Phew, well that's Christmas over and done with for another year. As with most years it flew by in a whirlwind of shopping, present wrapping, tree purchasing and, of course, cooking. Lots of cooking! Not so much blogging though unfortunately as I just haven't had the opportunity to spend any quality time with my laptop. I plan to rectify that in the New Year, but in the meantime I thought I'd pick out a few of my favourite recipes from the past 12 months.
First up are these fabulous Blondies from Nigella's Kitchen book. This is one of the first recipes I posted about back in January and it's become one of my favourite traybake recipes.
Next up is another Nigella recipe that I made in March - Chocolate Key Lime Pie. This is a perfect dinner party dessert as you can make it in minutes the night before. Oh, and it tastes amazing.
This Tiramisu Trifle is a tried and tested recipe that I've used many times and, like the Chocolate Lime Pie above, it's great for gatherings. Again, it can be made in advance and it serves 8 to 10 easily so it's great for a family barbeque or a Christmas gathering.
At last, a savoury recipe! This recipe for Tortellini with Corgette and Lemon that I posted about in May is another that I make over and over. It's so simple to throw together and is light and (reasonably) healthy. A great after work dinner.
These Date Bars sound rather virtuous and boring. They're not! A bit like flapjacks but with a gooey layer of sweet, fudgy dates in the middle, these are a very moreish treat. I must make them again soon.
Another savoury recipe now that I made back in June. This Lamb Byriani with Cumin, Mint and Coriander Yoghurt comes from Bill Granger's book, Every Day, a great book full of light, healthy recipes. This was a great one-pot meal and I loved the addition of the spiced yoghurt.
I made Delia's Strawberry and Vanilla Pavlova in the summer right at the end of the strawberry season and, while I had a bit of trouble with the meringue part, in the end it turned out perfectly. I loved the combination of fromage frais and mascarpone instead of the usual whipped cream.
Now this is recipe worth mentioning again! These amazing Peanut Butter Squares come from Nigella's book, How to be a Domestic Goddess. Salty peanut butter, chocolate and a not-inconsiderable amount of sugar and butter are combined to perfection in these delicious little squares.
I made this Rhubarb Marshmallow Meringue Roulade in October as part of a Pudding Club dinner and it was declared to be the best by almost all parties. The clue is in the title as the meringue truly does have a wonderful marshmallowy texture and is paired perfectly with tart rhubarb and soft whipped cream. Dessert heaven.
I'll finish with two savoury dishes that I posted about in November. The first, Nigella's Risotto Bolognese was a new discovery and definitely a keeper. It's rich and flavourful and probably the best risotto recipe I've come across.
Last but definitely not least is this Sausage Pasta Bake recipe. I came across this years ago in a food magazine and have made it countless times since then. It's undoubtably my favourite pasta bake by a long way.
Happy New Year everyone! See you in 2012.