Eggs, sick days and long overdue room post!

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Recently, for various reasons I have been trying to cut down my meat intake. My mum always worries about vegetarians who don’t supplement the iron, protein etc. they lack. So, I have started eating a lot more eggs. One of the reasons is also because I’m trying to be healthier. My boyfriend is pretty into his eggs and so he was giving me some food advice. He loves this egyptian bean dish called Fool. Which is made from fava beans… that also works great with eggs. I also recently bought the book by Michel Roux called Eggs. I would highly recommend it! Additionally I have found some great low calorie meals on British Lion eggs website – a great source of information abou types of eggs, quality of eggs, where eggs are produced etc.

As I’m a bit sick at the moment, I haven’t got any amazing recipes for you, but here is my delicious poached egg with the ripest, spreadable type of avocado on an english muffin. Add a dash of balsamic vinegar, salt and pepper and you are good to go!

Also, as I have been saying for months, I have been redoing my bedroom. I painted one of the walls this colour called petrol and I am completely in love with it. It’s not quite finished as I need to do another layer of paint I reckon, but the vibe is there!

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So, the shelf is from ikea as are the brackets. I bought the brackets in black and then bought copper spray. Cheaper than finding copper brackets and they look like the real deal. I bought this sweet goat toy and sprayed it white to make it a bit more elegant and ornamenty. These “kissing” owls are actually candle stick holders, but I prefer them without. They along with the goat are from TIger. This beaaaautiful print is from Juniqe - a German shop that sells amazing prints! I have another one further down in this post.

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My shelf of props, crockery, bakeware etc, is normally a complete mess. But I Have now brought some order to it, so that it can act as an actual feature in my room rather than a chaotic mess.

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Now this cute copper shelf is part of an old clothing rail. I once again sprayed it copper, bought some little hooks and now I use it as a jacket rack/ decorative shelf. I just hung it with two nails at the top. HOW COOL IS MY CAP – got in from New York. Never actually had the guts to wear it, but it reminds me of me when I was 19. Maybe outgrown that style a bit, but still it acts as a great piece of decoration.

How cute is the hanging chopping board? This is from Tiger as well, but it’s way too pretty to use, so I just hung it with a nail again.

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DIY moodboard

My mood board. Solange and M.I.A are my beauty icons. The rest is just photos of loved ones, baking and things that make me smile.

 

wall prints Juniqe and made.com

The print on the left is also from Juniqe. and this beautiful woman on the right is a print from Made.com – a furniture company based in the UK. Their prints are also fab!home decorating ideas

I adore this vase from Otto, it’s really modern. Normally vases in white aren’t my thing, but I love the geometric shapes here!

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happy days!

Trisha x

 

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Red Gooseberry Jam & Marshmallow muffins

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Berlin is a town where you find a lot of stuff in cafes that it is near impossible to find in a supermarket. Gooseberries for example, I have the most amazing Gooseberry cake in St Oberholz, a cafe by Rosenthaler platz but I couldn’t for the life of me find any actually gooseberries in the supermarkets. Woe was me. But then I went into this amazing shop called “mini asia markt” on Brückenstrasse near Heinrich Heine Ubahn station and low and behold there sat these gorgeous red gooseberries. I was saved!

So, I thought, I would make some gooseberry jam and then I I decided to make some muffins with the jam in and some marshmallowy meringue stuff on top. The result – finger licking good.

gooseberry jam recipe

gooseberry jam recipe

Here is the recipe:

Red Gooseberry Jam

Ingredients

  1. 4 parts gooseberries
  2. 1 part water
  3. 1 lemon's worth of juice (for the pectin)
  4. 1 part sugar

Instructions

  1. Place all the ingredient in a pot on high heat and stew until all the ingredients are bubbling, softening.
  2. Mix and leave to simmer for an hour.
  3. Allow to cool.
  4. Pour into jars and cool.
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Red Gooseberry Jam & Marshmallow muffins

Ingredients

  1. 2 cups all-purpose flour, or 2¼ cups pastry flour, sifted
  2. ½ cup granulated sugar
  3. 1 Tbsp baking powder
  4. ½ tsp salt
  5. 1 cup whole milk
  6. 1 tsp pure vanilla extract
  7. 1 large egg (or 2 medium)
  8. 4 Tbsp butter
  9. Gooseberry jam
  10. For marshmallow topping:
  11. 4 egg whites
  12. 2 tbsp white sugar

