Elaine Hurren

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Smoked Salmon and Chives Puffs

Elaine - Week 12

Smoked Salmon and Chives Puffs

Had to get a torch out for the finishing touches of this one!

Elaine 12L

Wow, I cannot believe that I have now completed the very last challenge before the live finals.  It has been an amazing journey so far and although a little nervous, I’m really excited for the weekend. Over the last twelve weeks, the Kenwood Chef has become like a very close friend, always there to help me out :)

Elaine 12PAfter leaving to cool, I turned upside down and slit a small hole in the bottom of the buns and piped in the filling until they became ball shaped. I then brushed them with a little rapeseed oil and some chopped chives.  At this point, I didn't have enough chives after I had sprinkled over so I had to find a torch and venture out into the garden to cut some to complete the rest.

I went out and bought a piping bag this week and extra nozzles as I felt that was the bit I was struggling with and am pleased to report that it did make all the difference especially when filling the puffs.

I made the choux pastry mix by heating the butter and water slowly to a boil, adding in the flour to form a paste and put into Kenwood bowl using the whisk attachment to cool before adding the eggs one at a time and mixing to a smooth glossy mixture.  I piped out lots of 3cm rounds onto a baking sheet on tray and popped into a preheated oven for 15 minutes.

Whilst cooking, I made the filling by putting the salmon, lemon juice, chives and cream cheese, and horseradish into the processor and making into a smooth paste. What an amazing combination of flavours and really wanted to eat this immediately rather than wait to put into the puffs!

After leaving to cool, I turned upside down and slit a small hole in the bottom of the buns and piped in the filling until they became ball shaped. I then brushed them with a little rapeseed oil and some chopped chives.  At this point, I didn't have enough chives after I had sprinkled over so I had to find a torch and venture out into the garden to cut some to complete the rest.  Yummy yum and will make this again so my girls can try too now I have the piping bit sorted.

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Chocolate Éclairs

Elaine - Week 11

Chocolate Éclairs

Messy mix - tantalising taste

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I weighed and measured all the ingredients first. I couldn't believe the amount of eggs that had to be used - 11 in total wow.  Firstly, I put the butter and water into a pan and brought to boil and added flour. I placed the mixture into the Kenwood and used the K beater attachment to mix it all properly. After letting it cool, I added four eggs, one at a time, and then tried to pipe mixture out onto the tray covered in baking paper. I ended up with squiggly snakes so I tried using a bag instead. They turned out slightly better this time so I placed them in to a pre-heated oven for 15 minutes.

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This was a learning process and I was actually really upset that this didn't go according to plan. I even had a few tears before bedtime.

Whilst cooking, I made the cream filling. I placed a pan of milk on to the boil, added caster sugar, seven egg yolks and vanilla essence into the Kenwood Chef to mix it all up. I then placed the mixture in a bowl in the fridge to cool whilst pureeing a handful of raspberries, which turned the cream mixture pink.

I removed the choux pastries from the oven and left them to cool. Once cooled, I cut them in half and filled them with the raspberry cream and added whole raspberries to the dark chocolate on top.

I had been really looking forward to making this one but my son had played me up. He is not 100% well yet and although the éclairs tasted great, they didn't look how they should have looked from the recipe picture and I found the whole process quite messy.  I think if I had had the time and the money to buy more ingredients, I would have started from scratch again.

This was a learning process and I was actually really upset that this didn't go according to plan. I even had a few tears before bedtime.

Your reviews

  1. Well done Elaine.This one sure looked tricky not sure I would have even managed it at all.They still look yummy to me.The final is much closer so perhaps the nerves set in.Better to have it go slightly off the plan now.So now that that glitch is over you go girl.Whatever happens you can now cook and we will all be proud of you whatever happens and your lad has even found he likes other food besides chicken nuggets lol So in his eyes your already a winner because he has tasted some lovely food that mummy has cooked.You are a winner anyway xxx

    Posted: 08/10/2013 22:45:02 / Charmain Hall

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Chichen and Mushroom Cannelloni

Elaine - Week 10

Chichen and Mushroom Cannelloni

Chicken and mushroom cannelloni

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Oh no, not only was I a very poorly person this week, but I had no internet either to do my blog when I eventually felt well enough to attempt to cook.  Still not 100%, so this week’s will be short and sweet.
I made up the pasta and put it in the fridge to rest. I found getting the chicken off the thighs a bit of a challenge, as I have only ever done before this once when cooked. I probably need to invest in sharper knives?!

