No Recipe vol. 9 (we’ve been nominated edition)

Regardless of what your political beliefs, today is a momentous day. This is a food blog however, so I have some other momentous news. We’ve been nominated for Best New Food Blog on the Well Fed Network. We’re honored to be in the running along with some other great food blogs like Foodie at Fifteen, Crabby Cook, The Bitten Word, and Apples and Butter. While I hope you’ll vote for us, these are all great blogs and I encourage you to check them out.

Some of my favourite food blogs such as Tartelette, Souvlaki For The Soul, Smitten Kitchen, Cannelle et Vanille, Steamy Kitchen, and Not Quite Nigella have also been nominated for other categories as well, so check them out and vote on the other categories too!

Here are a few dished I made in the past week that didn’t get their own posts:

Spicy Cauliflower Fritters – With a dollop of mango chutney on top, these were great. Since they only have a small amount of flour and egg to bind the bits of cauliflower together, they were almost all curried, caramelized bits of cauliflower. Still, I was hoping for more of a pancake, so I’m reworking this one to include more batter.

Clementine Curd – I basically followed my foolproof Meyer Lemon Curd recipe, reducing the amount of sugar to 1/3 C, then strained the curd at the end for a smooth texture. It’s creamy, silky smooth and delicious on some toast and if you really want to go nuts, add some Nutella as well.

Clementine Curd Cake – Seasoned bakers are probably wondering why the heck I filled the loaf pan so high. I had some reservations as well, but against my better judgment I threw it on a baking sheet and put it in the oven. 20 minutes later I was greeted with the smell of caramelizing sugar (not a good sign since it needed about 50 minutes). A quick peek confirmed it had overflowed. By 40 minutes the batter that was on the baking sheet was smoking and I had to take the cake out prematurely before the burning batter actually caught fire. Unsurprisingly, it was under cooked and immediately fell, creating a giant crater in the center. As awful as it looked, it did taste pretty good with a dense “pudding” (in the British sense) like texture in the center, a nice crumb on the outside from the almond meal and a bold clementine flavour. I have some more clementines so I’ll be trying this again with less sugar and butter and in a bigger pan.

Smoked Ham and Fennel Soup with Kale and White Beans – This soup is based off of my Winter Bean Peasant Stew. It’s great for cold weather and is as simple as putting some stuff in a pot for a few hours then coming back to dinner a few hours later. For this version I caramelized an onion and fennel bulb, then simmered in chicken stock with 2 ham hocks for 4 hours. When the ham hocks were tender, they came out and got chopped then added back in along with some kale and white beans. It was then finished off with some chopped fennel leaves. In the background you can barely see my failed bâtard… it wasn’t bad, it just didn’t compare to ones I could go and buy at bakeries in NYC. I also reserved one of the ham hocks for a polenta croquette I’ll be posting about soon.

  • http://manggy.blogspot.com/ Manggy

    Congratulations on the nom, Marc (well-deserved!) and good luck! Too bad about the clementine cake– it does look lovely though, and I’m glad you were able to save it somehow.

  • http://manggy.blogspot.com Manggy

    Congratulations on the nom, Marc (well-deserved!) and good luck! Too bad about the clementine cake– it does look lovely though, and I’m glad you were able to save it somehow.

  • http://souvlakiforthesoul.com/ Peter G

    Congratulations Marc! I love that ham hock soup with the kale…shame about the cake. let’s see how version 2 turns out!

  • http://souvlakiforthesoul.com Peter G

    Congratulations Marc! I love that ham hock soup with the kale…shame about the cake. let’s see how version 2 turns out!

  • http://voodoolily.blogspot.com/ Heather

    Congrats, Marc! I went and voted for you for both categories.

  • http://voodoolily.blogspot.com Heather

    Congrats, Marc! I went and voted for you for both categories.

  • http://lisaiscooking.blogspot.com/ lisaiscooking

    Congratulations! Your clementine curd sounds delicious.

  • http://lisaiscooking.blogspot.com/ lisaiscooking

    Congratulations! Your clementine curd sounds delicious.

  • http://www.notquitenigella.com/ Lorraine @NotQuiteNigella

    Congratulations, you really deserve it! As for that clementine curd cake, it sounds gorgeous. Will you make it again? :)

  • http://www.notquitenigella.com Lorraine @NotQuiteNigella

    Congratulations, you really deserve it! As for that clementine curd cake, it sounds gorgeous. Will you make it again? :)

  • http://foodalogue.com/ Joan Nova

    You got my vote. Keep up the good work!

  • http://foodalogue.com Joan Nova

    You got my vote. Keep up the good work!

  • http://elrascooking.blogspot.com/ Elra

    Hey…congratulations. Hope you’ll win!
    I am sorry about you clementine curd cake,still but it sound fabulous.
    Cheers,
    Elra

    • http://fivestarfoodie.blogspot.com/ Natasha – 5 Star Foodie

      Congratulations on the nominations and I will definitely vote for you! All the dishes sound great!

