Vegetarian food blog featuring delicious and nutritious whole food recipes, creative baking and luscious chocolate.

The Leftovers Handbook and Quick Banana and Chocolate Ice-Cream

Banana Chocolate Ice Cream
Earlier this year, fellow Cornish food blogger Suzy Bowler published the most fabulous book of ideas and recipes for using up leftovers. This is a hot topic now and quite rightly so. The UK wastes a phenomenal amount of food and with rising food prices and people going hungry, this really isn’t on. However, this isn’t your average how to be frugal cookbook. It is, in Suzy’s own words, “about getting the utmost pleasure out of every single scrap of food available to you“. Suzy is a chef by profession and very obviously loves good food. Do take a look at her blog Sudden Lunch where you will find more inspiring ideas to convert leftovers into “eating opportunities”.

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Lemon & Apple Curd Cake and a Baking Disaster

Easter lemon & apple curd cake.

This lemon & apple curd cake is a basic sponge sandwich but with the addition of fruit curd. It’s filled with white chocolate and lemon & apple curd buttercream and topped with lemon icing. It’s a lovely fresh and lightly fruity cake which is perfect for Easter, but just as good at any other time of year.

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Truffle Easter Eggs

I know these are a little late in the day, but this is the last of my Easter Platter posts and really they don’t have to be Easter eggs at all. I think they’d be great given as a gift on any occasion – especially if you’ve mastered the art of tempering chocolate. Having seen, this post, I was going to attempt making my own Easter eggs this year rather than buying them. Having looked at the recipe a little closer, however, I was undecided – I really can’t get my head around US measurements and what did two packages of Graham crackers equate to anyway? So, when I had some cake left over from trimming the Battenberg, I decided to use that as the base for a filling instead.

  • Creamed about 1oz butter with about 1/2 oz caster sugar.
  • Beat in 1 dsp rhubarb liqueur.
  • Added about 5oz cake crumbs and mixed until all thoroughly combined.
  • Took walnut sized pieces and rolled between the palms of my hands forming them into some semblance of an egg shape – I made 15.
  • Put the pieces onto a tray lined with baking paper and placed in the freezer for 1/2 an hour. 
  • Melted 100g 72% cook’s chocolate (G&B) over a pan of hot water. Removed from the heat and added a further 50g. This was in an attempt to temper the chocolate – ha ha (I will get this cracked this year, I will).
  • Dipped the eggs into the chocolate and put back on the baking paper to set. As the eggs were frozen, this didn’t take long.
  • Decorated with mini sugar stars before the chocolate had set.

My usual aversion to faffing about came into play, so my chocolate eggs did not look in the least professional. I was, however, pleased that I had made the attempt. Most people I know prefer home made over commercial offerings and these certainly looked home made!

Luckily, my mother, for whom the majority of these were destined, was very impressed and thought them utterly delicious. CT also got in on the act. He too thought they were delicious and were the best Easter eggs he had. With a nice crisp chocolate shell and melt in the mouth innards, these were just like a real egg he thought. Not designed for an instant sugar hit, these were slow food to be savoured carefully and enjoyed at length. The bitter dark chocolate was a good foil to the softer sweeter filling.