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  • Posted on December 20, 2016

    7 Recipes You Need To Cook This Christmas!

    To finish up our Christmas round-ups, we’re thinking Christmas Food today on the blog. From food for the main event to Boxing Day leftovers to New Year’s Eve nibbles, we’ve got recipes to take you right through the festive season. And if you’re still in need of some present inspiration, check out our Homemade Gifts Round-Up here.

    For the main event we obviously turn to Miranda Ballard and her Modern Meat Kitchen. Click here for her Roast Turkey recipe, and here for what you HAVE to do with your leftovers on Boxing Day.

    Just the words salmon caviar and canapé are enough to get us drooling! You can find the recipe here.

    Or how about Christmas dinner in a mouthful? Click here for the recipe.

    Tiny pizza anyone? You’ll find the recipe here.

    Brontë Aurell’s Ginger Biscuits & Glögg are so quick to make, they’re perfect to have a batch on hand for any unexpected guests this festive season. Click here for the video tutorial and recipe.

    And last, but very much not least, don’t forget Team TWISTED’s Camembert Hedgehog Bread for the ultimate in cheesey goodness – perfect for any party this festive season! Head here for the recipe.

    Happy eating!

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  • Posted on December 15, 2016

    Camembert Hedgehog Bread

    Obviously at this time of year, party food, or food to feed a large group of people is often at the forefront of our menu planning. Fortunately, our new book from the team behind Twisted’s viral videos over on Facebook, Twisted: The Cookbook, is on hand to ensure that your guests don’t go hungry! The camembert hedgehog is one of their most popular videos to date (check it out here) so we thought you might like the recipe! Perfect for festive games nights, New Year’s Eve, or for that awkward period after the 26th but before the 31st where you’re just not sure if you’ve had enough cheese yet. You know the one. Enjoy!

    CAMEMBERT HEDGEHOG BREAD

    Ahh, the Camembert Hedgehog Bread—a stalwart of Twisted’s funk-cheese repertoire. Trust us, this will be your next dinner party show-stopper. Even the most amateur (and possibly drunk) chef should feel right at home with this dish, but its ease is only half the appeal. All it takes is six ingredients, ten minutes to make and twenty to bake, and boom, food heaven (and lots of weird dreams to boot).

    1 large, whole camembert for baking, all packaging removed

    1 large sourdough loaf (or any other large loaf of bread)

    2 tablespoons finely chopped rosemary, plus a few small sprigs

    3 fat garlic cloves, finely chopped, plus a few slivers

    6 tablespoons olive oil

    sea salt flakes

    SERVES 4

    HOW EASY? WITH EYES CLOSED

    1 Preheat the oven to 175ºC/350ºF/Gas 4.

    2 Using the bottom of your camembert box as a stencil, cut a hole in the middle of the loaf. Tear away the bread to make the hole as deep as the camembert.

    3 Working around this central cavity, carefully cut your loaf in both directions almost all the way down to the bottom of the loaf (it’s important not to cut through the bottom crust). You want to have 1-inch (2.5-cm) squared individual segments (the perfect size for dunking).

    4 Score the one side of the camembert and cut away the rind. Pop the cheese, cut side up, in the bread hole.

    5 Mix the chopped rosemary and chopped garlic into the olive oil and spoon all over the loaf, encouraging the flavored oil into all the slits. Cover the loaf liberally with sea salt flakes. Pop a few mini sprigs of rosemary and a few garlic slivers in the middle of the cheese, along with a little drizzle of olive oil.

    6 Bake in the preheated oven for 20 minutes and get your mates round.

    Twisted: The Cookbook is available here.

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  • Posted on December 13, 2016

    5 Homemade Gifts To Make This Christmas

    Next up in our Christmas round-ups, we’re thinking about homemade gifts.  As we mentioned in this post, we’re doing a Homemade Secret Santa this year, but whether you’re after a little stocking filler, or something personal for a friend or loved one, we’ve got you covered.

    Grocery shopping will no longer be a chore, thanks to this gorgeous tote bag from our new book Hygge Knits (this book is published in January, but you can preorder it here). Find the pattern for the bag over on MAKEetc here.

    These home-infused oils make a lovely stocking-filler for your favourite foodie. Click here for the recipes.

