Lauren Gemmell

Food, Fitness, and Technology

Month: February 2010

No Knead Bread – Fresh from the Oven

Wow I am really not getting any better at the Fresh from the Oven challenge, am I? I wake up on reveal day (at noon, guess I am still getting over the jetlag) having had the intention of getting up and having the bread in the oven by that time.

This months challenge was brought to us from Claire at Things We Make. She chose a No Knead bread, which is cooked in a Dutch Oven, so in my case my new Le Creuset Casserole dish.

No Knead Wholewheat Boule

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Slow Cooked Chicken Pilaf with Sun-dried Tomatoes

Being on holiday is wonderful, your bed gets made for you, there is no cleaning to do, and you don’t have to make your own meals. Unfortunately I kind of enjoy making my own food!

After a week when the only vegetables I saw were between a burger and a bun it was necessary to get some vegetables and healthy food into me. Lunch today was a large salad, not unlike this Tomato and Red Pepper Salad, the crisp fresh lettuce leaves were a world away from the pale limp ones I found inside any burger.

Chopped Sun-dried Tomatoes

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I am finally home, and after almost a week away there is only one thing I want. A home cooked meal, and maybe if you’ll give me a second option – some sleep!

Atlanta was wonderful and I met so many great people, including Nancy a fellow food blogger from The Dogs Eat the Crumbs. As some of you may know I am an almost anonymous blogger, so it was lovely to meet another food blogger – to be able to talk about what we do.

Nancy and I

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Celeriac Mash

This week posts may be few and far between, I am on holiday! No this isn’t a pre-recorded message, but I have found myself with enough free time to pull this recipe from my “To Be Blogged” pile.

Sweet and Sour Pancakes

What happens if you cross Chinese New Year with Pancake Day? Well you get these Chinese inspired savoury pancakes.

Sweet and Sour Pancakes

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Valentines Macarons

Valentine Macaron

I don’t think my Valentine really likes Macarons, so I almost didn’t make this months MacTweets challenge. But I relented.

I went for a simple almond macaron, but piped them as a heart shape…

Heart Piping

Which wasn’t particularly difficult. They weren’t the flattest macraons, but they did have feet.

Heart Shaped Macarons

Carrot Cake Muffins

Sometimes life gives you too many carrots and a muffin craving.

Carrot Cake Muffin

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Fennel, Orange and Pecan Quinoa Salad

In January most people start to detox a little after all the Christmas indulgences, I say most people because I did not. I ate my way through all the chocolate and cakes, and then bought or made more. While it was amazing at the time I am starting to notice the negative impacts of all my fun and relaxing.

So here we go. First step a healthy lunch for tomorrow at work.

When I thought about healthy eating I thought salad – but lettuce leaves are boring, or pasta but it’s a bit carb-elicious, then Quinoa came to mind. Quinoa is a great source of protein so it is especially good for vegans and vegetarians (although I am obviously neither).

Fennel, Orange and Pecan Quinoa

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Beetroot and Choc Chip Muffins

Usually when I feel compelled to eat my baked goods it is because they taste good. While this is also true for these Beetroot Muffins, there is also a more sinister reason.

Beetrax, the Beetroot Muffin

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Beetroot and Pumpkin Salad

Last night I roasted a huge bunch of vegetables – I plan to use them for all kinds of things over the next couple of days. But I thought I start simply to bring out the great flavours of the ingredients.

Beetroot and Pumpkin Salad

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