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Baking Desserts Recipes Vegetarian

Lemon Ricotta Cheesecake

If executed with a reasonable amount of precision and expertise, attributes which often elude me, cheesecake is, perhaps, the best type of dessert. In all honesty, can anyone think of an attribute sought after in a dessert that goes wanting in a cheesecake? In general, they are smooth, simple, tasty, decadent, and as Greg Wallace, best known for his Master Chef induced dessert fetish, will tell you; they do have the highly sought after ‘buttery biscuit base’. As you may have noticed I appear to have developed something of a cheesecake fetish myself and ought really to stop prefixing every cheesecake recipe with fragranced drivel regarding their excellence. Please, I invite you all to violently rebuke me if this trend continues.

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Baking Healthy Eating Recipes Vegetarian

Spicy Tomato Baked Eggs

If there’s one thing I don’t eat enough of, it’s eggs. Considering we own three chickens, which produce 2-3 eggs every day, and have done for the past 2-3 years, eggs are rather overlooked on our food eating agenda. This is a shame, since it’s always best to use easily exploitable resources. It would make more economic sense, for us to eat more eggs than we do. The second, and possibly most important, consideration behind this recipe is that I simply don’t eat well enough in the mornings. My breakfast usually consists of some ridiculously over-priced and over-sweet cereal, or nothing at all. Neither of these options are particularly healthy. As such, I want to try and create some new and interesting breakfast dishes, which include egg. This recipe isn’t strictly or explicitly for the breakfasting hour. However, it worked jolly well for me.

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Asian Healthy Eating Indian Recipes Vegetarian

Potato, Chickpea and Spinach Curry

Chickpea and Spinach Curry

As you have probably already discerned one of my favourite foods to eat is a good ol’ curry. They suit my taste perfectly. I like something filling, fresh and with plenty of flavour. One thing I have never tried, however, is putting a poached egg on top of a curry. Now, poached eggs are all well and good, in their own little environment; usually a muffin. However, I was a little skeptical of how they would fit in atop a curry. Fear not though my little foodies, all is not lost, a poached egg suits this curry down to the ground.

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European Healthy Eating Recipes Vegetarian

Tortilla (Spanish Omelette)

I’ve been wanting to bring you readers this dish for a while now, however my girlfriend decided that each time we had it planned she didn’t like omelette, despite the fact she did this at least twice. Also, my mum hates eggs, yet she eats omelette and quiche, what’s with that? Bloody women. Sorry that slipped out, don’t castigate me.

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Baking Desserts Recipes

Meringues

Meringues

Following on from yesterday’s custard tart recipe today I bring you a use for those two egg whites you should have saved. After all, how can something be called frugal if you end up disposing of half of two good eggs? I know these meringues probably won’t count as a complete dessert, but they are so adaptable, you’d be mad not to make them. You could simply crumble them up into a few scoops of ice cream, or cut them in half add some whipped cream and fruit, the possibilities aren’t quite endless, but there are a fair few.

The recipe will make four large meringues, but you can scale up to suit, and take around 40 minutes to make.

Ingredients:

  • two egg whites
  • 4 ounces of caster sugar, this is around 115g, granulated sugar will do

Method:

Beat the eggs with a hand mixer until they are able to form stiff peaks. People tend to test if this step is complete by holding the dish upside down above their head. However, by doing this there is the potential for looking like a fool as well as the problem of it not being a particularly accurate method.

To the whisked egg add the sugar a little at a time, mixing it in on a high speed every time you add some. Make sure not to over-whisk it. The mixture should have an almost glossy look to it.

Prepare some baking parchment and preheat the oven to 180C. Spoon the meringue mixture into four separate splodges and bake for around 25 minutes. After the alloted time turn the oven off and leave the meringues to remain until the oven has cooled.

Cost:

Well, if you’re using the egg whites from the previous recipe their price was included in that recipe, that makes the cost of these meringues around 20p. I think that’s around 5 times less than what you’d pay in the supermarket, if not more.