I found getting the chicken off the thighs a bit of a challenge, as I have only ever done before this once when cooked. I probably need to invest in sharper knives?!

Elaine 10PI chopped the mushrooms and shallots and then crushed the garlic, put all this into a pan with a blob of butter and softened it. I then poured this into a dish and stirred in some chopped parsley. I next made the white sauce, ensuring I mixed the melted butter with the flour to make a smooth paste. I then added the milk a small amount at a time, stirring constantly until the mixture was a thin custard consistency and left it to simmer for about 5 minutes before taking it off the heat. 

Turning back to the pasta, I put it through the pasta attachment on the Kenwood Chef Titanium, and then used the pizza cutter to cut it into 10cm x 15cm shapes. I filled these with the chicken and mushroom filling, rolled them into cigar shapes and poured the sauce over the top. I then topped this with breadcrumbs and grated cheese and put it into the oven for half an hour.

I served the cannelloni with salad. I was going to make my own garlic bread to go with, but really wasn't feeling up to it. I also cheated and used breadcrumbs that I already had in the cupboard. It tasted amazing though :)

Your reviews

  1. Wow how things have changed looks great can't wait for the dinner party xx You are doing so well though x

    Posted: 26/09/2013 22:58:16 / Annie Callan

  2. Well done you especially not feeling well.Sounds delicious .Another success :)

    Posted: 26/09/2013 23:01:27 / Charmain Hall

  3. Looks delicious! Bet it tasted so too! You're becoming a natural, turning out these wonders especially when you're not feeling well. Congrats! x

    Posted: 30/09/2013 15:07:38 / Brigitte

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Fresh Tomato and basil pappardelle

Elaine - Week 9

Fresh Tomato and basil pappardelle

Firstly, the recipe on the website didn't list all the ingredients, missing out the flour, eggs, garlic and Parmesan cheese, thankfully the one I had emailed to me did, so I started by mixing the pasta dough with the Kenwood Dough Hook attachment, added the eggs, flour, a glug of olive oil and some salt for seasoning. After about 10 minutes, once kneaded, I placed the dough into cling film, put into the fridge and left for half an hour.  

Then the fun began!

I attached the pasta making attachment to my Kenwood Chef, set the power to number 1 speed and fed the pasta through, then 2,3,4,5,6,7,8 speeds - as it grew thinner it became longer and I felt I was wrestling with a very lightweight snake!

I folded and cut it into 2cm strips but had nowhere to hang it either, so I used a coat hanger on the cupboard door as my oven is so low it would have touched the floor.

For the sauce, I chopped up an onion, garlic and tomatoes, softened the onions, added garlic, then wine, reduced it down and added the chopped tomatoes with some basil and seasoning - once again my kitchen was full of lovely aromatic smells. I placed the pasta into boiling water for a couple of minutes, drained and displayed it on a plate, pouring sauce over the top. I didn't have Parmesan cheese so grated a small amount of normal cheese over the top and served with a chilled glass of white wine. Yet another tasty dish delivered to the table.

Your reviews

  1. Another successful recipe! Well done you! Cheers! x

    Posted: 20/09/2013 11:48:13 / Brigitte

  2. Ooo Delish Elaine! Looks a fantastic job you did there..you busy lady.

    Posted: 20/09/2013 15:42:51 / Roz

  3. Well done, I want to try this please!!! Xx

    Posted: 21/09/2013 10:22:51 / Jamea Ricketts

  4. Wow sounds delicious. Loved the pasta hanging on coat hanger. You have done well throughout Elaine. Best of luck

    Posted: 21/09/2013 10:34:37 / Carol Clark

  5. yummy :) well done you

    Posted: 21/09/2013 12:31:19 / fran

  6. Well done you..Funny thinking of you wrestling with pasta lol.You are doing so well.Good luck with the rest of the competition xx:)

    Posted: 25/09/2013 09:39:14 / Charmain Hall

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Week 8

Elaine - Week 8

Savoury Pancake

New Frying Pan = Perfect Pancakes

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Firstly, I collected all of the ingredients I needed and started off by making the sauce, mixing the butter and flour into a paste, before gradually adding the milk, and lastly the cheese and seasoning. I then made the batter mix using the wholemeal flour and the Kenwood Chef whisk attachment. I then chopped up the sun dried tomatoes, olives, chorizo and spring onions, which would be used as the filling.

