So it seems after all the rain moaning in my salsa cat post, the weather has taken a thankful turn for a while; my blog, ladles and jellyspoons, has much power! Even though this country is not accustomed to the ole air conditioning side of things, there is no way I am going to complain about the heat. It really is glorious. I just need to buy a paddling pool for temporary usage.
Now. The Olympics has started. Don’t worry I’m not one of those super patriotic sports fans so I won’t go on for ages about how it’s amazing it’s in our country and everything. One thing I will say though is, that I’m glad it’s become another excuse to get us Brits happy in one way or another. My idea of happiness, as you can imagine, is food. To top that would be to also meet with a select few of my best friends and to share food and be merry. Nothing in the world can be better than that for me, unless you transport us all to a lovely beach in the Maldives. With the food.
So I’d rather use the Olympics as an excuse to eat more. Go figure. Here’s two ideas;
An example of an Olympics = food+ happiness event is at the Townhouse Bar and Kitchen in Bristol. (They are very gluten free friendly!) Their food is also tremendous; I shall review for you next month.
They’re launching an Olympics promotion on Tuesday the 31st July (they’re closed for painting on Monday 30th) which will run across lunch only, for the duration of the games.
It kicks off at midday every week day:
First 10 people in get gold – 3 courses for £3
Next 10 in get silver – 3 courses for £5
Next 10 in get bronze – 3 courses for £8
It is only on the set lunch menu only (usually 3 courses for £10) and no reservations can be taken but maybe the thought of ‘racing to get food’ instead of watching people race sounds a bit more like your kinda thing?
Perhaps you’d also like to bake a gluten free cake? Insert my solution.
It’s not in anyway Olympic themed, but I feel it’s a recipe that can be made quite easily to make for a group of friends and in this troubling heat. A perfect afternoon tea cake to enjoy with an iced tea in the garden or an alcoholic beverage if you’d prefer. ;)
White chocolate and rosemary is simply a delicious combination, and if you’ve ever enjoyed a rosemary cake before- this is a real treat. I’ve used yoghurt instead of milk to provide a bit of a sour note- there is a lot of sweetness from the white chocolate and sugar so if you’d rather balance it a bit I’d recommend using the yoghurt; it also gives it a dense, almost doughy texture which is nice to break apart and dip into the icing sugar.
White Chocolate and Rosemary Maderia Loaf
225g butter, softened
200g caster sugar
175g Gluten Free Plain Flour
25g Ground Almonds
2tsp of Xanthan Gum
2 tsp baking powder
50ml Plain Yoghurt or 50ml of Milk
80g White chocolate chopped
1 Tablespoon of chopped Rosemary.
Icing Sugar to dust (Optional)
Preheat the oven to 180°C.
Butter the sides of a loaf tin and grease well with butter.
Cream the butter in a large bowl or in an electric food mixer until soft then add the sugar and beat until the mixture is light.
Gradually add the eggs and beating all the time.
Sift in the flour, almond flour, Xanthan gum, Baking powder, Yoghurt and fold in slowly with a spatula.
Fold in the chopped White Chocolate and Rosemary.
Place the mixture into the loaf tin
Bake in the oven for 45 minutes – 60 minutes, until a toothpick comes out clean. Keep an eye on it!
Turn the cake out and leave to cool.
Dust with icing sugar.
So don’t hate the Olympics, embrace the food opportunities and excuses to indulge. Much better ;)