Wedding Favours – Homemade Macarons

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As much as I love vintage and antique wedding features, I do like the idea of making homemade Macarons to give out in pretty bags as wedding favours.

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They’re really simple to make, taste great and, depending on the filling, can be made in advance without requiring refrigeration. They also bake really quickly and are a doddle to assemble. Lovely!

If The Shoe Fits… Eat It!

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Jimmy Choo must be breaking out into a cold sweat right now… The stunning shoe pictured is tasty competition 😉 Yup, it’s a cupcake. Lovingly crafted by my own hands, with a lot of artistic direction from The Hampstead Cake Company, the scrumptious little creation features chocolate sponge, icing, sugar pearls and a Cadbury’s chocolate finger. Stilletos don’t come any sweeter than this.

Recipe For Rude Food (Not to be read by under-age kids)

Just when you think you’ve seen it all in the kitchen – like the foreign recipes for guinea pig, dog, elk and emu – along comes someone who has to take it one step further and cook up something completely unecessary.

Why, oh why, do we really need the rude recipes found here?

If you stop to read the entries in the comments box at the end of the recipes, you’ll probably never dare to eat out ever again. Bob T. Wibble, I hope I am never invited to one of your dinner parties… though I dare say you’d be more than eagar to come if you were invited to one of mine. Sigh.

A Random Greek Recipe For You…

GREEK HALLOUMI CHEESE PUFFS

Ingredients
– 2 sheets ready-roll chilled puff pastry
– 1/2 pack halloumi cheese (1 pack = supermarket size)
– 1/2 pack mild cheddar cheese (pack size as above)
– 1 teaspoon dried mint
– 1 beaten egg (size: medium)
– Milk or additional beaten egg to glaze

Recipe

– Heat oven to 180°
– Lay out your sheets of chilled puff pastry so they can thaw at room temperature for 20 mins.
– Grate halloumi and cheddar cheese before combining together in a bowl.
– Take a pinch of the cheese mixture and taste it. If it’s too salty just grate in more cheddar or any other cheese of your choice as long as it’s not especially salty. If your mix is not salty enough for you, grate in extra halloumi or crumble in some feta cheese to taste. Do not skip this step as the salt content in different halloumi packs always varies so you won’t know if you’ll like it until you taste the cheese mix.
– Add the dried mint to the cheese and stir well.
– Slowly add enough beaten egg to the mix until all the mixture is well combined. The mixture should be squishy but not wet so you may not need to add all the egg. NB. If you’ve added in too much extra cheese at any stage, don’t be surprised if you need more than one beaten egg and a little extra dried mint.
– Roll cheese mix into balls using the palms of your hands.
– Place 12 – 16 balls onto one pastry sheet, spacing them out as evenly as possible. Leave space around the sides.
– Lay your second sheet of puff pastry over your first sheet with the cheese balls. Cut into squares or use a cookie cutter to make rounds. A cheese ball should be at the centre of each square or round.
– Space your squares or rounds onto a baking tray. Brush the top of each with a little beaten egg or milk.
– Bake in the oven until golden brown.

The cheese puffs can be eaten hot or cold. Enjoy!