Tag Archives: The Great Bloggers’ Bake-Off

For My Punjabi Family And Friends

I have a large number of Punjabi relatives and lots of friends, several of whom work as Punjabi translators in the media. (I also have a lot of Gujarati and Urdu speaking friends who not only feed me very well, but have also given me cookery lessons.) I am hoping that Jack and I will have pleased them in our attempt to make Onion Bhajis. 

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This is the first time I, that is we, have made bhajis (I have made samosas, saag aloo and all manner of curries and dhal countless times), and we followed a simple recipe from BBC Good Food to make sure we had a chance of producing something edible! This is the recipe we followed:

https://www.bbcgoodfood.com/recipes/onion-bhajis-raita

These were the ingredients we used to make the onion bhajis:

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  • 2 onions, finely sliced
  • 100g gram flour
  • ½ tsp gluten-free baking powder
  • ½ tsp chilli powder
  • ½ tsp turmeric
  • 1 green chilli, deseeded and very finely chopped
  • vegetable oil for frying (we used 2 litres)

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The recipe told us to finely slice the onions and soak them in cold water…so we did maaan! I mean whether we understand the instructions or not, Jack and me were not taking any risks.

To make the batter, we sieved the gram flour and the baking powder into a bowl and then added the chilli powder, tumeric and a sprinkling of salt (we forgot to add the finely chopped green chilli, but as soon as Jack remembered we threw that in as well). We mixed everything together with 100ml of cold water to make a lovely golden batter.

We then drained the sliced onions and added them to the batter stirring to make sure they were well coated.

Then came the scary bit…hot oil. We had to keep testing the oil. The recipe said to add a tiny speck of batter to the oil. The first two times, the batter sank to the bottom of the pan and little bubbles appeared. But when the oil was finally hot enough, the third speck of batter we added immediately floated to the top and there were lots of bubbles fizzing away.

Then with two tablespoons we lowered a bundle of our battered onions into the hot oil. We let it cook for a few minutes, turning it over once. Now we knew what to expect, we heated the rest two or three at at time.

When we removed the bhajis from the pan, we sprinkled with some salt and placed them into a preheated oven to keep them warm.

While we were waiting for the oil to heat up, we were busy making our raita with the following ingredients:

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  • 250ml Greek natural yogurt
  • a cucumber
  • a small handful of chopped mint (we used half of the packet in the picture)

The recipe told us to peel the cucumber and grate it it into a sieve sitting over a bowl. We then pressed the cucumber to extract as much of the liquid from it as possible. The cucumber pulp we added with the chopped mint to the Greek yoghurt and mixed everything with some salt and pepper.

I have to say, Jack and I were very pleased with ourselves indeed! The bhajis were very tasty! We snacked on them all weekend.

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We were so pleased with the results that we carried on and we made a batch of red onion bhajis with a garlic and mint raita. But as this post is too long, we will have to save the photos from our red onion bhajis for another day.

Did I ever tell you about when I was a contestant in a Bollywood Strictly Come Dancing?!!!

It is always worth watching Gary Mr Bean partying as only he can!

Rocking The Picnic Theme

As the social distancing restrictions began to ease here in England, I enjoyed quite a few Sunday afternoon picnic with friends, I was on the hunt for perfect picnic treats. Well, here is a blogger who has come up with the ideal PICNIC invention.

Tandy Tandy Sinclair, the creator of  Lavender and Lime, has rustled up these fabulous Vegetable Cups, which have PICNIC perfection written all over them.

I have no shame in admitting I would feel the need to load about ten of these onto my picnic plate. This is Tandy’s post where you can find the recipe to make the quintessential picnic treat.

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Thank you to Tandy for rocking the picnic theme! Our international, multicultural community of WordPress bloggers have been busy. Indeed this picnic is going to be rocking all over the world!! Stay tuned as we travel the world with more BAKING and PICNIC creations!

Rolling With It!

I am so impressed by Gary, aka bereavedandbeingasingleparent, who has been in intense training for a live BAKE-OFF challenge. He has made some extraordinary BAKES these past few weeks.

I have a feeling that if we were all together physically, enjoying all these amazing BAKING and PICNIC creations, Gary’s next PICNIC productions would vanish very quickly! Who doesn’t love a sausage roll (vegan for me please Gary!) Even better, Gary’s sausage rolls are gluten free.