    If you know someone celebrating their first Christmas this year, Laura Strutt’s Bunting Baby Blanket would make a lovely gift. Find the knitting pattern here.

    Make these notebooks to kickstart a year of writing for any budding author. You can find a printable PDF project here.

    These lavender bags make sweet little stocking fillers. The project is available here.

    And as a bonus, homemade cards and gift tags can add a personal twist to any gift. We’ve got a video tutorial for these stocking cards here, and the instructions for homemade gift tags on the blog here.

    We hope you’re feeling inspired, but don’t forget to check out our Top 10 Gifts for Crafters blog post on MAKEetc here.

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  • Posted on December 6, 2016

    5 Projects You Need To Make This Christmas!

    Taking a cursory glance at social media over the weekend, it seemed as if all of our friends simultaneously put up Christmas trees and started decorating their houses. Well, yipeee! We are fully embracing the holiday spirit here at RPS and CICO Books towers, and if there’s one thing we like even more than Christmas decorations, it’s handmade Christmas decorations. Here’s 5 of our favourite projects that will ensure you have a lovely, unique home this year!

    Decorate your tree with Elspeth Jackson’s rag rug Christmas baubles. These are so cute, we’re considering keeping them up all year round…we won’t tell if you don’t! There's a video tutorial here.

    We shared this cute reindeer decoration to make with the kids last week over on instagram stories, and you all loved it so we popped the instructions up on our MAKEetc. blog. Check them out here.

    A garland of these silver stars would look lovely slung across a mantelpiece, or you could hang single stars in your tree to just catch the light like Juliet’s done here. Find the project here.

    This Succulent Wreath looks super effective, and you’ll stand out on a street of holly wreaths! Find the instructions here.

    Jazz up jam jars as tea-light holders with this project from Hester van Overbeek’s first book, Furniture Hacks. You could even use sparkly beads for an extra party feel!

    For more inspiration, check out our book Handmade Christmas and make sure you keep an eye on MAKEetc. for a free project or two over the next few weeks.

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  • Posted on December 1, 2016

    Simple Infused Oils

    Now that it’s December we can officially think about Christmas. Of course, we’ve unofficially been thinking about Christmas since Halloween, but that’s because we’re big kids. But it’s allowed now. We love nothing more than finding the perfect gift for our friends and loved ones, and it’s even better if that gift is homemade. So, today we’re sharing a couple of recipes that will make the perfect gift for your favourite foodie. These simple home-infused oils are quick and easy to do, and will spruce up even the most boring salad!

    Smoked Garlic Oil

    Tea-smoking is a terrific way to flavour foods. It is often used to smoke salmon or duck, but works well here with the garlic. You will need to double line the wok with foil and open a window when you are smoking foods as the aroma is quite pungent.

    8 tablespoons soft brown sugar

    8 tablespoons long grain rice

    8 tablespoons tea leaves

    1 head garlic

    250 ml/1 cup plus 1 tablespoon extra virgin olive

    freshly squeezed lemon juice, to taste

    salt and pepper

    Makes 300 ml/1¼ cups

    Line a wok with a double sheet of foil and combine the brown sugar, rice and tea leaves in the bottom. Place a small rack or griddle over the smoking mixture (making sure the two don’t touch) and lay the garlic on the rack.

    Place the wok over a high heat and, as soon as the mixture starts to smoke, top the wok with a tight-fitting lid. Lower the heat and cook gently for 15 minutes until the garlic turns a deep brown. Allow to cool.

    Place the unpeeled garlic in a bottle or jar, add the oil and allow to infuse for 1 week. Drain and use the oil to make a dressing, adding vinegar or lemon juice to taste. Great with a beef carpaccio or a charred lamb salad.

    Bay And Thyme Oil

    Bay and thyme give the oil a mellow flavour and, once strained, it is perfectly enhanced with a light vinegar, such as Chinese black vinegar or rice wine vinegar.

    6 bay leaves

    4 sprigs fresh thyme

    salt and pepper

    150 ml/⅔ cup extra virgin olive oil

    1–2 tablespoons vinegar of your choice

    Makes 200 ml/1 scant cup

    Place the bay leaves, thyme, salt and pepper in a pestle and mortar and pound gently to bash up the herbs. Transfer to a jar, add the oil and marinate for 5 days.