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This time, with brand new equipment, the pancakes were perfect (not like the gooey mess they usually end up as!)

I melted butter into a frying pan and started to make my first pancake. I had decided I didn't like my frying pan at all, so stopped everything and whizzed out to a shop to buy a new set of saucepans and a frying pan, and started all over again. This time, with brand new equipment, the pancakes were perfect (not like the gooey mess they usually end up as!). I filled two with the spicy mixture and two with ham and cheese, for my son. I poured a little of the cheese sauce over all of them.

The result - a very tasty dish :)

Your reviews

  1. yummy :D

    Posted: 11/09/2013 20:45:01 / fran

  2. Looks absolutely brilliant mate :) yum yum xx

    Posted: 11/09/2013 20:45:39 / deborah neal

  3. Savoury pancakes are yummy! The tools you use when cooking can make such a difference! x

    Posted: 20/09/2013 11:42:38 / Brigitte

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Leek and Mushroom Pie

Elaine - Week 7

Leek and Mushroom Pie

Who Ate All The Pie?

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I went out and picked up what I thought were leeks but got home and realised it was celery - I was in a mad rush to buy them before the shop shut!  Only I could do that! Then the delivery arrived on the following day with the correct ingredients - I had a giggle over that!

elaine pI went out and picked up what I thought were leeks but got home and realised it was celery – I was in a mad rush to buy them before the shop shut!  

I started off by getting all of the ingredients I needed to use ready and sliced up the mushrooms and leeks using the Kenwood Chef, with the slicing attachment.  I then made a start on the sauce, melting the butter and stirring in the flour to make a paste, and continuously stirring whilst adding the milk. I then put the softened mushrooms, leeks and thyme into the sauce, added wholegrain mustard, and poured into a pie dish. I rolled out the puff pastry and used an egg on the edge of the dish to then attach thin strips of pastry. I added the cover of pastry over the top, pinched it around the edges of the dish and coated it with the egg, before finally placing it into a pre-heated oven. I then awaited the result.

Wow! It looked amazing and was demolished in minutes by hungry guests I had staying with me over the weekend. I served it with peas and carrots as I didn’t have any green vegetables to steam.

Everyone said that it was extremely tasty and I must say, I thoroughly enjoyed myself, but the classic moment was my son telling my daughter that he liked it, even though he doesn’t even like vegetables!

I will be making this again.

Your reviews

  1. your doing very well keep it up.

    Posted: 06/09/2013 20:08:18 / hazel

  2. wow looks lovely.Well done you>looks like you have converted your son then,now you know he likes some veg :D

    Posted: 07/09/2013 20:14:27 / Charmain Hall

  3. I thought the sound of leek and mushroom pie not my cup of tea......I watched Elaine make this pie was funny to see at times, what amazed me was the pie was really tasty and very moorish........ Thanx Elaine for my taste bud treat thank you

    Posted: 08/09/2013 11:13:38 / jez

  4. looks fab elaine :)

    Posted: 09/09/2013 17:45:51 / fran

  5. Fabulous! Looks like another successful week with thumbs up from your tasting committee (the one that counts)!! What did you do with the celery? lol!

    Posted: 09/09/2013 18:05:57 / Brigitte

  6. That's my dinner in the picture and it was delish!! Keep it up! xx

    Posted: 11/09/2013 20:41:39 / Jamea Ricketts

  7. mmm one of my faves :) well done xx

    Posted: 11/09/2013 20:47:05 / deborah neal

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Week 6

Elaine - Week 6

Toad in the Hole

Succulent Sausages!

