Sunday, 7 November 2010

Blog love: Recipe testing and Baking Sunday - Chocolate & Lime Tart

This post is about two other bloggers, both of whom write beautiful original recipes with stunning photography.

The first lovely blog is Prepped, written by Vanessa Kimbell, who left her job to write a cookbook which will be published next May. I cannot express how much I admire her for following her passion - I would love to have the guts to be able to do this! My dream job would be to run my own bakery with a bookshop (and recording studio for the boy) attached, but sadly that dream will have to wait until I win the Euromillions.

Vanessa needs testers for her recipes and I tried out her Spiced Lamb and Rhubarb Tagine. Now one of my favourites dishes to make is lamb and chickpea tagine with chillies so I was very excited to try this version with spices and it didn't disappoint - it wasn't too sweet and the spices smelt divine (and made the house smell good for the rest of the night). Like all good tagines it tasted even better the next day. I made a jewelled cous cous to accompany it and the extra sauce tasted amazing over it - even my cous cous-suspicious boyfriend ate the lot.

The second blogger is The Pink Whisk, which is written by a lady named Ruth Clemens who happened to be one of the finalists on BBC show The Great British Bake Off. Her blog is full of gorgeous inspiring baking recipes, all of which are accompanied with step-by-step photos and even a list of links to buy equipment - most helpful! I had quite a few leftover limes from a cocktail night and when I saw this Chocolate and Lime Pie on the blog, inspired by her love of chocolate lime sweeties, it was the perfect thing to make. It's a sweetcrust pastry covered in lime curd and a dark chocolate ganache. Ruth issues a wee caution about colouring the lime curd too vibrantly so I coloured it a drop at a time and I quite like the brightness that I ended up with. Very sweet and extremely more-ish! You can find the recipe on the Pink Whisk here.

Edit: I know have an official Prepped recipe testing badge! Thanks Vanessa!


Unknown said...

Katey - you are an absolute star. Thank you for testing this. I hope when I send yo a copy of the book you will turn to the Lamb tagine recipe and know that your testing it is what made the difference .. you are fabulous.


Chiara said...

I love this blog post! I am handing in my notice at my current job tomorrow, to try and pursue my dream of being a food writer, so I love hearing about people who have done the same - it makes me feel a little more sane! I too will be trying out the lamb and rhubard tagine. You have sold it to me!

Katey said...

@Vanessa - thank you, it was a pleasure to cook!

@Chiara - Wow! You are very brave, and I wish you the best of luck! I'm envious of anyone that can follow their dreams :-)

Ruth said...

Lovely post Katey, glad you like it - yours looks delish! xx

Made With Pink said...

Thanks for posting about Ruth's lime pie. I've been dying to make it. It looks divine! I'm also testing one of Vanessa's recipes this weekend. Very excited!

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I see a lot of myself in your story as I enjoy, cooking & trying new recipes/ingredients. Thanks for your efforts & better yet sharing your story with everyone. Good luck in your further endeavors.

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