f

Theme Layout

Boxed or Wide or Framed

Theme Translation

Display Featured Slider

Featured Slider Styles

Display Grid Slider

Grid Slider Styles

Display Trending Posts

Display Author Bio

No

Display Instagram Footer

Homemade Crumpets and TEA & CAKE


 photo DSCN0753_zps7ut0nzgb.jpg

I am a crumpet lover.   I couldn't tell you how many crumpets I have eaten through the years, but it's quite a few . . . . ohhh . . . those soft yeasty, pancake like cakes . . .  riddled with holes, just perfect for collecting butter and jam or honey, or  . . .  I love them.  Can you tell?   I had always shied away from making my own however.  I don't know why though.  They're fabulous and so easy to make and the homemade ones taste infinitely better than store bought ones.  Seriously!   So what was it that inspired me to conquer my fears and make my own?

QuickEdit
Marie Rayner
14 Comments
Share :

Sweeten Mother's Day with Radnor Preserves


 photo original_valentine-s-set-of-preserves-gift-box_zpscqszng7l.jpg

Show mums just how special they are this Mother's Day with a beautiful box of award winning Radnor Preserves arriving on their doorstep.  Even if sons and daughters can't be there in person, preserve-maker Joanna Morgan hand-makes preserves and marmalades so delicious and unique in flavour, that they'll top the traditional bouquet.

The collection is perfect for mums who enjoy exploring their culinary skills, as the Snowdon Marmalade gives a zesty twist to bread and butter puddings, whilst the gold mdal World Marmalade Award winning Sicilian Blood Orange transforms casserole dishes.

Flavours also include the indulgent dark chocolate and pear Belle-Helene, Clementine & Cointreau, Rhubarb & Caramelized Fig and Great Taste Award winning Raspberry & Crushed Cardamom.  Gifr boxes and hampers can also contain a personalized message.

A box of three costs £15 plus P&P or for a real treat, try a hamper for £50, which contains 7 jars and a recipe book.   All are gluten-free, vegan-friendly and free from artificial perservatives and additives.

 photo DSCN0751_zpsuoqmhjsu.jpg

I was sent a jar of their Great Taste Award Winning 2013 Black Currant & Vanilla Preserve to try out.

  photo DSCN0752_zpskmvrg3hp.jpg

I found it to be lovely and thick with lots of fruit as well as having a heavenly scented of vanilla.  All in all it went down a real treat with some homemade crumpets.

 photo DSCN0757_zpsvaqbilhq.jpg

As fans of black currants, we both really enjoyed this jam.  Tune in tomorrow for the crumpet recipe.  You're in for a real treat.

Many thanks to Radnor Preserves for sending me a jar of jam to enjoy.   Although I was sent the jam, any and all opinions are my own.   This isn't award winning jam for no reason.   It's really lovely.
QuickEdit
Marie Rayner
4 Comments
Share :

Black Bean Lasagne


 photo DSCN0648_zpsp1mrw9w2.jpg

This is an easy Vegetarian dish I have had on my list of things to make for a very long time.  I can't even remember where it came from now.   I think possibly it was a Pillsbury recipe, but I can't say for sure.  In any case it I finally got it made the other day and it wasn't half bad!

QuickEdit
Marie Rayner
7 Comments
Share :

Cheddar and Garlic Drop Buns


 photo DSCN0615_zpsyyyko4yj.jpg

We have had some really cold weather these past couple of weeks.  I know it is not near as cold as the temperatures you hardy North Americans are used to, but over here in the UK, the temperatures don't have to dip very low before we are freezing.  We don't have the heating, insulation and windows that you are used to in North America, and it is a lot damper . . .  so when it is cold, it is cold.  Cold weather is soup weather and when I cook us a pot of soup, I always like to bake some sort of bread to accompany it.   A decent piece of bread can turn even the simplest of soups into a hearty meal!

