Bookmarked Recipes - July Roundup

Bookmarked Recipes
July 2011 Roundup

1. Banana Chcocolate Chip IceCream
Denny (Oh Taste n See)
Recipe bookmarked from The Kitchn and Craving Chronicles.

2. Sweet Corn Vegetable Soup
Denny (Oh Taste n See)
Recipe bookmarked from Show Me the Curry a long time ago.

3. Chocolate Almond Buttercrunch
Denny (Oh Taste n See)
Recipe bookmarked from Dandy Candy & David Lebovitz.

4. Blueberry Spelt Mini Muffins
Denny (Oh Taste n See)
Bookmarked from Wholefoods Market Website.

5. Spanish Potato Tortillas (Gluten free)
Andrea (Andrea's Easy Vegan)
Recipe bookmarked from Recipes xgfx quite a while ago.

6. Roasted Tomato & Basil Tart
Raven (Cook.Eat.Delicious)
Recipe bookmarked from “The Good Housekeeping Step-by-Step Cookbook”, a gift from her Father.

7. Summer Berry Jelly Pannacotta
Chele (Chocolate Teapot)
Recipe bookmarked from a Lizzie Kamenetzky recipe at the end of last Summer.

8. Spaghetti con Pesto alla Siciliana
Jacqueline (Tinned Tomatoes)
Recipe bookmarked from a library copy of Gino's Pasta by Gino D'Acampo a few weeks ago.

9. Banana & Rhubarb Muffins
Erbe in Cucina (Cooking with herbs)
Recipe bookmarked from Closet Cooking in June 2009.

10. Ruby Raspberry Scones
Tadka Pasta
Bookmarked from Joy of Baking.

11. Easey Cheesey Scones
Johanna (Green Gourmet Giraffe)
Recipe bookmarked from Lovely Wee Days.

12. No Bake Cheesecake with Strawberries
Neha (From My Heart)
Recipe bookmarked from Womensday.

13. Meatless Beef Slices
Shaheen (Allotment 2 Kitchen)
Recipe bookmarked from The Bold Vegetarian Chef by Ken Charney.

14. Roasted Chickpeas
La Caffettiera Rosa
Recipe bookmarked from Just Hungry

15. Grilled Aubergine with Mint and Feta
MeLikey UK
Recipe bookmarked from Simon Hopkinson aka The Good Cook

16. Black Pepper Tofu
Susan (The Well Seasoned Cook)
Recipe bookmarked from Ottolenghi Black Pepper Tofu recipe originally written for the Guardian and subsequently published in Plenty.

Here ends this month's Bookmarked Recipes and so August's Bookmarked Recipes is open for business. Just add your post to the linky at the bottom of this post. Bookmarked Recipes August will be open until Saturday 27 August 2011. The guidelines can be found here.


No Croutons Required - August

The winner of July's No Croutons Required is Susan with her beautiful and inventive Green Chile Gazpacho Granita. Just look at the colour. Gorgeous!

If you would like to participate in the August edition of NCR, post your recipe by the 20th August 2011. The topic for August is Lentils. Any kind of lentils you like, made into a soup or salad. The only stipulation is that the recipe must be suitable for vegetarians. You can find the guidelines here.

Bookmarked Recipes - Guidelines, Challenges & Roundups

Bookmarked Recipes

This is where you will find the guidelines for Bookmarked Recipes, a list of previous roundups and a link to the current challenge.

Bookmarked Recipes Guidelines:

1. This challenge opens each month on the last Sunday.

2. You may submit as many bookmarked recipes as you like until the challenge closes on the last Saturday of the next month. You will find a link at the bottom of this page for the current month's challenge. Just add your post to the linky at the end of the post.

3. On the last Sunday each month I will post the roundup for the month and announce the next challenge open.

4. You may post recipes you have bookmarked from magazines, tv programmes, websites or blogs..... Please credit the author of the recipe.

(I would ask for permission if you are posting someone else's recipe, most bloggers are very nice and don't mind if you ask nicely, like wise publishers are usually cooperative if their cookbook gets a plug. If you have used a recipe as inspiration then credit where your idea came from. You can also link to the recipe if it appears elsewhere online or just give a suggestion of the recipe rather than writing out the full recipe. These are only suggestions, the final decision is down to you.)

Please say where the reipe came from.

5. This blog is veggie, so please have the courtesy of only posting recipes suitable for veggies or why not suggest a veggie substitute if it is just a couple of the ingredients that are not veggie.