Instructions

  1. Preheat the oven to 180°C
  2. In a bowl cream the butter and sugar together and then add the one large egg. Mix in thoroughly
  3. Sieve in the flour, baking powder and mix thoroughly.
  4. Now add the milk, salt and vanilla extract
  5. Place muffin cases in a muffin tray and fill the cases half full of muffin batter. Then use a teaspoon to spoon a teaspoon of gooseberry jam on top of each muffin.
  6. Bake for about 12 minutes or until golden brown and the sponge springs back when touched.
  7. Add the egg whites to a bowl with the remaining sugar and whisk with a hand mixer until the egg whites are opaque and they make stiff peaks.
  8. Spoon a bit onto each muffin and bake in the over for another 3-5 minutes (until the marshmallow is a tiny tiny bit golden)
  9. EAT!
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gooseberry jam recipe

Also – for anyone who is in Berlin, there is a peaceful demonstration on Saturday against the oppression of Palestine. Have a look at the facebook event if you are interested in joining! Let’s show our support for Palestine.

In the words of Desmond Tutu: “If you are neutral in situations of injustice, you have chosen the side of the oppressor. If an elephant has its foot on the tail of a mouse, and you say that you are neutral, the mouse will not appreciate your neutrality.”

Trisha

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Vanilla and Lavender Essence

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Hi guys – I am so happy to have been featured on Food52 – one of my absolute favourite food sites. I made some vanilla and lavender essences. They are easy as PIE! For the recipe just got to Food52.

Lavender essence recipe

Lavender essence recipe

 

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Sorry, that I have been out of action recently. I have been having some absolutely heart breaking camera problems, which are now resolved. THANK GOD! Watch out for a gooseberry meringue cake to come later in the week as well as some delicious ice cream and ice lollies!

For now – peace out!

Trisha x

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Two delicious Summer Salads and some pesto di noce

sweet potato chilli salad

Sweet potato salad

Ingredients

  1. 1 sweet potato, peeled and sliced
  2. a handful fresh coriander leaves
  3. 2 limes
  4. 1 tbsp plain yoghurt
  5. 1 tbsp tahina
  6. paprika powder
  7. salt and pepper
  8. 1 large green chilli, sliced

Instructions

  1. Preheat the oven to 200°C and par boil the sweet potato
  2. On a baking tray, place the par boiled potato, drizzle on the olive oil, some salt, pepper and paprika powder. bake until soft through but slightly crispy on the outside
  3. Peel one lime and cut into slices.
  4. Once the sweet potato is cooked, arrange on a plate, with the chilli, coriander leaves, cut lime.
  5. Squeeze the other lime over the top and season the dish with salt and pepper.
  6. Drizzle tahini paste and yoghurt over the dish as dressing.
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raddicchio bulgur aubergine salad

Ok – so this is the last big break i’m going to have. I have been working on a book for my sister’s 30th Birthday. It was called Food for my Sister and it took me ages. But it was worth it – she really liked it!

Now, I can finally share some of the stuff I was making with you guys. Here are two great salady dishes for ya!

I have never used Radicchio before – it’s also called Italian chicory in some places. But the colour just pops out so beautifully and the shell like shape it makes when you use the individual leaves is great. So – what does this first salad entail? Many delicious things. Pesto di noce – which is walnut pesto, bulgur wheat, aubergine and tahini. It’s great for vegetarians!

Radicchio, aubergine and bulgur wheat salad

Ingredients

  1. 1 raddichio head
  2. 1 aubergine, chopped into small cubes
  3. 2 cups bulgur wheat
  4. 2 tbsp Tahini paste
  5. 4 tbsp pesto ni noce
  6. paprika powder
  7. 6 tbsp vegetable oil, for frying
  8. 1 tbsp truffle oil, as dressing
  9. salt & pepper

Instructions

  1. Wash your raddicchio leaves and arrange on a plate like baskets
  2. Spoon a tsp of pesto di noce into each leaf
  3. In a frying pan add the oil, with some salt and paprika powder - heat until very hot and add aubergine cubes in 3 groups (too many at one time will mean they don't cook as well). Once they are cooked through and soft, remove the aubergine from the oil with a slotted spoon and place on a plate with kitchen towel on (to absorb the oil)
  4. Boil 3.5 cups of water (seasoned with salt) on the stove. Add the bulgur wheat once the water has started to boil and take off the stove - cover with a lid or plate for 20 minutes to allow to cook.
  5. After twenty minutes - check that the bulgur is cooked through and drain any remaining water.
  6. Spoon 1 tbsp of bulgur into each leaf.
  7. On top of this spoon the a tbsp of fried aubergine per leaf.
  8. Now drizzle some truffle oil and tahini over the top of them as well as a little bit of salt and pepper.
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pesto di noce

