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It seems unlikely that I’ll be making cheese this year. Perhaps not one for my New Year’s Resolution list, with barely enough time to do all the things I’ve already committed myself to, I think cheese making will stay firmly as a long term ‘to do’.
I have, however, been enjoying reading this blog by somebody who does have the time to make homemade cheese – and I’m extremely jealous. I can also dream of the day when I might have the time…!
If, unlike me, you have plenty of time to spare, and cheesemaking takes your fancy, this blog is the place to start. They’ve been making everything from blue cheese to ricotta, Cheddar to halloumi, and even Camembert style cheese! Plus they give loads of details on how to do it yourself.
Image: the handyface blog
A Cozy Kitchen is full of recipes that you want to cook. You can get lost in pages and pages of great sounding (and looking) recipes, but it was this recently posted recipe for Fresh Tomato Bruschetta that caught my eye.
Image: A Cozy Kitchen
Although tomato bruschetta almost doesn’t really need a recipe, it should be tried if you’ve not made it before. The best tomato bruschetta I’ve ever had was in Italy last year in a tiny cafe in Amalfi.
However, the tomatoes from Naples are reputedly the best in the world due to the volcanic soil they are grown on – it makes them beautifully sweet. So what could be nicer than to send off the summer with a plate of toasted bread topped with sun-warm chunks of tomato drizzled with a little oil and a scattering of torn basil.
Here’s the delicious tomato bruschetta we had in Italy…
I have had a thumping headache all day, so feeling sorry for myself. Thought I’d try and cheer myself up and share with you another of my favourite foodie website.
Image: Design Sponge
This recipe for Homemade crumpets with fruit curd from Rachel Khoo just sound divine – I have always wanted to try making homemade crumpets and seeing this recipe at Design Sponge has reminded me that I must make time to have a go.
A Local Kitchen is a fabulous food blog with lashings of great recipes and lots of local food info for those living in New York’s Hudson Valley. So I might live a million miles away from Kaela’s local food haven, but I share her love for local and regional food.
At the moment it is a treasure trove of recipes for chutneys, preserves and vinegars – to name but a few! This recipe for Roasted Tomato and Chipotle Salsa sounds divine.
Image: A Local Kitchen
The Wednesday Chef is one of those food blogs you just have to check back to every so often. It’s like a great magazine that you can dip into whenever you need something comforting to read or look at.
It’s written by Luisa, born in Berlin, once a New Yorker, and is a truly lovely blog to look through. She has also just written up a delicious sounding recipe that I first spied (like her) over at Food52: Tartine with Mustard Mayo and Mashed Avocado. Just the thought of it makes my mouth water.
You can see Luisa’s version of the scrumptious sounding snack here along with a recipe for Spicy Salmon Mash on Toast.
Girl Interrupted Eating is a fantastic food blog and one of my favourites. On discovery it a month ago, I spent all evening reading back through the blog. It’s written by Becky who lives in the East Midlands and she posts some delicious recipes. She’s also often out foraging for wild food – horseradish is her latest find beside the canal!
With summer starting to peak and thoughts of Autumn looming on the horizon, I have been inspired by Becky’s recipe for Blackberry yoghurt cake.
Image: Girl Interrupted Eating
So this is the first of my Food Finds posts, the one that inspired me to start them. I will try and post one every Monday along with a fabulous recipe from the blog of choice.
On my search for strawberry jam recipes I came across a lovely blog called Nami-Nami. It’s written by Estonian and there are some delightful recipes that I’ve just never come across or heard of before. I love discovering food and dishes that are particular to a specific place or town or region or country.
It was a recipe posted here for Danish buttermilk soup that inspired me to start sharing my food finds.
To me that picture just makes me want to eat it all up, without even really knowing what’s in it. I might try it with some of my homemade granola. If like me, you’d like to ‘eat it all up’ and want to know how to make it, the recipe is here.
I think it’s about time I started to share links to some of the lovely recipes and food blogs that I come across on my internet travels. I have two ‘favourites’ folders dedicated to food – one for food blogs, and another for particular recipes I like.
I have been on the hunt today for a recipe for strawberry jam, specifically (if it exists) for a Swedish recipe. I am after a Swedish strawberry jam recipe because I’m not particular fond of the strawberry jam that we have in this country.
However, when we were in Sweden we stayed at a strawberry farm and I fell in love with their jam. It was runnier, and just much more enjoyable in my opinion. I might even try the strawberry jam from the farm’s website, just played around with a bit.
Anyway…getting back to sharing links. I shall put something together on the blog I discovered today and the dish that inspired me to share it, and then try to do so regularly.