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Images: Pastry and/or Cookie Cutters

Decorative Cutters (8708)

I took quite a number of photos over the Christmas period, not necessarily for use over here, but I cannot push them aside without publishing some of them. I’m a very private shy person, (I certainly don’t give that impression sometimes) so even though taking photos is one of my favourite thing to do, I prefer to do it when I’m alone. It’s like when I play piano. I don’t like when people are listening to me. I Just feel so uncomfortable. One exception is singing. I love to sing with others – it’s something that makes me very happy. Digressing as usual…

Decorative Cutters (8706)

I really like how these pics turned out. The cookie/pastry cutters were given to J as a gift when he was still studying in Michigan more than twelve years ago I think. And time said swoooossshhhh! He really likes them but he still shares them with me. Isn’t he cute!

Mince Pie Pastry (8705)

When we used them to make mince pies over the holidays the first thing I noticed was how beautiful the blue looked on the lid. There was a picture right there. I also love their distressed look, and every time they come out of their box we have to go on a sentimental journey. We can’t help it.

As we reminisce about the past it’s good to be hopeful about the future. I *am* hopeful about 2014.

Mince Pie Pastry (8709)


Rob x

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Mexican-inspired wraps (Fajitas)

Beef-Fajitas-(6422)Mexican-Dinner-(6424)This is my second recipe for fajitas. By all means I am not saying that these are authentic; here you will find my take and of course they are open to changes. For me, the best thing about writing here is learning everyday and sharing everything about my kitchen adventures with everyone. While I appreciate the fact that there’s not many changes you can do with baking recipes, the opposite definitely applies to cooking. Well, I like to think so anyway. If you want to make my day, tell me about how you changed and adapted one or more of the recipes you can find in this blog, and writing about it.

Marinating the beef is easy, but very very important. So for this you will need:

  • ¼ teaspoon chilli flakes
  • 1 teaspoon cumin (or Chinese 5 spice if you want a replacement)
  • 1 inch piece fresh ginger, cut into thin strips
  • 3 large garlic cloves, mashed or finely chopped (if you don’t like lots then reduce the amount)
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 tablespoon soft brown sugar
  • 2 teaspoons rice wine vinegar
  • 1 tablespoon soy sauce
  • 1 tablespoon toasted sesame oil
  • Just enough water to thin the marinade, approx. 2 teaspoons
  1. I don’t bother to drain the marinade before stir-frying so place the whole lot into a very hot wok, or deep frying pan similar to the one above, and let the meat cook for however long you like. As you can see in my photo I cooked it for too long. For me, there’s nothing better than rare beef. If it’s good quality, from a good butcher you trust, then go for it. You will never look back.
  2. Wrap as much as you like in a tortilla (or two) with lots of fresh veggies and munch away.

I want to give you another list of ingredients for the marinade. It’s one by Tyler Florence. I am including it here because it reminds me of when I started learning how to cook at home in Michigan. I have fond memories of the place; where the TV was on the Food Network all day. You will need:

  • 1 orange, juiced
  • 2 limes, juiced
  • 4 tablespoons olive oil (not extra virgin)
  • 2 garlic cloves, roughly chopped
  • 3 chipolte chiles, in adobo sauce
  • 3 tablespoons fresh cilantro leaves, finely chopped (also known as Mexican coriander or Chinese parsley)
  • 1 teaspoon ground cumin
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  1. Puree all the ingredients together with a blender and cover the beef with it. Put the beef in a dish and cover it completely with the marinade.
  2. Place in the fridge for 2 to 4 hours. Drain the meat and use the grill if you like.

I also love this recipe and there is a place for both, at least in my kitchen. As always, enjoy! R x.