Wednesday, 13 December 2017

Nigella at Christmas

I have been watching this series just to see what she would come up with. Some interesting things that might be worth doing if I could be bothered. Last night, she was 'away' and I wondered where it was filmed.

Being able to find such things reasonably quickly, as that is what I used to do, here is the kitchen she was cooking in. The fridge freezer is different, it was decorated for Christmas and filmed from the right of the island so you didn't see the breakfast bar:

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Tuesday, 12 December 2017

Away and back...

We have just come back from a weekend away with DS, DDiL and the Grand Dogs - lovely. DS was celebrating his birthday present from earlier this year with a tootle around on one of these:
DDiL decided to join him and they rode around for about 40 minutes or so. We took lots of photographs and tried to keep warm in the very cold, snowy, rainy and windy day!

Boy, where they live, did they have cold weather although the coldest night was forecast for Monday for them, we came home on that day. Mind you, despite having our heating coming on whilst away, for short periods to keep the chill off our house, it was just 11C inside, when we arrived home.

We took a slightly different way back from them, as the hills would have been too risky, and missed our turning which made it interesting to say the least. Most roads were drivable but nearly everyone was driving very carefully, even on the motorways (50 mph rather than 70 mph). What is normally a 3 hour 15 minute journey home, took just a tad over 5 hours, including a short stop for lunch.

The house still isn't fully up to our normal temperature (18C) and so far, we haven't been able to use our chocolate nut spread, as even in the kitchen, near the boiler, it is still solid!

Washing to catch up on, massage to have, soup to make, presents to wrap and I still haven't organised anything for Christmas, in the house or food department. Got things, just need to get baking and decorating, rocking and rolling!

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Friday, 8 December 2017

Chocolate Nut Spread

Thank you everyone for your comments about my last blog post. I have no intention of stopping blogging! Blue sky and sunshine here but boy, does the north wind blow. Really, really cold.

The lovely Kate over at The Gluten Free Alchemist, recently posted about the sorry changes to the ingredients in Nutella, see here.

Now, I don't like Nutella, finding it artificial tasting and far too sweet and when you see the deconstructed photograph of what is actually in your jar, you might feel the same ugh!

However, I was intrigued by her recipe and decided to give it a whirl!

I used a mill attachment on my food processor, to grind the nuts before adding them to my processor. As I didn't have enough hazelnuts (which I had previously toasted), I topped up with untoasted walnuts. Once the cocoa and very small amount of icing sugar was added, it looked like this:
This stage tasted fab, a bit like a Ferrero Rocher. I feel an amended recipe coming here, maybe just a little melted chocolate to hold it together to make into balls?

The melted chocolate and vanilla extract were added:
Then it was all whizzed up and finished like this:
There are still tiny pieces of nut which is fine. It has quite a soft consistency at this stage and was easy to spoon into a selection of small jars:
This is meant to be stored at room temperature for just a few weeks but mine will go into the fridge until we are ready to use it (extremely difficult to spread straight from the fridge).

We won't be eating it all as some is designated for gifts. Wonder if it is stirred into ice cream it would make a 'Nutella' version?

Have a grand weekend everyone, snow not withstanding!