Elaine 6L

Wish this had been week one’s recipe as I had to go out and buy a set of scales that week, and this week putting everything into cups made life very easy. I loved that I found three identically sized cups in my cupboard too!  So, I started with putting the ingredients into different cups and used the whisk attachment to mix the flour and eggs and then gradually added the milk, salt and pepper.  I love my Kenwood Chef Titanium, as it made making batter so simple.

Elaine 6PI part cooked the sausages then added the batter and sausages to extremely hot oil and placed in the oven for 30 minutes. The batter rose really well and the sausages were cooked to perfection.  As every oven varies, next time I would cook for 25 minutes as they came out a little burnt.

I love my Kenwood Chef Titanium, as it made making batter so simple.

Whilst it was in the oven I chopped up the onion and rosemary for the gravy and added to a pan with the red wine to reduce it down - the aroma was heavenly.  I put water on to the boil for the peas and then added a pint of beef stock to complete the gravy. I timed everything perfectly and dished up to eat immediately.
The whole dish was truly scrumptious.  Very happy with the result.

Your reviews

  1. this looks absolutely delicious elaine, the receipe sounds quite hard, and you made the whole thing seem so easy to put together. well done :) xx

    Posted: 22/08/2013 18:58:36 / deborah neal

  2. yummy, my favourite, well done you with the batter its very hard to get it just right :)

    Posted: 22/08/2013 19:30:25 / fran

  3. Well done Elaine good effort Keep it up :-)

    Posted: 22/08/2013 20:50:11 / Jim searle

  4. I want this Mumma, you are going to have to cook it for me please. Yes!! xx

    Posted: 27/08/2013 19:17:13 / Jamea Ricketts

  5. Well done Elaine! I love toad-in-the-hole and yours looks delicious. xx

    Posted: 28/08/2013 17:01:41 / Shirley Day

  6. Knew you'd make it into the final! Bet you wouldn't have thought you'd be here this time last year! Really proud of you Mum, really looking forward to Xmas dinner this year! xxxx

    Posted: 29/08/2013 18:34:11 / Jess Ricketts

  7. so well done to get there no problems now in going right to the end and even winning

    Posted: 29/08/2013 20:25:17 / margaret walbridge

  8. Well done again Elaine.Good luck for the rest of the competition you are doing really well :)

    Posted: 07/09/2013 20:11:14 / Charmain Hall

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Plum Upside Down Cake

Elaine - Week 5

Plum Upside Down Cake

Upside Down You Turn Me!!!

Thoroughly enjoyed this week’s recipe from start to finish, including enjoying eating it afterwards.

I mixed the butter with the sugar using the K Beater attachment and then added one egg at a time, with flour inbetween, until lovely and smooth, with a drop of the vanilla extract too. I lined the tin with baking paper and then cut the plums and poured and smoothed the mixture over. I then placed it into the pre-heated oven for 30 minutes and did the knife test but it needed about 10 minutes longer before being clean, hot and cooked through.  

The end result was amazing and I cut and dished up immediately, after cooling it on a rack.

My son was so impressed that he not only asked for seconds but for thirds too!!  I can see this being a regular pudding in our household from now on.

Whilst doing this recipe I also practiced the dough and shortcrust pastry again and made some more bread and a steak pie at the request of my son, so was extremely busy in the kitchen which will come as quite a shock to many friends!

Your reviews

  1. Now this would be a treat for me it looks delicious.My mouth is watering.A nice dollop of cream on mine please lol

    Posted: 15/08/2013 19:58:20 / Charmain Hall

  2. lol The look on my face he he - was really yummy though even if i do say so myself :)

    Posted: 15/08/2013 20:02:47 / elaine hurren

  3. Looks scrumptious to me. You little domestic goddess you! XXXX

    Posted: 15/08/2013 20:59:38 / Steve Dunn

  4. Looks lush!, well done ,,!!

    Posted: 15/08/2013 21:39:12 / Margaret walbridge

  5. Ha love the photo! what were you saying to Jacob? Just hurry up and take it so we can scoff this yummy lot I reckon ;)

    Posted: 15/08/2013 22:30:54 / Manda

  6. please please make me this!