QuickEdit
Marie Rayner
7 Comments
Share :

Perfect Deviled Eggs


 photo eggs_zpsgryivjci.jpg

If there is one thing on a buffet table that is very popular, it has to be Deviled Eggs.    I hope you don't think I am bragging when I say this, but  . . .  I do believe that I make the most delicious Deviled Eggs in the world.  If I had a pound or dollar for every Deviled Egg I have made in my lifetime that was enjoyed by someone, I'd be sitting pretty well at the moment with no financial worries for the rest of my life.   In fact when I worked at the manor, I was under express orders to make sure there was a plate of them in the refrigerator at all times.  I am sure they must have missed them when I left.

QuickEdit
Marie Rayner
8 Comments
Share :

Puffy Peanut Butter Cookies . . . the chewy ones.


 photo DSCN0601_zps89zuntgz.jpg

I came across a peanut butter cookie recipe the other day that looked pretty good, on a blog called Julia's Album .  I like puffy peanut butter cookies.   I prefer my peanut butter cookies to be a bit soft and chewy rather than hard and crunchy.   These looked perfect and not only that, but her recipe only made between 12 and 15 cookies, which is just the perfect amount to have here in this house because we are only two.  People that is.

QuickEdit
Marie Rayner
9 Comments
Share :

Hamburger and Potato Casserole



Hamburger and Potato Casserole


As you know we had the Missionary Elders here for their supper the other night.  That's when I made that gorgeous Profiterole Cake.  

Today I am going to show you what they had for their main course.   A delicious Hamburger and Potato Casserole!  They both had seconds! 

There are not a lot of ground beef and potato recipes out there when you take Cottage Pie out of the mix. This ground beef and potato casserole is amazingly delicious, I kid you not!

Hamburger and Potato Casserole

I always figure they get enough roast dinners and so when they come to us I always try to cook them a meal similar to one they might get at home from their mums.  

Family type of food.  Home cooking at it's best.

Hamburger and Potato Casserole

This went down a real treat.  It's simply potatoes, browned ground beef and cheese layered together with a simple sauce made  using tinned condensed soup, sour cream and regular cream.  

 

 I know it's a bit of a cheat using tinned soup, but I'm not a tinned soup snob.  It has it's uses.

Hamburger and Potato Casserole

There are not too many tinned soups (except maybe tomato) that I would eat as soup, but they do make great sauces for Casseroles in a pinch!!   

And this meat and potato casserole is a wonderful way to use it.   I simply serve it with some vegetables on the side, a salad and some crusty bread to mop up all that cheesy sauce.   Scrumptiously tasty!

 Hamburger and Potato Casserole

*Beef and Potato Casserole*
Serves 4 to 6
  

A delicious casserole made by layering potatoes, tinned soup and cheese in a dish along with cooked ground beef.  Simple ingredients that taste delicious when put together. 

1 pound extra lean ground beef
1 medium onion, peeled and chopped
1 small green pepper, trimmed and chopped
2 cloves of garlic, peeled and minced
1/2 tsp seasoning salt
1/4 tsp groung black pepper
4 large potatoes, peeled and sliced (parboil in lightly salted boiling water for five minutes, then drain)
120g of grated cheddar cheese (1 cup)
For the sauce:
1 tin of condensed Cream of Chicken soup, undiluted
1 small onion, peeled and grated
125ml of single cream (1/2 cup)
1 heaped dessert spoon of sour cream (about 1/4 cup)
3 TBS grated Parmesan cheese
1/2 tsp garlic powder
1/4 tsp seasoning salt
1/4 tsp black pepper


Hamburger and Potato Casserole 

Preheat the oven to 180*C/350*F/ gas mark 4.   Butter a large oblong glass casserole dish.   Set aside.

Hamburger and Potato Casserole



Whisk together the soup, onion, cream, sour cream, Parmesan Cheese, garlic powder, seasoning salt and black pepper.   Set aside.