4. Mention and link to Jacqueline from Tinned Tomatoes as host and mention Ruth from Ruth's Kitchen Experiments as founder of the challenge.

5. You may use the logo in your post.

6. I look forward to seeing the goodies you submit.

Bookmarked Recipes
Find the Current Challenge

Bookmarked Recipes #9 February 2012 (now open)

Bookmarked Recipes
The Roundups


Bookmarked Recipes #1 - June 2011

Bookmarked Recipes #2 - July 2011

Bookmarked Recipes #3 - August 2011

Bookmarked Recipes #4 - September 2011

Bookmarked Recipes #5 October 2011

Bookmarked Recipes #6 November 2011

Bookmarked Recipes #7 December 2011


Bookmarked Recipes #8 January 2012

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Green & Black's Chocolate Workshop

You might think I am about to tell you about the great day out I had at a Green & Black's Chocolate Workshop. I really wish I was. Confused? Don't worry it will all become clear.

A company called got in touch with me a few days ago and asked if I would like to run a competition in conjunction with them. Now I hadn't heard of before, but I had a toddle over to their website to have a look. have quite a collection of experience days, offering everything from "fast and furious" driving experiences and flying days to relaxing spa days. Fabulous days out I think you will agree, but they don't quite fit into the theme of this blog. So I had a bit of a rummage about.

Here is what I found:

* Tea for Two at Harrods
* Thames Lunch Cruise for to
* Grow Your Own Herb Garden
* Wine Tasting & Brewery Tour for Two
* Half Day Indian Cookery Lesson
* Thee or Six Month Curry Recipe Kit Subscription
* Three or Six Month Season & Spice Kit Subscription
* Sushi Making with Yo Sushi London

And then I found it! My Chocolate Workshop with Green & Black's.

Well I don't know about you, but I was excited when I saw that one. Pity I don't get to try this prize out too.

I am afraid this one is only open to residents of the UK, although if you were taking a trip to the UK you could equally use this prize. Here is what the site says about the workshop.

My Chocolate Workshop with Green and Black's

The ultimate treat for chocolate fans, this workshop with Green and Black's chocolate will teach you everything you need to know about the history of chocolate and the process of creating it. You’ll learn how to make delicious truffles from raw ingredients and create your very own chocolate bar. You’ll be given a wide selection of ingredients and flavours to use, such as chili, popping candy, marshmallow and biscuits and you’ll also learn the art of cutting, dipping and decorating using a slab of praline, bowls of melted chocolate and plenty of decorations. You’ll then get to take your chocolate masterpieces home in ribbon-tied presentation bags, along with the recipes.

Locations-: London, Brighton (South East) Manchester (North)

To win a place on a Green & Black's Chocolate Workshop just leave me a comment.

For extra entries:

1. Follow my blog and leave a separate comment to say you have done so.
2. Follow me on twitter (@tinnedtoms)and leave a separate comment to say you have done so.
3. Tweet the competition by clicking the twitter button at the end of this post and leave a separate comment to say you have done so.
4. Like the Facebook Page and leave a separate comment to let me know you have done so.
5. Follow on twitter and leave a separate comment to let me know you have done so.

Yes, that is 6 opportunities to win!

Remember to leave the seperate comments as each is a seperate entry.

The giveaway is open to UK residents only or those travel to the UK this year and runs until Sunday 14 August 2011.

Good luck everyone. I will definitely be jealous of the winner.

Creamy Triple Green Pesto

I try to add some tofu into Cooper's diet when I can and I find an easy way to add it is to use silken tofu. Silken tofu is creamy and can be used in desserts or added to savoury dishes to make them creamy.

It is also a great product to add to an adult diet as it is high in protein, low in fat and is a good product to use if trying to reduce cholesterol. It is also said to reduce risk of heart disease. There isn't a down side at all.

I would advise you not to give tofu to your baby when weaning them. It is best to wait until they are 9 months to a year old as there is a risk of allergies, as there is with nuts. I have also read reports that say soy products are not good for babies, hence the debate about soy-based formulas. So it is best to wait.

Now Cooper is a toddler, tofu is a great source of protein, but because it is low fat, I have to make sure he is also getting a good amount of fat and calories in his diet too. Such a big no-no for us as adults, but so important to growing children.

I served this pesto with pasta, but it would be great on a pannini, spread across a puff tart, before adding the other ingredients or on a wrap with roast vegetables or salad. If you added more olive oil and it would make a delicious salad dressing.

