satiations and salivations of a culinary nerd

well turned out. PHEW! Heart.In.Mouth. Whoop whoop!

My friend Claire has bought me the best thing I’ve ever seen. Holy gamoly.

Once Upon a Time… there was a girl and a mountain of ingredients for red velvet cake. And so began an epic tale of wedding cake preparation and baking will power. Will the girl survive? Will Brendan and Roz have a wedding cake? Will Dinosaur Jack arrive to save the day with the cardboard cutting and fondant rolling? Wait and see…

Hey guys, posting this recipe up soon- it’s really easy! Just haven’t had the time or patience to type it all out- so giving you a preview this way (to get me motivated). Hope you’ve got all your shopping done. xxKC

Momma Crusader and I made a Christmas dessert canape together for the up-coming festive favourites (Sweet Adventures) blog hop. Here are some pics to temptand tantalize you until the recipe is posted on the 19th… If you have a recipe for a Christmas dessert that you want to blog about- join our hop! Get some details right here.

This looks delicious and crazy! I want it.

84thand3rd:

I shall call you Cinnamon Swirl Pie Crust - the next Pumpkin Pie I make is getting this as a base.
(via Taste for Adventure)

This looks delicious and crazy! I want it.

84thand3rd:

I shall call you Cinnamon Swirl Pie Crust - the next Pumpkin Pie I make is getting this as a base.

(via Taste for Adventure)

Rum snap ice cream sandwiches for Nathalie’s birthday lunch (recipe soon!)

Grilled Haloumi and Mushroom burgers with Raspberry Ketchup for Nathalie’s birthday (recipe soon!)

Recently I’ve been getting a bit all up and into slowly cooked chunks of meat. You might have noticed this in a previous tumblr post I did on slow cooking a lamb forequarter.

Well, I made purple carrot pan fried gnocchi to serve with that pulled apart lamb forequarter (and served it with broad beans). That’s the second set of pictures here…

Above that is some pictures of me making pulled pork pies, which I served with red cabbage and beans, as well as a mango ketchup. It was HEAVENLY. The recipes will be up soon. And the best thing aboput slow cooked meat is hos easy it is. It’s SO easy, just get a good mixture to rub liberally into the meat before cooking 9that’s what the “messy hand picture” is of. Then bake/slow cook for half an age. Done and delicious. 

What’s your favourite slow cooked meal?

I am taking part in a super exciting dessert blogger challenge series called: Sweet Adventures. The current recipe challenge is pavlova. You can read all about it here. Anyway: today I finalised my recipe/s with moral Dinosaur Jack support. Purple mini pavs with a choice of toppings… marscarpone cream with peaches and lavender pistachio toffee, caramelised pineapple with shredded coconut cream and black sesame seeds AAAAAAAnd: Ginger mango with lime and sesame… Yay! Look out! Here are the recipes.

Also you can read about some of my ridiculous stresses regarding pavlovas here