    Posted: 19/08/2013 14:39:55 / Jess Ricketts

  7. this looks delicious.......you have encouraged me to have a bash! x

    Posted: 22/08/2013 08:45:35 / viv pool

  8. cooked to perfection by the look from the picture, sponge is easy to spoil, but you have it just right. well done, another success :) xx

    Posted: 22/08/2013 19:00:43 / deborah neal

  9. wow looks so good :) well done you

    Posted: 22/08/2013 19:31:32 / fran

  10. I can't actually believe how good that looks and that you made it! Thank you Kenwood for teaching my Mum how to do this! Amazing! xx

    Posted: 27/08/2013 19:15:53 / Jamea Ricketts

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Week 4

Elaine - Week 4

Sunblush Tomato Bread

Third Time Lucky!!!

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Three attempts at this one due to the first lot of tomatoes being so soaked in oil (they arrived from the shop like this) which made them too moist, even when cooked. My second attempt was a rush job as I needed to go out somewhere, so they came out too hard. My third attempt was on the following day once I had purchased extra dried tomatoes, and went as follows :-

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I activated the yeast, poured it into the blender and mixed it to a smooth paste. I then added the rest of the water and poured it slowly into the bowl with the flour, salt and sugar, and kneaded with the Dough Hook attachment. I placed the dough into the bowl and covered it with clingfilm until doubled in size, and then kneaded again, mixing in the garlic, rosemary and sun dried tomatoes. I rolled the dough into balls, placed on baking paper on a tray and left to double again, then placed into the oven and cooked for approximately 25 minutes.

Pleased with the end result, they tasted delicious served whilst still warm with hot butter, cheese and tomato.  Yummy yum. Well worth waiting for!

Your reviews

  1. I was lucky enough to take some of the final batch home and had them for lunch at work. Yummy! Mum also cooked a roast the same day and it was so nice!! You are doing so well, keep going xxx

    Posted: 10/08/2013 15:12:41 / Jamea Ricketts

  2. So so unbelievably proud of you mum, keep up the hard work, you deserve this xxx

    Posted: 10/08/2013 15:18:47 / Jess Ricketts

  3. Can't wait for the dinner party! Well done you! x

    Posted: 10/08/2013 15:23:41 / Brigitte

  4. they look yummy :) well done :)

    Posted: 10/08/2013 15:57:59 / fran

  5. you will be able to cook me lunch next time i come over instead of us going out mate xxx

    Posted: 10/08/2013 16:36:47 / Trina Billups

  6. Brilliant Elaine, keep up the good work and you sound like your really enjoying it too:)

    Posted: 10/08/2013 21:08:53 / Pam Baird

  7. WOW I have just seen all these wonderful comments - thank you all so much and yes it does seem that I will have to have a dinner party for you all soon, maybe combine it with a house warming eh! The fact that my children are actually ENJOYING my food for a change makes me feel warm inside :) xxx

    Posted: 11/08/2013 10:55:12 / elaine hurren

  8. Well done again Elaine looks yummy.You will have to do some of these or the other recipes and bring with you to Amy's for a tea/coffee morning so we can all sample them lol

    Posted: 15/08/2013 19:55:13 / Charmain Hall

  9. Well it just shows you practice makes perfect! You seem so much more confident now, tackling 2 and 3 things at a time and not being deterred when things don't quite go as planned. I'm sure the J's are all very proud of you I know I am! Well done hun xxx

    Posted: 15/08/2013 22:34:01 / Manda Casey

  10. well done, another brilliant triumph for chef hurren, doing so well :D xx

    Posted: 22/08/2013 19:02:45 / deborah neal

  11. This is more than I have ever achieved- well done Elaine they look good.

    Posted: 09/09/2013 21:08:25 / Carol Clark

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Week 3

Elaine - Week 3

Vegetarian Pizza

Pizza go go

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I watched the video in advance this week and knew I needed to let the dough rise for an hour or two, so felt much more prepared. I had even been out and bought a measuring jug, so no borrowing off my neighbour this week either!

The first thing I did was to put the luke warm water into the jug with the yeast and sugar.  I then put the flour, salt and the olive oil (I didn't trust myself to do glugs so measured tablespoons) into the Kenwood Chef bowl. After kneading the mixture until it was attached to the Dough Hook attachment, I then rolled out a quarter of it into a rough circle and used a cake tin to shape it.

