, but you don't need a holiday to enjoy themBy Jo Romero | Jo Romero – Thu, Aug 15, 2013 10:23 BST
It’s Caribbean Food Week next week in the UK (19-25 August) and so you can get involved, we’ve come up with four simple Caribbean-inspired recipes you can make at home.Read More »from For Caribbean Food Week try these tasty recipes with a tropical twist
Rum bananas, anyone?
Caribbean Prawn Curry Lettuce Cups
These lettuce leaves are filled with prawns cooked in a creamy mild Caribbean curry sauce - perfect served as a starter or a light snack. They take just a few minutes to make. Makes 8 cups.
1 tsp olive oil
1 tsp Caribbean Mild Curry Powder
180g fresh raw, peeled prawns
2 tbsp coconut cream
pinch of salt
quarter tsp dark brown muscovado sugar
8 little gem or gem heart lettuce leaves, washed and dried
1 small spring onion, finely sliced
2 tbsp finely chopped sweet red pepper
Gently heat the olive oil in a non-stick frying pan. Stir in the curry powder and fry for about 1 minute, until fragrant. Tip in the prawns, coating them in the spices and then pour in the coconut cream - you just need enough to make a sauce that will cling to the prawns. Add a pinch of