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Creamy Triple Green Pesto
A creamy pesto made with basil, peas & spinach. Low fat, high in protein and good for those trying to reduce their cholesterol.
  • ½ cup peas
  • 50g spinach
  • 30 fresh basil leaves
  • ¼ cup unsalted cashews
  • 1 clove of garlic
  • 5 tbsp olive oil
  • 4 tbsp silken tofu
  • a grind of black pepper
1. Blanch the peas for a couple of minutes to soften slightly.

2. Wilt the spinach, by placing in a colander and pouring over a kettleful of boiling water. When wilted, rinse with cold water and squeeze out as much liquid as you can.

3. Whizz all the ingredients together and season with freshly ground black pepper.

This pesto will happily sit in the fridge for a few days and also freezes well.
Prep time: Yield: 2 cups of pesto

Suitable for Vegetarians & Vegans

This isn't a sponsored post. I am just giving my opinion on a product I use.

Watermelon & Strawberry Smoothie

When I saw a huge watermelon on sale for £2, I just couldn't resist. I immediately started thinking ice lollies, smoothies and a watermelon and feta salad.

I decided to tackle the ice lollies first. I have a rather wonderful Zoku Quick Pop Maker. I bought it last summer and it has been packed away since then. Actually, it may have been the Summer before when I was pregnant.

Anyway, I had the Pop Maker in the freezer all ready and had made up my smoothie to make into lollies. Lollies seemed a great idea, not because it was a beautiful day, I want to make sure you are under no illusions about that, but because Cooper has a cold and it has just been cough, cough, cough the last few days. The poor wee mite must have a sore throat with all that coughing.

Cooper was hovering in anticipation. I don't think he understood I was going to make lollies, but he could see that pink smoothie sitting there just out of his reach and boy does that child love his smoothies.

He got more and more impatient with me as I got more and more impatient with everything trying to find those darn sticks. I can visualize then in the back of my glass cupboard, sitting in a tall scooner, but were they there? Of course not. I took everything out twice just to make sure.

At this point I had to pop the smoothie mixture in the fridge while I carried on hunting.

I turned the kitchen and conservatory upside down and do you think I could find the damn things? You are correct in your assumption, no! A bit of madness overcame me and I nearly ordered a fresh set with overnight delivery from Amazon at an extra cost of £8 (the watermelon isn't looking so cheap now is it?), but sanity prevailed and I put the poor wee boy who was staring at the fridge out of his misery and gave him his smoothie.

He loved it, but as per usual, he wouldn't touch the fruit on it's own. I stood him on a chair at the island unit so he could watch me cut the melon and have a look, a touch and a taste, but he wouldn't have anything to do with it. I long for this suspicious period to be over and for us to be back on track with him guzzling fruit as he used to. Oh well, smoothies it is until that day comes.

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Watermelon & Strawberry Smoothie
A fresh pink smoothie, made luxurious with a good dollop of creamy greek yoghurt. Would also make heavenly ice lollies.

  • 1 x 5cm wide wedge of watermelon
  • 12 ripe strawberries
  • juice from ½ lime
  • ½ tsp vanilla extract
  • 3 tbsp greek yoghurt (or soya natural yoghurt)
  • a few leaves of mint to serve


1. Cut the watermelon into chunks, removing any seeds.

2. Wash and hull the strawberries.

3. Juice ½ lime.

4. Whizz together all the ingredients bar the mint in a blender.
  Although a little mint would actually be rather nice in this smoothie.

5. Pour into two glasses.

6. Leave the smoothies in the fridge to cool. Add a sprig of mint before serving

7. Enjoy!

Prep time:

Yield: 2 glasses


Caprese Salad with Chilli & Lime

We're not getting much of a Summer here in Scotland, but I'm enjoying a lot of salads and one of my favourites is a caprese salad. I usually treat it to a drizzle of a balsamic and mustard dressing, this time I made a chilli speckled dressing.

Milky slices if fresh mozzarella, slices of ripe, juicy tomato, a sprinkling of basil leaves and a drizzle of my chilli & lime dressing. Mmmmmmmm.

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Chilli & Lime Dressing
A simple dressing that will add a speckling of colour and a zingy flavour to any salad.
  • 1 tsp chilli flakes
  • finely grated peel of 1 lime
  • freshly squeezed juice of ½ lime
  • 1 tsp honey
  • 4 tbsp olive oil
  • freshly ground black pepper
Simply whisk all the ingredients in a bowl and season with black pepper. Taste and adjust to your own liking. You can add more or less of any of the ingredients.

Total time: Yield: dresses up to 6 salads

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