#NationalCupcakeWeek – Barnsgate’s Chocolate Buttercream Rose Cupcakes

To celebrate #NationalCupcakeWeek trending on twitter, we thought we would jump in on the fun with this creation!

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Our star-baker this week has put together these vanilla cupcakes topped with a chocolate buttercream rose sprinkled with edible gold glitter at our very own Barnsgate Bake-off. The recipe is adaptable to have any flavourings or colours that you would like to feature. The recipe is to follow shortly and we would love to see what you come up with!

Lemon & Herb Chicken Marinade Recipe

Chicken Drumsticks are an all time favourite for summer barbeques and parties. Why not try our marinade to add some zesty flavour to them?

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  • Fresh Lemon Juice
  • Garlic
  • Coriander
  • Basil
  • Thyme
  • Rosemary
  • Purple Shiso (Optional for colour)

Making a marinade is a very simple, but worthwhile step to take when preparing drumsticks. You can either:

  1. Put the herbs and the garlic into a blender and add your lemon juice before blitzing it together.
  2. Finely chop your ingredients and put them in a bowl. Then add your lemon juice.

We use a small blender that makes light work of chopping our ingredients for ease and time.

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When you have your marinade, put your drumsticks in a large bowl altogether and add you marinade. You want to mix them well so each drumstick is coated in the mix.

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When you are satisfied that everything has been mixed well, cling-film the bowl and refrigerate your drumsticks for the night. Leaving them to sit will allow all the flavours to be absorbed into the drumsticks with time.

It is as simple as that. Take them out, cook them as you usually would and enjoy! Our drumsticks went down a treat with our guests who recently enjoyed a buffet with us. Of course you can mix and match flavours to whatever your preference would be. We have tried a chilli and ginger mix as well for those who enjoy a bit of heat. Let us know what marinades you have tried! We would love to know.

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To book your buffet with us, you can reach us on 01825 713366 or send us your details through our contact page.

 

Cajun Blackened Salmon – Tasty

Check out this wonderful recipe for Cajun Blackened Salmon with Avocado and Mango Salsa by the Tasty Youtube Channel!

Here is what you’ll need!

Cajun Blackened Salmon with Avocado and Mango Salsa
Servings: 4

INGREDIENTS
Cajun Spice Rub
2 tablespoons paprika
1 tablespoon oregano
1 tablespoon thyme
1 teaspoon cayenne pepper
1 tablespoon brown sugar
1 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon pepper

4 salmon fillets
1 tablespoon olive oil

Avocado and Mango Salsa
2 avocados, diced
1 mango, diced
1 red onion, finely diced
1 red chilli, finely diced
25 grams, parsley
Salt, to taste
Pepper, to taste
2 tablespoons olive oil
2 tablespoons lime juice

PREPARATION
1. In a small bowl, combine all the Cajun spice rub ingredients and stir.
2. Place the salmon fillets on a cutting board and rub the olive oil over all sides of the salmon filets.
3. Sprinkle the spice rub over the salmon, using your hands to ensure all sides are covered.
4. Cook on a BBQ over a medium to high heat for 2 minutes per side. The outside should start to blacken and crisp, leaving the salmon juicy inside.
5. Once the salmon is cooked set aside.
6. To a large bowl, add all of the salsa ingredients and stir well.
7. Serve the salmon with an extra sprinkling of parsley alongside the salsa, and enjoy!
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For more brilliant recipes, the Proper Tasty Cookbook is available on amazon. With 144 pages of great tasting recipes, you are sure to find some inspiration for brilliant meals.

 

Grilled Corn 4 Ways – Tasty Channel

With this spout of great weather again, people will be rushing to the grill. Try out these 4 different ways to prepare grilled corn to impress your friends and family!

Source: Tasty Channel

Tired of the same old corn on the cob? well try one of our four favorite flavors this summer on the grill for your next BBQ!

Here is what you’ll need!

Grilled Corn 4 Ways
GARLIC PARMESAN GRILLED CORN

INGREDIENTS
4 ears of corn
2 tablespoons olive oil
Salt, to taste
Pepper, to taste
4 tablespoons butter
1 tablespoon garlic, minced
½ cup grated Parmesan

PREPARATION
1. Preheat a grill or grill plate to medium heat.
2. Drizzle the corn with olive oil and sprinkle with salt and pepper. Mix to ensure all the ears are evenly coated.
3. Place the corn on the grill. Close the lid to keep the temperature high, and let the corn cook for about 15 minutes per side, or until slightly charred on all sides.
4. Remove the corn from the heat and set aside.
5. Place the garlic and butter in a microwave-safe bowl and microwave for 1 minute, or until melted.
6. Brush the garlic butter on the corn.
7. Sprinkle with grated parmesan cheese.
8. Enjoy!

Cotija Chili Lime Grilled Corn
Servings: 4

INGREDIENTS
4 ears of corn
2 tablespoons olive oil
Salt, to taste
Pepper, to taste
1 tablespoons chili powder
½ teaspoon cayenne pepper
½ cup mayonnaise
Juice of 1 lime
½ cup Cotija cheese

PREPARATION
1. Preheat a grill or grill plate to medium heat.
2. Drizzle the corn with olive oil and sprinkle with salt and pepper. Mix to ensure all the ears are evenly coated.
3. Place the corn on the grill. Close the lid to keep the temperature high, and let the corn cook for about 15 minutes per side, or until slightly charred on all sides.
4. Remove the corn from the heat and set aside.
5. Mix the lime juice and mayo together in a bowl, and spread or drizzle on the ears of corn.
6. Mix the chili powder and cayenne together, and sprinkle over the corn.
7. Top the corn with Cotija cheese.
8. Enjoy!

