About ediblesubstance

Hello! I am a Baker, I currently study at the National Bakery School. I have been in catering since I was 16 and left school to do a professional chefs diploma. I live food and hope to share some of my thoughts with you.

A packet of beans that will make you roar with laughter!

Firstly, thank you to everyone who filled in my survey, it is now closed.


So I was making a Minestrone soup the other day, and decided to use dried beans instead of from a can.  I had never done this before so checked on the packet if they needed soaking.
Did you spot it??


Hahahahahahahaha
Funniest packaging I have ever encountered! They must have found a recipe on-line or something, not even checked it and printed it on the side of their packet of DRIED BEANS!

Well I didn’t have time to soak them so I boiled them for an hour and added them to my soup. They were perfect. Which also proves that unlike chick peas they didn’t actually need over-night soaking.

Hopefully this will make you smile and laugh like it did for me!

:)

Peace and loaf

Bakery Market Research

It is getting into the last few months of my course. This causes my emotions to change almost daily. I am excited, happy, scared, proud and many more.

I am finishing the last of my assignments, and need some market research for one.
I made a questionnaire on-line and it really doesn’t take longer than a few minutes to complete.

I would be so grateful if you could fill in the questionnaire for me.

You can answer by clicking the link below:

http://www.surveyshaker.com/shaker/s/rzxmme

http://www.surveyshaker.com/shaker/s/jqemsh

Thanks again!!

Peace and loaf :)

Blog Awards

Firstly I would like to say thank you to all my current and recent followers. It means a lot to me that my blog is read and appreciated by so many of you. Secondly I would like to thank all of you that have nominated me for a blog award.

I am currently in the last few months of my degree, and will try to blog when I have free time. I can’t do the full blog award questions at this time but would like to give recognition to all those showing me support and appreciation.

Thank you to alternative eating, Pure and simple bakes, and nocturnefirefay for all nominating me for The Versatile Blogger Award.

Thank you to eatnowtalklater, for nominating me for the Liebster Blog award.

A special thanks to nocturnefirefay for continual support and blog friendship. She nominated me for the 7×7 Link Award.


T
hank you to dogkisses for nominating me for the Kreativ Blogger Award.

And finally thank you to brush, needle and whisk for nominating me for The Sunshine Award.

Peace and loaf.

:)

St. Patrick’s Day and Mother’s Day Cupcakes

St. Patrick’s Day is on Saturday, 17 March 2012.

Mother’s Day is on Sunday, 18 March 2012

I had planned to make some Mother’s day cupcakes today in a pink and blue colour scheme. I sat with some chilled music on, rolling out some little roses. Then I realised it was St Patrick’s day this weekend too. I thought, oh cool I’ll do a few green cupcakes. Usually they will have a four-leaf clover or a classic green top-hat on them. I thought why not combine it with Mother’s day and make them with pretty green flowers.

For orders email me : danyasbakery@gmail.com

Enjoy your weekend
Peace and loaf
:)

Easy Puff Pastry Treats – Pinwheels

Pinwheels are seriously easy to make and they taste great. You can play around with sweet and savoury flavours and pretty much whatever you have in the fridge. If you’re having friends over for drinks, make these as the perfect snack accompaniment to have on the table or serve as canapés.

My savoury pinwheels:

I used tomato purée, a little leftover feta, some parmesan and oregano.

Then I made a sweet batch with raspberry jam, cinnamon and raisins:
 Here’s what you do: Take a sheet of puff pastry, spread on your chosen filling. Roll it up. Cut them into equal portions and bake in a preheated oven, 200’c for approximately 15 minutes. That’s it.
 

Here’s a few flavour combinations ideas for you.

Sweet

  • Cranberry and walnut
  • Nutella
  • Jam and mint
  • Honey, cinnamon and nuts
  • Mincemeat filling
  • Apple cinnamon
  • Shredded coconut and dried fruit
  • Jam and chocolate chips

Savoury

  • Pesto and cheese
  • Goats cheese and sun dried tomatoes
  • Mango pickle and cheese
  • Cheese, pickle and mustard
  • Walnut and goats cheese
  • Spinach, dill and paneer
  • Red onion and goats cheese
  • Jalapeños and cheddar
  • Blue cheese and walnut

They are quick, simple, inexpensive and delicious!
Enjoy
Peace and loaf :)

Sweet or Savoury Pancakes

Seeing as it’s pancake day tomorrow I thought I would re-post my pancake recipe so you can mix it up tomorrow. :)
These are the simplest easiest pancakes!

Basic pancake recipe
1 cup self raising flour
1 cup milk
1 egg
pinch of salt

That’s it! whisk it all together and you have your pancake mix. Easy as. Now add any flavour you like. For my savoury pancakes I added wilted spinach, spring greens and spring onion. Add to a hot oiled pan and fry on either side for a couple of minutes or until golden.
You will be surprised at how many pancakes this mix makes!

A few savoury ideas:

  • Potato
  • Spinach
  • Corn
  • Tuna
  • Onion
  • Mushroom
  • Leek
  • Parsnip
  • Honey and mustard
  • Chives or other herbs
  • A base topped with cream cheese and smoked salmon

I also made some sweet pancakes. Use the same recipe as above including the pinch of salt and add a few tablespoons of sugar. I added grated apple and pear.

Please note, once I had added my grated fruit the mix was a bit wet from the water content in the fruit. If yours looks the same add a few more tablespoons of flour. Had I only added one fruit it probably would have been fine.

A few sweet ideas:

  • Apple
  • Pear
  • Cinnamon
  • Blueberries
  • Lemon juice
  • Maple syrup or honey
  • Bananas
  • Orange or lemon zest

These pancakes are great for a breakfast, brunch, a snack, glammed up as dessert or as part of a meal. They are also a basic Yorkshire pudding recipe.

Enjoy and Happy pancake day!