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The Daring Bakers #22 Crisp crackers and flatbreads... Breadsticks for me!

Sarah from All Our Fingers in the Pie was our February 2013 Daring Bakers’ host and she challenges us to use our creativity in making our own Crisp Flatbreads and Crackers!

I know it's bean ages since I took part in The Daring Bakers...but life and all that comes with it took centre stage I'm afraid... This challenge was interesting and seeing as bread is baked at my home roughly 3 times a week, this challenge wasn't something that had to be planned for or needed any extra ingredients which we would have to buy - although bread sticks was something that was made for the first time at my house. And what a result! :)



Bread sticks are very versatile and easy to make, easier than a loaf of bread (also quicker). This recipe was taken from a brilliant book "Bread" by Daniel Stevens, River Cottage Handbook No.3.

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Stuffed pork chops with leek and butternut squash...

It's been ages since we had pork chops for dinner. I didn't want to just 'fry them' (can turn out sometimes very 'tough' and chewy if the meat itself isn't the best...), I wanted something different, something more 'adventurous'. After looking for a recipe online I've stumbled upon this one, and seeing as I had all the ingredients already at home I decided to give it a try. The result was great (slightly difficult to make a 'pocket' in a pork chop, but not impossible ;) ). This dish gave me few ideas for the future and I'll definitely will be experimenting with different stuffing.
PS. It was surprisingly 'light' dish for a pork....


The recipe comes from bbc.co.uk/food and the below quantities are for 1 person.



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Chinese marbled tea eggs...

I saw those pretty marbled eggs online so many times, especially recently due to the Chinese New Year. Tea eggs were high on my 'to do/cook list' for few years now, but it's only recently that I finally made them! Why I've waited for so long?! They are very(!) easy to prepare, almost no work whatsoever! My eggs were steeping for 5 hours and the taste was just right - not too strong, but clearly there. Next time I'll steep them over night, as that's what most people seem to be doing. They are perfect as a snack for a party - and as they look so pretty they are not only delicious, but a 'table decoration' at the same time ;) They are great in a sandwich, for your lunch (and that's what I'm having at work today!). Please do try them, as long as you like hard boiled eggs, eggs in general and you're not 'afraid' of a spices - make Chinese tea eggs!



"Tea egg is a typical Asian savory food commonly sold as a snack. It is also known as marble egg because cracks in the egg shell create darkened lines with marble-like patterns. Commonly sold by street vendors or in night markets in most Chinese communities throughout the world, it is also commonly served in Asian restaurants." - by wikipedia.org

Below recipe comes from a great cooking website steamykitchen.com

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Roast spicy chicken...

You can only do so many things with chicken, right? WRONG! There ARE so many different things you can do with a humble chicken, but in my personal opinion nothing gives more comfort than a roast chicken. The aroma you get in your whole house, the crispy skin and that amazing taste. For me it is an ultimate comfort food and I'm always looking for ways of making it a little bit different each time. I'm an absolute fan of chicken roasted with olives and lemons but I've loved this spicy version too! It will definitely stay in our "repertoire".


Recipe comes from a cookbook "The Chicken Cookbook" edited by Simona Hill.

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