31 December 2014

Final Bookmarked Recipes & No Croutons Required of the Year

It's the end of the year and I'm running out of time to post these roundups, so I thought I would combine them in one post for the last one of the year. You'll find lots of inspiration as there were so many great recipes submitted.

Lets start with:

Bookmarked Recipes

Thug Kitchen's Pumpkin Chilli 

Chef: Janet
Blog: The Taste Space

Bookmarked from: Thug Kitchen


Courgette Soup

Chef: Camilla
Blog: Fab Food 4 All

Bookmarked from: One of her's mother's recipes.


Middle Eastern Inspired Spicy Chickpea, Eggplant and Tahini Stew 

Chef: Lisa
Blog: Lisa's Kitchen

Bookmarked from:  Rosa's Yummy Yums


Zucchini Flowers with Rice and Roast Pumpkin

Chef: Johanna 
Blog: Green Gourmet Giraffe

Bookmarked from: SBS


Xmas Cake 

Chef: Corina
Blog: Searching for Spice

Bookmarked from: Step-by-Step Baking by Caroline Bretherton


Chocolate Hazelnut Crackles

Chef: Choclette
Blog: Chocolate Log Blog

Bookmarked from: Apple & Spice 


No Croutons Required
Festive Photos 

For this month's recipes I was looking for festive photos. I was thinking of Christmas trees and frosty landscapes, children dressed up and presents under a tree. I was thinking of gingerbread houses and egg nog, but I don't think I described it very well as I ended quite a few recipes didn't look very festive at all.  Still there are some stonkingly good recipes here, so do read on.

Real Vegetable Mish-Mash Soup
by the Gluten Free Alchemist

Kate used lots of seasonal vegetables for this mish-mash soup including broccoli, brussel sprouts and butternut squash. 

In fact it has so much veg in it, it easily gives your your five a day.



by Family-Friends-Food

Poor FFF is struggling with her new braces and living on soups and smoothies at the moment, but she is trying not to let it get her down and is making all sorts of soup to fill and cheer her up. Including this rather gorgeous butternut squash and lentil soup. A woman after my own heart.



by From Italy with Food

Michela made this soup while wishing for snow. We haven't had any here yet, but there could be some to come. It's certainly cold enough.

Michela made a rich soup of cauliflower and potato, seasoned with thyme and topped with juicy mushrooms. 

Sounds wonderful!


Spicy Tom Yum Coconut Noodles 
by Style Nectar 

Juliane has gone for the super or should I say souper, healthy with this soup. It is vegan and raw. Served warm rather than hot. A generous amount of coconut make this a creamy and satisfying soup. Just what we all need after the excess of Christmas and so pretty too.

Spiced Christmas Biscuits
by Blue Kitchen Bakes

Jen was inspired to make something different this year and after spotting a cookie cutter set from Lakeland, she decided to make this tree of spiced and iced biscuits.

Doesn't it look spectacular? She already has an order in to make another one. I can understand why.


Earl Grey Prunes with Bay, Cardamon & Orange 
by De Tout Coeur Limousin 

Ema made these flavourful prunes to enjoy over yoghurt for breakfast, but she said they also make a really affordable edible food gift for friends. 

You could also substitute the orange juice for some rum or Armagnac. They do look rather lush I am imagining them with ice cream. Mmmmmmm!


Christmas Cookies
by Herbs, Spices and Tradition 

Sadhna doesn't celebrate Christmas as a religious festival, but as her grandchildren love it so much she gets into the Christmas spirit with them each year.

This year Sadhna made these shortbread cookies, which she adds cream cheese to . The cream cheese helps with the texture and gives a good shape to the cookies. Don't they look pretty? 


Risalamande (Danish Rice Pudding) with Cherry Sauce  
by Fab Food 4 All

Camilla has wonderful memories of this pudding as a child. It was traditionally served on Christmas Eve which is a special time in Danish homes. She didn't really like rice pudding when she was litttle but was happy to eat it to find the hidden almond or to pick a prize. She learned to love it as she grew up and now she serves it with cherry sauce.

Me, I love rice pudding!

Vegan Chocolate Mince Pies
by Green Gourmet Giraffe

Johanna has her Christmas baking mojo on and she has baked tons this month including a few batches of these mini mince pies. Johanna didn't want to use egg yolk like she did last year in her pastry as she hates the waste of leftover egg white. She found a great recipe and has made batches of these chocolate mince pies using her mini muffin try. They look great!

That's it folks. A happy New Year to you all. May 2015 be a good one for you.

I did say I would have a winner for this month's No Croutons Required. My winner is Jen with her cookie tree. A worthy winner as I am sure you will agree. 

Lisa will be taking over the first No Croutons Required of the year over at Lisa's Kitchen, so head over there with your veggie soups and salads next month.

Bookmarked Recipes - January 2015 is now open, Scroll down for the linky. Remember they must be veggie and I am now asking for only one entry per blog. Please use the logo and link to this post to enter.


  1. I love these posts - there are so many lovely recipes - thank you

    Happy New Year!

  2. Just a quickie to wish you and your family a fabulous 2015 Jac, hope it is filled with lots of the fun stuff :)
    Janie x

  3. This is absolutely brilliant! You bookmarked things for us so we don't have to ;-) Thanks

    1. Yes well it's more to try those recipes you collect and forget about, but the irony of the fact that these roundups create more bookmarked recipes is not lost on me.

  4. Happy New Year, Jacqui! Thank you for continuing to host these linkup parties :)

    1. Happy New Year to you too Janet and thanks for continuing to support my challenges.

  5. Like the combo, actually, and lots of tasty treats to choose from!

  6. Well done on squeezing in two round ups before the end of the year. Lots of lovely recipes and some really lovely festive dishes. It is interesting that there are no festive photos that don't include food - perhaps people aren't so used to having a theme as we used to be with NCR - and I think good food is always welcome at the festive season. Happy new year jac.

    1. I know in past year I've had lots of beautiful wintry scenes submitted. Maybe if there had been snow the photos would have come in.

  7. When I was looking through these entries I really did think Jen's stood out so I'm chuffed to be proved right! Love a good edible decoration ;-). Thanks for the hard work that goes into all of these round ups and challenges. You are a fantastic promotor of others' work and I for one really appreciate it so much. I hope you are making the most of your holiday with a little feet-up time, as well as family time. All best, Kellie x

    1. Thanks for saying that Kellie. I do try to promote other bloggers and share their work. Hope you are having a good time too.

  8. Thanks so much for picking me as a winner Jac! After having made two of those biscuit trees this Christmas it's safe to say I won't be making another one for a long time as they do take a while to put together. Lots of other great entries into both challenges here too.

  9. Love the reindeer on Corina's Christmas cake. Thanks for the round-ups Jac. Well done to Jen, her tree looks splendid.

  10. A lovely round up - these food blogging challenges are so inspirational, I love to see what everyone is making. I've finally managed to link something up for the first time in yonks too!

  11. Great round up. I've still yet to try cooking with zucchini flowers and this has reminded me to make it happen!


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