Sunday, 8 January 2012

Xmas festives/ harry bikers ploughman tart

I apologise in advance for the unusual long post from me. I'm not that technology savvy, and was having problems with my camera so couldn't upload as quickly as I wanted. Anyway, due to the demands of my course I could only go to one xmas celebration event. I thought I would share with you some pictures of the dinner and dance that I go to every year, and the starter that inspired me to recreate a dish from the Hairy Bikers.

Mushroom tart

Mushroom tart ad crusty bread

Above are pictures of a delicious mushroom tart. Baby button mushrooms in bite size pastry inspired me to recreate a pastry dish that I saw the Hairy Bikers make.

My ultimate turkey dinner - I don't do things by halfs !

I was also inspired by the desserts (I had two) that I ate. Firstly I had the standard chocolate cake which was lovely moist. I then noticed that there were chocolate sundaes for people with allergies .......... I managed to get a chocolate sundae (although I had no allergies) which was amazing. I'm hoping to make some ice-cream over the summer and even have some recipes in mind (Nigella's peanut sundae sauce, pina colada no churn ice-cream, from Nigella Express and Nigella Kitchen), but until then, I will be ordering sundaes when I eat out.

After watching the Hairy Bikers make a ploughmans tart (which was quite similar to the mushroom tart as they are both are canapes and small savoury tarts), I felt inspired to recreate one of my favourite lunches in a tart form. The recipe can be found here ploughman canape. Making these canapes was very easy; a basic shortcrust pastry in a muffin tin, mayo, cheese, cherry tomatoes and grapes. This tart was appreciated at home and was a perfect addition to all the new years eve food that I cooked. (They even tasted good the following day).

Ploughmans tart from hairy bikers Christmas

Baked Chicken wings for n.y.e from BBC good food magazine 

Star topped mince pies. Looked nothing like the picture in magazine !

These are probably my best decorative cupcakes but I still need to improve.

Nigella's double blue cheese crostini. Lovely !



  1. Everything looks so delish! Love your dress, you look gorgeous :)


  2. Thanks, although now I am attempting to eat slightly healthier. I will be making Nigella's Guinness cake (when I buy feast on Friday) after seeing how your cake turned out (doubt it will look that good though!)

  3. Lots of lovely things to eat there. Love your Nan too :)

  4. Thanks, your blog looks great. After reading your book review on Nigella's how to be domestic goddess, I put some of her recipes (Maderia cake, carrot cake cupcakes) from that book on my "to bake" list.


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