Hamburger and Potato Casserole


Spray a large skillet with non stick cooking spray.  Crumble in the ground beef.  Scramble fry until it is no longer pink.  Add the onion, green papper, garlic, seasoning salt and black pepper and continue to cook, stirring occasionally until the beef begins to brown and the vegetables have softened.

Begin to layer the ingredients into the prepared baking dish as follows.  One third of the potatoes, half of the meat, 1/3 of the soup, 1/3 of the cheese, one third potatoes, remaining half of meat, 1/3 of the soup, 1/3 of the cheese, remaining potatoes, then remaining soup and cheese.  Cover with a sheet of foil which has been buttered on one side, buttered side down.   Place on a baking sheet and bake for one hour in the preheated oven.  Uncover and bake for about 30 minutes longer until the potatoes are fork tender and everything is nicely bubbling and golden brown.

Hamburger and Potato Casserole

Note: If you want you can add an additional handful of cheddar cheese to the top for the last half hour of baking.  I often do and nobody complains at all!  Delicious! 

This content (written and photography) is the sole property of The English Kitchen. Any reposting or misuse is not permitted. If you are reading this elsewhere, please know that it is stolen content and you may report it to me at: mariealicejoan at aol dot com Thanks so much for visiting. Do come again! 

Follow my blog with Bloglovin

QuickEdit
Marie Rayner
7 Comments
Share :

Strawberry Macaroon Slices


 photo DSCN0512_zpsg50ibkx5.jpg

If you have a jar of jam in the cupboard you have the makings of quite a few things.  Delicious Cookies and Tarts . . . Muffins and Cakes  . . . and of course that favourite tea time treat . . . . Bread and Jam!  One of my favourite things to make is my Lemon and Jam Slices . . .  but I also love making these delicious Strawberry Macaroon Slices!

QuickEdit
Marie Rayner
4 Comments
Share :

Chocolate Eclair Cake


Chocolate Eclair Cake

Chocolate Eclair Cake. We had the Missionary Elders for tea last night and I wanted to make them a special dessert to enjoy.  This chilled dessert always goes down a real treat with everyone I serve it to.

Another name for it would be Profiterole Cake.  It's basically a choux pastry base filled with a vanilla  and cream cheese filling, topped with whipped cream and then drizzled with a chocolate sauce!  It is fabulously delicious! 

Chocolate Eclair Cake from scratch is one of those desserts that will have people thinking about it for a very long time. Its a lot simpler to make than one would suppose as well!

Chocolate Eclair Cake

One of the things I love most about this cake is that it is a chocolate eclair cake without coolwhip.  I would much rather use the real thing rather than a petroleum by-product, wouldn't you?

I have never had anyone turn their noses up at this . . .  in fact most people want seconds and the Elders were no different. 

When I offered seconds they jumped at the chance!  It just so happened that Eclairs was our Alaskan Missionaries favorite dessert, so he really enjoyed this!

Chocolate Eclair Cake

It is a North American Recipe that I had to adapt to English ingredients when I moved over here fourteen and a half years ago. 

Many of the original ingredients were not readily available here and still aren't.   I have listed the original North American Ingredients in the recipe.

Chocolate Eclair Cake

It's such a simple dessert to make and yet it is a show stopper!  You might be a bit afraid of making choux pastry, but if you make sure your boiled mixture is cooled to lukewarm and you persevere when beating in the eggs, you have every chance for success.   

Adding eggs to a boiling hot flour mixture is always a sure recipe for disaster.  Been there, done that when I was thirteen.  A mistake I never made twice. Experience is a great teacher.

Chocolate Eclair Cake

That rich custardy filling is deliciously creamy and just sweet enough without going over the top . . .  a nice layer of lightly sweetned whipped cream is layerd over the whole cake and then a delicious chocolate sauce is drizzled over all.   

Again, let the sauce cook before you drizzle it on.  You don't want  it to melt the whipped cream.   Altogether this simple dessert is a real delight both to make and to indulge in!

