Fiesta Friday #11 – reviews!

Here we are again ready for a party at Fiesta Friday #11.

I wonder what amazing meals will be brought to the table this time?

Do any of you ever try the meals that are displayed?

I myself have a scrapbook blog now.  It’s not one I post on, comment, or follow people on, it is just full of re-blogs and not just recipes either.

You know you see something that takes your breath away or a story you want to remember, a poem, a picture or yes a recipe, but you don’t want to fill your regular (main) blog full of other people’s re-blogs?  Then you think how will you find it again and generally lots of marvelous things for me then get lost in the ether and I pine thinking “aw I wish I had saved or tagged that somehow”.

Well now I have a way to do it and it is also enabling me to try some of the recipes at leisure as I still find many posts on food have method etc interspersed with pictures and it just becomes impossible to print out pictures with a few bits of methods, paper is expensive you know 😛

For once problem solved. So far I have baked biscuits from another FF post, I already posted about this and I can say they were simply divine and easy, I shall definitely be making these again, I couldn’t keep my hands out of the storeage box.

I also made Easy Indian Curry from Indu’s International Kitchen blog, which you can see the original here!

How did I find this?

Well, I am not an expert cook, so bear in mind the opinion is coming from that view point.

There were a fair few ingredients, which made it a little harder for me. However...when my husband walked in to the kitchen he stuck his head over the pan that was cooking and started waving his hands over the food, directing the aroma towards his nostrils and said “ahhh at last a proper curry”...LOLOL…

Well I can say that, that is a definite thumbs up from a curry lover and coming from a Bajaan background he has had a fair few curries.  The children gave it an approximate 8/10 just because I probably over spiced it,  but you can make it as hot or not as you like!  I teamed it up with some rice & peas & of course naan bread, mmm yum, oh yes and some yoghurt for those burning mouths LOL.

Would I cook it again?  I have no choice, I have been told it is a definite repeat.  The family are definitley enjoying me testing out these recipes.

Next I made some Rosemary and olive oil bread from Sweet and Savoury by Shailja, you can see the original here!

I have always got nervous when it comes to making bread.  I even have a bread maker which has been stashed away due to my misfortunes with it.  There is nothing worse than waking up to the tempting smell of warm bread to open the lid and retrieve something that bounces on the floor and is inedible, purely due to my stupidity of course.

So, I read this one through and it seemed easy.  I undertook the challenge and oh boy it was easy.  I got anxious at the bit where you are meant to leave it to double in size, because in the past this has never worked for me.

It did work, woohoo.

I added some seeds to the mixture and had some fresh rosemary from my garden instead of dried.  The loaf looked great and when I cut in to it, I was not disappointed.  As you can see I had it with left overs but it made for a fine meal.  Next time I am going to make a sweet version with honey.  The kids loved this and so did I from the cooking to the eating, so it gets a 10/10 from everyone, woohoo, fabby!

Now saving this one until last, Ground lamb and green peas – Keema Matar Curry which you can find the original here!

Now this curry is why my scrapbook blog came about.  I printed off the recipe for this curry, it was Fiesta Friday #8.  I didn’t have my scrapbook blog at this stage.  I had one single piece of paper which had no blog name on it.  I cooked this curry, it was easy and oh so delicious one of my favorites.

I then thought, oh I don’t want this small piece of paper it will get lost, lets try and find the curry again.  I have been searching all week.  So this spurred me to make my scrapbook blog to ensure I don’t lose things now.  I have spent probably over an hour trying to find this one again LOL.  I give it a 10/10 and have at last scrapbooked it.

So there we go, I want to thank Novice Gardener for putting on the Fiesta Friday and also those who donate such wonderful entries, otherwise I would not have such amazing recipes to try nor my Scrapbook blog.  I shall no doubt continue to try out many more recipes, woohoo!

I am away tomorrow (Sat) for a weeks holiday in Devon, which I am muchly looking forward to.  I might leave some scheduled posts apart from the A-Z challenge, I won’t be off pat posting, but I will be able to comment/chat, so you don’t get rid of me that easily.  I shall be checking in, grins!

Happy holidays and wishing you all a Happy Easter if I forget nearer the time.


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  42 comments for “Fiesta Friday #11 – reviews!

  1. April 11, 2014 at 5:39 PM

    I sure wish I lived close enough to be your taster. You make the most delicious sounding and looking dishes. Hub doesn’t like curry so I don’t tend to eat it, unless the occasional frozen or restaurant order.

    What a great idea for your scrapbook blog. I have wondered how to “preserve” the specific posts. I will put that idea in my to-do bucket.


    • April 11, 2014 at 5:40 PM

      hehe, it keeps me sane as i hate searching for stuff that I liked the look of x


  2. April 11, 2014 at 5:51 PM

    Justine, you’re a cooking machine!


