Fish Bites (Recipe and Good News!)

Great news readers! As well as my regular recipes and photographs here on my blog, I will now be posting kosher recipes over on CartoonKippah! They will be recipes inspired by my mixed Jewish background and will feature my own photography. Nothing will change on my own blog, I will just be cooking lots more!

My first post is a Kosher for Passover recipe for Fish Bites. It’s a healthy, cheap and low-fat recipe suitable for pescatarians, dieters, and those keeping Passover. Perfect for lunch or a starter. I hope you will check it out, enjoy!

Passover Recipe: Fish Bites

Blog Awards

Thank you so much to all my followers and readers for continuously supporting me! I have been given various awards recently and I haven’t had a chance to respond to each one separately, but I want to say thank you for the awards and pass on to some of my favourite blogs. Apologies for my late and shortened response!

And please don’t feel obliged to pass on awards or even mention them. It is completely up to you if you want to post about it or pass it on.

Firstly, thank you so much to Loseweightandgainhealth and A Foodies Voyage for both giving me the Liebster Blog Award!

“The Liebster Blog Award is given to up coming bloggers who have less than 200 followers.
The Meaning; Liebster is German and means sweetest, kindest, nicest, dearest, beloved, lovely, kind, pleasant, valued, cute, endearing, and welcome.

The rules for the Liebster Blog Award are:
1. Thank your Liebster Blog Award presenter on your blog.
2. Link back to the blogger who awarded you.
3. Copy & paste the blog award on your blog
4. Reveal your 5 blog picks.
5. Let them know you choose them by leaving a comment on their blog.”

So my 5 blog picks are:
http://pastaprincessandmore.wordpress.com/

http://tashainthekitchen.wordpress.com/

http://aforkineachhand.com/

http://adashofcinema.com/

http://foodismylife.wordpress.com

A big thank you to Nocturnefirefay for giving me the Versatile Blogger Award and continuous support and blog friendship!

The rules for the award are:
1) Thank the person who nominated me and link back to them in my post.
2) Share 7 things about myself
3) Pass the award on to 15 more bloggers that I enjoy
4) Contact the bloggers I have chosen to let them know that they have been selected!

So, 7 things about myself. You will always find these 7 things in my shopping basket:
Tomatoes, Onions, Courgettes, Avocados, Cheese, Bananas, Houmous.

Here are some blogs I feel deserve this award:

http://curatorialcuriosities.wordpress.com/

http://loseweightandgainhealth.com/

http://grazinginthecity.com/

http://threecleversisters.com/

http://thepescetarianandthepig.com/

http://afoodiesvoyage.wordpress.com/

http://pennysfoodblog.wordpress.com/

http://sweetandcrumby.com/

http://thegarumfactory.net/

http://frugalfeeding.wordpress.com/

http://realfunfood.com/

And thank you again to Nocturnefirefay for giving me the 7×7 Link Award!

Here are the rules.

1) Reveal seven things about myself that you don’t already know
2) place up 7 of my favorite links from my own blog
3) Pass the award on to 7 more bloggers.

So 7 more things about me!
These are my 7 favourite drinks: Water, English Tea, Peppermint Tea, Green Tea, Cider, Wine (red or white), Mojito

and some blogs that I love:

http://inquiringchef.com/

http://alidoesit.wordpress.com/

http://littlelondonobservationist.wordpress.com/

http://titabuds.com/

http://twospoons.wordpress.com/

http://sugaredpecan.wordpress.com/

http://theeverydaykitchen.wordpress.com/

And lastly, thank you very much to The Sugared Pecan  for giving me the Kreativ Blogger Award!!

And the rules are:

1. Thank the blogger who gave you the award and link back to them.
2. List seven things about yourself your readers may find interesting.
3. Nominate seven other bloggers, provide links and let them know.
4. Copy and paste the logo and place it on your blog.

I’ve already said so many things about me, think I will skip this bit!

http://chillininja.wordpress.com/

http://nocturnefirefay.wordpress.com/

http://foodimentary.com/

http://caitsplate.me/

http://cartoonkippah.com/

http://delgrossofoodblog.com/

http://girlonthecontrary.com/

THANK YOU!

So, thank you for all these awards! And please check out my suggested blogs, they are all brilliant in their own ways. And also, a little shout out to my sister and successful food blogger and baker, Danya. She’s my partner in crime when it comes to cooking and eating! So check out her delightful blog here.

Happy Passover and Happy Easter to my readers. xx

Jazzed-up Brown Rice

We all know that whole grains are supposed to be good for us. Brown rice is healthy, filling, and slowly releases energy compared with white rice. Personally, though, I don’t normally like it! Even though I love lots of healthy foods, brown rice is not one of my favourites.

