Monday, 27 August 2012

Savoury Cake with Olives, Pistachio and Halloumi cheese

Rachel Khoo baked a savoury cake on BBC's Little Paris Kitchen. She explained that they are popular 
in France and appear in boulangeries, cafes and on picnic menus.
I bought some goats cheese and tried her recipe. I didn't have any pistachios so instead used pecans. I had some olives so included these in place of some of the prunes. The olives came from Baileys deli (see previous post) They were an interesting mix filled with garlic, sundried tomato or feta cheese. These ingredients are shown in the top photo.

It smelt delicious. I tried some while it was warm and the next day when cold. Warm it seemed a bit too oily for me though very tasty. I preferred this one cold and took a piece with me for lunchtime on a day out. I like the little bursts of different flavours.
I like prunes and in small pieces they are OK in the cake but thought I would prefer to leave them out next time as it's the savoury flavours I liked best.

Next I modified the recipe and made my own version. I cut down on the olive oil.
I managed to get hold of some unsalted pistachios and used halloumi cheese in place of the goat's cheese. I didn't add any salt, both the olives and the cheese contain it.
I was please with the result. Halloumi cheese holds its shape when cooked but isn't big on flavour so I shall experiment with some other cheeses. Maybe a different halloumi would have more flavour.

2 eggs
2 3/4 oz plain yoghurt
flour 6oz white flour 3 oz wholemeal flour
1 1/2 oz pistachios chopped  (pecans work well too.)
1 1/2 oz olives pitted and chopped
Halloumi cheese cut into small cubes  4-6 oz
 1/2 oz 15g Baking powder
Olive oil 7 tbs
fresh rosemary leaves

Mix the whisk the eggs till fluffy then bit by bit whisk in the milk, oil and yogurt. and baking powder thoroughly.
In another bowl combine the flour and baking powder with the chopped ingredients. Gently fold this into the mixture in the first bowl.
Place in a loaf tin lined with oiled greaseproof paper.
Top with rosemary leaves.
Cook at gas 4 for 40-50 min.

Saturday, 25 August 2012

Baileys Deli Part 2

At Baileys Deli there is indoor seating at the back of the shop as well as tables outside, weather permitting. Choose between eat in or takeaway any time during the day.
The paninis and salads are great. There's a good selection of charcuterie and cheeses to go with the artisan bread and a range of olives from Silver and Green CumbrianOliveCo They are pitted and some spicy and some have a filling such as sun dried tomato, garlic or feta cheese. I have tried them all and used them in savoury cakes recipes, more about that in my next post.
And then there is cake which I have hoovered up in the interests of research of course! My favourite has been the carrot cake which is very moist and light and has a great flavour and yummy topping.

Thursday, 23 August 2012

Baileys Deli and Coffee Shop

For more information about Baileys Deli click here

Back in June I visited the Corner Gallery where I had some paintings that a new deli was opening just a few doors away that very morning. I was delighted to find a little taste of Borough market with artisan breads, olives, prosciutto etc to sample and came away with a few tasty goodies.

On Aug 18th Baileys held a tasting day. It was also a fund raising event in aid of St Christopher's Hospice. It was a fine day so there were chairs and tables outside and a big table with a range of delicious artisan organic breads from Flour Power City on offer to sample.

I had a good coffee, organic and Fairtrade from Green Cup They collect the used grounds and recycle them to make into slug and snail resistant compost for the garden which is a great idea. I put my coffee grounds onto the compost on some of my outdoor potted plants.

Artisan organic breads from Flour Power City Bakery
above 'Guess the Weight' of the Hoxton Rye loaf

The tomato and olive bread was my favourite.

 and the almond croissants...

In my next post I will show you the cakes.