    Strain the oil into a jar, add vinegar, salt and pepper to taste and serve.

    This dressing is great served over salad leaves or shaved courgettes/zucchini.

    Oils by Ursula Ferrigno is available here. For more Christmas gift ideas for Foodies, check out our Gift Guide pin board here.

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  • Posted on November 25, 2016

    Thanksgiving Leftovers

    Not sure what to do with all that leftover turkey? Us neither, until we were flicking through Caroline Artiss’s new book, Beauty Foods, and spotted this dreamy recipe! Rich and flavoursome, it’s also light and nutritious which is pretty much what we’re after right now. We know what we’re making this weekend…

    Turkey Chilli With Chocolate, Molasses And Black Beans

    I love this dish on a cool evening and use ground turkey to make it lower in fat than chilli con carne made with ground beef, but still high in protein – the building blocks of your muscles. The added magic is the dark/bittersweet chocolate and molasses, which turn it into a deep, rich and heart-warming dish. Pure dark/bittersweet chocolate made with 100 per cent cocoa solids has many incredible health benefits. A recent study discovered a component in chocolate that helps to keep your arteries flexible and less prone to clogging. Black strap molasses have the lowest sugar content of all cane sugar products and they are packed full of important minerals and vitamins, including iron, which battles fatigue and improves endurance and power.

    2 tablespoons olive oil

    1 onion, chopped

    3 garlic cloves, finely chopped

    1 red (bell) pepper, deseeded and chopped

    1 teaspoon smoked paprika

    1 teaspoon ground cumin

    1 teaspoon dried oregano

    450 g/1 lb. ground turkey

    a 420-g/15-oz. can of black beans, drained and rinsed

    a 400-g/14-oz. can of chopped tomatoes

    500 ml/2 cups chicken stock

    2 tablespoons black strap molasses

    2 tablespoons chopped dark/bittersweet chocolate

    a pinch each of sea salt and black pepper, to season

    TO SERVE (OPTIONAL)

    steamed brown rice

    1 avocado, flesh cut into pieces

    1 spring onion/scallion, thinly sliced

    a pinch of smoked dried chilli/red pepper flakes

    1 lime, cut into wedges

    fresh coriander/cilantro leaves

    SERVES 4

    Heat the olive oil in a large, deep pan or pot over medium heat. Add the onion, garlic, (bell) pepper, paprika, cumin and oregano. Cook for a couple of minutes until the onion and pepper are soft. Add the turkey and cook for a further 3–4 minutes until the turkey has turned white. Add the beans, tomatoes, stock and molasses. Bring the mixture to the boil, then turn the heat down to a simmer, cover the pan with a lid (but slightly ajar) and leave to cook for 40 minutes. Stir in the chocolate, season with salt and pepper and serve piping hot with steamed brown rice and a variety of toppings, if you like.

    This dish also tastes great the next day, so it’s a good one to make in advance if you have people over. I also freeze mine in individual portions ready to thaw and reheat another time.

    Turkey

    White turkey meat is one of the leanest sources of animal protein out there. Protein is used in every cell in our bodies. It is used to help build and repair tissues, to make enzymes and hormones, and is the building block of bones, muscles, cartilage, skin and blood.

    If you’re hosting a friendsgiving this weekend, make sure you check out our Thanksgiving Recipe Round-Up!

    Beauty Foods by Caroline Artiss is available here.

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  • Posted on November 22, 2016

    All the Thanksgiving recipes you'll need!

    Last week we shared a recipe from our new book Perfectly Paleo which we reckon would make any vegan’s heart sing this holiday weekend. This obviously got us thinking about holiday food more generally (festive family time and food being two of our favourite things!) So, we had a bit of a hunt through the RPS archives for some of our favourite Thanksgiving recipes. Whether you’re feeling a little under-prepared or are just on the hunt for that one last appetizer recipe, this round-up will see you right through!

    We’ll be starting things off with an appetizer of course.

    These Zucchini and Parmesan Crocchette will keep rumbling tummies at bay whilst kitchen hands are busy! Check out our video how-to here.

    For the main event, of course we turn to Modern Meat Kitchen – Miranda Ballard’s bible for all things carnivorous! Click here for the recipe, and here for Miranda’s tips for making the getting the best out of your turkey!