So, last week I came up with a way of making it a bit more tasty, by adding nutty, sweet and herby flavours. I still kept it healthy, but it was a big improvement from plain brown rice! This rice has a crunch from the seeds, a soft sweetness from the squash and a wonderful fragrance.

If, like me, you’re not a huge fan of brown rice, then try this recipe and let me know what you think. I will definitely be making it again!

Brown Rice With Roasted Butternut Squash, Seeds and Herbs

Start to finish time: 1 hour
Serves: 2

Ingredients:

1 medium butternut squash
1/2 cup brown rice
big bunch of fresh parsley, chopped
1/2 vegetable stock cube
3 tbsp mixed seeds (any combination of your favourite seeds, e.g. pumpkin, sunflower, sesame)
garlic oil

Salt & Pepper

1. Preheat the oven to 200 degrees. Halve the round part of the squash and drizzle with garlic oil, a pinch of salt and pepper. No need to peel! Roast for a total of 40 minutes or until soft.

2. Peel and cube the long part of the squash and also drizzle with olive oil, a pinch of salt and pepper. Allow the larger squash to roast for about 20 minutes and then add the cubes to the oven.

3. Wash the rice and throw away the water. Then add the cooking water, stock cube and half your chopped parsley. stir and then cook as per the packet. Start cooking the rice when you add the cubed squash to the oven.

4. In a separate pan, toast the seeds for a couple of minutes or until they start to brown.

5. By the time the rice is cooked, the squash should be perfectly roasted and vice versa! Mix the remaining fresh parsley, toasted seeds, and cubed squash into the rice.

6. Add salt & pepper to taste. Serve in the larger part of the roasted squash!

Enjoy!

A Simple Breakfast

Delicious and simple. Happy Sunday! x

Recently one of my recipes was reblogged by the lovely Cjdelgrosso. It felt so nice to be appreciated and recognised in that way and reminded me about the super ‘reblog’ button at the top of wordpress.com. Then, this morning I stumbled upon this wonderful blog post by The Botanical Baker (Urvashi from The Great British Bake Off!) – an excellent and wonderful post about ways to resuse your roses after Valentine’s Day. Recycling your roses – brilliant! I shall definitely be trying some of these tips. So I really recommend that you check it out!

Aubergine and Feta Tarts with a Tamarind Drizzle

Even though tamarind is usually used in asian cooking, I’ve used it here in a Mediterranean style tart. I really like the sweet and  tangy flavour and thought it would be perfect with cheese. I love all these ingredients separately but I’ve never used them together before.

As you may already know I love puff pastry for being delicious, easy to use, and amazingly versatile. It’s works so well with Mediterranean ingredients and especially cheese. I have previously posted a recipe for Mozzarella and Pesto tarts on puff pastry.

This is a simple recipe that makes a perfect starter or light lunch. Serve with a salad and some sliced meats.

Aubergine and Feta Tarts with a Tamarind Drizzle

Start to finish time: 45 minutes
Serves: 2

Ingredients

150g ready rolled puff pastry
1 aubergine, sliced about 5 mm thick
1 tbsp olive oil
4 tbsp tomato puree
4 tsp  garlic oil
100g feta cheese
a few basil leaves

Salt & Pepper

For the drizzle:
1 tbsp tamarind paste
3 tsp sugar
1 tsp honey
a few drops of lemon

1. Preheat your oven to 200 degrees.

2. Lay the sliced aubergine over kitchen paper and sprinkle each slice with salt. Leave for a few minutes and then dab with more kitchen roll. Turn each slice over and do the same on the other side. Move the slices to an oven tray and drizzle with olive oil. Oven cook for 5 minutes on each side. If they start to crisp, remove from the oven.

3. Whack the oven up to 220 degrees. Cut the ready rolled puff pastry into 4 of your desired shape. Move to an oiled tray and put 1 tbsp of tomato puree and 1 tsp of garlic oil on each one. Spread with the back of a teaspoon.

4. Layer the cooked aubergine next, and then crumble the feta cheese on top. Sprinkle with black pepper and then finish with a few basil leaves torn over the top.

5. Oven cook for 10 minutes or until the pastry is golden and has risen.

6. In a bowl, add about 1 tbsp of boiled water to the tamarind paste and stir until it has all mixed. Add the sugar and honey and then put it in the microwave for about 30 seconds. Stir in the lemon juice.

7.  When the tarts are golden and puffed, take them out the oven and drizzle the tamarind over them.

Serve hot or cold with a salad.

