Saturday, March 04, 2023

Weekend Cooking: What I Baked (In My Kitchen) in February

The first Saturday of the month is when I share all the things that I baked in the previous month, and this month I have actually been baking!  Hooray! The last few months I have had maybe one thing to share! And I am baking something today so I will have at least one thing for next month too! I'm on a roll.

This flurry of activity is linked to getting some new cookbooks and having people to share the bakes with. What it is not linked to is the baking class that I mentioned I had signed up for last month. It is probably fortunate that there is no time limit on that class!

The first two recipes come from The Italian Pantry by Theo Randall, which I posted about last week.

Ricciarelli - in the intro to the recipe Theo Randall says "These sweet little biscuits are essentially soft pine nut and almond macaroons." What this doesn't tell you is about the hint of orange or the lovely texture, or how simple they are to make. Delicious! I took these into work and everyone liked them.

Amafi Lemon Cheesecake - There are two things that make this cheesecake unusual. Firstly, the base of the cheesecake is made from almond biscuits. And the second is that the filling is made from cottage cheese and mascarpone instead of the more normal cream cheese filling. I just used normal lemon because that is what I had. We shared this with friends for a Sunday afternoon tea, and it was another hit. I have a plan to share more about this cheesecake in the next few weeks.

Chocolate Biscuit Pudding - This is a Sri Lankan dish which comes from Hoppers by Karan Gokani. Whilst it is not an easy dish to photograph, it is very tasty to eat, which is the main thing right? This is made by layering biscuits (by which I mean cookies) with a chocolate butter cream. You can find the recipe here.

Chocolate and Pistachio Sable - I bought the cookbook I mention below and I wanted to find something to make and a morning tea at work was the perfect opportunity. I love how the bits of pistachio look almost like little jewels in the biscuits. I will make these again for sure.

The only new thing in my kitchen this month is this cookbook. I originally borrowed this book from the library. I opened up to the first recipe and knew that I would be buying this book. There are so many things I want too make from it!

I did want to mention a Netflix show that I watched this week. Last week Beth Fish Reads posted about a show called A Tale of Two Kitchens. It focuses on two restaurants, one in Mexico and the other in San Francisco and the differences and similarities between them. It is only 30 minutes long and I really liked it!

I am sharing this post with In My Kitchen, hosted at Sherry's Pickings.

Weekly meals

Saturday - Out for dinner
Sunday -  Kebabs with baked potato and salad
Monday - Teriyaki chicken fried rice
Tuesday - Pork chaps, mash potato, beans and gravy
Wednesday - Mexican chicken, rice and beans
Thursday - Takeaway
Friday - Out for dinner

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  1. thanks for joining in this month Marg. THat choc biscuit pudding looks great. I have Julia's book too; I must get stuck into it soon! I've only made one recipe from it for Cookbook club. cheers Sherry

    1. The hardest thing about the Choc Biscuit Pudding is taking a decent photograph Sherry!

  2. So many of those recipes look good to me! I think I'm going to have to try the cheesecake one. My husband loves cheesecake and I think he'd really like the idea of trying a different kind.

    Glad you liked the documentary. I thought it was good too.

    Since that Italian cookbook isn't available in libraries in 3 different countries, I too am going to have to just buy it. Oh darn! A new cookbook. LOL

    1. I don't think you'll regret buying that one BFR!

  3. I am lusting after that cookbook. Nothing tasty going on here as we are getting the kitchen redone.

    1. Will be exciting once it is done Jackie!

  4. That cheesecake is calling my name, I love the ingredients, as cream cheese is not a favorite of mine (for digestion), but this sounds lovely. Thank you. We are still hiding in Texas avoiding the water damage back home in WY until repairs have been made and we have a home to return to...

    1. Hope you don't have to wait too much longer Melynda! I am planning to share the recipe at some point over the next couple of weeks

  5. There are some wonderful sweets in your kitchen this month. Thanks for the tip on the show, I will take a look as it looks interesting.

  6. I have only ever bought Ricciarelli so maybe that should be on my baking plan? I love the look of the pistachio nuts in your sable :)

    1. It was a pretty easy recipe to make Tandy!

  7. What a wonderful selection of baked goodies! I wish I had more time to bake sweets :) if I had to choose one.. it would definitely be the cheesecake!



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