  3. April 11, 2014 at 5:52 PM

    You’ve been a busy, busy cook! And such a delicious trio of recipes too 🙂 After all this cooking, you deserve a little vacation! Enjoy…


  4. April 11, 2014 at 6:14 PM

    You always make me hungry missus!! 😀 xx


  5. toozesty
    April 11, 2014 at 7:17 PM

    They all look wonderful. I’m so jealous of the curry dishes.


    • April 11, 2014 at 7:24 PM

      thank you, all taken from prior FF entries, so i am grateful to them 🙂


  6. April 11, 2014 at 7:50 PM

    Oooh, have a wonderful trip, Justine!! I shall miss you dearly! Huggles!! 😀


    • April 11, 2014 at 9:33 PM

      Thank you I will hopefully be able to comment and stuff from my phone that is if this two step verification thing doesn’t lock me out again do you use that?


      • April 11, 2014 at 10:15 PM

        I use the WP app and so far so good. I’m sure that won’t last! HAH!


        • April 12, 2014 at 7:48 AM

          I use it too usually now I’m having to log in from a web browser on my phone which is a pain as I locked myself out with two step authentication me and technology don’t go lok


  7. April 12, 2014 at 12:02 AM

    The food looks amazing!


  8. April 12, 2014 at 12:32 AM

    That’s a great idea to test and blog about FF recipes! Ok, you’ve inspired me to try a couple of things in my scrapbook (the one called random assortment of bookmarks…) and report back to the gang! Enjoy your time away!


  9. April 12, 2014 at 12:59 AM

    Hmm the curry you cook looks tastefull, I can smell it here, it seems like the food from my city called “kare ayam”it contains coconut milk,chicken and some traditional spices. Nice cook Justine, and have a nice holiday!


    • April 12, 2014 at 7:41 AM

      Thank you they are all delicious and yet all so different 🙂 it’s also teaching me to experiment. I love coconut but my eldest hates it yet he didn’t noticed x


  10. April 12, 2014 at 1:39 AM

    Wow!! Busy busy busy!!! Awesome post… everything looks so PERFECT..and so delicious!! Have a lovely trip!! 🙂


    • April 12, 2014 at 7:33 AM

      Thank you I think I cooked that over a couple of weeks but I’m really appreciating having all these recipes to try hehe! Off asus today yippee! X


  11. April 12, 2014 at 2:47 AM

    Great job Justine trying out all the 3 different recipes! I am surprised that your kids gave the chicken curry an 8 despite them finding it spicy! 🙂 I should have mentioned in my post – one of the easiest ways to reduce the fire in a curry is by adding some cream or milk or mixing with some plain well-beaten yoghurt. I am glad you had yoghurt!


    • April 12, 2014 at 7:29 AM

      Yes they loved the curry and you saw what my husband said lol! I think with any curry I try I need yoghurt on stand by now just incase. Thank you for sharing x


  12. April 13, 2014 at 1:05 PM

    I’d love to be your taster-in-residence! 🙂 looks like so many delicious dishes!


  13. April 14, 2014 at 9:04 PM

    Another Oscar for you, my dear! Your meals look incredible! You’re getting to be somewhat of a pro. You should offer your curries and bread to that shop you sold your cupcakes to. They’d be a fool to refuse! I must try Indu’s curry ASAP. Can only go so long without a proper curry. 🙂


    • April 14, 2014 at 9:58 PM

      Hah no way offering my curry to that shop the Owner is Indisn that’s like offering a health check to a doctor Lolol…. Trembles at the thought hehe


    • April 14, 2014 at 9:58 PM

      Did you have a great night away?


      • April 14, 2014 at 10:20 PM

        We had a wonderful time! My son was in a tournament and won the gold medal! We ate way too much, too. Oh, well, it was a mini vacation and you’re allowed to eat more on vacations, lol.


        • April 14, 2014 at 10:21 PM

          Wow woohoo congrats and what kind of tournament?


          • April 14, 2014 at 10:22 PM

            Martial arts. He can fly, my son! 🙂


            • April 14, 2014 at 10:23 PM

              Woweeee well I knew you were a ninja family hehe xx


              • April 14, 2014 at 10:27 PM

                Lol, only my son. And he’s super-ninja. Or like his sister calls him, supa-ninja brada! They’re cute together, get along so well. I’m a lucky mom! 🙂


                • April 14, 2014 at 10:33 PM

                  Hah that’s so great they get on well. He can protect her! lol no messing with him. My eldest does judo and youngest karate but elementary in comparison x


                • April 14, 2014 at 10:35 PM

                  Oooh must sleep sending hugs xx


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