Pesto di noce

Ingredients

  1. 1 ½ cups packed basil
  2. ½ cup olive oil
  3. ⅓ cup toasted walnuts
  4. ¼ cup finely grated pecorino
  5. ¼ cup finely grated parmesan
  6. 2 sun-dried sweet red paprikas in oil, chopped
  7. 2 cloves garlic
  8. salt and pepper

Instructions

  1. In a food processor, add all the ingredients and pulse.
  2. Season with salt and pepper
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Now, this is inspired by an Ottalenghi salad with butternut squash. As I am very much a lover of stodgy carbs, I exchanged the butternut for a sweet potato. This salad has sweetness, tang, creamyness and herbyness. What more do you need?

enjoy these tasty, veggie delights

Trisha x

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EASY chocolate pudding and strawberry tarts

easy chocolate pudding and strawberry tart
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Happy Friday Bitchachos. Sorry for my absence of late – you know how it is with all this beautiful weather. Plus it was my sister’s 30th birthday and I’m going back to London to see her next weekend and the present is taking some time to create. I will let you know how it goes once it’s done.

But enough of my poor excuse. Unlike the last post, this one is pretty photo-light. I just wanted to share this beautiful and EASY tart with you all. There is a great little soup, juice, salad place on my street near work in Berlin called Suppen grün. They always have they most intriguing tarts in there. The latest beauty was a tart filled with what looked like chocolate pudding, with some strawberries and strawberry looking glaze on top. Finished by sprinkling some greeny/purply crushed pistachios. I was very lazy when making it. Rather than making the chocolate pudding I just bought some, along with some strawberries, some strawberry jam and pistachios. Then I made some sweet pastry and tada a wonderful dessert.

 

I haven’t got much time, so here is the recipe – enjoy and have fabulous weekends. Man, man, MAN am I looking forward to the weekend. Work has been a bit intense this week and I can’t wait to just lie down and not think about anything except cakes and pies.

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Food in New York

China Town

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chinatown | manhattanPrepare yourself for what is WAY too many photos. I just got back from New York and man, does that place have a lot of good food and pretty things to photograph. I only had my macro lens with me so, sorry if they are all massively close- up. I love a good close up.

Hopefully this will be useful for anyone going to New York, I had the best time. I was initially cynical because, well, you know when everyone is saying stuff like “it’s SOOO amazing” the whole time, it makes me feel like “Be serious”. Anyway, my cynicism was completely bashed when I got there. Lucy, my friend who lives there, had a friend who lives right by Central Park on the Upper West Side and she was away. So we got to stay in the amazing AMAZING apartment for a week. Thanks Noelle – you are a star! We went for a run around Central Park on the first morning and it was so relaxing, which is weird because I hate running, but I just had that “WOOOO, I’m on holiday” feeling.

My friend Philippa and I spent the majority of the time doing 2 things – 1. walking around open mouthed at how delicious, glamorous and tall everything looked, felt and tasted and 2. Eating. a LOT of eating was done.

First off, a walk round China town – it’s bustly, crazy with 1 dollar dumplings sold out of little trucks on the corner. Fruit, vegetables, fresh seafood that you have never seen before, cakes which will make your eyeballs pop out. It’s a place you have to see – it really is very different to the more calm and contained London China Town. Both are fab but very different. There are loads of great Dim Sum places with trolley service so you can take what you want off there, but you can also order. We had some great beef Cheng fun and Char sui bao. MMM MMMm MMMM. Oriental Garden is fab!

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Little Italy

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little italy | manhattan

 

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After we got out of little Italy, that is when we hit the Mexican restaurant in Soho where the Tacos are things dreams are made of. It’s called La Esquina and at lunch there are queues for the tacos – that’s how good they are. They have a few tables inside and out, but it’s a great place to just pick up some food and go and sit in the park next it. THE FISH TACOS blew us both away, they were tangy and fresh and the tacos themselves were the perfect softness with that great corn taste that they never seem to have in the UK. I also had veal tongue tacos, because I thought, what the hell try something new – outcome = very nice, but not for every day.

