Month: September 2012


How to Make Cupcakes in a Blender & More

This month I had my first taste of fame, albeit, a little taste (my hands did all the work). Maybe I’ve got the hands for telly, but a face for radio! Working for Food Network has opened up so many doors for me and my passion for food continues to grow every day. September saw the launch of a brilliant video series for Magimix which I was lucky enough to be able to produce and star in. The ten tutorials show some pretty nifty ways with Magimix’s nifty new food processor, including how to make gorgeous chocolate cupcakes, spicy sweet potato mash, banana sour cream pancakes and more in a food processor. As always, I’d never not share my food adventures with you so here they are. Check them out and let me know what you think of my handy work!   Video: How to Make Cupcakes in a Blender (click pic to watch)   Video: How to Make Pancakes in a Blender (click pic to watch) Video: How to Make Pastry in a Blender …

Mini Mushroom, Kalonji and Feta Pies Large

Mini Mushroom, Kalonji and Feta Pies

It’s safe to say that when it comes to pastry-making, I’m no professional. However, when I was challenged via Facebook, to come up with a hearty lunch idea, I was determined to deliver something good. And we all know pies are good. These mini pies (made in a muffin tin because as I’ve discovered, I’m rather ill-equipped) are stuffed with a mixture of sautéed Portobello and chestnut mushrooms, sharp feta cheese, kalonji seeds and lemon thyme. They’re perfectly portable so you won’t have any trouble taking a couple to work, and even though they’re small, they’ll fill your belly no matter what. Hot water crust pastry is usually made with lard because butter is seen to have too much of a rich flavour for the traditional pork pies it’s used to make. Obviously there’s no lard lurking in my fridge, but there is plenty of butter. I think the butter in my pastry can stand up to the vegetarian filling because of the robust mushrooms and sharp feta having enough flavour to balance it out. …