A week or so ago, I was sent a copy of a brand new cookbook to review, which covers one of my favourite Autumn and Winter food groups – pies. It’s safe to say that I’m not the worlds best cook – most things that are a triumph in my kitchen are a result of luck rather than judgement. Don’t get me wrong, I can make a good ol’ shepherds pie or lasagne from scratch, but Nigella I’m not. However, I’m slightly better at baking – I know how to make cupcakes (mostly thanks to my Mum’s infallible recipes), I’ve recently learned how to make pizza dough (ta very much, Hugh F-W) and I’ve got grand plans to work out how to make yorkshire puddings (because Sunday lunch just isn’t the same without them).
The book I was sent, ‘Tart It Up!’ by Eric Lanlard is a beautiful, beautiful hardback cookbook with mouth watering food photography like this:
|Don’t give me that, we’re all thinking about the ‘C’ word already….|
This book is ace. There’s a section at the front on perfecting your pastry, the majority of the recipes have gorgeous images to accompany them, and right at the back is a space dedicated to quick sweet bakes – which is where I took my tester recipe from. Ladies and gentlemen, I give you, banana and chocolate puffs:
I’m going to be honest – I tried making these when the eldest was running around my feet, desperately trying to lick everything that had chocolate on it, and the baby was wailing , and I forgot to put the sugar on top before they went in the oven. That aside, they were great – the Husband claimed they were awesome, my Mum liked them, and they took about five minutes to prepare, and fifteen to cook. A great little project if you have youngsters that can keep their tongues to themselves. Ahem.
To celebrate the publication of the book, I’ve decided to roll out the very first Owl and Accordion giveaway. Drum roll please…. drrrrrr……
Readers of this blog have the chance to win everything pictured above – the cookbook, a 1960’s paisley apron (to protect your frock while you whizz up a few pies), two vintage linen napkins, two vintage plates from my collection (one is pyrex, PYREX I tell you!) and two retro cups. So basically, tea for two. Hurrah!
To enter all you have to do is:
1. Leave a comment on this blog post, making sure that you have the correct contact details attached to it.
2. Follow me on Twitter, or like the Owl and the Accordion on Facebook.
The giveaway closes one week from today, and the winner will be announced via this blog shortly after.
And that’s it! On your marks, get set, go!