Friday Challenges: Recipes!

This is a feature I ran in 2012

Each month I will pick a new ingredient or cuisine that I am not confident with, every Friday I will review a recipe I have tried (from cook books, other blogs, online, magazines etc etc) looking at what the basics were, the flavour combinations and the presentation. THEN this is the challenge- At the end of each month I will come up with my own recipe based on what I have learnt!

My aim with this weekly feature is to push myself to try new things and to challenge myself. I also hope to inspire people to try new things and help each other along the way. I am very much open to any suggestions of ingredients you think would be a challenge and hopefully we will all learn something new!

January: Tofu

Tofu, Lettuce and Noodle Soup – Wagamama’s recipe

Tofu Omelette – Readers Digest, Low Fat No Fat recipe

Marinated Tofu Skewers – Weightwatchers Vegetarian recipe

My own recipe: Sweet Marinated Tofu and Noodle Salad

Sweet Marinated Tofu and Noodle Salad

February: Polenta

Rosemary, Chilli and Cheese Polenta – River Cottage Veg recipe

Lemon, Lime and Orange Polenta Cake – Simon Rimmer’s Accidental Vegetarian recipe

Rich Mushroom Ragu – Readers Digest Low Fat No Fat recipe

My own recipe: Spanish Inspired Black Olive Polenta with a Smokey Tomato Sauce

Black Olive Polenta discs with a Spanish inspired tomato sauce

March: Risotto

Fennel and Ricotta Risotto – Jamie’s Italy recipe

Risotto Verde – Delia Smith’s Vegetarian recipe

Fried Risotto Balls – Gino D’Acampo Fantastico recipe

My own recipe: Many Herbs and Pea Risotto

Risotto made with Mint, Dill, Chives, Peas and cress

April: Chocolate

Chocolate Mousse with Raspberries – BBC Good Food recipe (Ultimate Makeover)

A Lesson in chocolate from one of my favourite bloggers ‘Fork n Beans’ – interview!

Warm Gooey Chocolate Cakes – LEON Baking and Puddings recipe

Marbled Chocolate Energy Bars – Delia Smith Vegetarian recipe

My own recipe: White Chocolate and Raspberry Mousse cups

Raspberry and White Chocolate Mousse with edible Chocolate cups and Fresh Raspberrys

May: Bread Rolls

Basic White Bread Rolls – LEON Baking and Puddings recipe

Hazelnut and Apricot Bread Rolls – The Naked Chef (Jamie Oliver) recipe

Pesto Pinwheel Rolls – Purple Foodie Blog recipe

My own recipe – is still actually a work in progress because my idea didn’t work out brilliantly! coming soon!
Almost there bread rolls and an IOU

June: Artichoke

A Photo Guide to the Globe Artichoke: Based on River Cottage Veg Instructions

Globe Artichoke and Pink Grapefruit Salad – Jamie Oliver recipe

Artichoke Gratin – Ottolenghi’s Plenty recipe

My own recipe: Baked Artichoke and Quinoa Salad with Watercress

Salad with Marinated and Baked Artichokes, Quinoa, Crunchy veggies and Watercress

July: Gnocchi

Gnocchi with Mushrooms, Truffle oil and Sage – Gino d’Acampo recipe

Spinach and Ricotta Gnocchi – BBC Goodfood recipe

Gnocchi Gratin – The Domestic Goddess Challenge recipe

My own recipe – Tomato Soup with Basil Gnocchi dumplings

A rich tomato soup with home made basil flavoured gnocchi dumplings

August and September – Cakes are too much fun and too much to learn to confine to one month!

A Classic Victoria Sponge – LEON Baking and Puddings recipe

First Rate Chocolate Cake – Mary Berry’s Fast Cakes recipe

Frosted Courgette and Lemon Cake – BBC Good Food recipe

Marbled Chocolate and Sponge Cake – My Cake School Tutorial

Blackberry Bakewell Cake – BBC Good Food recipe

My own recipe – Coconut, Cherry and Chocolate Cake

A coconut sponge with a rich cherry and dark chocolate centre

October – Spices

Raw Masala Carrot Dip – LEON, Naturally Fast Food recipe

Mango and Plantain Curry – Simon Rimmer’s Accidental Vegetarian recipe

Two Curry Pastes (Korma and Vindaloo) – Jamie Oliver recipe

Curry Leaf Powder

My own recipe – Curried Coconut Quinoa with Korma Tofu and Green beans

Coconut and Curry Leaf Powder flavoured Quinoa with Green Beans and Korma Tofu

If you have any suggestions for recipes and ingredients which you would like to see me try then please contact me by either leaving a comment or emailing me at

2 thoughts on “Friday Challenges: Recipes!

  1. Fabulous 🙂 making me very hungry and eager, since turning vegan ive really struggled, looks like now Im going to have some fun 🙂

    • It can be really hard to change diet but keep going and try lots of new recipes until you find the style you enjoy 🙂 I’ve tried going gluten free (as advised by a nutritionalist) and every Saturday morning I give in to toast! Well done for going vegan 🙂 hope you enjoy any recipes you try!

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