Monday, 29 April 2019

New books and makes will now be posted on:

Cooking the Books with Kelly-Jane (Facebook)  https://www.facebook.com/Cooking-the-Books-with-Kelly-Jane-191153484238782/   or

Sweetthingsforsophie (Instagram) https://www.instagram.com/sweetthingsforsophie/p/Bw2AzHRnGPK/?utm_source=ig_share_sheet&igshid=1a941e936zt8f

Up till now I’ve posted on both, broadly similarly, but not always the same things, from now on though I’ll post everything on both. I know some folk gravitate towards one of the other.

Happy cooking 🙂

Friday, 5 April 2019

PW Mini Meatloaves and Roasted Broccolini




Mini meatloaves from The Pioneer Woman Cooks, Come and Get It by Ree Drummond. The recipe in the book is for turkey mince, I subbed in pork mince and it worked well. I need to try Ree’s meatloaf from her first book... one of these days. 


On the side is broccolini roasted with olive oil, seasoning and garlic, then spritzed with lemon before serving. This one is from the same book. I have really struggled with broccolini, and haven’t tried it for a few months. So this was really it’s last chance in my kitchen, and -hurray- it was delicious. Thank goodness I was willing to try it one last time! Which won’t be the last now I’ve found a way we like to eat it! 

Tuesday, 2 April 2019

PW Thai Chicken Wraps

We had these Thai chicken wraps for supper, and they were very good. The marinade / sauce for both the chicken and the satay sauce are both just stir together numbers, so super easy. From The Pioneer Woman Cooks, Come and Get It by Ree Drummond. 

Monday, 1 April 2019

Pioneer Woman Apple Dumplings

Apple dumplings from The Pioneer Woman Cooks,  Come and Get it. 🍏 Apples stuffed with raisins, pecans, sugar and cinnamon. Wrapped in puff pastry then glazed with a buttery sweet syrup when baked! 

Friday, 29 March 2019

Pioneer Woman Bean with Bacon Soup

 Ree Drummond’s Bean with bacon soup from The a Pioneer Woman Cooks, Come and Get It.  Weekend lunch is done! There may even be some for the freezer too. I loved the episode where she made this soup, Ree and Ladd are so cute 🙂 

It occurs to me now that you can’t actially see any beans in the pictures 🙈, but there is definitely a pound of them in there! 

Tuesday, 26 March 2019

Ree Drummond’s Lemon Bars

 The weekend treat became a Tuesday bake kind of treat! Lemon bars from The Pioneer Woman Cooks Come and Get it by Ree Drummond. A shortbread sort of base then a lemony layer and topped with icing (confectioners) sugar. They fairly perked up our Tuesday. 🙂 🍋 

Monday, 25 March 2019

Ree Drummond’s Marsala Mushroom Flatbreads

I forgot to take an after baking picture! 🙈 The two on the right are Ree Drummond’s Marsala mushroom, pesto and goats cheese naan flatbread ‘pizzas’ from The Pioneer Woman Cooks Come and Get It. The two on the left are my Caprese riff on them, for the non - mushroom eaters! I had one of the mushroom ones, delicious combo, fast too!

Saturday, 23 March 2019

Ree’s Blueberry and Orange Muffin Tops

Blueberry and orange muffin tops from Ree Drummond’s The Pioneer Woman Cooks, Come and Get It. I always think the top is the best bit of a muffin, so loved these.  There was also an icing drizzle in the recipe, but we liked them just as they are.

Monday, 18 March 2019

Nadiya’s Raspberry Rose Fool

Raspberry rose fool. I made this a couple of years ago when Nadiya’s British Food Adventure by Nadiya Hussain came out. Raspberry rose and coconut fool. It was good, but I think the rose water I use must be stronger then Nadiya’s as it was very strongly perfumed last time, even though I used less. This time I’ve used 1 teaspoon of Steenbergs rose water (not endorsed!) and it was perfect. I actually loved the cream, sugar, Greek yoghurt and rose water mix enough that I’d eat it on its own! Of course it is a great match for the raspberries.  I have a plan for a spin on this in summer. 

Ree Drummond Basic Chicken Salad

Ree Drummond’s basic chicken salad from PW Cooks Food from My Frontier. Lovely for a spring supper with a baked potato and butter. As opposed to a wrap for lunch on warmer days. 🙂

Friday, 15 March 2019

Nadiya’s Cherry, Almond and Nutmeg Tarts

Cherry, Almond and Nutmeg Tarts from Nadiya’s British Food Adventure by Nadiya Hussain. Little  (bought!) shortcrust pastry tarts filled with cherry jam and nutmeg, which it turns out is a fabulous matching of flavours! 🍒 Topped with an almond drizzle icing and toasted flaked almonds. Really nice hot or cold ( though do let the jam cool as it’s molten lava like in its heat).

Sunday, 10 March 2019

Nadiya’s Chunky Halloumi Fries

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Chunky halloumi fries from Nadiya’s Family Favourites by Nadiya Hussain.    Halloumi fries have become such a thing in the past year or so, and no wonder they are good. 