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The Versatile Blogger Award

Wow, December was a good month for Eat Now Talk Later. I was nominated for the Liebster Blog Award and the Versatile Blogger Award within the space of a few days!

I’ve now been nominated again for the same award 🙂 yippee! So it’s about time I pass it on!

I am so honoured to have been nominated for the Versatile Blogger Award. Thank you so much to http://ediblesubstance.wordpress.com/ for nominating me along with 14 others. Also, thank you so much to http://grazinginthecity.com/ for nominating me.

The rules for the award are:
1) Thank the person who nominated me and link back to them in my post.

2) Share 7 things about myself

3) Pass the award on to 15 more bloggers that I enjoy

4) Contact the bloggers I have chosen to let them know that they have been selected!

Here are 7 things about myself:

1) I love peas. Well, all vegetables really, but mostly peas.

2) I was named after my Italian great grandmother (father’s mother’s mother) who was called Rosa. My parents translated the name into Hebrew and called me Vered, which means Rose.

3) I am always either hungry, tired, or freezing.

4) I can’t ever remember song lyrics!

5) I love musicals. I grew up watching grease, west side story, sound of music, etc over and over again. I even love the sequels, and yes, Grease 2 is a great film!

6) I prefer savoury foods over sweet foods.

7) I am the middle of 3 sisters.

Ok so here are the wonderful 15 blogs that I believe deserve the Versatile Blogger award. This is a fantastic selection of blogs that I love to read:

1. Tita Buds – http://titabuds.com/
This is one of my absolute favourite blogs!  Tita Buds is definitely a versatile blogger, her posts vary from cute things to travel pics and everything inbetween and her writing always makes me smile. She is also a middle child like me and comes across as a genuinely lovely person.

2. Bake Love Not War – http://bakelovenotwar.co.za/
A beautiful and unique blog with recipes and cute pictures. I love what Dine does with her photography, her pictures are always top quality and make me very hungry!

3. Layers & Swathes – http://layersandswathes.com/
My favourite fashion blog! This is where I learn about what is trending, who looked best at the awards, and what not to wear! Natalie has infinite wisdom into the fashion world and takes time and care over her choice of pictures, often making her own unique and beautiful photo collages for the blog.

4. The Big Fat Noodle – http://thebigfatnoodle.com
Beautiful, delicious looking recipes, often with an Asian twist. I love the pictures and the adventures!

5. The Vintage Cookbook Trials – http://vintagecookbooktrials.wordpress.com/
An amazing unique blog run by friends who test out old recipes from more than 25 years ago. The list of recipes is extensive and many are things I’d never heard of before!

6. Real Fun Food – http://realfunfood.com/
I’ve liked this blog ever since I saw the recipe for mini cheesecake stuffed strawberries! There are some fantastic mouth-watering recipes and pictures here, definitely worth checking out!

7. Tasha in the Kitchen – http://tashainthekitchen.wordpress.com/
 A brilliant food blog that makes me very hungry! Beautifully written too.

8. The DelGrosso Food Blog – http://delgrossofoodblog.com/
A beautiful mix of Italian and Mexican cooking. Delicious!

9. Pasta Princess and More – http://pastaprincessandmore.wordpress.com/
 I never get bored of this blog, yum, yum, yum! Delicious and beautiful pasta recipes…and more!

10. The Happy Homester – http://thehappyhomester.wordpress.com/
Amazing thrifty ideas for around the house and gifts.

11. Coffee and Heels http://coffeeandheels.wordpress.com/ 
A wonderful mix of cooking, fashion, and other interesting things.

12. Unprofessional Cookery http://unprofessionalcookery.com/
 I love this blog for the sheer fact that it gives you so much information! The ‘Readers Ask, I answer’ are brilliant!

13.  The Cook, The Baker, and The Clay Boy Maker – http://averilgomes.wordpress.com/
Another of my fave blogs. Lots of delicious foodie posts and great pictures.

14. Go Pantone –  http://gopantone.com/
Loads of really cool things, pictures, links.

15. Alternative Eating – http://alternativeeating.me/
Delicious and healthy ways to live and eat.  ‘Allergy friendly’ recipes.

I hope you check out these wonderful blogs and enjoy!

Happy eating xxx

The Perfect Weekend Breakfast

Homemade hash browns, poached egg and grilled tomatoes, with a cup of Yorkshire Tea. 🙂 What more could you want?

I have to give full credit to my boyfriend for cooking this delicious breakfast. If you’ve ever been lucky enough to have a meal cooked by Mr L, you will understand the waiting, hunger, and anticipation that accompanies the delight of the meal. He whizzes about in the kitchen, creating enticing smells, bangs and crashes. I wait and wait and occasionally peep in to the kitchen to see what’s happening; and widen my eyes and bite my lip watching the pile of washing up grow!