Chocolate Eclair Cake


*Profiterole Cake*
Serves 6
I have heard this called Chocolate Eclair Cake as well.  It's an oldie but a goodie.  I have adapted the recipe to what is available for me to use here in the UK, but will put the American ingredients in brackets.  It's delicious!  Make this several hours prior to serving it so that it has ample time to set up. 

125ml of water (1/2 cup)
2 ounces butter (1/4 cup)
70g of plain flour (1/2 cup)
2 large free range eggs 


Filling:
115g of cream cheese (4 ounces)
300g instant dessert mix such as angel delight (1 (3 1/2 ounce) package of instant vanilla pudding)
(I used Banana Flavoured Angel Delight)
355ml of whole milk (1 1/2 cups) 

To top:
335ml of double cream (1 1/2 cups)
1 tsp vanilla
1 TBS caster sugar 

Chocolate Sauce:
30g of sifted cocoa powder (1/4 cup)
200g caster sugar (1 cup)
180ml of evaporated milk (not sweetened condensed) (3/4 cup)
2 ounces butter (1/4 cup)
pinch salt
1/4 tsp vanilla


Chocolate Eclair Cake 

First make the base.  Preheat the oven to 200*C/400*F/ gas mark 6.   Butter a 9 inch square glass baking dish.   Set in the fridge to chill. 

Place the butter and water into a saucepan.  Place over medium high heat and bring to the boil, stirring to melt the butter.   Remove from the heat.  Add the flour and beat it in all at once.   Beat in one of the eggs.  It will seem at first that it won't combine, and will look a bit slimy, but persevere, if you keep beating all of a sudden it comes together.  Beat in the other egg in the same way.   Spread the dough into the chilled baking dish, spreading it evenly and at least 1/2 inch up the sides.  Place it into the oven and bake it for 25 minutes.  It should be well puffed and golden brown.  Remove from the oven and allow to cool completely before proceeding.

Chocolate Eclair Cake 

Whip the  dessert mix and milk together until the mixture thickens.  Beat this into the cream cheese a bit at a time until it is completely amalgamated.   Spread this mixture over the cooled base.  Whip the cream together with the vanilla and caster sugar just until soft peaks form.  Spread this over top of the pudding mixture.  Place into the refrigerator to chill.


Chocolate Eclair Cake 

To make the sauce whisk the sugar and cocoa powder together in a saucepan.   Whisk in the milk.   Drop in the butter.   Cook over medium heat, stirring to melt the butter.  Bring to the boil, whisking constantly.  Boil for two minutes then remove from the heat.  Whisk continuously during this time.  Whisk in the salt and vanilla.  Cool to room temperature.   Drizzle the chocolate sauce decoratively over top of the chilled cake. Chill the cake until ready to serve.  You will have plenty of sauce, so put the remainder into a pouring jug.  Pass any additional sauce at the table. 

Chocolate Eclair Cake 

This content (written and photography) is the sole property of The English Kitchen. Any reposting or misuse is not permitted. If you are reading this elsewhere, please know that it is stolen content and you may report it to me at: mariealicejoan at aol dot com Thanks so much for visiting. Do come again! 

Follow my blog with Bloglovin

QuickEdit
Marie Rayner
6 Comments
Share :

Lemon Drizzle Cake


 photo Lemon drizzle 2_zpsjm5bulh5.jpg

If there is one thing which I enjoy more than almost anything else, it is a good Lemon Drizzle Cake.   Back home we always called it Lemon Loaf, but over here they call it Lemon Drizzle.  I think Lemon Drizzle sounds tastier don't you?

QuickEdit
Marie Rayner
9 Comments
Share :

Farmer's Cheese Filled Pierogi


 photo Pierogi 2_zpsfdwnqsfb.jpg

The other day I cooked us some very delicious Pierogi for our supper.  I am no stranger to Pierogi, having discovered them as a young bride when I moved West to Winnipeg in Manitoba, Canada.  They were a very popular dish and one year at Christmas time a good friend of mine, Esther, taught me how to make them myself.   They have been a staple in our home ever since. Delicious!   That was not the recipe I used this time however.  I used a recipe from a book I was recently sent to review, entitled . . .  Noodle Kids, by Jonathon Sawyer.

