In the Kitchen with…

I have so many cookbooks, I could have my own mini library. Just to clarify I hardly cook from them yet ask for a new one every Christmas (Lorraine Pascale and Hugh Fearnley-Whittingstall are on this year’s list FYI). Say what you like about celebrity chefs, they have made food seem more accessible and attainable to the everyday person. So I thought it would be fun to do a series where I try a recipe from one of their books or TV shows and tell you guys how it faired.

Gwyneth Paltrow’s Sweet Potato and Five Spice Muffins – from It’s All Good

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Verdict: Never again
Next recipe I want to try from the author: Gluten Free Italian Style Fish Fingers

Paul Hollywood’s Pizza – from Bread

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Look at him all happy throwing flour in the air! Pffft!

This silver haired fox enticed me in with his refined Liverpool accent and promise that bread making was simple, just a few ingredients then BAM! Well let me say that it was watching the TV show that made we want to try making the pizza dough, it looked so easy. And having watched the series, Hollywood insisted that all those myths about using warm water for bread were ‘ridiculous’. So what did I do?! I used cold filtered water from the fridge, which kerplunked my yeast into oblivion so it was never to rise again. Not my best kitchen moment (I cried, which I think sent Chris into crisis mode). The dough rose a little but not enough. So that meant when I cooked the pizza it was a little doughey, but nothing a few ingredients couldn’t cover up. Cheese, Chorizo and Prosciutto for the boy and Fig, Spinach and Ricotta for me.

Verdict: Try again, with warm water!
Next recipe I want to try from the author: Biscotti with hot Mocha Dipping Sauce looks heavenly right!?

My obsession with The Great British Bake Off earlier this year, means that I’m hankering after baking of some kind. Currently I have ‘soggy bottom’ fear but I’ve decided this won’t stop me. I will bake a cake, and conquer my fear. Where’s Bezza when you need her eh?