Eventually, it’s ready! And it is always a marvellous delicious treat, more than worth the wait!

I could compare the feeling to the scene in Chitty Chitty Bang Bang when the children are waiting while the dad is crashing about in his room fixing up the old battered car. Days and days go by, and eventually a new, shiny, colourful, amazing flying car comes out!

Okay, so breakfast was not quite that dramatic! But, still you get the picture. Yum yum!

Wishing You A Delicious New Year!

For my 25th celebratory post I’d like to wish a happy new year to all my readers and followers! I want to thank you all for the fantastic support since I started my blog in July. I’ve been overwhelmed with comments, ‘likes’, links and mentions and I really appreciate it. I hope everyone has a wonderful 2012 full of happiness, love, good heath and success. And above all, I hope you have a delicious 2012!

I haven’t set proper resolutions for the new year, however, in terms of my blog, I hope to enjoy lots more delicious meals and keep enjoying photographing my food and posting it on here to share with you. I intend to keep blogging as much as possible and experimenting with different foods and ingredients. This has been great fun and a wonderful hobby, and I’m enjoying it more and more as I get used to the ‘blogging world’! I have found many incredible blogs and have made myself a few ‘blogger friends’ who have been so kind and supportive.

WordPress have summarised my blog statistics for 2011, and here are some interesting facts:
Since starting this blog 6 months ago in July 2011, I have had 4,612 views, uploaded 120 pictures, and posted 25 times.

People found my blog via 580 different google search terms, including, ‘it’s been raining all day perfect soup’, ‘skinny girl eating all the food’, ‘in the advert daddy or chips what did the little girl choose’, ‘where to find quorn in portland oregon’, ‘should i count calories on my birthday’ and many more silly things!

My most viewed post is Sweet Potato Chicken Pie, but my most commented on post  is Cornish Delights.

So, thanks again to all of you and have a very happy new year!

And just because I thought this was so pretty last night and I was slightly mesmerised (it could have been the vodka) I would like to share the fireworks from London NYE 2011.

Orange and Ginger Cheesecake

This is a perfect Christmas dessert or simply an after dinner treat!  I created this cheesecake as a festive dessert, and I have to say, it really worked! It is beautifully sweet, creamy and tangy all at the same time. The ginger gives it an extra fiery kick too.

I have used the basic cheesecake recipe before many times. I made it up in the summer as a way to use an abundance of fresh strawberries from my parents’ garden. I cooked them with a pinch of sugar and made a delicious jam to top the cake. It went down very well at the pot luck dinner I went to so I have made it again many times with different toppings and flavourings.

Orange and Ginger Cheesecake

Takes: Around 2 hours
Serves: 8

Ingredients:
110g ginger biscuits, crushed
80g plain digestive biscuits, crushed
75g butter, melted
100g full fat soft cream cheese
250g mascarpone cheese
100ml double cream
2 tsp vanilla essence
4 tbsp icing sugar
5 satsumas or clementines, peeled and sliced

For the glaze:
Zest of 2 oranges
Juice of 1 orange
5 tbsp ginger preserve*

*As part of the glaze, I used a ginger preserve from Sainsbury’s.

1. Mix the biscuit and butter and press into the bottom of your dish. Chill in the fridge for around 30 minutes or until the butter has hardened.

2. In a small pan, heat all the glaze ingredients until simmering. Stir continuously and add water/sugar if necessary. (Continue to simmer until it has significantly reduced and feels like a sticky jam.)

3. Mix the mascarpone, cream cheese and vanilla essence in a bowl. In a separate bowl, whisk the double cream with the icing sugar until it has the stiffness of whipped cream. Gently, add it to the cheese mixture.

4. When the biscuit base has chilled, you can put the cheese on top. Put it back in the fridge for another half an hour.

5. By now the glaze should have the correct sticky thickness. Turn off the heat and allow it to cool for a few minutes. Do not let it go cold.

6. Place the satsuma slices in a neat decorative way on the cheesecake. Start with the large slices around the outside and end with the smaller slices on the inside. Brush the satsumas with the glaze, and use the remaining to glaze the visible parts of the cheese. Do it quickly and gently so as not to cook the cheese or press it out of shape.

7. Chill the whole cheesecake for at least 2 hours. I recommend making it a day before you want to eat it!

Take the cheesecake out the fridge 30 minutes before serving so as the soften the base enough to slice.

Enjoy! I really am very proud of this as it tasted so delicious and looked so festive!