Lauren Gemmell

Food, Fitness, and Technology

Month: June 2009 (Page 1 of 2)

Vegetable Box: Beetroot, Cauliflower and Stir-fry Veg

Last week in my veggie box there was:

Organic Vegetables

Organic Vegetables

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Scottish Mince Round or Pie Recipe

Note: If you are looking for a Mincemeat pie then you might be more interested in this Christmassy Cherry and Almond Mincemeat Pie Recipe.

While being Scottish and living my whole life in Scotland, I didn’t grow up on the traditional Scottish fare. My parents loved Indian curries, Italian Pizzas and Pastas and by the time I was getting into my teens Mexican. So it wasn’t until my all-to-brief holiday up north to Macduff that I truly appreciated the simplicity and satiating nature of a mince round.

Low-fat Beetroot Risotto

Purple is my favourite colour. Last winter I had a purple coat (I got some pretty amazing compliments about it in Seattle – do Americans not have purple jackets?) I also had about 5 purple tops, a couple of purple dresses and the most amazing purple shoes. (I even had a pair of purple tights… but we won’t go into that.)

Even though going through an extreme purple phase I never ate anything purple. It’s not a colour I associate with food, especially not savoury meals. So when I got beetroot in my organic box this week and started looking into what new things I could do with it. Browsing online this purple risotto jumped out at me!

Strikingly purple beetroot risotto

Strikingly purple beetroot risotto

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Strawberries, Blueberries with Vanilla Ice Cream topped with Scottish Tablet

Now that you have all made your first batch of Scottish Tablet you might be wondering to do with your wonderful slabs of sugary gold. Or if you haven’t made it yet maybe you are looking for another nudge in the right direction.

Strawberry Blueberry Tablet and Vanilla Ice Cream

Nudge! Strawberry and Blueberries with Vanilla Ice Cream topped with Tablet

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Vegetable Box: Broad Beans, Cabbage and Cucumber

For the past month or so I have been getting a box of organic vegetables delivered from Grow Wild. Last week I received the following:

Organic Vegetable Box June 16th

Organic Vegetable Box June 16th

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Scottish Tablet: The Perfect Gift

As you know Sunday is Father’s Day, I am always at a bit of a loss as to what to get my Dad. I am passed the time when I could get away with getting him a tie, pair of socks or some golfing equipment. So as usual I was thinking about what I would like to do, rather than the task in hand – finding the perfect present.

Father's Day Presents all wrapped up

Father's Day Presents all wrapped up

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What to do with Broad Beans

This week in my Organic Vegetable box I got 14 Broad Bean pods. The suggestion in the box was Crushed Broad Beans and Mint Bruschetta but I opted for Broad Bean and Bacon Risotto instead.

Broad Bean and Bacon Risotto

Broad Bean and Bacon Risotto

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Kopi Luwak

For those who follow me on twitter will know, it was recently my fiancé’s 30th. I spent a lot of time trying to work out what that one special 30th present would be. A lot of friends and family suggested an expensive bottle of champage, however he hates champagne (I know, I don’t understand it either…). However I came up with the next best thing, at least for a coffee lover anyway, Kopi Luwak.

After we had tried it, I decided it would make a great blog post. So please welcome Matt, as my resident coffee lover, he can describe it better than I could…

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Lemon Curd

I used this lemon curd as a filling for yesterday’s coconut oil sponge recipe it was full of lemony flavour and just sweet enough, but not too sweet.

I have been using the remainders from the cake on almost everything: toast, scones, biscuits. It tastes just as good as smothered over a victoria sponge!

Lemon Curd Scone

Lemon Curd Scone

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Coconut Oil Sponge Recipe

I used a basic recipe from Delia Smith sponge to create a coconut oil version, using the typical coconut oil conversion of 3/4 the weight of the butter stated in the recipe. I also added the rind of 2 lemons, and filled with lemon curd and a marscapone and fromage frais filling. My inspiration came from the June 2009 edition of delicious. magazine.

Lemon Sponge cake, filled with Lemon curd and marscapone

Lemon Sponge cake, filled with Lemon curd and marscapone

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