    For side dishes with attitude, we’re looking at At Home With Umami’s incredible cauliflower cheese (recipe here) and these spice-rubbed roasties (recipe here).

    Make sure you save room to finish things off with Hannah Miles’s Pumpkin Pie! Click here for the recipe.

    Happy Thanksgiving from all at RPS and CICO Books!

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  • Posted on November 18, 2016

    Vegan Thanksgiving? No problem!

    Our colleagues in America are getting very excited for the holiday weekend, and here in the UK we’re getting excited because Thanksgiving means that Christmas is literally just around the corner! Today’s recipe is from our new book Perfectly Paleo by Rosa Rigby and would make a wonderful vegan main dish for the holiday period. We reckon it’s so tasty that if you make it for Thanksgiving everyone will be requesting it again for Christmas too!

    Winter Root Vegetable Gratin

    This is quite a hearty vegan meal, which is warming enough to serve straight from the pan and I actually really enjoy it served on its own or with some simple sautéed or steamed green veg on the side.

    1 tablespoon coconut butter

    1 heaped tablespoon each of chopped fresh parsley and rosemary

    leaves of 8 sprigs fresh thyme

    2 bay leaves

    2 celery stalks/ribs, finely diced

    1 onion, finely diced

    4–5 ladles Vegetable Stock

    250 g/9 oz. white turnip, thinly sliced

    250 g/9 oz. swede/rutabaga, peeled and thinly sliced

    250 g/9 oz. butternut squash, peeled and thinly sliced

    black pepper, to season

    toasted flaked/slivered

    almonds, to serve

    topping

    200 g/1¾ cup cashews, soaked in water

    ½ teaspoon salt

    freshly squeezed juice of ½ lemon

    ½ teaspoon mixed dried herbs (I use a dried Italian herb mix)

    a 1-litre/quart capacity casserole dish, greased with coconut butter

    a high-powered blender (I use a NutriBullet)

    SERVES 4–6

    Preheat the oven to 180°C (350°F) Gas 4.

    Put the coconut butter in a large saucepan over medium heat. Add the herbs, celery and onion, and sauté for a few minutes. Pour over the stock and cook for a little while longer.

    Layer the sliced root veg in the prepared casserole dish – I tend to mix and match the vegetables in a layer – and, between each layer, add a layer of the cooked onions and celery, removing the bay leaves. Pile the layers up high as the casserole shrinks as it cooks, season with black pepper and pour over the remaining stock – you may not need all the stock but there should be enough to steam through the veg, bearing in mind that it will evaporate during cooking.

    Put the dish on top of a baking sheet in case of spillages and bake in the preheated oven for 45 minutes, or until the veg is cooked.

    To make the topping, blend all the ingredients in a high-powered blender with 6 tablespoons of water. The mixture should be smooth. If it seems too thick add a little more water. It should have the consistency of a creamy white sauce or béchamel.

    Remove the casserole dish from the oven and spread the topping over the cooked vegetables. Return to the oven and bake for another 10 minutes, or until golden.

    Sprinkle with almonds immediately before serving.

    Perfectly Paleo by Rosa Rigby is available here. For more vegan recipes, click here.

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  • Posted on November 11, 2016

    Vegan Baking!

    As November is World Vegan Month, we’ve decided that all our new recipes on this little blog will be vegan-friendly. Since, it’s cold and dark outside, we’ve also decided that we’re going to spend the weekend baking, and we don’t anyone to miss out! So, because it’s Friday and we’re feeling generous, here’s not one but two vegan recipes from our new book Brownies, Blondies & Traybakes. Enjoy!

    Cocoa Energy Bars

    Energy and protein bars are everywhere you look and it’s easy to understand why. They are the perfect snack for when you’re on the go and need to curb hunger pangs. These are made with unsweetened cocoa powder for a chocolate fix and almonds for added protein.

