White chocolate and Strawberry Trifle

Trifle never did it for me. I really hate the combination of cold custard and jelly and soggy sponge. which is what most trifles consist of. However, this  trifle is YUMMY. Strawberries, white chocolate, crumbled amaretti biscuits and amaretto soaked sponge, sandwiched between vanilla whipped cream. Everyone loves this dessert and it looks really impressive with the strawberries pressed against the glass.  I made mine in small glasses and sundae glasses, but the recipe suggests a large bowl. I would have used ours but unfortunately I managed to break it getting it out of the cupboard; and it was my mum and dads wedding present… oops!

The recipe is by Lorraine Pascale at:http://www.bbc.co.uk/food/recipes/my_big_fat_tipsy_trifle_16006

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Pesto and Tomato Bites and Bacon and Chedder Straws

2 in one post, I only took 1 picture so here are both recipes in one :b

I made these both for our family Christmas Eve party, everyone seemed to love them, and my dad is slightly crazy about them!

The pesto squares are my own recipe, and the bacon straws are a wonderful Lorraine Pascale recipe, find at :http://www.bbc.co.uk/food/recipes/bacon_and_mature_cheddar_58920

Pesto Squares (makes about 20)

1 jar or a good amount of homemade pesto

20 cherry tomatos, sliced in half

1 block of ready made puff pastry

100g chedder, grated

1 egg, to brush

1. Preheat the oven to 180 degrees. Roll out the puff pastry to about 1 cm thick

2. Cut into equal squares

3. Place squares on baking tray and prick the centres with a fork to stop them puffing up

4. Spoon 1 tsp of pesto onto each square and spread it around, then top with the cherry tomatoes. Sprinkle the cheese on the top.

5. Bake for 15-20 mins or until golden.

Salmon and sweet potato fish cakes

I love these fish cakes. The recipe is from Lorraine Pascale’s Home Cooking Made Easy programme or book. Honestly lovely when served in a warm pitta bread, makes me smile.

Recipe

  • 500ml vegetable or fish stock
  • 400g sweet potato, peeled and diced (about 3 smallish ones)
  • 200-250g salmon or trout fillets, skin removed and each one cut in half
  • Large pinch of paprika
  • Squeeze of lime juice
  • 1 bunch of fresh chives, finely chopped
  • Salt and freshly ground black pepper
  • 1 egg, lightly beaten
  • Oil for shallow frying or oiling
  • 1 lime cut into quarters to garnish (optional)
Coating
  • 1 egg lightly beaten
  • 100g dried breadcrumbs
The fishcakes can be either shallow fried in a little oil for 2-3 minutes over a medium heat or baked in a pre-heated oven for  20-30 minutes at 180c/160c fan/Gas 4

  1. Pour the stock into a saute pan and bring to the boil.  Add the sweet potato chunks and fish and cover with a lid.  Cook for about 10 minutes (although this may vary according to the thickness of the fish) until the sweet potato and salmon are cooked.
  2. Take the pan off the heat and drain well into a colander, then return the fish and sweet potato back to the pan, add the paprika, lime juice, chives, salt and pepper and the beaten egg, then mash.
  3. Divide the mixture into four to six and then shape into fishcake shapes.
  4. For the coating, put the egg in one bowl and the breadcrumbs in another.  Dip a fish cake into the egg, spooning the egg all over to ensure it is completely covered then dip it in the breadcrumbs.  Repeat with the other fish cakes.
  5. If you are going to shallow fry then, refrigerate for an hour first to allow them to keep their shape when cooked.  Shallow fry in a little oil for 2-3 minutes over a medium heat.
  6. If you are baking them, they can go straight on to a very lightly oiled baking tray and into the oven for 20-30 minutes.