Bacon and Leek Filo Tart

Last weekend I went to Faversham Night Market held just after the summer solstice and was inspired by all the wonderful tarts and savouries on sale. The following day I set about trying to make a healthier tart so made a few tweaks to cut calories from this googled recipe for Cheesy leek tart. I skipped the cream and used some creme fraiche left over from last weeks almond cake with milk and cut down the cheese quota by a third. 

The resulting tart was delicious even if I do say so myself and went rather well with a few jersey royals and salad. 

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Toasted Almond Madeira Cake

After the disaster that befell the UK on Friday, there was nothing else to do but bake. I had been meaning to try out this Dan Lepard recipe for toasted almond madeira cake for a while and the end of last week seemed like the right time to give what seemed a very comforting and wintery cake a try.

If I’m honest I thought it would be a bit moister and denser than it was so may try it with ground almonds instead of toasted flaked ones next time. It was still delicious with a cup of tea on a rainy summers afternoon. Dan said the method of mixing in half of the flour before adding the eggs results in a finer crumb texture and it definitely does make a difference.

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Mercado de Abastos – Santiago de Compostela

At the beginning of June I went over to Spain and spent a few days in the Galician region. One of the highlights for me was a visit to Mercado de Abastos, the food market in Santiago de Compostela. Being one of the few times I have taken my camera out of the house I know I need more practice at shooting food in the wild as it were but was quite pleased with the shots I captured. The market is housed in fabulous cool granite avenues which was built in 1873.

Last time I was in Galicia I was fascinated by the Pulpeira stands. A traditional Galician dish where octopus is boiled in large pots, fished out with a hook, cut into slices on a wooden serving plate and then seasoned with olive oil and paprika.

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Tetilla is a Galician artisan cheese made from cows milk. Tetilla is Galician for ‘small breast’ which describes the pear shaped cone of cheese. This cheese has a pale yellow, thin, natural rind or sometimes no rind can be seen at all. Its texture is soft, thick and smooth with scatterings of air pockets. Yellowish ivory in colour Tetilla has a creamy mouth feel with buttery, slightly bitter and tangy flavours surrounding the palate. The maturing, which takes place between 10 and 30 days, happens in the hot and humid climate of Galicia.

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With Galicia being positioned in the NW corner of Spain there is a lot of coastline so fish and seafood appear abundantly on menus. There is a huge selection of the freshest fish and seafood at the market.

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Padrón peppers or pementos de Padrón are probably my favourite food from this region. They are a variety of pepper from the Padrón region in the province of A Coruña. The peppers are customarily fried in oil and sprinkled with sea salt and served as tapas.

They are small peppers (about 5 cm long), with a colour ranging from bright green to yellowish green, and occasionally red. While their taste is usually mild, a minority (10-25%) are particularly hot. Whether a given pepper ends up being hot or mild depends on the amount of water and sunlight it receives during its growth, in addition to temperature. There is a saying that ‘some are hot and some are not’ as you cannot tell from size or colour which are the hot ones.

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On the outside edge of the market is a huge range of fresh fruit and vegetables.

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One of the avenues in the food market built in 1873. It is the second most visited sight in the city after the cathedral.

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After working up an appetite taking in the sights and smells, we enjoyed lunch at Abastos 2.0 who source all their ingredients from the market and change their menu daily based on what is available that day. Below is a seafood and salmon starter that was served with crackers and guacamole.

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Cucumber Rickey Gin Cocktail

I’m still editing shots from my trip to Galicia last week so here’s a cucumber rickey cocktail that I made after seeing it on my Instagram feed a few weeks ago. I was under prepared and didn’t have any crushed ice but it still tasted great. I’m a relatively new convert to gin and do find myself craving one on a warm evening nowadays. I was a little apprehensive of this gingery twist but it worked very nicely.

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Healthier Lemon Tart

My 2016 entry for the Eurovision party was this lower fat lemon tart on BBC Good Food, or tarte au citron seeing as I was bringing a French themed morsel to the party table. It uses low fat creme fraiche instead of cream but none of the party guests could tell it was a healthier take on the tart. I employed the services of Burford Brown eggs as I love the bright colour of their yolks and hope it produced a punchier looking dessert. I also increased the amount of pastry as in many of the comments people said they struggled to line the tart tin although I think my pastry could have been a little thinner.

 

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Overnight Oats

In my quest to lose some weight before the wedding at the end of May I turned to Madeline Shaw’s Get The Glow in the library. There she was smiling smugly on the cover with a bowl of something leafy so I guessed this Overnight Oats recipe that immediately caught my eye whilst flicking through would be super healthy.

Upon consulting friends on Slimming World this was not the case. I had raved to them about this luxurious tasting healthy breakfast which was tough to finish due to its size. Her recipe was for two portions which made each portion highly calorific so I have added a bit of extra almond milk and divided it into 3 portions, but you could probably whittle it down to 4 portions. I also sprinkle a pinch of seeds over the top and a teaspoon of yogurt rather than the suggested 25g of each.

By omitting the yogurt this recipe is dairy free and by omitting the honey also it would be vegan.

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Baked Fishcakes

This recipe is based on the Hairy Dieters home made fishcakes but I tinkered with the quantities slightly based on what I had to hand. I also made these gluten free by using gluten free seeded bread whizzed to breadcrumbs. I can never be bothered with shallow frying and baking these fishcakes also means it’s erring on the healthy side of things which is good as I have a wedding to attend in 6 weeks and don’t want to have to buy a new dress.

In other news, I unfortunately didn’t make it to the final of Food Photographer of the Year 2016 but massive thanks to everyone for their votes, kind words and support in this years competition.

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Pink Lady Food Photographer of the Year – Peoples Choice Vote

As mentioned a few weeks ago, I’ve somehow managed to make the shortlist for the 2016 Pink Lady Food Photographer of the Year awards. Maybe last year wasn’t the fluke I thought it was……

Marmite Sausage Rolls

Once again, lots of stunning images and my marmite sausage rolls are amongst them in the Food Blogger category. If you would like to have a look at this years shortlist you can find it here and a vote, should you like my shot, would be much appreciated. Fingers crossed for good news at the end of April when the finalists are announced.

 

 

 

 

Mini Egg Cake

Later than planned I have managed to write up this Mini Egg Cake on the train(s) to Gatwick (thanks to holiday engineering work it’s taking 3 hrs just to get to the airport). I’m heading home to Cornwall for Easter and made this chocolate and vanilla cake for my neighbours as a thank you for feeding my little monsters while I’m away. Rob declared that he doesn’t like chocolate cake but I’m pretty sure this will bring him round. Happy Easter folks!

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Victoria Sandwich

I have a new oven… That cooks things…..in the time it’s supposed to! So to celebrate and test out said new oven I thought I’d christen it with a classic Victoria sponge sandwich. I can report it had a nice even bake and no noticeable hot spots. For the last few weeks I have been redecorating and sprucing up my tiny kitchen so will have to wait a while before I put the oven to more testing. In more exciting news, I’m thrilled to have been shortlisted in this years Pink Lady Food Photography Awards. Now I have a tense wait to find out if I make it to the final again. Fingers crossed!

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