QuickEdit
Marie Rayner
4 Comments
Share :

Hot Roast Beef and Cheese Sandwiches


 photo DSCN04801_zpsjqbetttr.jpg

 I cooked us a roast on Valentines Day.  We had not had a roastable (other than pot roast) beef in a very long time and so I splurged and treated us to a Prime Rib.  Oh boy it was really good.   Prime Rib is my favourite of all the roasts.  I used to cook it for my employers fairly often when I worked at the Manor, but I think Todd and I have only ever had it one other time the whole time we have been married.

QuickEdit
Marie Rayner
2 Comments
Share :

Banana and Sticky Date Muffins



 photo Muffins_zpskxal4o6z.jpg

I ended up with a few bananas today that needed using up pronto, and as I am a person who doesn't like to waste anything I decided to make some muffins with them. That way we could keep some for ourselves and I could take a few over to our elderly friend Doreen . . .

QuickEdit
Marie Rayner
10 Comments
Share :

Pecan and Chocolate Tart


 photo Pecan 1_zpstdoblfkj.jpg

I had wanted to share this recipe with you prior to Valentines Day, but the time just got away from me.  You know what they say though . . .  better late than never.  I am sure you will find some use for it your repertoire of easy and delicious dessert recipes!  This is one which is perfect for entertaining.  I have adapted it from "East Baking" by Linda Collister, published by Ryland Peters.

QuickEdit
Marie Rayner
3 Comments
Share :

Floating Islands


 photo floating islands 1_zps3iziuzww.jpg

On Valentines day I like to pull out the stops a little bit when it comes to serving a lovely dinner to my beloved.    Nice needn't be complicated however.  A simple soup for a first course . . .  a steak (with a bearnaise butter) and baked potato for the main, along with a salad . . .  and for dessert, this simple, uncomplicated yet delicious dish.  Floating Islands.  A bit old fashioned yes, but impressive nonetheless and light.  Perfect for afters when you've eaten a somewhat heavy meal.

QuickEdit
Marie Rayner
6 Comments
Share :

A Classic Boeuf Bourguinon


 photo boueff_zpsqfkfo42z.jpg

This was something that I made at the weekend, and am only now getting on to writing about it on here. I actually made it on Saturday, and then warmed it up in the slow cooker on Sunday when we were at church.

QuickEdit
Marie Rayner
6 Comments
Share :

Sticky Walnut Buns


 photo DSCN0333_zpsjykil4rk.jpg

There is nothing I love more than getting a new cookery book.  I know . . . Todd agrees.  I have enough cookbooks already, but I just can't help but get excited when I am offered a new one to review.   I was recently sent a new one from DK entitled Cupcakes and Mini Cakes . . .  I know cake  . . .  sigh . . .  mini cakes.  If there is anything better than cake it's a cupcake or a mini cake . . . coz it's perfectly sized just . . .  for . . .  YOU!

QuickEdit
Marie Rayner
6 Comments
Share :

Tropical Sunshine Smoothie and Degustabox for January


 photo DSCN0435_zpsnyoscr1o.jpg


There is nothing like a bit of tropical sunshine in the middle of Winter!  Seriously.  I can't quite come up plane tickets to the tropics . . .  but I can invite a little bit of it into my home by way of these delicious Tropical Sunshine Smoothies for breakfast.   They are so delicious.  I was inspired by the Degustabox January Healthy Box!  It's nice to partake of something which is sunshiny, healthy and delicious!  I feel good! (channeling James Brown here. lol)

QuickEdit
Marie Rayner
0 Comments
Share :

Cheesy Corn Dip


 photo DSCN0383_zps3iqvmdox.jpg

 I do so love a good dip and a good dipper to dip into a good dip!  With it being sports season this recipe is one that will come in really handy over the coming weeks.  Hockey, British Footie, American Football . . .  there is nothing like sharing good game viewing with friends and good food at the same time!

