Fireworks Night

Baking, Food, Recipes

On the 8th November, we had our local firework display. I hadn’t been to this in a few years as I was always at university, but luckily I was home this weekend. So I asked mum if we could do what we used to always do, and have a dinner party after the display with close friends. On the Friday, I got up and made homemade chilli con carne, two huge pots of it. As always we do too much. I also made some chocolate pastry for a tart I wanted to make which was a recipe from Tom Kerridge’s series ‘Best Ever Dishes’. Click here to view and make the recipe yourself. I used the pastry recipe, and the chocolate filling recipe, but changed up the decoration, as I wanted to keep it to an autumnal theme bearing in mind the occasion. This, for me is the great thing about cooking. You can take a recipe and use it as a base and experiment and change up the decoration to give it your own personal creative flare, make it your own.

Using the spare egg whites, left over from the pastry I decided to make some meringue mushrooms. I had an idea influenced by the Meringue Girls, and also Rachel Khoo’s recipe to make a ‘forest floor’. So I piped out mushrooms and dusted the tops with cocoa powder. I then assembled the bases and tops using a bit of left over ganache, once they were baked. I assembled the tart the next day.

The Saturday afternoon after our trip to London, we prepared some mini roast potatoes with rosemary, homemade guacamole, homemade salsa, and served all this with a salad, green beans, rice and sour cream with some fresh bread from Bread Ahead that we bought at the market earlier in the day. I then assembled my tart, by pouring the ganache in the case, adding the mushrooms, and added some crushed up pastry (trimmings) and some crushed amaretti biscuits to look like soil, and added some tiny mint leaves. Because of the amaretto liquor, this would go great as a dessert or a slice with coffee. It is rich and indulgent. Mum also made her signature lemon meringue pie, which always goes down a treat. After a few bottles of wine, some lovely food and lots of conversation with dear friends, they left and we headed to bed after clearing up.

Below is my tart.

A girl with an appetite for all things creative,

Maria x

Borough Market 8th November 2014

Food, Photography

I revisited Borough Market on the 8th November, after reflecting on the images I took on my previous trip. I figured I wanted to continue with my theme of photographing singular ingredients and displaying these for an exhibition project for my third year degree show. I took some more successful images to add to my portfolio, and will continue to visit and shoot here to extend the collection.

Again the sights, smells and atmosphere was incredible, and it reminded me of my love of food, and cooking and the feeling it gives me.

I ate some bread and another doughnut, from Bread Ahead, and have considered booking myself on to one of there cooking schools. Got in to the christmas spirit with a warm mulled apple juice and headed to Tower of London to see the poppies for Remembrance Sunday. This too was incredible and ended a lovely day out in London.

In the evening, I went to my local firework display and had family friends over in the evening for food and drink, which is a regular occurrence in our house. You can read about this here.

Below are some of the images shot from this day at the market.

A girl with an appetite for all things creative,

Maria x