This will be a thank you post dedicated to everyone involved in the London Inter-University Bake Off, with the recipe of my entry as a thank you gift :)
The Bake Off was a joint event with University College London (UCL), King's College London (KCL), Queen Mary University of London (QMUL) and was held at the London School of Economics (LSE) with proceeds going to the Target Ovarian Cancer charity. We had a total of 52 entries for both the 'Sweet' and 'Savoury' categories and raised £299.70.
Those numbers were way above my expectations and I'm extremely grateful for the overwhelming response from the competitors, the people who came to taste and vote for their favourites, the judges and for the assistance provided by the baking society committees of UCL, QMUL and KCL. Most importantly, I'm thankful for my supremely capable LSE Baking Society committee, who managed to make our last event so successful. Pulling off this event of such scale is something to be proud of considering we're a new society with limited funds and no prior experience. Read More
#1 Yeewon I love baking for friends and family, and that's why I'll be doing a series of posts featuring recipes that a few of my friends have requested for. The first in this series: Fluffy and thick American pancakes. So here comes the obligatory, belated pancake day post!
One of my oldest and dearest friends, @nyoncat, wanted pancakes for Shrove Tuesday. She's my foodie soulmate and the both of us are always craving for decadent food (think deep fried, caramelised onions in red wine and gruyere cheese sandwich). So it's only normal that we decided to take some greasy fried bacon and caramelised banana slices, and slap it onto some pancakes.
I'm more of a waffle person which meant that I haven't made proper pancakes in years. So for practice, I cooked a stack of pancakes for dinner the day before. In retrospect, it turned out to be more of a dessert than actual dinner... Read More
There are three kinds of brownies - fudgy, chewy and cakey. I don't know about you but I don't particularly fancy the gooey, fudgy and dense sort that coats your teeth and sticks to the back of your throat. Give me a few bites of it and I'll be reaching for a glass of water to wash down the overwhelming fudginess. I don't really like cakey brownies either, unless they are served warm and fresh out of the oven with a generous scoop of icecream. So yes, I'm a pretty picky brownie eater. I like my brownies chewy (in the middle of fudgy and cakey) with a cracked surface and a nice swirl of light frosting on top.
Unlike cakes, you don't need a whisk or any fancy equipment to make brownies. They are simple to make and all-in-one-bowl kind of fuss free, which makes it easy for me to clean up after. I apply the same philosophy when cooking for myself as well: Cook in one pan and eat out of said pan. Read More
FoodCycle is a UK charity that combines volunteers, surplus food and spare kitchen spaces to create tasty, nutritious meals for people at risk of food poverty and social isolation." You can find out more here if you're interested in volunteering for a worthy cause!
The LSESU FoodCycle Society held their bake off last Wednesday to raise money for FoodCycle and I decided to enter my chiffon cake with lightened strawberry creme patissiere. First prize for these light and fluffy babies! They are perfect if you are tired of eating regular cupcakes and they also contain less butter/oil. A moment on the lips forever on the hips? Not when you're eating these. Read More