I spent yesterday afternoon baking my first apple cake. The recipe was suggested by Sian Hallewell, and was handpicked by Jean Christophe Novelli to appear in the new cookery book Let’s Get Cooking! by Flora Cuisine.
Let’s Get Cooking! contains 30 everyday recipes, from simple suppers to great cakes, by mums and dads from across the UK. It was created after they ran a recipe competition on their Facebook page earlier in the year. Flora Cuisine is a healthy cooking oil which is great for frying, roasting and baking. It has 45% less saturated fat than olive oil which means mealtimes can be that bit healthier.
I love baking but apple cake using dessert apples (on page 49) was new to me. The cookery book is laid out really clearly so it was easy to follow the recipe. I had a little bit of help from the toddler at the mixing stage and he was incredibly impatient waiting for them to bake! The apples give added texture and cinnamon and apple flavour is a delicious autumnal flavour. A very yummy cake!
A big thanks to Flora Cuisine for supplying the cookbook and ingredients.
Flora Cuisine are offering the chance to win a copy of Let’s Get Cooking and a week’s worth of delicious dinners for a family of four. To be in with a chance of winning, you just have to choose a dish from the cookbook (a free download is available here) and submit a recipe review in one of the following ways:
Follow @OfficialFloraUK on Twitter and tweet a bite-sized review using the hashtag #CookbookComp
Example: @OfficialFloraUK I added raisins into the mixture and it’s safe to say the kids loved them! #CookbookComp
Or, find the recipe on the Flora website and leave a review in the comments section below it. Then drop a quick email to firstname.lastname@example.org so they can contact you if you are one of the lucky winners.
The competition is open until the end of next week so there are two prizes left to claim. Terms and conditions can be found on their website. Good luck if you enter!
When Whitworths challenged me to use their lovely new sugars I wondered what I could make. Fortunately they have a handy section on their website which you can search by category or sugar type.
It’s probably no surprise I have a bit of a sweet tooth. I love honeycomb so was excited to see a recipe for it on Whitworth’s website. I found it difficult to get the right consistency so I had a few attempts. Fortunatley you really don’t need many ingredients and it literally takes 5 minutes to heat and transfer to a tray to cool.
Using Whitworths granulated sugar I had all the ingredients (golden syrup, white wine vinegar, vanilla extract and bicarbonate of soda) so tried the recipe.
You heat all the ingredients, except the bicarbonate of soda, and let them dissolve, then simmer without stirring. Then add the bicarbonate of soda and whisk. This is the tricky part because you have to catch the mixture before it goes too dark. Then pour into a greased baking tray.
Allow to set before breaking into pieces.
I can’t believe it took me three attempts to perfect this recipe but it was worth it. I really love honeycomb and this is the perfect treat whilst watching a film on a cold night!
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I love eating fish and always make sure the toddler eats a healthy portion at least once a week too. One of our favourite recipes is for tuna pasta bake. It’s really quick to put together and I always make plenty so I can freeze a couple of portions.
Dried pasta (I usually use 60g per adult and used 240g for this recipe)
1 onion, chopped
1 tin of Reel Fish tuna
1 tin of chopped tomatoes (400g)
sprinkle of dried mixed herbs
grated cheese for the top
Cook the dried pasta, drain, and leave to one side. Fry the onion and garlic over a low heat, then add the tuna and heat thoroughly. Add the tin of chopped tomatoes with the herbs and season well. Leave to simmer for 5-10 minutes.
Add the cooked pasta and pour into a dish, sprinkle the cheese on top and bake at 180° for 30 minutes.
I was sent some tins of tuna from The Reel Fish Co. to try. I used one tin for this recipe and another one for tuna mayonnaise, delicious with jacket potatoes! The Reel Fish Co. tuna is caught by one method only, that’s one-by-one by fishermen using a pole and line. The tuna is never caught using nets and is fished sustainably from the Maldives. We thought it tasted delicious – great food with a conscience!