  • http://elrascooking.blogspot.com Elra

    Hey…congratulations. Hope you’ll win!
    I am sorry about you clementine curd cake,still but it sound fabulous.
    Cheers,
    Elra

    • http://fivestarfoodie.blogspot.com Natasha – 5 Star Foodie

      Congratulations on the nominations and I will definitely vote for you! All the dishes sound great!

  • http://newlywedcooking.blogspot.com/ sharon

    Congrats on the well deserved nomination! Of course, I put in a vote for you :)

  • http://newlywedcooking.blogspot.com sharon

    Congrats on the well deserved nomination! Of course, I put in a vote for you :)

  • http://www.buffchickpea.com/ Hayley

    Congratulations, I voted for you this morning! I was so happy to see your name up there, as I love everything on your site. Oh and I can’t wait to see the reworked clementine curd cake, it looks beautiful pre-oven, so it must be fantastic all baked up.

  • http://www.buffchickpea.com Hayley

    Congratulations, I voted for you this morning! I was so happy to see your name up there, as I love everything on your site. Oh and I can’t wait to see the reworked clementine curd cake, it looks beautiful pre-oven, so it must be fantastic all baked up.

  • http://www.applesandbutter.com/ Jessica

    Hi Marc! Thanks for stopping by Apples and Butter. I was checking out your blog last night and am so glad to have found it! Beautiful photography and great recipes! Good luck to you and you’ll be seeing me as a regular reader here at No Recipes – great site!

  • http://www.applesandbutter.com Jessica

    Hi Marc! Thanks for stopping by Apples and Butter. I was checking out your blog last night and am so glad to have found it! Beautiful photography and great recipes! Good luck to you and you’ll be seeing me as a regular reader here at No Recipes – great site!

  • http://www.practicallydone.com/ helen

    Congratulations, Marc! Your nomination is so well deserved. I’m heading over to vote for you right now!

  • http://www.practicallydone.com helen

    Congratulations, Marc! Your nomination is so well deserved. I’m heading over to vote for you right now!

  • http://indonesia-eats.blogspot.com/ Pepy

    Congratulations, Marc!
    Absolutely you deserved my vote too.

  • http://indonesia-eats.blogspot.com Pepy

    Congratulations, Marc!
    Absolutely you deserved my vote too.

  • http://tastewiththeeyes.blogspot.com/ Lori Lynn

    YAY Marc – good for you! Well-deserved. Good luck in the contest.
    LL
    P.S. Love the color of clementine curd…dreamy, like a dreamsicle!

  • http://tastewiththeeyes.blogspot.com/ Lori Lynn

    YAY Marc – good for you! Well-deserved. Good luck in the contest.
    LL
    P.S. Love the color of clementine curd…dreamy, like a dreamsicle!

  • http://www.cannelle-vanille.blogspot.com/ Aran

    congrats on that nomination! well deserved!

  • http://www.cannelle-vanille.blogspot.com Aran

    congrats on that nomination! well deserved!

  • http://www.figandcherry.com/ Christie @ fig&cherry

    I voted for you AND twittered your link – fingers crossed for ya!

  • http://www.figandcherry.com/ Christie @ fig&cherry

    I voted for you AND twittered your link – fingers crossed for ya!

  • http://www.sugarbar.org/ diva

    amazing looking dishes yet again and congrats on getting nominated!! i have gotcha back Marc! :) x

  • http://www.sugarbar.org diva

    amazing looking dishes yet again and congrats on getting nominated!! i have gotcha back Marc! :) x

  • http://www.brooklynfarmhouse.com/ brooklyn farmhouse

    I totally voted for you! Congrats!

  • http://www.brooklynfarmhouse.com brooklyn farmhouse

    I totally voted for you! Congrats!

  • http://www.eatingclubvancouver.com/ [eatingclub] vancouver || js

    Congratulations on your well-deserved nomination!

    *heads over to vote*

  • http://www.eatingclubvancouver.com [eatingclub] vancouver || js

    Congratulations on your well-deserved nomination!

    *heads over to vote*

  • http://www.palatetopen.com/ Jen

    Many congrats on your nomination!! I’m going to vote right now :)

  • http://www.palatetopen.com Jen

    Many congrats on your nomination!! I’m going to vote right now :)

  • http://www.tan-kitchen.com/ Tan

    Congratulations Marc! Your nomination is so well deserved. It is right your blog is the best.;)

  • http://www.tan-kitchen.com Tan

    Congratulations Marc! Your nomination is so well deserved. It is right your blog is the best.;)

  • http://www.mevrouwcupcake.com/ Mari

    I’ll definitely be voting for you, and I’m looking forward to a your Clementine Cake v.1.2

  • http://www.mevrouwcupcake.com Mari

    I’ll definitely be voting for you, and I’m looking forward to a your Clementine Cake v.1.2

  • http://www.weareneverfull.com/ we are never full

    so proud! you deserve it…

  • http://www.weareneverfull.com we are never full

    so proud! you deserve it…

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