What’s Cooking – Cauliflower Bake

What’s Cooking – Cauliflower BakeThis is a very hot recipe, almost straight from the oven.

Really, it isn’t a joke :-)

We just had it for dinner today; it was lovely… so lovely in fact that I have decided to share it with you.

Ingredients:

  • 1 medium size cauliflower
  • 50g of cooked bacon (I used one from the pack bought in the store on ready meats section)
  • 50g mushrooms; sliced
  • 1 carrot; grated
  • 125ml single cream
  • 3tbsp mayonnaise
  • 200g grated mozzarella cheese (or cheddar if you prefer a stronger taste)
  • 1tsp mixed herbs
  • Salt and pepper to taste

Method:

Preheat oven to 180C (160C if fan assisted).

Wash your cauliflower and cut it into bite size florets.

Steam it for 10 minutes (or alternatively cook in a pan of water for 8 minutes), drain well and allow to cool.

In a large bowl combine the cream, mayonnaise, half of your bacon (crumbled into small pieces), carrot, mushrooms and mixed herbs; season with salt and pepper and mix well.

Stir in half of the cheese.

Add your cauliflower and make sure that it is nicely coated with the mix.

Place in your baking dish; add the remaining bacon (this time with some larger pieces) and cover with the second half of the cheese.

Pop into earlier preheated oven and bake for 20 minutes.

Remove from the oven and serve.

What’s Cooking - Cauliflower BakeYour cauliflower bake should be al dente (i.e. crunchy). If you prefer your veggies to be softer just let it bake for additional 10 to 15 minutes.

It works well as a part of a bigger dinner (we had it with roasted potatoes and Mexican chicken drumsticks) or as a self standing dish. It can be eaten warm or cold, the choice is yours; but trust me when I say it is far nicer when straight from the oven.

Do you like cauliflower?

What’s your favourite way of serving it?

Future proofing the nursery

Future proofing the nursery with Worlds ApartWith the time flying by so quickly our nursery is now no longer fully functional. Baby has learnt how to crawl and he is wondering all over the house; to keep him still he needs entertainment and that means a lot of toys to keep him busy… and toys need storage space.

As it ended up we are lacking quite a bit in this department.

But not too worry… just when we were trying to figure out how to resolve this problem and what to buy Worlds Apart came to the rescue.

We were offered pieces for a review from new HelloHome collections:

HelloHome StarBright Toddler CollectionHelloHome BearHug Toddler CollectionBoth collections are truly beautiful, well designed and definitely child friendly, wouldn’t you agree?

We actually struggled with our choice; StarBright will go much better with the rest of the room colour wise, but BearHug is just so adorable that we simply couldn’t resist. Thinking about the future and what we would need to transform the nursery into a toddler room we chose BearHug… and thinking about the present and what we need right now we went for the BearHug storage stack.

Future proofing the nursery with Worlds ApartHelloHome BearHug storage stack comes flat packed and it takes literally just a few minutes to put it together. All you have to do is to attach a few screws to poles and you got your stack ready; really simple and totally foolproof, as they say, even I could do it.

HelloHome BearHug Storage StackThe stack itself looks beautiful; the pastel colours make them a suitable addition to any kids’ room and the bear faces just make them extra cute and friendly. We were wondering if the pink / red box will not look out of place too much in a boy’s room, but it doesn’t; it looks really great and it is adding that so much needed warmth into the room.

Future proofing the nursery with Worlds ApartFuture proofing the nursery with Worlds Apart.Future proofing the nursery with Worlds Apart...A very big plus of this stack is its weight or lack of. The stack is very light which makes it extremely portable and a breeze to move for cleaning. For now our BearHug storage stack has its place on the floor, box next to box, so Baby can reach and simply grab any toy he fancies at the time, but in the future when more toddler furniture’s will start to arrive in the room and floor space will become more of an issue, it will be stacked as it should or even placed on the shelves… as it ended up each box fits perfectly in our built-in unit; it almost like they were meant to be there from the beginning.

I know that in the future we will need even more storage to help keep all toys neatly in order but for this moment our BearHug storage stack is ideal and just what we need. I think it is a great starting piece for transforming a baby room into a toddler one. Next piece on the shopping list is the BearHug toy box; we just need Baby to start walking so he can reach into the box :-)

Future proofing the nursery with Worlds Apart. Future proofing the nursery with Worlds ApartWhat’s your storage idea to help keep all those toys tidy?

Do you like the look of our new BearHug storage stack?

Double Chocolate and Cherry Cake

Last Sunday I decided to combine my love for chocolate and fruit and as a result I created a double chocolate and cherry cake.

My Double Chocolate and Cherry CakeI have to admit my first cake didn’t work out so well. The mixture was fine but the temperature of the oven was way too high resulting in a burnt top and a seriously undercooked middle… so I tried again… I changed my ingredients mix a little, used a shallow tray instead of a loaf tin and of course lowered the baking temperature… all the changes worked perfectly and as a result we had extra yummy chocolate and cherry cake :-)

Ingredients:

  • 3 eggs
  • 150g self-raising flour
  • 150g caster sugar
  • 150g unsalted butter, softened
  • 1tsp baking powder
  • 2tbsp coco powder
  • 50g pitted cherries
  • 50g dark chocolate; crushed
  • 50g white chocolate (optional for decoration)

Method:

Preheat the oven to 140C fan (160C if your oven is not fan assisted).

Grease and line one 9”x11” brownie type tin.

Cherries for Double Chocolate and Cherry CakeHalf your cherries and make sure there is no remaining stones.

Chocolate for Double Chocolate and Cherry CakeBreak up the dark chocolate into small chunks or just like I do cut it roughly with a heavy sharp knife.

In a large bowl sift and mix together all the dry ingredients being: flour, sugar, cocoa and baking powder.

Add the softened butter and eggs– mix all the ingredients until combined and smooth.

Add your cherries and dark chocolate and mix gently.

Pour into your earlier prepared tin.

Bake in the centre of your pre-heated oven for 30-35min till risen and nicely browned, you can always check it is fully cooked by inserting a wooden toothpick or skewer and if it comes out clean then it is done.

Remove from the oven and allow to cool down.

Melt 50g off white chocolate and decorate your cake with a desired pattern with a small piping bag. I am quite rubbish when it comes to cake decorating so I wasn’t even able to achieve straight lines :-(

Cut, serve and enjoy! Or optionally hide it and pretend it didn’t bake as well as it should have so you can eat it all by yourself later on, you will be full and happy but will not make many friends, your call.

Double Chocolate and Cherry CakeAny idea what cake should I bake next?

I am thinking coconut as I have just bought a giant bag of coconut flakes but I am open to your suggestions.