We Should Cocoa – Anything Goes Round-Up

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We Should Cocoa | 30th August 2015 | By

Lots of chocolatey goodness in this month’s We Should Cocoa. As we had a nice easy holiday theme of Anything Goes, there’s even more of a diversity of entries than usual. The one thing that unifies them is their delectable demeanour and desirability. As this wasn’t a specific challenge, I was a bit more relaxed about the rules this time and I’m doing the round-up a little differently.


Blackcurrant Vinegar

Blackcurrant Vinegar

Gifts, Preserves, Speedy | 27th August 2015 | By

Fruit vinegars make a wonderful addition to many dishes. Vinegar captures the essence of the fruit beautifully reminding us of the season in which it was harvested. This blackcurrant vinegar gives a flavoursome tang to sauces, salads and desserts. It goes particularly well with beetroot. A little poured over simple vanilla ice-cream gives a real wow factor and mixed with water, it makes a refreshing drink.


Gadgets to Go in the Tin and Thyme Kitchen

Equipment Reviews | 25th August 2015 | By

It’s been a while since I showcased some of the products that have made it into the Tin and Thyme kitchen in recent weeks. This post is all about the gadgets.


Bounty Full Chocolate Biscuit Birthday Cake

Birthday Tiffin

No Bake | 22nd August 2015 | By

Last year I asked CT what he would like for his birthday. A trifle was his response. OK. I duly made a trifle and very nice it was too, but this year I didn’t ask. I know he’s very fond of tiffin, otherwise known as biscuit cake or refrigerator cake. If Prince William can have one for his wedding, I couldn’t see any reason why CT shouldn’t have one for his birthday.


The Great Cornish Bake Off – Long Live The Liskeard Bun

Liskeard Bun

Bread & Buns, Cornish, Vegan | 19th August 2015 | By

Once upon a time, many years ago, back in the 1960s in fact, or possibly the 1970s, reports are a bit vague, the Mayor stopped handing out the Liskeard Bun. This was an annual event when the newly invested mayor of Liskeard would hand out buns wrapped in brown paper bags to the local children. What a lovely tradition. Read on to find out about the Great Cornish Bake Off and how it was rediscovered along with a vegan recipe for Cornish saffron buns.


Malted Wholemeal and Rye Loaf – Makes the Best Toast

Malted Wholemeal Rye Bread

Bread & Buns | 16th August 2015 | By

Making your own bread can be infinitely satisfying and I’ve been doing it since I was a teenager. I’ve not been hugely creative and tend to stick to tried and tested recipes. At least I did until I got my KitchenAid earlier this year. I’d never used a mixer to make bread before, so it seemed like a good time to do something different. This malted wholemeal and rye loaf was a good start.


Mango Carrot Smoothie

Mango Carrot Smoothie

After all that Black Forest Gateau, something healthy was definitely in order. It was time to use one of the mangos that CT had picked up at a knock down price. This fruity, veg filled, colourful mango carrot smoothie was the result.


Kick-Back Black Forest Gateau

Black Forest Gateau

Why, I’m now wondering, have I never made Black Forest gateau before? It’s a fabulous bake; not only is it very tasty but it’s also relatively simple to make.


Summer Green Soup with Parsley and Almond Pesto

Green Summer Soup

Dinner, Soups | 7th August 2015 | By

Just because it’s summer, it doesn’t mean I don’t want soup, especially when that soup is packed with summer produce. With a house full of newly dug potatoes, courgettes and broad beans, I took inspiration from a Nigella recipe for Summer Minestrone in the September 2004 issue of Delicious.


Vegetarian Strawberry Blancmange aka Old-Fashioned Jelly Cream

Strawberry Blancmange

Dessert | 4th August 2015 | By

On our last trip to the New Forest to visit CT’s mother, I was given a family heirloom to take home with me: a vintage glass jelly mould. Well, I have to confess I’m not much of a jelly maker and the mould has been sitting in the cupboard in a rather unloved way. But when I got my hands on a mass of cheap strawberries last month, it occurred to me to try making a vegetarian strawberry blancmange.