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Saturday, 14 February 2009

Chocolate - it's the law!

Yep, you've got to have chocolate today - any kind, it doesn't matter, but you have to have some. I don't do cards, presents or flowers. I'm not lining someone else's pockets on Valentine's Day, but I have made a cake, choc full of choc!

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To make chocolate hearts, pipe dark chocolate onto Silpat sheets or non-stick baking parchment, in the desired shapes. Wait until set and then pipe over the white chocolate, filling up the gaps. When set, peel off and use as wanted.

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2 Thank You's

Thank you to the people at the Foodie BlogRoll for randomly selecting me for last month's membership milestone reward. I received a beautiful apron with the Foodie BlogRoll logo on it - many thanks!
If you are a food blogger, make sure you hop on over to the Foodie BlogRoll and join up!

A big thanks to my friend Deeba from Passionate about Baking, who kindly sent me some wonderful spices and soaps. She knows how I love my Indian cooking and I can't wait to get on and make a curry!
Thank you so much Deeba!!

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BloggerAid

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If you are a food blogger, you will have heard that Blogger Aid is publishing a cookbook!!!
Ivy of Kopiaste, Giz of Equal Opportunity Kitchen and Val of More Than Burnt Toast are the organisers of this huge fundraiser and all they want is a recipe from YOU!

Here is a teaser of the one I have sent in, Raspberry Mascarpone Bites. For this recipe and recipes from the other participants, you are going to have to buy the book when it is published later in the year. The great news is that the deadline has been extended until March 31st, so you still have some time to get that original recipe sent off to Blogger Aid.

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And Finally

The Best of Britain & Ireland ‘09 are inviting amateur and professional chefs to celebrate and show off their favourite British or Irish meals by recording a video recipe for the Look and Taste website, ultimately providing a valuable cooking resource for new generations of young cooks and to spread awareness of the brilliance of British & Irish cooking around the world

The deadline for the recipe submissions is the 19th March so they can be shortlisted for the show which is taking place on the 28th-29th of March at the ExCel London. All finalists will receive free tickets for the event so that they can come and sample some of the best food, prepared by top chefs from across Britain and Ireland. Top prizes are being provided by exhibitors at the show who offer the most sort after domestic holiday experiences.

Anyone can create a simple video recipe and upload it to the Internet. All you need is a video camera, (those on phones and digital cameras are fine) and a computer with an Internet connection.

To participate simply go to Look and Taste http://www.lookandtaste.com, sign up. Then follow the instructions to upload your video. Include BestofBritain09 or BestofIreland09 in your title followed by the name of the recipe to automatically enter it into the competition.

If you would rather submit written recipes, you can join our Facebook group here: http://www.facebook.com/home.php?#/group.php?gid=27749899747&ref=ts

Alternatively you can upload your video to YouTube. Include ‘Best of Britain’ in your video title and send the URL to Joshua.davidson@fleishmaneurope.com so that it can be registered for the competition and added to the channel: http://uk.youtube.com/user/BOBIevent

To learn more about the event please visit: http://www.britainandirelandevent.co.uk/


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31 comments:

Passionate About Baking said...

Of course it's the law, & paired with some coffee, it's the only way to go Nic!! Beautiful hearts...I'm gonna nick your idea, it's lovely. And dear pea shooter, those mascarpone bites are luscious & beautifully photographed! What an absolute teaser! Am sure you'll send something spectacular for the Best of British & Ireland '09 thingy...I'm cheering (WILDLY) for you!!! xoxoxo

Snooky doodle said...

the cake is awesome and the chocolate hearts so cute! I'm happy you received those presents :)

Jan said...

That cake is amazing Nic! Can't wait to see what you submit for the Best of British & Ireland thing! Oh and those Raspberry Mascarpone Bites look really delish too.

Maria said...

Nic, that cake is a chocoholics dream come true!! Delish.

Maria
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Aline said...

Chocolate is the law any day of the week!
Beautiful cake, by the way, loving the chocolate hearts. And the Raspberry Mascarpone Bites makes my mouth water already!

Margaret said...

Everything looks so wonderful!

Grace said...

the only acceptable excuse for not having chocolate on valentine's day is an allergy, and even that's shaky. :)

Bellini Valli said...

So much to comment on Nic. I love the cake, thanks for the mention and for raising awareness. Look forward to the cookbook publishing in November!!

RecipeGirl said...

Wow, your blog is beautiful! I will be adding you to my 'Blogs of Note' next time I update. Delicious looking treats you have here!

Cynthia said...

I am not chocolate lover but I am finding it extremely difficult to resist the temptation here!

Selba said...

The chocolate hearts are so cute...

Katie said...

Those chocolate hearts are genius...they look great!

Katie said...

Oh wow the cake looks divine and the chocolate hearts are so cute. Perfect for valentines.

Anne said...

That cakes looks so delicious and love the little hearts on top are so cute!!

Well done on your goodies! Will look forward to seeing your recipe for Raspberry Mascarpone Bites, they sound so good! x

Scott at Real Epicurean said...

Chocolate is the law...I ended up eating a rocky road ice cream at a local bistro on the 14th.

Ginny said...

Happy Valentine's Day! chocolate is a must! :)

Sam said...

Wow that cake looks good, you should open your own cake shop!

Good entry for the cookbook, i'll look forward to trying it when the book comes out.

Tartelette said...

The hearts on the cake are adorable...so is the cake!! Hope you had a great Valentine's day!

Antonia said...

It is indeed the law - your hearts look just perfect. What a divine looking cake.

Alex said...

Those little hearts are so cute - they almost look like little faces!

Colleen (browniegirl) said...

Adorable hearts...droolicious looking cake...hope your Valentine's Day was fab!!! Im so glad the BloggerAid deadline has been extended. I ran out of time....must do it asap. Thanx and well done on another great post :o) xxx

Sue said...

I'm not much of a chocolate eater but my husband would drool over your cake.

Navita said...

cool...m so happy to find you...salutations to one choco-holic from another! :)

I "heart" this cake! ;p

Irene said...

I must make these chocolate hearts! Must! By the way, I make your pinwheels with basil and sundried tomatoes all the time and all my guests love them, so thank you so much! I've been following your blog for a while and absolutely love it. :)

Dhanggit said...

absolutely beautiful!!!

aforkfulofspaghetti said...

Love that cake, Nic - pure unashamed indulgence!

Kevin said...

That chocolate cream cake looks amazing!

Venus ~ Vi said...

Love the little hearts! It is just too cute!

Dragon said...

Chocolate is the law in my home. :) Great looking cake!

Nicisme said...

Thank you everyone!

Marysol said...

Sinfully delicious, the undefeated chocolate.