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River Cottage Rocks #1: Everyday Easy – My Entry

I am sure you have all heard about the devastating events that have taken place at River Cottage HQ. My thoughts are with Hugh and the rest of the River Cottage family. I hope you get everything sorted and are back to normal soon🙂

You may remember that a few weeks ago, I introduced you to my new monthly blogging challenge called River Cottage Rocks! The first theme was ‘everyday easy’. The take up has not been as much as I had hoped so I have extended the deadline for entries until Sunday 19th February. I do hope that lots of you will take part and show how much River Cottage means to us especially at this sad time for them. A reminder of the rules is below. Meanwhile, I shall tell you about my entry for the challenge.

As a busy mom, I am always on the lookout for a quick sweet treat to get through the day and these 10 minute chocolate cookies are ideal. 10 minutes to make and 10 minutes to cook. The recipe is on page number 393 in ‘River Cottage Everyday and is in the ‘River Cottage Family Cookbook‘ somewhere too. I love these cookies. I love how quick they are to make and how tasty they are. You can not just have only one. I adapted the recipe slightly by using milk chocolate chips and I made them using Tate & Lyle ‘Light at Heart’ sugar. The sugar is excellent and did not taste any different to normal sugar. You hardly knew that the cookies were actually good for you! The recipe seems very reliable and it is one I will be making regularly from now on. You can find the recipe online here.

Many thanks to those who have taken part so far. I look forward to seeing some more River Cottage recipes cooked or adapted soon. Go on, grab the badge above and lets gets cooking!🙂

The Rules

  1. You cook any recipe you like related to the theme from any River Cottage book, TV programme or from Hugh’s weekly column in the Guardian.
  2. You must not copy the recipes word for word onto your blog posts. Quite a few of the recipes are already online so please link to them if they exist or put the book and the page number on your blog post so other people can find the recipe.
  3. If you make a couple or more adaptations to the recipe then please put the new version of the recipe on your blog if you want to, but always link to the original recipe in the same way as described in 2.
  4. You can submit the recipe to other blogging challenges as long as the other challenge allows it. 
  5. Please link to the post announcing this month’s theme in your blog post or to the ‘River Cottage Rocks’ page on this blog if someone else is hosting the challenge.
  6. If you are on Twitter, please tweet about your post using the hashtag #rivercottagerocks and include @Jos_Kitchen in the tweet. I will retweet any that I see.
  7. Please email a picture and a link to your post to joskitchen@hotmail.co.uk by the closing date to have your post included in the monthly round up. 
  8. Please add your posts to the River Cottage Rocks group on Facebook too and we can get a bit of community spirit going.



Giant Cupcake Challenge

I am sure you all must think that this is turning into a cupcake blog. Well, I just want to reassure you that it’s not. I tried to do another post earlier this week, about one of my favourite meals as a child but I have been super busy and was unable to finish writing it so you will just have to wait a bit longer for that one.

Today, I would like to tell you about the challenge of Marie and I’s first paid cupcake and giant cupcake order. Yes, you heard me correctly, giant cupcake. Before we did this, I knew giant cupcakes existed (there is lots of info on the web about them) but I never ever thought I would attempt to make one. Marie and I made the cake for my work colleague, Lisa’s daughter Katie whose 10th Birthday it was and the cake was to share with all her friends and family.

As we had never attempted a giant cupcake before, I did a practice attempt a few days before. The results of which is below. The giant cupcake is effectively 4 Victoria Sponge layers put together and to make it, I used a double quantity of the Victoria Sponge recipe here. The buttercream icing quantity was 1 standard batch of icing which is 500g icing sugar to 250g of unsalted butter. I was not entirely happy with my first attempt. The cake was not as light or fluffy as I hoped but my work colleagues seemed to like it, as it was eaten very quickly. I am glad I made a practice one as it gave me a bit more confidence for the second one.

I was still a bit nervous when it came to make the real one that we were getting paid for, but I need not have worried. The sponge seemed much better this time and the buttercream icing was a much better consistency. I was not brave enough to attempt to pipe the icing on so Marie did that, as she has had much more piping practice than I have. The results were fantastic in my opinion and we just hoped that Lisa and Katie liked it too. Marie made 12 normal sized cupcakes to go with the giant one and it looked lovely with all them on the tray together. Driving the cakes to my work where Lisa was going to collect them from was one of the scariest things I have ever done. I was so concerned that the cakes were going to fall over and lose their decoration however I did manage to get them to work in one piece and Lisa and Katie loved the cakes. Marie is going to start doing more cakes from home, so if you have an event coming up and need cupcakes or a birthday cake and live within 25 miles of the Birmingham B63 postcode, please email joskitchen@hotmail.co.uk and I will put you in contact with Marie.

Many thanks to Sarah from Blue Door Bakery for the loan of the giant cupcake tin.

Tate and Smile!

I have recently been contacted by Lisa who has sent me lots of sugar from Tate and Lyle. Tate and Lyle have a fantastic new website called Tate and Smile which has lots of great recipes and inspiration on it. They also have a Facebook group called We Love Baking which is becoming an excellent baking community so if you love baking as much as I do, you really have to join. I will be doing lots of baking with the sugar soon so stay tuned for more recipes to follow.

Many thanks to Lisa and Tate and Lyle for the sugar.

BBC Summer Good Food Show

The BBC Summer Good Food Show is currently taking place at the NEC and I will be there tomorrow, with my friends Marie and Ali. Miele have invited me to take part in Masterchef Experience, by doing the Invention Test live on stage so if you are at show, please pop along to the Masterchef stage and watch me cooking live at 10am. I am very nervous but also very excited about it. I would like to thank Roxy and Nicola from Miele for the opportunity and I will tell you all about it next week.

Hope you all have a lovely weekend

Happy Cooking!🙂