Saturday, July 06, 2024

Weekend Cooking: What I Baked in my Kitchen in June

The first Saturday of the month is when I share all the things that I baked in the previous month. I have cut back on what I am making, and I miss it! There's still a lot of things I want to make but I have also need to be careful on what I make and eat. I will figure out how to get the balance right eventually, so that I can make fun things without feeling too bad about it.

Let's start with what I did make

Lemon cake with streusel topping - This recipe came from Anna Jones' book Easy Wins. I found this recipe a bit confusing. The ingredients list says you need 4 lemons, but for the life of me I couldn't work out where they all went in the recipe. The streusel was a bit overdone but that is my fault - I should have covered it for the last few minutes, but I was running out of time before we went out for lunch.

Maple Butter Date Loaf  - I made this for my Cook the Books post where we read Family Tree by Susan Wiggs.

One exciting thing this month was that Nagi Maehashi has announced that she has a new book coming out in October. I have already pre-ordered. Another book I have pre-ordered is the audio version of Stanley Tucci's What I Ate in One Year, which is also out in October

I did buy a new cookbook this month - Greekish: Everyday recipes with Greek roots by Georgina Hayden. I have already chosen a couple of recipes to try - one of which is a very interesting cookie recipe. That may well be the first thing I make from this book, although I do also have my eye on a Pasticchio recipe too.

Earlier in June, I posted about going to dinner at Alumni. This is a pop up restaurant that features former contestants from Masterchef. We had a lovely dinner, but I was surprised by the fact that we got a tea towel each to bring home!

New recipes

I think that the news that Nagi has a new cookbook coming inspired me to try some of the recipes that we had bookmarked from Dinner - all of these recipes except for the first one are from that book.

Lemon Cake with Streusel topping 

Swedish Meatballs - So good!

Korean Pancakes - I think that my husband would like to have another go at these. Pictured below with a glimpse of Max in the background!

Fried Cabbage, Bacon and Noodles - Pretty simple but delicious.

Vietnamese Shaking Beef - If you don't count the marinading time, this is super quick to make.

Mexican Shredded Beef with Red Rice - The beef was great, but the real revelation was the red rice. Definitely going to make this again!

Weekend Cooking posts over the last month

The Chocolate Factory by Mary-Lou Stephens

Masterchef Alumni

Cook the Books: Family Tree by Susan Wiggs

5 Ingredients Mediterranean by Jamie Oliver

I am sharing this recipe with In My Kitchen hosted at Sherry's Pickings

Weekly meals

Saturday - Pasta bake
Sunday - Beef Rioja
Monday - Chicken Stir Fry with Rice
Tuesday - Beef Broccoli Noodles
Wednesday - Not fried chicken, mash, veggies, gravy
Thursday - Egg on toast
Friday - Pork Chops, pasta, veggies

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  1. We had booked in for dinner with Khanh at Crown Alumni but then The Spouse got Covid and that was that. We got a credit, which I guess we could use with this year's alumni, but I want to see who that might be. If Pezza wins it, we could be paying a lot of money for pub food!
    BTW We went out to celebrate my daughter-in-law's birthday at a most interesting restaurant which has inspired me to seek out a Persian cookbook. The restaurant is Kitchen 55 in Templestowe (half way between theirs and ours) and it was *fabulous*. They do Persian home cooking, so their menu varies every day and you take pot luck with what you get, (like you do in rural France). So we had eggplant omelette which tasted much better then it sounds, a Persian version of dolmades but much nicer and olives in some kind of scrumptious paste, served with flatbread. Then for mains we shared beef and chicken casseroles with yellow and white fluffy rice. If you are feeling adventurous, do check it out, it's worth the drive.

    1. Got to love when you find a great new restaurant!!

      I thought about booking for the mystery chef, but I am not keen if it is Nat!

  2. Yes I am so looking forward to Nagi's new book and Stanley's :) Funny with recipe books isn't it? You just wonder if they had an editor at all. Thanks for joining in IMK this month!

    1. Doesn't happen often but that it was really noticeable in this recipe!

  3. I'm curious about the Koean pancakes though it doesn't seem to have kim chi in it.

    1. No, it was supposed to have a specific dipping sauce but not kimchi.

  4. That maple date loaf looks great, especially with butter! I also tagged Nagi's Korean pancakes.

    1. I will definitely make the date loaf again!

  5. That cake (even with the overly browned topping) made my mouth water. It looked so moist. Exciting news that there is another Nagi cookbook coming out in October, just in time for my birthday!