Sriracha Sesame Grilled Corn
Servings: 4

INGREDIENTS
4 ears of corn
2 tablespoons olive oil
Salt, to taste
Pepper, to taste
½ cup mayonnaise
1 tablespoons Sriracha sauce
¼ cup scallions, sliced
1 tablespoons toasted sesame seeds

PREPARATION
1. Preheat a grill or grill plate to medium heat.
2. Drizzle the corn with olive oil and sprinkle with salt and pepper. Mix to ensure all the ears are evenly coated.
3. Place the corn on the grill. Close the lid to keep the temperature high, and let the corn cook for about 15 minutes per side, or until slightly charred on all sides.
4. Remove the corn from the heat and set aside.
5. Mix the mayonnaise and Sriracha together, and then spread or drizzle onto the corn.
6. Sprinkle the corn with sliced scallions and toasted sesame seeds.
7. Enjoy!

Honey Herb Grilled Corn
Servings: 4

INGREDIENTS
4 ears of corn
2 tablespoons olive oil
Salt, to taste
2 tablespoons butter, melted
2 tablespoons honey
2 tablespoons chives, minced
2 tablespoons parsley, minced
2 tablespoons thyme, minced

PREPARATION
1. Preheat a grill or grill plate to medium heat.
2. Drizzle the corn with olive oil and sprinkle with salt and pepper. Mix to ensure all the ears are evenly coated.
3. Place the corn on the grill. Close the lid to keep the temperature high, and let the corn cook for about 15 minutes per side, or until slightly charred on all sides.
4. Remove the corn from the heat and set aside.
5. Brush melted butter on the corn.
6. Drizzle the corn with honey.
7. Sprinkle the corn with a mixture of the chives, parsley, and thyme.
8. Enjoy!

3-Ingredient Smoothies

Imagine if choosing what to include in your health-conscious diet was as simple as pairing colours? Well guess what, with these quick but delicious recipes, you can do just that.

Line up your veggies and fruits that match for an antioxidant and vitamin blast that will invigorate your body. Toss them into a blender, switch it on, and watch the different shades combine. It’s that easy to create a rich smoothie that will fill you up and nourish your body.

There’s nothing easier than choosing your ingredients based on colour. And who would have known that’s a great way to make sure you’re getting the good stuff? Power up with these simple colour matched smoothie recipes that are DELICIOUS. Sweeten them up even more with a dash of honey if you’re trying to dodge those candy bars that keep haunting you. Try all nine and you might just discover a new favourite colour!

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Have you made any smoothies recently? We would love for you to share your ideas! What makes the perfect smoothie for you?

Source: 3-Ingredient Smoothies

How to Make The Perfect Pimms

The heatwave across the UK has left thousands of Brits absolutely parched. There is nothing more refreshing than a glass of Pimms in the afternoon. Here’s how to make the most of it.

Essentially, you are looking for a ratio of one part Pimms to three parts lemonade. From there you are looking to add a mixture of fruit of your choice with some fresh mint leaves and chopped cucumber. Make sure to chop your fruit as this will help to release the flavours into the Pimms and Lemonade.

Whether you are filling a glass or a pitcher, fill it with ice first and foremost. Then add your fruit, cucumber and mint, followed by your measurement of Pimms and top with lemonade and that will give you a standard Pimms! Simple really, here is one of Barnsgates examples:

  • Measurement of Pimms
  • Lemonade
  • Lemon
  • Lime
  • Raspberries
  • Strawberries
  • Cucumber
  • Fresh Mint

There is plenty more to experiment with Pimms however. A famous example is to replace the lemonade with champagne. Known as a “Pimms Royale”. You could also replace lemonade with any other fizzy drink you might like to try.

You could try substituting mint for other herbs such as basil or thyme

Or you could even try freezing it to make Pimms Ice Lollies!

Half of the enjoyment of Pimms is being creative and coming up with the perfect concoction to “Wow” your guests. We would love for you to share your Pimms experiments. What fruits did you use? Was there an interesting twist to your recipe? Share your thoughts with us below!

3 Great Fathers Day Recipes to Try

Cooking for Dad this evening and struggling for Ideas? Perhaps give one of these interesting ideas a try!

Garlic Steak with Roasted Garlic Cloves

By @foodwishes

Learn how to make Father Day Steak! Garlic Steak with Roasted Garlic Cloves! Visit http://foodwishes.blogspot.com/2011/0… for the ingredients! Plus, more info and over 550 additional original video recipes. I hope you enjoy this Garlic Steak with Roasted Garlic Cloves Recipe.

Bacon Ranch Pasta Salad

By @Allrecipes

Get the top-rated recipe for Bacon Ranch Pasta Salad at http://allrecipes.com/Recipe/Bacon-Ra….

In this video, you’ll see how to make a pasta salad with plenty of bacon, black olives, chopped tomatoes, and shredded sharp Cheddar. An easy, mayonnaise-based dressing, flavored with dry ranch salad dressing mix, garlic powder, and garlic pepper, pulls the flavors together. It’s a must for potlucks and cookouts.

Guinness Braised Short Ribs

By @jocooks_com

These melt-in-your-mouth Guinness Braised Short Ribs are hearty, super comforting and incredibly delicious, slowly cooked in stout, beef broth and lots of fresh herbs.
RECIPE: http://www.jocooks.com/recipes/guinne…