Saturday, 1 November 2014

Burgers, Cool Layer Cakes and 1000 juices, Review and Giveaways

It certainly is cook book season with many new releases of many cookery genres being published in the Autumn months. That, of course is a delight to me. As many of you know I love reading new shiny cookery books  and with being fortunate to receive cookery books from publishers, alongside my impulsive purchases at well known book stores (plus one I just had to buy in Miami about Miami cuisine) I have amassed 10 books in a few weeks. I have chosen to share my review of three books that I received from the lovely people at Jacqui Small Publishing and Quarto Publishing group : Burgers by Paul Gayer, Cool Layer Cakes by Ceri Olofson and 1000 Juices by Deborah Gray.

Let's start with the cookery book which is dedicated to one of my favourite food dishes of all times, Burgers. This book is designed in the shape of the burger which will make it stand out amongst the usual shaped cookery books in the bookshelf. There is no contents page, this book dives straight into the 25 burger recipes. What I like about this book, is that it if of a more gourmet burger book, rather than cooking the bog standard beef burgers (although they are some cracker beef burger recipes such as the Bloody Mary Burger and the Big Apple Deli Burger). There are more exotic and interesting burger recipes to recreate such as the Ploughman's burger and Lebanese Kitchen Burger. I decided to try a recipe which is based on the ingredients of my culture: Caribbean Pork Burger with barbecue jerk baste and calypso mojo. I am so glad I tried this recipe, it is a modern take on classic Caribbean flavours which brought a taste of sunshine and exotic spicy flavours in a plate.
I would recommend this book for all the burger lovers out there as you will be delighted with the gourmet burger recipes.
 Here is how my burgers turned out:


Caribbean Pork Burgers. 
Cool Layer Cakes is a wonderful comprehensive cake book from Ceri Olofson. With the baking trend in full force in the UK, this book is great for those who want to create an impressive, standout cake, or as a famous program would say a "show stopper". Never made a layer cake before? No worries, this book has a chapter on layer cake essentials which includes essential tools, essential decorating kit and special tools. The highlight of this book, is of course the recipes. Each recipe has an accompanying picture which I feel is vitally important for cakes and bakes. I made the lemon meringue cake for my nan's birthday which tasted heavenly: layers and layers of sponge cake, generous dollops of lemon curd topped with sweet meringue. Other recipes that I would like to try are the Strawberry Delight, Liquid Gold and Lady-In-Waiting Dome. I would certainly recommend this book for all the cake lovers out there, there is wonderful recipes out there for all occasions and especially for special occasions. 
Here is how my Lemon Meringue Cake turned out:



Lemon Meringue Cake

Last, but certainly not least 1000 Juices, Green Drinks and Smoothies by Deborah Gray.  A book that contains a whopping 1,000 recipes is a rarity, many books only contain 100 recipes, so this was a lovely treat. As I do not make juices or smoothies often, I was pleased that there was a thorough introduction which not explained the difference between the two, but also the different equipments and a fruit guide. As there are a number of recipes, there is also 8 chapters which split each recipe according to type. My favourite chapters include Breakfast Blends, Thirst Quenchers and Milkshakes and Frozen Drinks. There are so many juices and smoothies to try, I certainly want to make the Maple Banana Smoothie, Guava to Go Smoothie and Belgian Chocolate Shake. The recipe that I tried, Green Goddess which is described by the author as a "delicious and cleansing mix of fruits and vegetables that is great for digestion". I agree. I would recommend this book for those who want to have a healthier lifestyle. 
Here is how my Green Goddess drink turned out:


Green Goddess.

As I love sharing recipes, the recipe for the Caribbean pork burger is below. Continue to scroll down, as I have giveaways of these fabulous books.

Caribbean Pork Burger
450g well-trimmed, coarsely minced ground pork, chilled
100g good-quality sausage meat, chilled
1 onion, finely chopped
1tbsp chopped oregano
3tbsp prepared jerk baste
salt and freshly ground black pepper
vegetable or sunflower oil for brushing

For the Jerk Baste
3tbsp olive oil
2tbsp white wine vinegar
2tbsp hot pepper sauce
1tbsp tomato ketchup
1 garlic clove, crushed
1tsp dried thyme
1tsp tsp ground cinnamon
1tsp sugar
1 tsp ground coriander
1/2 tsp ground all spice

1) For the jerk baste, place all the ingredients in a blender and whiz until smooth.
2 ) Place the pork and sausage meat in a bowl. Next, add 3 tbsp of water, the onion, oregano and measured amount of jerk baste. Adjust the seasoning, cover with cling film and chill for at least 1 hour.
3) Divide the mix into 8 evenly sized patties and brush with oil.
4)  Heat a chargrill or pan until hot, grill the patties for 8 - 10 minutes until cooked through, brushing them during the process with more of the baste.
5)  Toast the buns; top the bases with slices of tomato, a few dressed leaves and then 2 burgers.
6)  Spoon the calypso mojo and top with coriander leaves o garnish.

