Wednesday, 29 July 2015

Peach Melba 'Eton Mess', with Aquafaba

Peach melba 'Eton Mess', with Aquafaba

A couple of months ago I came across the wonder of 'Aquafaba'.  I suspect most people will have come across this modern day miracle by now, but just in case anybody hasn't heard of it, Aquafaba is the liquid found in tinned beans, used to make egg free bakes!  Yes, egg free!  So anything from meringues to brownies and cookies and even royal icing to pasta!  Who ever made this discovery is a genius, and I doff my cap to them!  Clearly such a massive break through for vegan bakes & cooking.


Sunday, 26 July 2015

Gajar Ka Halwa (Carrot Pudding)

Gajar Ka Halwa (Carrot Pudding)

Gajar Ka Halwa is a carrot pudding made in many Asian households and traditional curry houses.  It principally consists of grated carrots, cream and cardamom; it's absolutely beautiful being full of flavour and lightly spiced.  It can be eaten warm, which is how I enjoyed it, or cold, perhaps with a drizzle of milk.  It also keeps well for several days if covered and placed in the fridge.

First & foremost, I'd like to say a BIG 'thank you' to Kiran and her mum Rukhsana for very kindly sharing this recipe with me and being happy for it to feature on Only Crumbs Remain.  So all credit goes to these two wonderful ladies.  Kiran is one of Mr E's work colleagues.  She is off to pastures new now, so "Good luck Kiran in your new job, we hope to hear from you soon.  Thank you for sharing your wonderful family recipe with us." 


Saturday, 25 July 2015

Kitchenalia #5 - Essential Picnic Items

Picnic Items
Do you want to join me for a picnic?

It's the time of year now when many people enjoy going out and about for a picnic, taking with them some delectable & yummy food.  The children have broken up for their long summer holiday, the sun is out (in theory), there are blue skies all around (also in theory) and people, generally, enjoy getting out into the countryside for a picnic.

So with this in mind, I though I'd share with you a few useful items for a summer picnic which I came across after a little search of the internet.


Tuesday, 21 July 2015

Cholla - 5 Strand Braid

Cholla - 5 strand braid

Cholla, it's such a stunning loaf of bread when plaited, and gorgeous to eat!  It's one of Mr E's favourite home made loaves; and being an enriched dough it's so lovely to work with.

I first came across this loaf whilst watching 'Britain's Best Bakery' a couple of years ago.  Did you ever watch it, hosted by Mich Turner and Peter Sidwell?  I really enjoyed it, though sit me in front of most baking programme and you won't hear a peep out of me, other than the obligatory 'Mmm'.


Saturday, 18 July 2015

'You Are What You Eat' - Cholesterol!

This post is somewhat different to what I usually share here on Only Crumbs Remain, yet it is still vey much food related.  It relates to my mum's experience in trying to reduce her cholesterol level by addressing her diet.

I think it's important that I say from the outset that this is simply about my mum's experience. Mr E & I are not doctors or nurses.  Far from it.  And therefore if you are reading this because you yourself (or someone dear to you) have a cholesterol problem, do please discuss the issue with your GP.  And PLEASE DONOT stop taking any medication without the agreement from your GP.   


Thursday, 16 July 2015

Cherry Clafoutis

Cherry Clafoutis

Happy National Cherry Day everybody! 

To honour the beautiful cherry, I had intended to make some fancy cupcakes, however my week didn't contain enough hours (you know what it's like!) and so I realised I needed to use our purchased cherries in something a little less time consuming.   The cherry cupcake idea shall wait for another day.

The dish which Mr E & I decided to make to feature these beautiful fruits was the easy and straight forward Cherry Clafoutis, though I'm sure you've already worked that  one out!  I have learnt that the clafoutis is a speciality dish of the Limousin region in France and the name comes from a word meaning to cover or fill.

Thursday, 9 July 2015

Apple Crumble & Custard Cupcakes

 A fun, delicious bake which sees the classic dessert of apple crumble and custard housed in a simple cupcake sponge.

  Apple Crumble & Custard Cupcakes
Post Script: I'm so delighted to have won the #HomeBakerSalute award for my humble Apple Crumble & Custard Cupcakes   (
Apple crumble and custard!!  Mmmm!  Yes Please!!

It's certainly one of those desserts which is likely to be ordered if it's listed on a menu when Mr E & I eat out.  The problem comes when said dessert is listed alongside lemon meringue pie and cheesecake!  Decisions. Decisions.  If I ordered all 3 you wouldn't judge me too harshly would you?! :-) 


Tuesday, 7 July 2015

Homemade Pizza with Feta Cheese & Pesto

Homemade Pizza with Feta Cheese & Pesto

Who's for pizza? 

Mr E & I adore pizza.  Up until a couple of years ago we would always buy frozen manufactured pizzas when we fancied something quick and easy.

But all that has now changed.

Friday, 3 July 2015

Strawberry & Elderflower 'No Churn' Yoghurt Icecream

Strawberry & Elderflower 'No Churn' Yoghurt Ice Cream

For a few weeks many of us Brits have been wondering where the summer had got to, asking for it to be posted back to us should it be found!  Well, we can now categorically confirm that summer has now been found and returned to us.  With knobs on! 


Wednesday, 1 July 2015

Summery Strawberry Roulade with Basil

Summer Strawberry Roulade with Basil & Mascarpone

This little beauty was a first for me.  Despite loving all things meringue I'd never made a roulade until the other week, thinking it was difficult.  How wrong was I!!  It truly isn't difficult.  Once you've got your meringue made, it's a quick bake in the oven to allow it to become soft and marshmallowy, and a quick roll up with cream and fruit once cold.  Super easy; and incredibly tasty!