Fiesta Friday #19 ~ Reviews & views!

Fiesta Friday party time!

Having been co host with Mr Fitz, only NOW can I appreciate all the hard work that Angie and the others she choses to help put in to keeping this challenge ticking along and happy but not only taking my hat off to them past, present and future I would also like to say that with the experience of co hosting I am astonished at what an amazing bunch of bloggers Angie has as friends and entrants.  Everyone was so nice, funny, polite, always giving thanks for the glass of champers offered and lots of nice chats were had, so tadah, its good all round.

How the weeks have passed by and we are now on to Fiesta Friday #19 – quite shocking really and I am giving a thumbs up to Pru and Sue who are co-hosting this week!

What have I brought to the party this week?

Well I did a bit of cooking OMG yes I did, I am not lying!  I tested out 3 recipes from past FF entries.  I scrapbook many as some of you will know, hey it’s a free recipe book isn’t it, putting all my favorite meals in one place online which is fab, you should try it yourself.

So there are 3 recipes, here we go!

Spicy Asian Chicken wings by Patty Nguyen

I will say that the marinade for this is simply delicious, you can smell it whilst it is being made and positively made me salivate.  The recipe and instructions are easy and by the way Patty is the most amazing photographer too, you really should go check her blog out.  So getting back to the cooking part.  We decided spontaneously to have a barbeque and it seemed crazy not to use the chicken.  Whilst seemingly a good idea, what it meant was that the chicken didn’t really get the opportunity to cook in its juices and marinade as it might had I used Pattys method.

Conclusion –  is to stick to the recipe and method.

Double conclusion – whilst I would use the method and recipe again I would change one thing, I would not use chicken wings again, as a family we have all decided there is not enough meat and in fact the objection to chicken wings got rather heated and strong LOL, so it is breast, even thighs next time but it will definitely be tried again 🙂

 Downton Pound Cake by Nancy Creative

I had lovely conversation with Nancy over my antics in attempting to make this.  Now I say attempt as I never had a pound cake before so had the expectation of a Victoria sponge kind of thing which is completely wrong.

However maybe it was cooking this with one of my children that made it seem harder than expected but I struggled a little with the egg whites, trying to make them stiffen got the better of me and nearly ended blowing up my hand whisk too! LOL.

As to trying to get it out of the actual tin, oh my I had to resort to ‘shrek’ for help as it just wouldn’t come out.  I closed my eyes in terror and heard banging and swearing.  Then I heard rummaging around for tools and really started to panic.  Then “ah the bloody thing came out now” was heard and I turned to see.  It was erm slightly damaged and I pondered how to salvage the look of it, not even having tried it yet.

I went to nancys suggestion of mixing chocolate and butter and ‘drizzling’ it on.  I had no idea as to the quantities and just bunged and mixed what I had.  This however was NOT going to drizzle, it was more a case of pasting it on with a spoon.  It then looked like some giant demented doughnut so I thought “ok lets splatter on some icing sugar”.  You can see the end results below.

Conclusion – I now know the texture is a lot denser than I originally expected.  The taste was actually lovely however it did need quite some force to cut through it LOL.  I think I did something wrong, go figure?  Haha so I will try to bake it again some time for sure.

PS Mine was good for dipping in tea!

Last but not least I made some chocolate thingies but for the life of me I cannot remember from whose recipe it came, but it was good!  haha, oh dear what a shame I cannot remember, I have scoured through my scrapbook and simply cannot find it, I thought it was Lori’s but cannot see it, perhpaps someone might recognize it.


Finishing off I would like to say Happy Fiesta Friday and I hope you all have a brilliant weekend, what are you all up to?

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  66 comments for “Fiesta Friday #19 ~ Reviews & views!

  1. June 6, 2014 at 2:09 PM

    So nice of you to test the recipes and then blog about them 😀 You were a great co-host! Happy Fiesta Friday! xx


  2. June 6, 2014 at 2:38 PM

    Justine – what time is dinner? i’ll bring the champers 🙂


    • June 6, 2014 at 4:47 PM

      haha, sounds like a great idea!!! Dinner is at 8pm 😀


  3. June 6, 2014 at 2:43 PM

    So fun that you tested some recipes out! They all look great!