This was Gary’s wonderful post featuring the story of these sausage rolls (Greggs had better watch out…Gary’s going to be stiff competition!)

https://bereavedsingledad.blog/2020/07/17/great-bloggers-bake-off-5/

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I am going to state the obvious…when it comes to sausage rolls, you gotta roll with it, you gotta take your time…!

We all love a sausage roll…especially a vegan sausage roll!!!

A Red Velvet Danish

We have our second of two amazing Danish bloggers who create fantastic posts on WordPress. We all know the Danes are famed for their delicious viennoiserie…but they make pretty awesome cakes too!

And…it is a delightful cake we have from KiannaKitter   Kianna Kitter, is truly flying the flag for Denmark! Kianna baked a Red Velvet Cake, filled with vanilla cream. After glazing her cake, Kianna decorated it with (Danish red and white) sparkles and red fruits, reminiscent of the fine-looking flag of Denmark!

 

There are so many songs on the theme “red”…I checked out scores, to the point that I became really fussy! But eventually I settled on one because I liked the video. But as Kianna’s submission is now taking THE BAKE-OFF into the early hours of Monday morning (here in London), I thought I would tag one of my favourite party songs.

Don’t you just love that WordPress bloggers have had a party for the entire weekend…and we are still partying in the early hours of Monday morning! Yayyyyyyy!

 

That Is Love!

When I received two photographs from the wonderful Di, the creator of pensitivity101, I showed Jack, and he and I ended up having a long discussion, which I will explain later on.

Many of you will know that as well as producing many fantastic posts of her own, Di also hosts THE THREE THINGS CHALLENGE and THE FRIDAY TAKE SEVEN COMPILATION CHALLENGE. She is one of the many great bloggers who help create a friendly blogging community where you will find inspiration and support as you create your own posts.

Di sent in a photograph of the Macaroni Cheese she had made for her husband alongside the pasta dish she made for herself, which contained chopped tomatoes, an onion and some green beans, garlic and italian herbs. This is Di’s post where she told us all about the two pasta dishes:

https://pensitivity101.wordpress.com/2020/07/12/my-contribution-to-the-great-bloggers-bake-off/

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I was so touched that Di made two different pasta dishes for her and her husband. Di, Jack and I had a long conversation because he keeps on insisting that he is happy to eat vegetarian food. I am vegetarian you see. But I know that Jack loves eating meat. He particularly loves Greek style slow roasted lamb. He has spent a lot of time over in Greece. He also lived in France for some time and I know some of his favourite French dishes are very meaty.

I keep telling him that I would be more than happy to cook meat for him and have a meat-free dish alongside him. But he seems to think it would be too much trouble. Goldfinch was exactly the same by the way. But after showing Jack Di’s photos, I told him – that is love! We can work it out as we go along, but I want to be like Di…and make a dish he enjoys as well as making something suitable for myself. Aaaah! Sigh! Thanks so much Di for your wonderful photos and a beautiful lesson in love!

 

Beautiful Blogging And Baking

Throughout the summer months I live on salad and something on the side. Most of the time, that side is quiche! I love quiche. I love variety, so I am always experimenting and looking for different combinations of veggies to quiche-ify!

I was very pleased when I saw that theresaly520 theresaly520, the creator of the beautiful website Culture Shocks, had sent in her photos of her Mushroom Quiche.

To me…quiche is iconically SUMMER, PICNIC and of course BAKING! Which makes it the perfect addition to THE GREAT BLOGGERS’ BAKE-OFF 2020 SUMMER PICNIC! This is Sa’s gorgeous post where she shares with us her fabulous baking and the great recipes she followed:

https://theresaly520.wordpress.com/2020/07/19/the-great-bloggers-bake-off-2020-summer-picnic-3-tempting-dishes/

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I could have chosen the B-52s famous “Quiche Lorraine” song…but inspired by our the beautiful images that Sa uses on her site (her site really is one of the most beautiful on WordPress), I wanted to perpetuate more beauty, summer, nature, love and wonderful! We love you Sa! Your posts are so beautiful!

I should have warned Kristian this song was coming!

I Wouldn’t Touch It If I Were You!

