October’s Family Foodies Round-Up & Winner Announcement!

November 1, 2013

family-foodie-winnerWell what a wonderful inaugural month for Family Foodies it’s been!. A huge thank you to all of you lovely peeps who’ve kindly participated and shared your Week-End Slowie recipes this month. There’s certainly been a cookbook’s worth of fabulously inspiring and delicious recipes to tickle every family’s taste buds, from pastas to soups, to cakes and roasts, souffles, tarts, puy lentils, squash and even an oxtail…..!

Leon Family & FriendsAnd as it’s our first ever month of Family Foodies we’re giving away a bookie prize of the Leon Family & Friends Cookbook which fits oh so perfectly with the ethos of our new little challenge. Helen of The Crazy Kitchen has very kindly agreed to judge our first event, please do read through to see her winner announcement at the end of the round-up.

Hot off the mark, our very first Family Foodie entry came from Tina over at The Worktop with her Skinny Mac and Cheese with Kale and Mushrooms. A considerably healthier take on the classic using wholemeal pasta, skimmed milk, mainly lower fat cheeses and a healthy whack of veggies for added goodness. My kind of dish! And thanks so much for being our very first entry Tina!

Skinny Mac and Cheese

Next up came a Foti Family Favourite from myself at Eat Your Veg, a seasonal weekend treat of a Roast Butternut, Onion & Sage Tart, that my kids are so loving these days and handily gets to use some of the enormous sage plant that’s taking over outside my new back door!


Vanesther of Bangers & Mash, my partner and co-host in family foodiedom, tempted us with her rigidly followed recipe for Victoria Sponge and proffered her “number one tip for baking the perfect cake has to be, first and foremost, stick to the recipe”. Made me chuckle, oh I’m so so guilty of consistently failing at this too!. Glad it’s not just me. And I really am going to bake this Victoria Sponge recipe, to the letter, very soon, it looks truly heavenly.


Another recipe I have a strong compulsion to make soon is Vohn’s Vittles Pear Tarte Tatin. Not only does it look utterly delicious but Vohn really does make it sound a bit of a cinch to make. And makes me question, once again, why I’ve thus far in my substantial thirty nine years still failed to ever make a Tarte Tatin? So I’ve now confessed. Watch this space……


Yum Yum Bubblegum offered another exceptionally tempting looking bake with her Chocolate, Courgette & Ginger Cake. I’ve made my fair share of choccie courgette cakes but never thought of spicing them up with a little ground ginger, nor glamming them up with a plain chocolate, cream and stem ginger icing. Two wonderful ideas stored in the memory banks!


Another tasty offering from Yum Yum Bubblegum came in the savoury and delectable form of a lazy Sunday lunch and Slow Roast Pork. Cooked slowly in the oven overnight with an ample basting of garlic, fresh ginger, chilli, olive oil and sherry vinegar. Heavenly. Oh yes.


Next up came a gloriously Autumnal and Italian inspired Greengage Jam Tart from The Garden Deli. Now who doesn’t love a jammy tart? Pass the coffee, and a sneaky pot of cream please…..


Bangers & Mash Vanesther then served us an exceptionally tasty looking dish of Double Baked Cheddar Cheese Souffles. Now who I am to argue with this cheese feast of a Mary Berry recipe, especially one that makes the trepidacious souffle sound a bit of a doddle AND sneaks in a decent quota of green stuff. Though I’m still having a little chuckle to myself for mis-reading Vanesther’s citation to be Mary Berry’s New Age Cookbook, rather than Aga Cookbook.


Another Eat Your Veg entry from myself followed with my family’s recipe for Bara Brith. Since it’s appearance this year on the GBBO I’ve noticed the traditional Welsh tea loaf cropping up all over the blogosphere, and indeed reminded me of what a wonderful lunchbox and after-school treat it makes. My kids loved baking my Granny’s highly evocative recipe with me, now passed through several generations of budding family bakers.


Jibber Jabber offered us her Roasted Pork Tenderloin with Root Vegetables for a tasty sunday lunch. I do so love the simplicity of one pot roasts and the mingling of veggie-meaty loveliness. And I’m betting the pork was extra tasty with the addition of lemon zest and sliced apples. Co-inidentally a french friend of mine cooked a remarkably similar Autumnal dish for our dinner a couple of nights ago!.