The only change I made was to serve them with sweet chilli sauce instead of dried chilli flakes, as this is how they come in a local restaurant 🙂#nadiyasfamilyfavourites 

Thursday, 7 March 2019

Raspberry Jam Puddle Brownies

What’s better than a regular chocolate brownie?! Raspberry jam puddle brownies. The brownie recipe is good, but the jam makes it! From Nadiya’s Kitchen by Nadiya Hussain. Even served on one of Nadiya’s pretty homeware range plates 💖 

Tuesday, 5 March 2019

Nadiya’s Rhubarb Ripple Ice Cream

Rhubarb ripple ice cream from Nadiya’s British Food Adventure by Nadiya Hussain. Similar to raspberry ripple, but with (oddly enough 😂) a rhubarby vibe. I’ve bought extra pink rhubarb to freeze and make this later in the year too. Might even do the custard biscuits to make ice cream sandwiches then too! 

Thursday, 28 February 2019

Chicken, Red Pepper and Mango Salad with Ghee Roasties

Chicken, red pepper and mango salad with coconut dressing with ghee roasties

This supper is from Nadiya’s Family Favourites by Nadiya Hussain. We all loved this salad, I baked the chicken for ease (instead of frying). The little balls are crispy coated peanuts, Nadiya said she liked the chilli ones best.  I’d never bought them before, but they are a lovely crunchy addition to the salad.  In the background is Nadiya’s ghee roasties (same book), they are so good! 

Tuesday, 26 February 2019

Donal’s Char Sui Sausage Rolls


This is an online recipe from Donal’s Asian Baking TV series (Foodnetwork UK website). Char Sui Sausage Rolls. Such a fab recipe, different enough to be intriguing, but familiar enough to be comfort food. Delicious either way! Some salad and your supper is done.


Monday, 25 February 2019

Nadiya’s Rainbow Fudge

Chocolate Rainbow fudge

This one comes from Nadiya Hussain’s Bake Me a Celebration Story, one of her children’s books that came out last year. I’m such a Nadiya fan I bought it anyway! This is a super sweet treat, I made it a little less so by using two thirds milk choc to one third dark.  ðŸ™‚

Saturday, 23 February 2019

Supper from Mary Berry Classic

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Spicy Chorizo Pasta

Mary Berry’s book from last year was called Classic.  I made our supper from it last night. I have a chorizo pasta that I’ve been making for years from Rachel Allen, and if it’s the chunky chorizo I have that is what I make.  This one here is made with the (salami style) sliced chorizo packets. It’s light and quick.

When I was looking through the book I came across the recipe for these chocolate truffle pots, which I can remember making last year, and had to make them again.  They are like a milk chocolate Bailey’s mousse with a digestive / Baileys / chocolate truffle on top. They are fun and good for a little treat on a weeknight. 🙂

Chocolate Truffle Pots

Thursday, 21 February 2019

Ina’s Foolproof Blondies

 Chocolate Chunk Blondies

I’ve made these quite a few times now, and they are delicious. I half the recipe amount and bake in a 7 inch tin. I’ve made them with choc chunks and choc chips and they have always turned out well.

My daughter decided she wanted hers warm with cream last night, and what a great call that was! A few seconds in the microwave and tah dah - warm cookie puddings! From Barefoot Contessa Foolproof by Ina Garten.

Wednesday, 20 February 2019

Weeknight Bolognaise

Weeknight Bolognaise

I’m having a Barefoot Contessa spell of cooking at the moment, and delicious it has been too!

This one is Ina’s weeknight Bolognaise from Barefoot Contessa How Easy Is That? It’s a great recipe, a quick ragu that tastes much longer simmered than it actually is (clever). I popped in some olives, because they needed using up, but really the recipe is perfect as is, no additions necessary. I used Malbec for the wine, which we though was a good choice here, it wasn’t overpowering, but gave  a good winey flavour.  Ina’s choice of orecchiette was perfect, it cradled the sauce just right.

Monday, 18 February 2019

Raspberry Panna Cotta from Ina Garten

Raspberry Panna Cotta

Hubby and I are huge fans of Panna Cotta, and since Barefoot Contessa Cook Like a Pro by Ina Garten came out last year I’ve been dying to try the recipe.   It’s like raspberry ripple ice cream in softer form - with the raspberry flavour turned up to full.  You could definitely stretch the portion size with this recipe, as the cream is rich.

I brought these glasses back from holiday last year, and just love their casual elegance. I used to bring clothes or jewellery home from visiting anywhere, now it is food and serving things! However, if you can enjoy the little everyday things, life is better. 🙂

Sunday, 17 February 2019

Chicken Marbella from Ottolenghi’s Simple

Chicken Marbella

Hello, long time no blog!

Starting blogging again with a gorgeous recipe from Ottolenghi Simple by Yotam Ottolenghi. This was his 2018 new book, and a fabulous one it is too. Is it simple? Yes, it’s easy cooking, but the flavours are complex and satisfying. The phrase I kept seeing online was ‘Simple for Ottolenghi’ and that is spot on.

This dish is Yotam’s ode to the original recipe from The Silver Palate Cookbook of Chicken Marbella. A different spin with dates and date molasses which was very good.