    75 g/½ cup sliced dried figs

    150 g/1½ cup rolled oats

    35 g/¼ cup oat flour

    25 g/⅓ cup chopped almonds

    120 g/1½ cups crisped rice cereal

    50 g/⅓ cup dark/bittersweet chocolate chips

    3 tablespoons brown sugar

    4 tablespoons cocoa powder

    50 g/¼ cup almond butter

    60 ml/¼ cup coconut oil

    115 g/⅓ cup brown rice syrup

    80 ml/⅓ cup almond milk

    1 teaspoon vanilla extract

    an 18 x 28-cm/7 x 11-inch baking pan, greased and lined with baking parchment

    Makes 12

    Preheat the oven to 180°C (350°F) Gas 4.

    Pulse the figs and oats together in a food processor and transfer the mixture to a large mixing bowl. Add the flour, almonds, crisped rice cereal, chocolate chips, sugar and cocoa powder and mix well. Set aside.

    Melt the almond butter, coconut oil, rice syrup, almond milk and vanilla in a small pan set over a medium heat. Pour over the oat mixture and mix well so all the ingredients are well-coated.

    Pour the bar mixture into the prepared baking pan and bake in the preheated oven for 30 minutes. Remove from the oven and set aside to cool completely before cutting into equal bars.

    Ginger Cashew Granola Bars

    Shortcuts are always handy when cooking around a busy schedule. Because the granola is pre-made here, this tasty tray requires only assembly, and a bit of patience while the bars stick together!

    200 g/1¾ cups plain store-bought granola

    60 g/½ cup well-chopped cashews

    40 g/¼ cup well-chopped crystallized ginger

    80 g/1 cup crisped rice cereal

    50 g/¼ cup almond butter

    115 g/⅓ cup brown rice syrup

    1 tablespoon vegetable oil

    a 20-cm/8-inch square baking pan, greased and lined with baking parchment

    Makes 12

    Mix the granola, cashews, ginger and crisped rice cereal together in a large mixing bowl. Add the almond butter, rice syrup and oil and mix well so everything is well-coated.

    Press the sticky batter into the pan and put in the refrigerator to set for at least 3 hours. Remove and cut into bars before serving.

    Variation: Candied citrus peel is a great alternative to crystallized ginger in this recipe and gives the bars a tropical burst of tangy citrus flavour.

    Brownies, Blondies & Traybakes is available here.

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  • Posted on October 27, 2016

    Comfort Food mode: engage

    It’s almost Halloween, the clocks go back this weekend in the UK, and we’re practically hibernating with our favourite tv shows and a nice red. In other words, we’re declaring it 100% comfort food season. Last week we shared the recipe for one of our favourite autumnal lunches, and here’s something for supper, taken from our new book Fireside Feasts and Snow Day Treats. It makes a great veggie alternative to a Sunday roast, or a delicious mid-week dinner for the whole family.

    Butternut Squash, Corn And Bread Bake With Cheese And Chives

    1 tablespoon olive oil

    1 large onion, halved and thinly sliced

    375 ml/1½ cups milk

    225 ml/scant 1 cup single/light cream

    3 eggs, beaten

    a small bunch of chives, snipped

    leaves from a small bunch of fresh parsley, finely chopped

    1 baguette, neatly cut into ½-cm/⅛-inch slices

    300 g/2 cups (sweet) corn kernels, canned or frozen

    about 500 g/1 lb 2 oz. peeled and sliced butternut squash

    100 g/1 cup grated mature/sharp Cheddar

    sea salt and freshly ground black pepper

    a 30 x 20-cm/12 x 8-inch baking dish, greased

    SERVES 4–6

    Preheat the oven to 190°C (375°F) Gas 5.

    Heat the oil in a large frying pan. Add the onion and cook over low heat for 3–5 minutes, until soft. Season lightly and set aside.

    Combine the milk, cream and eggs in a small bowl and whisk to combine. Season with 1½ teaspoons salt. Add the chives and parsley, mix well and set aside.

    Arrange half the baguette slices in the prepared baking dish in a single layer; you may need to tear some to cover all the space. Put half of the onion slices on top, then scatter over half of the corn. Arrange half of the squash slices evenly on top and sprinkle with half of the cheese. Repeat one more time (bread, onion, corn, squash, cheese). Stir the milk mixture and pour it evenly all over the pudding.

    Cover tightly with foil and bake in the preheated oven for 20 minutes. Remove the foil and continue baking for about 30–40 minutes, until golden. Serve immediately.

    Fireside Feasts & Snow Day Treats is available here.

     

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