Rock Cakes

Today we made rock cakes. They’re not the prettiest of cakes but they taste good and are loads of fun to make.

To make them you will need:

225g Self raising flour
75g Caster Sugar
1tsp Baking Powder
125g Unsalted Butter
150g Dried Fruit
1 Egg
1 Tbsp Milk
                                                                                    2 Tsp Vanilla Extract

Mix the flour, sugar and baking powder in a bowl and rub in the butter until the mixture looks like breadcrumbs, then mix in the dried fruit.

In a clean bowl, beat the egg and milk together with the vanilla extract.

Add the egg mixture to the dry ingredients and stir with a spoon until the mixture just comes together as a thick, lumpy dough. Add a teaspoon more milk if you really need it to make the mixture stick together.

Then divide the dough into small golf ball sized pieces and put on a greased tray.

Put in the oven at 180 degrees for 15 to 20 minutes until golden brown.
Leave them to cool and dust with icing sugar .
Then enjoy either on there own or with some jam and clotted cream.

Tortellini with Spinach and Ricotta

Today at Come Dine With Us we made Tortellini which was stuffed with ricotta and spinach.

Here are the ingredients:
Fresh pasta sheets
200g Spinach
200g Ricotta
30g Grated Parmesan
salt and Pepper
Firstly mix the ricotta, parmesan, salt and pepper and mix until smooth.
Then cook the spinach in a saucepan for a couple of minutes and add to the ricotta mix.
Then make small parcels by putting some of the ricotta and spinach on a pasta sheet and folding it and sealing around the edges with a fork.

We then put the parcels in a glass tray and poured a sage butter over them, simply made by melting butter and adding sage and pepper.
We then covered in foil and put in the oven at 180 degrees for 10 to 15 minutes.
Winter Salad 
We also made a wonderful winter salad with the following ingredients:
Red onion
Green cabbage
Grated carrots
Mange Tout
All these were thinly sliced and put in a bowl.
We then made a dressing using:
Olive oil
Red wine vinegar
Two Garlic Cloves (crushed)
Dijon Mustard
Salt and Pepper
We mixed together all these ingredients to make the salad.
Here is the finished Tortellini with a winter salad.

The group really enjoyed the meal because of the interesting textures and flavors. 

This is a great meal on a busy day because it is quick but incredibly tasty and healthy.

Flippin’ Pancakes

Its Pancake day and what better way to celebrate than the flip-a-pancake challenge.
The group made a deal: if you can flip your pancake you can eat it, what better motivation!

First we had to whip up a batter:

120g/4oz plain flour
pinch of salt
2 eggs
210ml/7fl oz skimmed milk
90ml water

First mix the flour and salt in a bowl then crack in the two eggs and beat into the flour.
Mix the milk and water together and gradually add to the flour and egg and mix until a smooth consistency.

Lightly grease a frying pan and pour in some of the batter. cook for about 45 seconds on one side then attempt to flip! or you could just use a palette knife to turn the pancakes but that would be to easy!

This mix should make 6 pancakes.
 Here are some of the group having a go at flipping their pancakes:

Fantastic flipping

 Not all of them went to plan but they still tasted good.

We topped our pancakes with the classic lemon and sugar but you can put whatever you like on them!

Have fun flippin’!

Happy Chinese New Year!

Last week was chinese new year so we decided to create a chinese feast to celebrate!

The group made vegetable noodles with chilli and ginger, egg fried rice, BBQ spare ribs and sweet chilli chicken wings.

The vegetable noodles were simple but tasty, here’s how we did them:
 You will need:  Fresh Noodles
                        Soya Sauce
                        Chillies (We used medium hot red chillies)
                        Fresh Ginger
                        Fresh Garlic (2 cloves)
                        Chinese 5 spice
                        Spring Onion
                        Pak Choi
Slice up all vegetables into strips or bitesize pieces, crush the garlic and grate the ginger.
Heat about 2 tspoons of oil in a wok and add the vegetables, chillies, ginger and garlic and cook for a two minutes whilst continually stirring.
Then add the soya sauce and chinese five spice then the noodles and cook for another two minutes.
Then serve!
This is quick, fresh and delicious and the group really enjoyed them!

The egg fried rice was really simple too: add cooked rice, peas and soya sauce to a preheated wok and pour in an already beaten egg. Then stir until the egg is cooked through.

Come Dine With Us has a little confession…the marinades for the ribs and chicken wings were shop bought but hey, we’re a busy bunch and they still tasted incredible.

The Group tucking in after a hard days work!

Welcome to Come Dine With Us!

Come Dine With Us is a community cooking group which focuses on preparing and cooking healthy, nutritious yet tasty food.
Every week we will be uploading new recipes which we have tried out and letting you know how they turned out for us.
The emphasis is on learning how to prepare healthier meals or low fat alternatives like these low fat blueberry and lemon cupcakes, which the group love to make because they are fun, easy and delicious!
This is a recipe from the Hairy Bikers who have designed some great low fat recipes:


  • 200g self-raising flour
  • 1 tsp bicarbonate of soda
  • 75g golden caster sugar
  • 100g blueberries
  • finely grated zest of 1 unwaxed lemon
  • 2 large eggs
  • 150ml low-fat natural yoghurt
  • 2 tbsp semi-skimmed milk
  • 50ml sunflower oil
  • – – –
  • Lemon icing
  • 100g icing sugar
  • 4–4½ tsp fresh lemon juice 

 Cooking Method

  1. Preheat the oven to 200°C/Fan 180°C/Gas 6. Line a 12-hole deep muffin tin with paper cupcake cases.
  2. Sift the flour and bicarbonate of soda into a large bowl 
  3. Stir in the sugar, blueberries and lemon zest. Make a well in the centre.
  4. Beat the eggs with a large whisk until smooth, then beat in the yoghurt, milk and oil until well combined. 
  5. Stir the wet mixture into the flour mixture with a large spoon until very lightly mixed.
  6. Then pour the batter between the paper cases. Bake in the oven for 16–18 minutes or until the cupcakes are well risen and golden brown. Transfer them to a wire rack and leave to cool.
  7. To make the lemon icing, mix the icing sugar and lemon juice in a small bowl until smooth and runny. Using a spoon, drizzle the icing over the cupcakes and leave to set for at least 30 minutes before serving.