Best of the Foodie Blogs: Ten at Ten (3)


This week’s Ten at Ten round up is brought to you by the lovely Fleur. So sit back, enjoy and discover some great blog posts from the past week.

Well, what an indulgent week I have had looking at lots of mouth-watering blogs!  All in the name of research mind you, so completely justifiable.  It’s funny how time flies when you are blog surfing.  One of my favorite times to read a blog is in bed.  I guess it is my bedtime reading, but if I’m not careful time can creep into the wee small hours without me even noticing.  Maybe it’s because with 3 small children to look after, quiet time is limited to…well bedtime and not much else. 

I have been completely inspired this week and now have so many new things I want to try.  I have picked out my favourite 10 blog posts from the last week and I hope you feel as inspired as me after reading them.  You might notice a family orientated theme with some the blog posts.  This was not intentional, but very interesting how this theme developed itself.  Think I really am a ‘mummy blogger’.

First up is Working London Mummy who wrote a post about a beautiful Chocolate and Strawberry Layer Cake that she made her daughter.  It looked amazing and the Peppa Pig design on the front is fab.  Will definitely be trying this one next time I am making a birthday cake.

The next one is Tinned Tomatoes whose post entitled Super Mud Smoothie had me clicking to find out more.  What you will find is a brilliant looking recipe for a smoothie that has hidden spinach in it.  One to try out on the kids and I fancy it myself for breakfast one day too.

Then I spotted this fantastic post written by Mary-Anne Boermans, one of the 12 bakers on The Great British Bake Off 2011.  She writes a blog called Time to Cook, and her post this week was everything you need to know about Choux Pastry.  The post is full of information, top tips, and great photos to help people like me who have certainly not mastered choux pastry yet.

The Diary of a Frugal Family is a blog that I have not visited before, but I was very impressed and ended up reading quite a few of the blog posts on there.  As the name suggests, there are lots of ideas for families to save money.  The latest blog post is called Packed Lunch Money Saving.  A very informative post with lots of top tips and ideas for your children’s lunch boxes, including some recipes for things to make yourself.

This next one is a recipe for Crème Brulee and can be found on the Jam and Clotted Cream blog.  I had to include it because the writer, Beth, had just got a new blow torch for her birthday and after many years of wanting a blow torch my husband bought me one a couple of weeks ago.

My goodness, another cake that I MUST also try is the delightful looking Marbled Chocolate Crumble Cake posted by What Kate Baked.  It’s actually a recipe from Dan Lepard’s Short and Sweet cookbook.  I don’t have this cookbook but I’m thinking I might have to get it soon because I have heard a lot about it!  This cake is just my sort of thing though, so I will be looking out for an excuse in the near future to make it.

I love the name of this blog, Coffee and Vanilla.  I also love the Lunchbox Love Bugs post on there right now.  Think this is the mummy in me coming out again, but what a wonderful looking little lunch box this is.  My girls would just love it!  I’m on the hunt now for little chocolate bugs.

Things We Make, is a fantastic blog written by a couple called Claire and Ed.  Claire’s posts appeal to me as she writes about the things I am interested in most (baking, gardening, crafts), but I think the concept of a couple writing a blog is fantastic.  The latest blog post by Claire is for Serendipity Rolls.  The name alone makes me want to make them, but also because they look amazing.

One of my favourite blogs is Cakeboule.  Every post makes me smile and the recipes are always the sort of thing that I would like to have a go at.  This week you can find out 6 Steps to Toffee Crispie Heaven!  A very cool recipe which would be great at a children’s party, and probably even an adult party too.

Finally, another brilliant find, MsMarmitelover’s Underground Restaurant, shows us How to Make Your Own Crisps.  Something I have never thought about doing before, but now I know how easy it is, I’m tempted to give it a go.  You could really impress your dinner party guests with homemade crisps to nibble on with their arrival drinks.

Well, as the saying goes, ‘that’s all folks!’  I’m hoping that it won’t be too long before Foodies 100 let me write a ‘10 at 10’ post for them again. Until then, happy baking!

Sally is the publisher of Foodies100, the UK's largest directory of brilliant UK food and drink blogs and bloggers. Every day of the week, we promote the UK's best and most exciting blogs about food and drink.

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