Friday 3 January 2014

Friday Favourites #15

Happy first Friday of 2014!  I hope the New Year is treating you all well, so far.  Right now, we're enjoying a break in the rain--the sun actually came out for a little while!

Favourite Photography Tips
I love Lucy's photography on her blog.  Her images are so dreamy, with imaginative and beautiful composition, so I was thrilled when I saw that she'd made a guest post on improving blog photography.  I'm planning to take her suggestions on-board and looking forward to having even more fun with my new camera!

Favourite Cookbook
We rang in the new year with a curry from The Hairy Bikers Great Curries cookbook.  This time round I made Chicken Makhani (also known as Butter Chicken) which was nothing short of sublime.  This is the cookbook that has made me finally realise, after years of cooking curries, that there is a world of difference between making your own curry powder and just opening a tub.  Their Chicken Korma is delicious, the Thai-ish Sticky Pork Curry was absolutely awesome and I love their recipe for Coconut Rice.  My copy is bristling with post-it notes and slips of paper with notes jotted on them, and my spice collection is ever-expanding, but my tummy is very happy.  Even better, lots of their recipes are low-carb friendly and the Coconut Rice recipe is easily adapted to use cauliflower "rice".  Perfect for the inevitable January slim-down!!

Favourite Blogging Tips

If you haven't already discovered Bonjour, Blogger! then you're in for a treat.  It is a fantastic treasure trove of information and resources for bloggers.  Their recent post about keeping your (blogging) resolutions is brilliant, and jam-packed with information.  

Favourite Foodie TV Programme
Okay, so it hasn't aired yet, but I am massively excited about The Taste (UK version)!  Not only am I firmly in Team Nigella, but I have had a cheffy crush on Tony Bourdain for years.  It's also nice to see a TV show which focuses on well, the taste of the food, rather than the personality of the chef.  (Something which Masterchef Australia was very guilty of this year, much to my annoyance.)
Begins Tuesday 7th January, 2100, Channel4.

What was your favourite thing this week?

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  1. Yay for new Friday Favourites!
    I haven't delved into Bonjour, Blogger! yet but I'll have to now. And I'm completely intrigued by The Taste, looks like my idea of heaven.
    M x

    1. Bonjour Blogger is a fantastic resource. You should totally poke around their archives and fiddle happily with bits of your blog :)

  2. Loved reading this post! Going to have a look into that cookbook!

    Jennie xo |

    1. It's a great cookbook. I've got the Lamb Saag from it in the oven just now. Lucas just came out of his bedroom to tell me that our dinner smells good :)

  3. Oooh that recipe book sounds amazing! I love a good recipe book. Save with Jamie is top of my 'to buy' list right now!

    1. If you like curry--and it's not just Indian, there's Malay, Thai, Japanese--then it's a must-have in my opinion.

  4. Bonjour Blogger is fab! Have they stopped doing the 'Saturday Summary' though? I haven't spotted it over the last few months and I used to love finding new blogs (and the frisson of excitement when they featured one of my own posts!) :-)

    You'll have to let us know what the Hairy Bikers book is like; I've got their two 'Mums Know Best' books and my friend M gave me their Big Book of Baking which I haven't delved into yet - think I'll have to take a look and make some cakes soon. :-) xx

    1. I love the Hairy Bikers curry book; got yet another curry from it in the oven just now. They're not quick recipes--well, the ones I've made aren't, but there may be fast ones in there--but the taste is worth it. It's nice to make curries that don't taste exactly the same every time!


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