    • June 6, 2014 at 4:47 PM

      so the last choccie one wasnt yours? grins


      • June 6, 2014 at 4:54 PM

        I don’t think I can claim it….unless you used almond flour?


  4. June 6, 2014 at 5:03 PM

    I LOVE your demented donut! You did a great job spiffing it up. and I like the kind of cake you have to dip. 😉 Great that you tried so many recipes! woohoo, you go girl. and thank you so much for co-hosting last week (and my feature… :D) Is there some kind of digital scrapbook you have that online? or do you copy the recipes into a folder on your hard drive… Happy FF!


    • June 6, 2014 at 9:36 PM

      Lol at the donut and I just have a blog that’s private within eclectic so I store stuff there! Oh yes I’m helping someone with their site oh boy it’s so different to .com. How long did it take you to get the hang of it? Xx


      • June 6, 2014 at 11:26 PM

        About 3 months back in 2011 for the basics (but remember I didn’t have any experience). Then I picked it up pretty quickly again when I started last year… maybe a month to go smoothly.


        • June 7, 2014 at 6:27 AM

          Ok phew it’s baffling me at the moment I think it would be easier if it were an empty site starting from scratch rather than one woth lots of content x


        • June 7, 2014 at 6:48 AM

          The walking4fun do you find some mileage entries for days just disappear? I’ve had two days just deleted and this happened the other day too


          • June 7, 2014 at 4:22 PM

            Yikes! No. but then I’ve only been doing it a few days. Check out their forums?


            • June 7, 2014 at 5:04 PM

              Yes might need to I’m wondering if phone links and updates if one has done it on the compjter and vice verss


              • June 7, 2014 at 5:10 PM

                I’ve only ever used my computer.


  5. Joanna
    June 6, 2014 at 5:41 PM

    Lovely bits for Fiesta Friday! Om nom nom… 🙂


    • June 6, 2014 at 9:34 PM

      Lol I think you ate the lot!!! 😀


      • Joanna
        June 6, 2014 at 9:47 PM

        Wasn’t me, unless they’re gluten-free! In which case yes, I ate the whole lot! Hehe…


        • June 6, 2014 at 10:16 PM

          Haha well there must be another then sneaking around sheesh so naughty!


          • Joanna
            June 7, 2014 at 1:54 AM

            Hehe…naughty indeed! 😉


  6. June 6, 2014 at 7:37 PM

    awesome Justine! You cooked 3 recipes from fellow bloggers! Hugs :).


  7. June 6, 2014 at 7:55 PM

    Welcome Welcome Welcome Justine!! I’m so happy to see you again!! Yep, Fiesta Friday #19! I can’t believe that it’s been 19 weeks!
    I absolutely love the idea that you are sharing Ngan’s, Nancy’s and Somebody’s recipes with us this week. That’s so sweet of you…and they look fabulous!!
    Thank you so much for bringing the wings, poundcake and chocolate thingy’s to Fiesta Friday’s table…the perfect combination for a party!! You’re awesome. Have a lovely weekend.. ❤


    • June 6, 2014 at 8:42 PM

      Hehe thank you and you are going to have a busy weekend lol I saw what hundreds of entries? Wow soooo busy 🙂 xxx hugs


  8. Sinfully Tempting
    June 6, 2014 at 9:11 PM

    It’s fantastic that you made a few of the recipes and then took the time to blog about your experiences. Lovely post, happy Fiesta Friday! 🙂


    • June 6, 2014 at 9:33 PM

      Hey happy ff back glad to see you here and it was fun experimenting hehe! I just ate tiramisu too! X


  9. June 6, 2014 at 9:42 PM

    I love how you made everything! It’s great to see everyone making the same recipe, sometimes they come out the same and sometimes differently. I’m going hiking this weekend, and can’t wait! Hope you have a wonderful weekend as well, and happy fiesta!


