By Wayne Gray
Tell us your favorite recipes! Ones that have surprised you with their simplicity, or deliciousness, or even strange ones that turned out well.
I'll go first. In true fashion, I'll start with a strange one.
Chocolate Balsamic Salad Dressing
1/4 cup dark chocolate chips 1/4 cup balsamic vinegar 1/4 cup olive oil 1-1/2 teaspoons honey 1/4 teaspoon salt 1/8 teaspoon pepper In a microwave, melt chocolate; stir until smooth. Whisk in the vinegar, oil, honey, salt, and pepper. Drizzle over salads. If you like spice, add 1/8 teaspoon of cayenne, or red pepper flake for a kick. Nobody will ever accuse your salad of being boring! I've done this one. It's definitely good. Probably not a good idea to use with a cheesy salad, but just about anything else would go. Mine was used with strawberry, walnut, spinach salad, and it went perfectly.
By Thorn Wilde
My own twist on the classic English tea time treat.
400ml whole wheat flour
2 tsp baking powder
1/2 tsp salt
A handful of almonds, chopped or crushed
1. Set oven to 225*C.
2. Mix flour, baking powder and salt in a bowl. Divide the butter into little pieces with your fingers and add to the flour mix until you have a loose mass.
3. Add the almonds and the milk, kneading with your hands until everything's mixed together, but take care that you don't make the dough too dense or smooth. It's better if it's a little bit rough.
4. Divide the dough into two flat-ish round patties that you place on a baking tray. With a knife, make a cross in each patty, without cutting all the way through, and prick them a few times with a fork.
5. Place the baking tray in the middle of the oven for 10 to 15 minutes, until the scones are nice and golden on top.
6. Leave them to rest in room temperature for a few minutes before quartering and serving with butter, preserves or whatever you want, and don't forget a nice pot of tea!
For plain scones, just skip the almonds. Other tasty variations on this recipe include adding other types of nuts, dried cranberries or blueberries, raisins or other dried fruits. The sky's the limit, so go wild!
By Caz Pedroso
Hi, Guys and Girls.
I am organizing my annual Macmillan Coffee morning for September, and I am looking for some different cake recipes to try out.
I do the usual ones, sponge, carrot cake, fruit cake, chocolate cake, etc.
I am looking for some more unusual ones to give my guests something different to taste. Maybe some of our non-UK members have some suggestions from their countries?
All I ask is can you keep it fairly simple as my team has to be able to follow the recipe easily and I pay for the ingredients myself or by donation.