Fiesta Friday #21 ~ review, review and review!

Fiesta Friday #21

It’s been a hectic week for me with relatives over, I have found out that I am really not a good hostess I love my routines and own space and hate people taking stuff out of the fridge without asking, urgh I am a bad, bad person!  Perhaps I covet my fridge and the food that is in it, or maybe it is a dose of OCD but who knows it is a learning curve!

So I have been cooking up a storm from a few other Fiesta Friday entrants and would like to bring them along to the party yay!

Sweet Summertime: Elderflower Cordial

by Spice in the City

I love elderflower cordial and was very excited to see this one as it looked easy.  We went out as a family which was another bonus to collect the flower which I must admit where at their end, but we came back with bags and bags which I ended up sorting but loads of fun had.

The recipe which you will find on the link above for Spice in the City was easy peasy.

Here are the results below, of which I ended up freezing cubes of the excess which can be used at any time, a real thumbs up for this!

Next there is:

 Honey-Ginger-Tamari Glazed Salmon

by When in doubt add butter

I cooked this for my  mother in law and it again was easy.  I left it to marinate for a long time and probably added some extra ginger in as I am a huge fan of ginger.  Everyone liked it and there were disappointed faces all around when there were  no seconds.

Evidence of meal below, I even made posh rice in a shape, thats quite amazing for me lol

Next we have:

Fig and Walnut Cake

by Le Petite Paniere

I made this for a 30th birthday party I was going to, wanted something easy and healthy which is unusual for me.  Again it was easy to make and I think I got it right.  However, oh dear, it was a total flop in appreciation from others.  Nobody liked it and in fact most got packaged back to me the next day from the party LOL.  Now it might be a case of it was not sweet enough for our taste buds and also I am not sure it ages well, ie it is better when just cooked.

So for us personally it is not one to repeat, however for other taste buds and eaten fairly fresh I am sure it would be a hit.

 Thank you as always for reading and viewing. 

Which recipe do you think you would like most to cook?

 © Justine @ Eclecticoddsnsods.com

 

  44 comments for “Fiesta Friday #21 ~ review, review and review!

  1. June 20, 2014 at 9:23 AM

    I love it when you make dishes other bloggers posted 🙂 I can imagine how you feel when people take stuff without asking…
    Happy Fiesta Friday! xx

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    • June 20, 2014 at 12:01 PM

      Happy Fiesta Friday back ! Glad you feel the same away about the fridge, i thought it was just me hehe….

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  2. Lainey
    June 20, 2014 at 9:24 AM

    They all look gorgeous but I’m definitely trying that cordial!! xx

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  3. Phoenix Tears Healed
    June 20, 2014 at 9:27 AM

    Hi, I love elderflower cordial and walnut cake 🙂 One of the things I would like to be able to cook well, light and fluffy, is couscous, mine’s still too gooey and sad.

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    • June 20, 2014 at 12:00 PM

      yse couscous can be tricky. You must try the cordial it is soooo easy :d

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      • Phoenix Tears Healed
        June 20, 2014 at 12:08 PM

        I’ve only had the shop-bought so far, but would love to do it myself; I have just clicked through and will take a copy of the recipe.
        I’m currently doing homemade lemonade; and limeade; with water, and I’m using honey instead of sugar; this time I’m also going to try adding a little ginger to one of them 🙂

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        • June 20, 2014 at 12:13 PM

          oooh now that sounds very nice 🙂 I hope you blog it xx

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          • Phoenix Tears Healed
            June 21, 2014 at 3:33 PM

            that’s a thought, I’ve never blogged any food or drink which I’ve made myself; I’d best find something pretty to put it in though 🙂

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  4. June 20, 2014 at 1:34 PM

    Wooow!! How sweet is this, Justine? Your versions look amazingly good! 😉 And no, I don’t think you are a bad person. I was like that – I don’t like socializing and I don’t like people coming to my room. I also don’t like people taking foods from the fridge (or anywhere) without permission. I meant, when the food is already saved for someone else (or mine). I am not really selfish, but I hope they let me know that they took it. Before or after the taking occurred, it doesn’t matter… as long as they tell me. Uh-oh! Are we a bad person, Justine? 😀 Anyway, happy FF to you!

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    • June 20, 2014 at 5:16 PM

      hehe your comment made me giggle. Yeh I know what you mean, ask first then it’s semi ok, but i had a brand new mug not even used it, made by a local potter with hand painted pugs on, literally had it four days was waiting for a special day to use it and it got used without asking and chipped over the visit its stuff like that i am not good with….

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      • June 21, 2014 at 1:25 PM

        Ahh! I could feel how bad is that, Justine. Borrowed without asking and then chipped? Too bad. 😐

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        • June 21, 2014 at 3:01 PM

          I know, hot steam was coming out of my nostrils hehe

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  5. June 20, 2014 at 1:35 PM

    Ooh…so glad you made the salmon! It looks great 🙂

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  6. June 20, 2014 at 1:36 PM

    Justine, I love your honesty! I don’t mind house guests as long as they help out – nothing worse than having to cook, clean and clear up and strip the beds too…the cordial looks fab by the way. The salmon with the posh rice is very impressive – this blogging malarkey is really rubbing off on you! The fig and walnut cake may have needed a big dollop of sweet vanilla and cinnamon whipped cream (add icing sugar, cinnamon and vanilla extract to a tub of double cream and whip away) to make it more of a pudding and less of a tea loaf…Have a fab Fiesta Friday!