    • June 6, 2014 at 9:43 PM

      Hey I hope the sun shines for you and that you have great fun! No doubt more recipes will wing their way to me soon again hehe xx


  10. Lainey
    June 6, 2014 at 9:54 PM

    oooooh they all look yummy (as is anything that can be dipped in tea!) xx


  11. June 6, 2014 at 10:31 PM

    The Chocolate Thingies sound good–they look so good and chocolatey! 🙂


  12. June 7, 2014 at 1:36 AM

    You guys were amazing Justine! Always loved the british sense of humor…and yes so much hard work goes into this. Kudos to you both. You’ve been busy in the kitchen this week haven’t ya? Great job, I’ll take a huge bite of the chocolate thingy please :). Enjoy your weekend.


    • June 7, 2014 at 6:25 AM

      Hah thanks for your lovely words and you can have a huuuuuge slice of my demented doughnut for sure lol xx


  13. June 7, 2014 at 1:38 AM

    Yeah, Justine! Bravo to you for giving recipes of fellow bloggers a go…they all look delicious to me!


  14. June 7, 2014 at 2:07 AM

    I like the idea of having one place for all the recipes you want to make in the future. I must start that, as with all these Fiesta Fridays my memory is suffering under the weight of all the recipes I want to try.


    • June 7, 2014 at 6:23 AM

      Yes it’s a good idea but unlike me you have to keep on top of it lol. I have so many recipes bunged in and not categorized them so I have a big catch up job 🙂


  15. June 7, 2014 at 5:30 AM

    Hey Justine! So cool that you are trying out our blogger friends’ recipes! I have been doing this too, more and more and loving that I have a huge pool of recipes to cook from! Thanks so much for co-hosting last week!


    • June 7, 2014 at 6:17 AM

      Hey it’s a pleasure and I expect your testing of recipes more successful than mine hehe. I havnt had a chance to look through all the delicious recipes yet! I hope you have a fab weekend xx


  16. June 7, 2014 at 8:15 AM

    Hppy Fiesta friday! thanks for sharing!


  17. June 7, 2014 at 8:00 PM

    You have been busy Justine!! Love reading about your adventures 😀


  18. June 8, 2014 at 12:51 AM

    Love this, Justine! My dad prefers when I use that marinade on chicken thighs because he enjoys a meatier cut of meat as well! I’m planning on making several FF recipes soon now that I’m on summer vacay. Also, the chocolate cake might be from Aditi and her husband from Confused Bawarchis? They made a sheet cake recently.


    • June 8, 2014 at 11:54 AM

      oh i must look that up re the chocolate and i cant see your meals mmmm yummy plus the photos of them always so gorgeous xx


  19. June 8, 2014 at 12:33 PM

    I love that you tested FF recipes and then blogged about them! I’ve bookmarked so many but haven’t had the time to try most of them out 😦 I will get around to it soon!


    • June 8, 2014 at 12:47 PM

      hah you an dme both i have tonnes lol, how do you book mark yours?


      • June 8, 2014 at 1:02 PM

        I just bookmark them on my browser. I have a whole bookmark folder just for recipes I want to try, it gets longer and longer every friday! I should get some kind of online recipe book like you though. I have this recipe book my sister got me for my birthday, it’s blank and you fill it up with all your own recipes – takes a little longer than an online one though!


        • June 8, 2014 at 1:25 PM

          aha i am useless with bookmarks i still havnt workedo ut how to use them yet lol, i am hoping to make elderflower coridal today from one of the recipes if i can get my butt outside hehe x


          • June 8, 2014 at 1:28 PM

            Haha is it hot where you are yet? It’s approximately 100000 degrees here, so I’m avoiding the outside at all costs! I might be tempted to go outside if it meant elderflower cordial though haha


            • June 8, 2014 at 6:20 PM

              oh wow that is hot, it is hot here yes but not compared to you lol


  20. June 8, 2014 at 8:21 PM

    Wings wings wings…. I love! Grilled, fried, baked, I love em all. *salivating*


  21. June 13, 2014 at 1:20 AM

    Justine, you are just so lovely – barmy too mind, but lovely! This had me chuckling especially when I saw the photos of the poor cake and the magnificent job you did pasting it together again. Thanks for hosting with the meat meister, Mr Fitz, the other week – I don’t think that any of us have ever been plied with champers quite as charmingly…


    • June 13, 2014 at 7:14 AM

      it was a pleasure to co host and glad you liked my plastering techniques ive obviously been watching my husband who is a builder heeh


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