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85 comments

  1. I love coffee and walnut cake, my favourite drink is a latte and my favourite burger is a homemade cheese burger! Thank you!

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  2. Black forest cake, luxury hot chocolate, Salmon & coriander burger

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  3. Chocolate fudge cake, hot chocolate with cream and marshmallows and my mum's homemade hamburger

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  4. Carrot Cake, Latte and homemade chilli burgers

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  5. pastry apple pie with clotted cream. a cold cider and chicken burger

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  6. Lemon Drizzle cake, Cappuccino & Cheese Burger With Extra Tom Sauce

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  7. Chocolate fudge cake is my favourite with coffee and a chicken burger with tomato and onion.

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  8. chocolate fudge cake, venison burger and elderflower cordial with soda water

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  9. black forest cake , caramel latte , hawaiin burger

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  10. Chocolate cake, hot chcolate and bean burgers!

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  11. Carrot cake, coffee, veggie burger

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  12. Black Foredt gateau, Jack Daniels, Cheeseburger with bacon

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  13. Coffee and Walnut Cake, Red Wine and Chilli Burger

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  14. Black forest gateau, a nice cup of tea, my husbands homemade cheeseburgers nom nom....

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  15. Cheese cake. Coffee & chicken fillet burger :)

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  16. MY FAVOURITE CAKE IS CARROT CAKE, MY FAVOURITE DRINK IS DIET PEPSI OR HOT CHOCOLATE. MY FAVOURITE BURGER IS THE NEW YORK BURGER WITH CHEESE, BACON AND ONION RINGS ON TOP OF A BURGER.

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  17. chocolate fudge cake, cup of tea and chicken burger :)

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  18. My favourite cake is battenburg, drink is moroccan mint tea and my favourite burger is homemade and has a babybel inside it.

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  19. All cake, prosecco and bacon double cheese burger! Maybe even all at the same time!!

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  20. Coconut red velvet cake,Dolce gusto Cappucino and Peri Peri lamb burgers(home made) XX

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  21. Carrot Cake
    Vodka & tonic - or tea!
    Spicy turkey burger
    Sheila Reeves @CakeReev

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  22. What is your favourite cake? - my mum's chocolate sponge with cream icing
    What is your drink? Tomato soup when it's cold or Archers & Lemonade if it's hot
    What is your favourite burger? - A plain chicken burger

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  23. Coffee cake, white grape and apple shloer and chicken and pulled pork burger :)

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  24. My favourites are: Chocolate Fudge Cake, Appletiser and Pulled Pork Burger :) x

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  25. Carrot cake, Lilt and Persian Lamb :) EJ Dunn

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  26. Chocolate fudge cake,vodka, lime and soda and my own homemade hamburger

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  27. Favourite cake is coffee & walnut cake, favourite drink is spinach banana and coconut smoothie and my favourite burger is a three bean and vegetable burger with my very own spicy salsa :-)

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  28. Chocolate fudge cake with a nice cup of tea and I like all burgers!

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  29. chocolate fudge cake,coca cola and cheese burger with lots of gherkins

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  30. Carrot cake and chicken burger

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  31. carrot cake, vodka n diet coke n beef burger with bacon yum

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  32. Chocolate cake, diet coke and a chicken burger!

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  33. I love coconout cake, milk to drink & a nice cheeseburger

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  34. I love chocolate cake, lemonade and homemade vegetable burger :)

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  35. lemon drizzle cake, bacardi breezer and a nice cheesebacon burger

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  36. Lemon Drizzle cake, hot chocolate and cheese burger

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  37. Christmas cake, whiskey, chilli burger. (put enough chilli in and it burns as many calories as is in the burger!)