QuickEdit
Marie Rayner
2 Comments
Share :

Cheese, Potato and Onion Pie


 photo DSCN0405_zpskar3n7ti.jpg

Who says that a savoury pie has to have meat in it to be good?  This pie is absolutely fabulous!     You can adapt it to use the cheese which you have in the house. It can be a tiny bit fiddly with the making of the pastry, but absolutely worth all of the fiddle!  We were all drooling over it in this house!

QuickEdit
Marie Rayner
5 Comments
Share :

Chocolate Fudgie Wudgies


 photo DSCN0369_zpslgnvxp75.jpg

I hate to do this to you but I must.   This is one of those types of recipes that you are going to wish you had never seen . . .  well, if you are a chocoholic at any rate.   These babies are GORGEOUSLY rich, decadent and totally fudgy wudgy chocolatey!

QuickEdit
Marie Rayner
4 Comments
Share :

Blue Ribbon Blueberry Cake




This is a cake that I haven't made in a very long time. I had actually forgotten all about it, but then as I was going thru the Big Blue Binder the other day, I happened upon the recipe and remembered how very good it was . . .

QuickEdit
Marie Rayner
12 Comments
Share :

Long Boy Burgers





I first saw these burgers a few years back on a delicious blog that I like to visit from time to time entitled Full Bellies Make Happy Kids. Sandra is a stay at home mom and she cooks the most delicious things for her family. Reading her page reminds me of what my life was like at the same stage in life . . . when I had a whole houseful of hungry kids (Five to be exact!) . . . and was so very busy preparing delicious and interesting meals to tempt their palates! (In between doing laundry, laundry and um . . . more laundry!!)

QuickEdit
Marie Rayner
10 Comments
Share :

Winter Fruit Salad




Even though it's Winter and it's cold . . . I still find myself longing for the salad days of summer . . . there are some days when stodge just doesn't cut the mustard. I want lettuce, and I want it now!

QuickEdit
Marie Rayner
6 Comments
Share :

Salmon Patties


 photo DSCN0324_zpsbxyz2y3z.jpg

Tinned salmon is something I always have in the house.  It's a very versatile ingredient and something which we both love.  It's great in sandwiches and pate's . . .  in casseroles, on it's own, in salads, etc.  One of my favourite ways of using it is to make these delicious salmon patties!

QuickEdit
Marie Rayner
10 Comments
Share :

Easy Pot Roast


 photo DSCN0315_zpsongpw1iv.jpg

I was recently sent a hamper from the people at Knorr and challenged to come up with a recipe using their award winning Flavour Pots.  I am no stranger to the Flavour Pots.  I use them all the time and I really love a challenge so for me this was something I really enjoyed doing.   I am not sure how many recipes I am allowed to create, but this is the first one.  I got the hamper on Friday and already I have done the recipe.   Just goes to show you how much I love these flavour pots.

QuickEdit
Marie Rayner
2 Comments
Share :

The Ultimate Sausage Breakfast Sarnie


 photo DSCN0293_zpsjmc7cfv8.jpg

I found these really nice sausage patties in the grocery store the other day.  They were my favourite brand of Sausages, Heck Sausages, and they were shaped like hearts!  What better to serve your sweetie pie with in the month of love than a breakfast sandwich made with a heart shaped sausage patty!

QuickEdit
Marie Rayner
10 Comments
Share :

Chelsea Buns


 photo chelsea buns 1_zpsggwdclrz.jpg

Normally at the weekend, I like to do some baking that takes a bit more effort than what I usually get up to during the week.  I'm not a really big fan of yeast baking, but I am a huge fan of Chelsea Buns . . .  and the shop bought ones are usually so disappointing, so this weekend I decided to try to make my own with excellent results, using a recipe I got from a National Trust baking book.  They are excellent sources of traditional recipes.

QuickEdit
Marie Rayner
10 Comments
Share :

Follow @georgialoustudios