Sunday 15 February 2015

Cheese & Mashed Potato Comfort Food

It's absolutely comfort food season right now. All I want to do is hibernate under my duvet and eat stodgy, greasy food - preferably bought to me by someone else. But actually, cooking is a really nice thing to do on a cold day. It doesn't involve going outside, and slaving over a hot oven is pretty pleasurable when you're chilled to the bone. By the time you sit down to eat, you're toasty and satisfied - and you have a good, home cooked meal awaiting you.

Today's recipe isn't a difficult one, nor is it particularly calorific - but it does tick my stodgy comfort food boxes, as it's basically just potatoes and cheese. It's adapted from a recipe I found in the book Pie! by Genevieve Taylor, which I got as part of a set along with Stew! and Mince! Despite the 'states-the-obvious' names, they're actually really good cookbooks, full of recipes that make me go 'Ooooh, I want to make that!' which is generally what I want to get out of a recipe book.

Thursday 12 February 2015

Chocolate, Caramel, & Peanut Butter Pie

The recipes I've made lately seem to involve using up awesome ingredients - the kind of ingredients so awesome that it seems baffling you'd need to find a way to use them up. This one involves leftover salted caramel sauce. I KNOW. I made two versions for caramel truffles over Christmas, and this - my tried and tested recipe - is not thick enough for truffles (use this one). I tried to roll frozen sauce into little balls to dip into chocolate, and it wouldn't hold together for more than a few seconds. So into the freezer it went. And, what with moving soon, we're trying to use things up, so here we are.

I found this recipe, and I was super excited about it, but then I decided that I couldn't be bothered with all that palaver. So instead, I cobbled something together based on that age old scientific principle of combining nice things to make one extra nice thing. It totally worked.
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