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    • June 20, 2014 at 5:17 PM

      hah yes sometimes im too honest. I was impressed with my posh rice haha. Oooh your pudding cream sounds delish i might have to try that sometime mmm yum!!! Not good for my waist line

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  7. June 20, 2014 at 2:40 PM

    I love this segment where you regularly try out other bloggers’ recipes! Thanks for bringing it to the FF party!

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    • June 20, 2014 at 5:29 PM

      a pleasure and its fun to try out different things always such a variety hehe who needs recipe books when you have this? 😀

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  8. June 20, 2014 at 4:11 PM

    Yay Justine, thanks for linking to my post. So glad you liked the cordial 🙂 Love your colored bottles and glasses 😀

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    • June 20, 2014 at 5:31 PM

      thankies it was brill and fun so thank yuo for sharing it x

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  9. June 20, 2014 at 4:40 PM

    So fun that you did this! They all look great!

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    • June 20, 2014 at 5:31 PM

      they were, lots of fun with the elderflower i can imagine you doing it x

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  10. June 20, 2014 at 4:40 PM

    These all look like great dishes, but that cake is calling my name! It’s great that you are featuring other bloggers’ recipes, Justine! Happy fiesta Friday!

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    • June 20, 2014 at 5:31 PM

      thank you and yes selma suggested a great home made topping to go with it hehe x

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  11. June 20, 2014 at 4:56 PM

    The fig and walnut cake sounds lovely, as those are two of my favorite things!
    I struggle with, people eating “unauthorized food” at my house. I find I have to say things like “These are to be eaten with ____ on Tuesday, and are not for you to munch at will.” I, too, am a bad, bad person, as I really don’t care to go to the market daily, and because really, who knows what my children or guests are going to woof down, lol!

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    • June 20, 2014 at 5:32 PM

      lol true haha i am sooo glad i said this at it seems others dont share well either 😀 hugs x

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  12. June 20, 2014 at 4:58 PM

    Hi Justine! Well it is so wonderful that you have complimented these bloggers by making their recipes! I had also thought of making Naina’s cordial, but I have no idea where to find the elderflowers! Nevertheless, I take my hat of to you! I’m with Selma on the walnut and fig loaf; I wouldn’t let it go to waste. I would turn it into a summery trifle with peach preserves and custard! Thanks so much for sharing your reviews here at FF today! Enjoy the party! 😀

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    • June 20, 2014 at 5:32 PM

      wow a trifle, darn that would have been a great idea! That is ingenious, you see i dont have that creative talent to think outsideo f the box 😀

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  13. June 20, 2014 at 6:09 PM

    Ha ha too funny Justine, but like the honesty. I do enjoy house-guests, but on my terms :). I do like your salmon recipe, and as for the cake, yes, I’d definitely make an English trifle with that, don’t let all that goodness go to waste.

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  14. June 21, 2014 at 2:29 AM

    Justine, you are just way too adorable. I had to chuckle at your houseguest issue.. not that I’m laughing at you…but I truly understand the routine thing. I hate it when my routine gets upset, it just makes the whole day out of sorts!
    I love the fact that you prepare and share so many bloggers creations, which proves, I might add that you are completely wrong. You are not a “bad, bad person”… you are a kind and giving person. A beautiful soul.
    I’m so impressed with all of these…the fish looks absolutely beautiful… I love the bottles of elderflower cordial… and the cake looks so scrumptious! It would be difficult for me to choose which one I’d like to try…I would like to try them all! ❤

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    • June 21, 2014 at 2:59 PM

      hah what simply adorabel words that will keep me going allll weekend, thank you 🙂 i actually made something myself the other day, well from a recipe but not a FF one so perhaps I should do something different next weekend but i get so tempted by so many lovely recipes but the salmon was a woweee marinade really good 🙂

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  15. June 22, 2014 at 12:13 AM

    I think all your recipes look fabulous and are worth re-presenting. As for houseguests, I love having guests and my routine disrupted, but no going in my fridge and for that matter stay out of my kitchen. It’s mine.

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    • June 22, 2014 at 5:42 PM

      haha that last bit ofyour comment made me laugh, thank you hehe….

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  16. June 23, 2014 at 8:09 AM

    Hi Justine, I love the idea regarding reviewing other Fiesta Friday recipes on your blog! I am so sad the cake was not appreciated my your company 😦 You were absolutely correct in saying that it should be eaten fresh (straight from the oven). Also, we tend not too eat sweet in my family, and therefor most of my cakes are not too sweet tasting. I should have added a note at the bottom indicating this (which I have now, thanks to you)! As other bloggers have suggested, using a custard cream, or caramel glazing should do just the trick 😀

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    • June 23, 2014 at 11:51 AM

      hehe thank you, well actually I am going to ‘attempt’ to give up or reduce sugar in the hope it will help my pain issues, so I will probably be looking at your cakes again hehe. I think a custar would have been fab with it 🙂

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    • June 23, 2014 at 11:51 AM

      and actually the baking and your post inspired me to buy a fig tree!!!! All planted now, I love figs x

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  17. June 23, 2014 at 11:28 PM

    Haha, you’re so funny. It’s always hard when people come over and mess up your routines. I’m the same way! 😀

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