Melon Smoothie …

Is life too short to de-seed a watermelon? I think so! I started to follow a recipe for ‘Melon Soup’, the first instruction was to deseed the melon – I lasted about 5 minutes before I realised that it would take me ages to complete, I therefore blitzed the melon in my food processor to liquify it, I then poured it through a sieve which very kindly caught all of the seeds. Fresh raspberries (300g) were then added, as was 100 ml of condensed milk, 150ml sour cream and 3 teaspoons of sugar. The mixture was then blitzed again and poured through a sieve once more. The result was 2 litres of sheer deliciousness – it’s not soup though, definitely more of a smoothie. I have a glass with breakfast, it sets me up for the day perfectly:

 

This recipe does come with a warning: following this recipe was the most mess I have ever made in my kitchen – that’s saying something! I’d advise against attempting to blitz all of the liquid in 1 go in a food processor (magimix) as they leak when over filled!! Next time, I’ll either blitz it in batches or I’ll use my hand held processor and will blitz the liquid in a large bowl.

Five photos of fancy food for fab friends …

Sorry, went a bit mad on the alliterative front there. Had some lovely friends round for a long lunch today. Here are some of the foodie photos:

I served the steamed salmon with some asparagus spears, roast potatoes, steamed broccoli and some home made mayonnaise:

 

To follow, we had a trio of baked goods: Viennese Whirls, Chocolate Brownies and Lemon Butterfly Cakes. Fresh raspberries and cream were optional extras:

 

 

 

 

Needless to say, I won’t be needing any tea!

A sunday treat …

The boys were all out this morning so I thought I’d create some edible ‘art’ whilst I had the place to myself. I treated myself recently to Mary Berry’s baking book and the two recipes I have used thus far have been PERFECT. A few weeks ago, I made some Viennese Whirls – I didn’t have time to photograph them as they were hoovered up by hungry boys within moments of them being assembled. Today however, I made sure to get my camera out in time. What began as a ‘normal’ chocolate sandwich cake, turned into more of a gateau, thanks to the addition of some raspberries, a tiny amount of raspberry liqueur, some sifted icing sugar and some piped chocolate buttercream icing: Image The boys were suitably impressed, especially as this had been made for just the four of us, it was all I could do to stop my youngest putting his face in it!