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Also – I love the way the place is decorated, they have a lot of colour a lot of nice window art. I want to go bacccck there. They do delivery too.

Panna 2

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The photos of the girls with the amazing lights behind them were taken at this awesome indian restaurant called Panna 2. It’s a tiny place where the ceiling is completely covering in chilli christmas lights. They are so bright and it’s visually spot on. The food was great- the coconut naan was oHHHh so good and it was fairly cheap because it’s BYOB.

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Fruit Salad and a plane to NYC

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So, this is hardly a baking feat – but I wanted to do  a really quick post to say that I’m off to New York for a week so I won’t be posting until I’m back. But when I’m back I hope to have loads of great recommendations for anyone who is going to visit the big apple.

This fruit salad is just oranges, mangos, mint, nectarines and then cherries boiled in sugar, water and cherry jam, to add that extra bit of sweetness.  No recipe needed.  If you love jam add more, if you hate it don’t use it. I also just squeezed some orange juice and lime juice over the top to make it more liquidy.

I went to see a play  called TELEMACHOS -Should I stay or should I go? It’s in Bauhaus theatre at the moment on Naunynstrasse, Kreuzberg (Berlin). It’s about Greek migrants in Germany and the current economic crisis in Europe – particularly focussing on the relationship between Greece and Germany. Really, REALLY good and very funny at the same time. If you have time – go and see it, it’s only on for a few more days.

I’m writing this in Dublin airport where they have free WIFI = awesome. I better go and get on this plane. SEEEEE YAAAA in a weeeeek.

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Peanut Butter and Chocolate Chip Hamantaschen

Peanut Butter and Chocolate Chip Hamantaschen

I didn’t grow up with Hamantaschen. I had never really heard of them until I started reading baking blogs. They seem to be kind of a big deal in the States. And I can see why. These basic hamantaschen are desperately easy to make and they are like the pizza of baked confectionary.

Peanut Butter and Chocolate Chip Hamantaschen

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Pear and Chocolate Yeast Cake

Pear and Chocolate Yeast Cake

 

I am sick. boohoo. My tonsils are extremely inflamed and swallowing my own saliva is a bit of a chore. DIsgusting I know…. Not a great way to introduce a post about delicious food. This is one of my backlog of recipes and photos that I never got around to posting, so I thought this would be the perfect way to spend my sick day. On the bright side, only one week til i’m off to New York. Praying that I feel better by then. Going to visit my bestie Lucy. She suggested loads of stuff to do and as we are both on a health kick at the moment, she told me about Soul Cycle. It’s spinning but to Soul music and they have disco lights and stuff. My other friend Philippa was most displeased by this suggestion  - “spinning on holiday should be illegal”. haha. Not it SHOULDNT. If anyone has some insider advice on good things to do in NYC let me know. Food is my main priority, but any suggestions would be great.

This is a pear and chocolate yeast cake. The dough tastes a bit like a sugary donut and inside awaits melted chocolate and baked pears.

Pear and Chocolate Yeast Cake

 

Pear and Chocolate Yeast Cake Pear and Chocolate Yeast Cake

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Nectarine, white chocolate and Cream Cheese Napoleans

Nectarine, white chocolate and Cream Cheese Napoleans

Nectarines were the fruits which I loved to gorge myself on when I was growing up. Nectarines, oranges and apples. Mangos if they were available. But if my mum bought a box of nectarines, they would be finished (by me) by the time the day was over. She always said: “Fruit’s healthy – but not that much fruit”. The healthiness or lack of healthiness of fruit was of no interest to me at the time… in the words of Marge Simpson “Fruit is nature’s candy” and if I wasn’t allowed to gorge on chocolate I was going to get my sugar somewhere else.

It may sound blasphemous to all the chocolate lovers (myself included) but sometimes eating 5 nectarines just hits that juice spot better than any chocolate can. Anyway – enough nectarine perv talk. I have always really like Napoleans. The traditional ones with vanilla cream and beautiful chocolate icing decoration are the bomb. I thought why not make some slightly more rustic imitations ? With nectarines, brown sugar, cream cheese and white chocolate? So, I did.

 

Nectarine, white chocolate Napoleans recipe

Such a great idea for a light party dessert. If you want them to be juicier you can add a honey syrup to the pastry. I didn’t but it adds a nice stickiness (this option is included in the recipe).

Nectarine, white chocolate Napoleans recipe

Nectarine, white chocolate Napoleans recipe

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