Would it be rude to begin a Wednesday round-up of deliciousness with something I wrote? Maybe, but who cares! My first ever guest post has just popped up at Jo's Kitchen - Spanish bean stew. And for once, I can really vouch for its deliciousness, as it's a winner. And I bet it would go wonderfully with a spot of delicious soda bread, either in loaf form, like this recipe from Let Her Bake Cake, or in these little scones, from Cooking at Marystow.
This week there were quite a few delicious spicy goodies around. First of all, take a look at this Keema shepherd's pie from a forkful of spaghetti - a combination of Indian dishes to make a spicy, tasty version of the classic dish. And while we're on Indian food, check out this Chana masala from Smitten Kitchen. Then there's this Mexican steak and green poblano rice from Dinner Diary, made with some tangy, smokey dried guajillo chillies, not to mention Chicken chilli burgers from Elly says opa!
For other savoury treats this week, I'd suggest starting off by heading over to Amuse Bouche to check out this Salmon en croute, which is no simple salmon wrapped in pasty - there's goat's cheese, there's a tarragon crepe, there's Parma ham, there's even a 'chimney'! A simpler dinner option might be Nigel Slater's Lamb and beetroot meatballs with a cucumber and yoghurt dressing from What Rachel Ate. Healthy, earthy, pink meatballs - yum! Then there's this Mussels, leek and bacon chowder from Dinner du jour - what a great combination. Finally, for the Spanish speakers amongst you (or just look at the pictures!) there's these yuca tamales from Costa Rica, Mr Splorer's homeland. They're very popular round those parts, so I really must give them a try sometime.
This week there were lots and lots of delicious sweets to choose from. (Is everyone giving up on the January diets?!) These Chocolate oatmeal almost-candy bars from Mainly Baking have nice healthy oats in them, but the chocolate and condensed milk rather preclude them from being a health food. These Best cocoa brownies from Smitten Kitchen are intriguing as Deb has been converted to brownies made with cocoa rather than chocolate through this recipe. Sue's chocolate custard bread pudding from Life's a feast looks like an amazing squishy chocolatey pud. And these Berry scrolls from Chocolate Teapot look just scrumptious - bread rolled up with berries and ricotta.
There have been some wondrous fruity numbers around blogsville. For a start, there's an Apricot & hazelnut cake with caramel meringue frosting from Apple & Spice, which looks like such a light and nutty cake. I love rhubarb, and I think it goes wonderfully with ginger, so this Rhubarb and ginger cake from Gin and Crumpets looks just the thing for me. Another one of my favourites is banana cake, so I really want to make a Dreamy banana cake with cream cheese frosting from The English Kitchen. There were also a couple of wonderful citrusy desserts - take a look at this Frozen Lemon Meringue Bombe at The Unconfidential cook and these Clementine muffins at Allotment 2 Kitchen. Oh, and we have a late entry - this Raspberry and apple cake has just popped up, and what a winner it looks!