I am sure you have been impressed by the BAKING of our very own Gary, aka bereavedandbeingasingleparent. Gary has certainly not shied away from taking on some serious BAKING challenges in his hard core training for THE GREAT BLOGGERS’ BAKE-OFF.

However, this BAKING creation from Gary, reaches a whole new realm of delectable digestives. We have here a record of his attempt at the classic Soufflé – only this one is a dairy and gluten free version – which left me speechless! Literally…no words!

Gary didn’t actually specify if was a chocolate Soufflé, I was just hoping that was the case!

https://bereavedsingledad.blog/2020/07/13/inevitable/

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What do you say to that? I don’t think anyone can compete with baking like this. Gary you truly are in a category all of your own!!!

I should not tease our glorious Gary…I am sure it tasted delicious!

Brilliant Baker Benji

We now have some very awesome baking from the youngest baker in THE GREAT BLOGGERS’ BAKE-OFF 2020 SUMMER PICNIC!

Our next brilliant baker is Benji!!  benji1535  benji1535 is the creator of Benji’s Very Big Blog. He also published this post to share with us his secret recipe:

https://benjisverybigblog.wordpress.com/2020/07/20/the-secret-of-my-shortbread/

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Benji is not the only blogger in his family. His amazing mum Ingrid, Ingrid is the creator Experiments in Fiction.  

What has Benji been BAKING? Brilliant biscuits! He has baked sensational Shortbread. I absolutely love that Benji made his name in shortbread! Golden delicious crumbly buttery shortbread! Could somebody put the kettle on please? These are the perfect accompaniment to a lovely cuppa tea!

Thank you Ingrid for these wonderful photos of Benji’s baking!

 

This whole weekend has been about fabulous family fun that everybody can be involved with. It’s great to see the whole family getting involved…even Benji’s brother Ollie got involved!

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The key to awesome baking is often in the beat!!!

 

Inspired by our youngest, and perhaps smallest baker this year, I was longing to tag a link to my own favourite chef, who proves that no matter what your size or age…if you love creating kitchen masterpieces, you can go a long way!!!

 

She Has Conquered The Kitchen!!

I knew that our next blogger was going to make something delicious for THE GREAT BLOGGERS’ BAKE-OFF! Last year she made something delicious…though slightly overcome by the forces of gravity! But this year…gravity, gorgeousness and gloriousness are on her side!

Yes, that’s right…the fantastic Amanda Cade Amanda Cade has made not one, not two, not three…but four awesome Mini-Cheesecakes with a choice of topping for everyone! Caramel for me please Amanda!!!

And….wait for it…they are perfect!!! Yayyyyyyyyyyyyy! Go Amanda!!! This is called complete redemption for the chocolate landslide of 2019. Amanda has nailed perfect cheesecakes…with extremely naughty toppings. Surely a cheesecake should have a calorific topping!

Aaaah…the way to my heart is cheesecake…which I say with a tear in my eye, because I have a dairy intolerance. This is the post Amanda published chronicling how she conquered the kitchen this year to produce these beauties:

https://amandacade.com/2020/07/15/the-great-bloggers-bakeoff-2020/

Thank you so much Amanda!!! Loving the sweet cheesecakes in every way! You rock!!!

I Carried A Watermelon

I am sure you will agree that it is about time we stopped for another drink to wash down all of the delicious BAKING and PICNIC creations from WordPress bloggers.

How thrilled we are that some of the wonderful bloggers who took part in the 2019 GREAT BLOGGERS’ BAKE-OFF have been able to take part again this year. You may remember the perfectly petite NAKED CAKE created by popsiclesociety Ribana, creator of Popsicle Society, from last year’s BAKE-OFF.

This year Ribana has supplied a superb Watermelon Cocktail. It certainly tempted Jack! Ribana, Jack wandered down to the organic supermarket, when I showed him your post yesterday, to buy a watermelon and a lime (I already had some booze in the back of the cupboard) so we could make your cocktail. Now you know what we have been drinking all afternoon!

This is Ribana’s post where you can find her cocktail recipe, and believe us, it is delicious!

https://popsiclesociety.com/2019/08/23/refreshing-watermelon-cocktail/

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When I needed to think of another watermelon musical link…I relied on one of the most famous lines from one of the most iconic chick-flicks of all time…are you ready for that line?