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  38. Sticky Toffee Cake, Cider, Beef burger

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  39. Favouite Cake?!?! Thats a hard one, has to be rainbow layer cake. Favorite drink, easy! Morgans Spiced Rum & favourite burger - homemade lamb and mint - Deeeeelish!!!

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  40. cake - lemon drizzle cake, drink - breakfast tea, burger - cheese burger with fried onions

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  41. maderia cake red wine and a cheeseburger

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  42. almond yogurt cake, hot chocolate (this time of year anyways) and a nice cheese burger

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  43. I love carrot cake, hot chocolate with orange and spicy veggie burgers :)

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  44. Cake - Rainbow layer cake.
    Drink - Elderflower and lemonade
    Burger - BBQ Beef Burger with Bacon but no cheese

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  45. Lemon Meringue Cake, hot chocolate and cheese burger

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  46. Welsh Cakes
    Black Tea
    Chicken Burger

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  47. Carrot cake, Gin and Tonic and Quarter pounder with tomato and mayo

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  48. Chocolate fudge cake, Brandy, Chili burger

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  49. lemon drizzle cake, baileys and bison burger with cheese

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  50. chocolate fudge cake, coke zero and mcdonalds big mac

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  51. My faves are ginger cake, strawberry milkshake and cheeseburger :)

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  52. Carrot Cake, cheese and bacon burger, pina colada

    Rafflecopter name is bex smith

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  53. Carrot Cake, Hot Chocolate, Chicken BBQ Burger

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  54. Lemon Drizzle Cake, A Cosmopolitan and a veggie burger with cheese and avocado

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  55. chocolate fudge cake, Mojito and blue cheese burger

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  56. I love Battenburg cake, raspberry lemonade and cheese burger :)

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  57. Banana cake, pepsi max and chicken burger :)

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  58. Battenberg, iced tea and any burger from five guys, their burgers are the best!

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  59. Victoria Sponge, Banana and Strawberry Smoothie and Burger Kings Bacon Double Cheeseburger

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  60. Fave Cake: has to be a sticky toffee loaf nom drool
    Fave drink: strawberry milkshake (made with actual icecream, strawberries and cream - gotta be done proper)
    Fave burger: I had the most amazing burger in the USA recently it was a crispy french onion burger - 1/2 pound beef patty, crispy bacon, cheese - american and swiss, brisket steak and crispy fried onions and gherkins and a mayo type sauce - it was to die for but even thinking about it I can feel the arteries starting to clog - definitely not an everyday burger but super delicious

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  61. I love Stollen and Earl Grey tea and a good home-made Veggie burger as I am a vegetarian

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  62. Favourite Cake - I love a carrot cake!
    Favourite drink - Now I would really like a malty rich pint of ale!
    Fav Burger - had a bacon cheese burger the other week from the Wargrave Arms in Marylebone It is highly recommended!

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  63. Cheese aand onion pasty with trifle

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  64. Chocolate fudge cake, Tango and Cheeseburger

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  65. carrot cake + green tea+ hate burgers so not got a fav

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  66. Carrot cake, licor 43, bbq burger :-)

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  67. Chocolate fudge cake, strawberry milkshake & Hawaiian burger x

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  68. cake would be victoria sponge drink would be a cup of tea and burger would be a bacon and cheese burger

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  69. date and walnut, a strawberry milkshake and a beef and stilton burger

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  70. vanilla cheesecake, green tea, bbq burger

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  71. Fudge cake, cream soda and a veggie burger :)

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  72. chocolate cake, coca cola and linda mcCartney burgers

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  73. Lemon cake, wine and chicken burger with lots of mayonnaise

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  74. Coffe cake, chicken burger and latte

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  75. hmm love my grandmas home made coffee cake. a cheeseburger with onions and drink orange hot choc with cream and marshmallows

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  76. drink is coffee, cake is any chocolate cake...burger is standard cheese burger

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  77. Carrot cake, coffee, and home made cheese and bacon burger

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  78. Carrot cake, moist with a creamy top, hot chocolate with the works, cream, marshmallows, a flake and caramel pieces, not good for the
    waistline,but oh so good for the mind lol. Burger, hmm a lovely lamb and mint.

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  79. Chocolate cake, coffee and veggie burger

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  80. carrot cake, hot chocolate and cheeseburger and bacon

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  81. Chocolate fudge cake, coffee and a spicy veggie burger.
    (sam fernley)

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  82. Chocolate Cake, Coconut Water and a Spicy Bean Burger

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