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Jocelyn Drew


i am a student at school and i love baking and cooking. i like coming up with my own flavours for a recipe and trying them out! i also love cooking and baking from scratch :)

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10 September 2014

wild berry bush baking!!

This summers brilliant sunny weather has made the blackberry season a bumper crop, so i picked more then my fair share of the berries and got stuck straight in with the baking! I have made 2 blackberry upside down cakes and more blackberry muffins then you can shake a stick at! my family love the muffins, it was probably just my baking, but the batter made a good, stodgy muffin, and in my family, a stodgy cake, is the BEST cake! they were made with fairtrade sugar and eggs from our ducks :)

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3 June 2014

My own recipe

for my final assessment on cooking, i decided to make something fair trade. i decided on making an energy bar, inspired by the health bars called "nakd". All my family love them and always have them after something tiring or when they need an energy boost, my mum has them with a nice cuppa tea! i thought i'd share the recipe and wondered if you could all try making them and give me feedback on how i could improve! its uses lots of fairtrade ingredients, if you are all for that!! Ingredients: 500g of dried fruit- (i have made several combinations but the best so far has been dried apple, mango, figs and dates!) 1 big banana or 2 small ones 200g oats 1) Preheat the oven at 170 fan oven. 2) Blitz all the dried fruit and oats together until smooth. 3) Add the banana and mix in with oat and fruit mixture. 4) Now, you may want to bake for 10-15 mins and then cut into slices. but i like to mould the mixture with fun shapes in cookie cutters and then bake until firm but not to crunchy, a bit like a frusili, if you have ever heard or had them! These bars are brilliant because they are easy, fun, energising, tasty and great for the chance to use local fruits, nuts and seeds! ENNNJOOOYY! please try them and leave comments! what flavours did you try?! :) my other flavours have been currants, sultanas, cranberries, almonds, walnuts and whole pumpkin seeds. I did do another, but i have forgotten! very sorry! I'm thinking of doing a bakewell style bar with cherries, ground almonds and almond essence and fresh, pressed raspberries, instead of banana!
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24 May 2014

birthday surprise!

i haven't made a blog for a while so thought i would post this as a little update on what sort of cakes i like to make and have been cooking! this is a birthday cake i made for a friends son. i like to make a cake that will wow everybody rather then just...a Victoria sponge! which i am not saying it isn't nice but i find it too easy to bake, i like a good challenge! I made a chocolate mud cake with chocolate ganache and for the sand was chocolate chip cookies, the pigs had a little surprise inside them, a chocolate ball of lovleyness! instead of a big ball of icing, the pigs are actually lindor chocolate balls wrapped in pink fondant icing! i really loved making this cake, the pigs i especially enjoyed as it was my first time at modelling figures for cakes!
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18 May 2014

baking from scratch

Our household was deprived of cake and we all needed some quick! so i had a flick through the recipe book of great british bake off winner; Jo Wheatley and found a wonderful recipe of lime and coconut cake. its is squidgy, squadgy, stodgy and full of rich yummy goodness of fresh lime lime juice and zest and made from duck eggs from my ducks! you may nor be able to see in the photo, but the duck eggs make our cakes a very bright, rich yellow and make the cake go more delicious and stodgy. Some people prefer a light and fluffy cake, but i think that a bit of stodge brings out the flavour, and adds texture. It might just be the influence from my family, but we all do like a squidgy cake!!!
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17 May 2014

operation; flavour

My mum was cooking a lovely, sticky honey thai chicken for out friends, and i thought, what a brilliant opportunity to test out my skills on other people. I decided to make a starter and perhaps receive some feedback from them rather then just my parents and brother! I decided to get my flavour combination skills brain on and make spring rolls...with a twist! (although i actually ended up doing triangles!) i am ashamed to start off with saying that did not in fact, make the filo pastry, but this seems a big challenge to attempt. but perhaps I'll give it a shot in the not to distant future! Anyway, i did the usual, bean sprouts, carrot, sweet chilli sauce, spring onions and pepper. Then to spruce it up and give it a bit of "oomph" i added lime juice, paneer cheese and corriander. i ummed and ahed about perhaps adding a little ginger and garlic, but i was worried that it might not go with the cheese, or over power the original flavour of the traditional spring roll? what I am pleased to say about this starter is that they came out the oven crisp and flakey, and with a bit of hot chilli sauce to get the taste buds going, my family and friends loved them! I am also proud to say that the spring onions and peppers were local and the chicken my mum made was entirely free range!
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13 May 2014

growing herbs

I have various herbs growing in my garden, it is absolutely brilliant knowing that we don't need to stock up because its right in our back garden! And as always, a meal always tastes better with homegrown produce! Knowing there are no pesticides or preservatives on them makes it so much easier.
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12 May 2014

growing my own fruit!

the fruit trees and plants in my back garden are starting to blossom. i have strawberries, apples, cherries, gooseberries, blackcurrants, red currants, rhubarb, even blackberries in the field behind us which looks beautiful in the afternoon sun! i am hoping to buy some raspberry canes to add to our collection of berries and fruits! i always think that a good crumble or pie tastes better with lovely home grown fruit and veg!
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12 May 2014

Home grown vegetables

We went to the local plant sale in my village and bought some vegetable plants to grow in out back garden. Two tomato plants, one chilli plant, one marrow plant and a bean plant! hopefully they will be growing soon and will be ripe enough to pick, then made into a ratatouille, a vegetable bake or something else wonderful!!!
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12 May 2014

developing an idea

i decided to expand on my flavour of bruchettas from last time and decided to do garlic pesto,(which i made myself) basil, aubergine and gruyere and then another flavour with homemade garlic pesto, basil, tomato and mozzarella. My family really loved them!
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12 May 2014

Cooking for my family

we were having spaghetti Bolognese for dinner, so i decided to follow it up with a theme of italian! To start we had pesto, red pepper and mozzarella on grilled cibatta slices and then for desert we tiramasu, which is so quick and easy, i was very surprised!
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