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!
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 🙂
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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