Archive for June 2007

Singing the praises of the humble rolled oat

June 22, 2007

Oatmeal cookies

I love rolled oats- they are the epitome of comfort food and they are the principle ingredients in so many fantastic foods- granola (my favourite recipe is Clotilde’s but I eat it over yoghurt rather than for breakfast as it’s pretty sweet), bircher muesli, plum porridge…. I could go on but I won’t because I want to tell you about my very favourite thing to make with rolled oats at the moment- Oatmeal, Choc chip cookies! Now, full disclosure- I don’t actually like choc chip cookies in general, particularly not the kind that you make from batter that is found in a tube in the refrigerator section of the supermarket. But these are actually really good- they aren’t too sweet or too soft (soft cookies are bad cookies in my humble opinion) and they last an age in the biscuit tin. They are also, most importantly, really yummy.

This is from Bill Granger’s book Bill’s Food which I would highly recommend- the recipes are quick, easy and inspired. It was one of the first cookbooks that I bought and I still use it all the time.

Recipe after the jump…



To Bee or not to bee?

June 7, 2007

Bee Cake

(sorry ’bout the blurry picture~~ still getting used to the camera) 

It would be pointless to deny that I chose to make this cake because of the bees. So I won’t. I think that this cake actually constitutes a refusal to accept that I am now no longer the young whippersnapper I once was. Navel gazing aside, this cake is tasty as well as kitch- the perfect birthday cake combination. It was probably one of the better birthday cakes I’ve had in a while…. and trust me, this year I had a LOT of birthday cakes.

The honey is an interesting twist on the plain chocolate cake. I was skeptical about whether I would actually able to taste the honey but it was definitely asserting itself over the chocolate. The runny honey glaze was also very unusual and again, honey was dominating the flavour profile. Suprisingly, the cake wasn’t too sweet- you would have thought that all that honey and that chocolate would make it a little cloying it wasn’t at all.  Of course, you can make this cake minus the bees, but really, why would you?

Recipe after the jump….