It’s definitely soup-season in our house these days and so next up came my Roasted Roots Soup. Due to the prior roasting this is a slightly more time consuming soup than your normal, so is usually destined for our Saturday lunch and served with lashings of cheese on toast.  Incidentally roasting of the veggies is so worth that little extra effort, for a particularly rich, sweet and creamy, yet dairy-free, soup.


Deena Kakaya linked up her delicious kiddy-friendly recipe for Baked Paneer & Courgette Spring RollsAnother excellent way of sneaking in some extra veggies, and perfect for those challenging little eaters in your life ….. and if you’ve ever experienced one of these then this is truly compulsive reading.


Another spot of weekend baking with my little lot came in Choccie cake form this time, with my third time lucky round of Chocolate, Beetroot & Walnut Brownies. I’ve been on a bit of a mission to perfect a healthier veggie brownie recipe and this one’s a good compromise of a slightly better-for-you set of ingredients with plenty of beetrootie goodness yet still retaining a pleasing taste and texture, as you can see from the happy-Jacques photos!:


Allotment 2 Kitchen linked up her Autumnal Pasta Bake, a hearty vegan family bake made with a roasted butternut and chilli sauce, red peppers and puy lentils. No cloying cheesy sauce here! Sounds a heavenly mix to me.


Johanna from Green Gourmet Giraffe gave us her very tasty recipe for Pancakes with Oats & Cornmeal. A considerably more wholesome recipe than your average pancake, and I’m betting they were a delightful lazy Sunday treat….after such a hectic Saturday!. And I’m so loving the idea of squeezy bottle pancake shapes….


Choclette of the Chocolate Log Blog more than tempted me with a veggie version of her Granny’s Shepherd’s Pie, and when I say more than tempted me I mean couldn’t actually resist making myself. And much to my delight it was absolutely delicious, pure comfort food nirvana! And the littlies agreed too. The secret ingredient (aka plain chocolate) added a decedent richness that you really must try….

Shepherds Pie-1

Romanian Mum baked us her lovely looking Easy Sconesa great idea for a spot of weekend baking, especially when things are starting to get a little chilly outdoors!


And last but most certainly not least Anneli of Delicieux, my good friend and Four Seasons Food co-host, tickled my tastebuds with her intriguing, brave and wonderful foray into the world of oxtail and an Elegant Oxtail (Deluxe Cottage Pie). It looks absolutely divine and I’m sure tasted absolutely nothing less. And has made me whole-heartedly pledge to try this most underused cut….along with Anneli’s Sweetbreads in an earlier post!. You rock Offally Good Anneli!


And so we have to have a winner. And I’m so pleased it’s not for me to decide this most difficult decision, so it’s over to Helen from The Crazy Kitchen for her verdict…..drum roll…..and the WINNER IS: Jibber Jabber’s Roasted Pork Tenderloin! And here’s what Helen had to say about it:

“I’m not one for making Sunday dinners as there is always so much prep & cooking and washing up and then 2 minutes later the dinner has gone. I love the simplicity of this as it is all cooked in the same pan, without loads of fuss and I love the sound of the lemon herby crust”

CONGRATULATIONS to Ness, The Leon Family & Friends Cookbook shall be winging it’s way to you very soon!

Vanesther of Bangers & Mash‘s hosting November, so do check out her Family Foodie event to be posted very very soon….and thanks again for all your wonderful contributions this month,

Louisa x


10 thoughts on “October’s Family Foodies Round-Up & Winner Announcement!

  1. Vanesther - Bangers & Mash

    What a fabulous first month for Family Foodies and so many great ideas for Weekend Slowies – I’ve got so many bookmarked to try out on my own family. And well done to Ness for a thoroughly deserved win. Your pork tenderloin looks absolutely scrummy!

    1. Louisa

      It was a good first month wasn’t it Vanesther?! And likewise so many bookmarked! Very much looking forward to Month Two and Lunchboxes though 🙂



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