Ten at Ten (65): (Another) Baking Edition

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This week Ten at Ten is bought to us by Galina from Chez Maximka.

I am a creative person, and cooking is a natural extension of my creativity. As I’m originally from Russia, my cooking is a veritable hotchpotch of different cuisines. Married to an Italian, I have bravely embraced the Italian style of cooking, and can prepare a wicked plate of pasta. My blog Chez Maximka, reflects my personality and my cosmopolitan family (Russian/Italian with two kids, one born in the States, another, a true little Brit).

Are you passionate about baking?

The 19th of May; World Baking Day, was last Sunday, and to mark the event, I’ve chosen a selection of blog recipes, ranging from the everyday to the festive celebratory. Some are simple, some are sophisticated, but all are temptingly good.  I hope this delectable selection will inspire you to bake if you missed out last weekend!

When Janice from Farmersgirl Kitchen is not baking, she is crafting, and she excels at both tasks. One of her recent creations; rhubarb, mango and white chocolate almond cake looks like a work of art on both accounts, it looks pretty and it tastes great. What a combination of flavours and textures!

Emily from A Mummy Too went to Blog Summit in Birmingham the other day to catch up with some blogging friends, and had a whale of a time. There were biscuits and cakes everywhere but she couldn’t eat any of them. Her next morning emergency baking session brought the yummiest result: an almond sponge pudding with loads of jam and no eggs or dairy. I could almost lick the screen of my laptop, looking at her cake.

When it comes to a good coffee and a leasurely afternoon cuppa with a pastry or two (or three, who counts anyway?!), Karen’s blog Lavender and Lovage is a veritable treasure trove of recipes. Her Italian mocha coffee kisses are a work of art.  Karen is a true artist when it comes to baking and photography, her styling is impeccable and recipes are totally mouth-watering.

Cheryl from Madhouse Family Reviews often comes up with wonderful children-friendly baking recipes. I love how she encourages her three children to be creative in the kitchen. Her crunchy topped cinnamon apple muffins have oodles of appeal to both children and adults, and with sneaked in grated apple they contain your 1 of 5 a day, how good is that.

Talking of the sneaked in fruit and veg ingredients, you will never guess what Sally from Recipe Junkie added to her tasty cake.  Swede! Yes, a swede. Sally says that the addition of rosemary to the syrup has added an extra interest. I can imagine it works beautifully with the orange.

Otilia from Romanian Mum shares the secrets of her Mum’s signature cake. Otilia’s Intelligent Cake sounds very similar to the cake I tried many years ago, which was baked by my Polish friend Margo. This cake looks so light, you can imagine angels eating it, sitting on the soft fluffy clouds. This cake will definitely go on my must-do list.

Chris from Cooking Around the World is a great raconteur. I am always eagerly awaiting for the next installment of his culinary adventures. His Arabian-styled chocolate, fig and pistachio cake makes a brilliant dessert. And that Indiana Jones hat as the photo prop is a touch of genius.

Moving on from the sweet to savoury, which other foodie treasures are we going to discover?

Shaneen from Allotment2Kitchen is passionate about the seasonal food. Her blog is a song to the vegetarian/vegan cuisine. I can easily see why her fabulous vegan garlic mushroom parsley pies are selling in her cafe, well, like hot pies (excuse the bad pun). I love mushrooms and garlic, so for me this sounds like a paradise in a pastry case.

Jane’s Paper and Onions blog might be relatively new, but she is not a novice when it comes to cooking. Jane has travelled extensively, and is a dedicated foodie. I have never tried making my own bagels, but Jane’s step-by-step is so perfectly clear and informative that I might be swayed to try my hand at making a batch. And oh my, don’t they look smashing?!

As my own husband’s kitchen skills don’t stretch beyond making a very good cup of coffee (I often joke that if he loses his job, he can always earn money by becoming a barista at Nero), I can only sigh wistfully at how  brilliant some men are in the kitchen. Dom from Belleau Kitchen is well known to all foodie bloggers for his creative and exclusive recipes. I am a big fan of freebies, especially when it comes to foraging, and this fabulous foragers’ quiche with wild garlic and nettle sounds absolutely delightful.

And lastly, a little about me: I am a creative person, and cooking is a natural extension of my creativity. As I’m originally from Russia, my cooking is a veritable hotchpotch of different cuisines. Married to an Italian, I have bravely embraced the Italian style of cooking, and can prepare a wicked plate of pasta. My blog Chez Maximka reflects my personality and my cosmopolitan family (Russian/Italian with two kids, one born in the States, another a true little Brit).

Many thanks to Galina for her round up, you can follow her on twitter as @maximka25.

If you would like to write a Ten at Ten on week please get in touch via twitter @foodies100 or leave a comment.

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.

Discussion7 Comments

  1. What a wonderfully original and beautifully written Ten from Ten post Galina, and a HUGE thanks for mentioning my Italian Coffee Kisses too! I have bookmarked a couple of recipes that caught my eye, and I am already a fan of your blog and what you share! Karen

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