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I then began to cook the tomato sauce, the smell of the garlic and tomatoes cooking in the pan made me feel so hungry! I like food to be spicy so I added chilli flakes, as well as salt and pepper too.  I spread the mixture over the dough base and then added the topping of cheese, onion and peppers, which I had chopped using the Kenwood Chef and lastly sprinkled over the baby spinach and oregano and placed in the preheated oven. 

The recipe was so tasty I made it again the following day, adding mushrooms to one and sweetcorn to another for my son, who said he really liked it. An excellent result!

Your reviews

  1. mmmm you are doing great, well done Elaine

    Posted: 31/07/2013 18:54:53 / fran

  2. Looking good...whens the dinner party ??? love vanessa

    Posted: 31/07/2013 18:58:57 / vanessa woodyatt

  3. Well done Elaine looks delicious xx

    Posted: 31/07/2013 19:28:22 / Charmain Hall

  4. Looks brilliant Elaine! Well done you! By all accounts Jacob is loving all this fab home cooking. So what's for next week?

    Posted: 31/07/2013 19:41:15 / Brigitte

  5. certainly improving! x

    Posted: 01/08/2013 09:05:44 / viv pool

  6. Looks like your enjoying it pizza looks really good

    Posted: 01/08/2013 09:19:27 / Margaret

  7. Jam said the smell of this actually made her hungry and that it was really good! This may bite you in the bum when I come round and demand you cook for me ;)

    Posted: 01/08/2013 09:28:33 / Jess Ricketts

  8. Mmm yummy got a pizza craving now :). Look at you woman pizza from scratch and all your own utensils this week. Keep up the fab work xxx

    Posted: 02/08/2013 11:06:22 / manda

  9. Looking good babe. So you's cooking if we get to see you?

    Posted: 02/08/2013 16:04:20 / Denise Harris

  10. Looks lovely Elaine :) well done x

    Posted: 04/08/2013 19:46:27 / Pam Baird

  11. I got one of these made for me and it was so nice! Would be happy to be served in a restaurant. I tried to hide my shock but couldn't! Well done Mumma, you are doing so well!! xx

    Posted: 10/08/2013 15:08:57 / Jamea Ricketts

  12. W T G Elaine that looks great never thought i would see the day you cooked. i might have to try to learn lol x

    Posted: 10/08/2013 16:34:58 / Trina Billups

  13. Looking good-can smell it from here!

    Posted: 09/09/2013 21:05:19 / Carol Clark

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Week 2

Elaine - Week 2

Eton Mess

Preparation Is Key

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I really wish I had watched the video the day before and then I could have made the meringue in advance as I didn't realise it took two hours to cook.

The first thing I did was to separate the eggs - the first two were fine and then the third yolk somehow broke but I managed to move fast enough that all I needed to do was break another two more eggs, not restart. Whilst searching for a sieve, I found a set of scales I’d recently lost and replaced. But no sieve so I had to borrow one from a neighbour!

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While the meringue was cooking and cooling I cleaned the mixing bowl and attachments and got the other ingredients ready. I enjoyed chopping the strawberries and sneaking a quarter for myself before it went in with the cream mixture.

The final result was a delicious and refreshing dessert that I am going to make again next week as a treat for my daughters when they come over.  Think the only thing that is not too happy is my waistline!

Your reviews

  1. Dont worry about the waistline Ellie. They look scrummy!! x

    Posted: 25/07/2013 16:27:39 / Jessica Boardman

  2. Mmm looks yummy! It's a good job your neighbour is fully stocked up ;). Keep up the fab work, masterchef in no time xxx

    Posted: 25/07/2013 17:22:46 / manda

  3. Looks delicious Elaine-looking foward to a sample one day.

    Posted: 25/07/2013 18:50:55 / carol clark

  4. Nice to see you having a go... Bet Jacob is loving the new cook...lolxxx well done Elaine keep at it xx

    Posted: 25/07/2013 18:58:51 / Vanessa Woodyatt

  5. Well done Elaine that looks really yummy my mouth is watering .Good luck in the next round xx

    Posted: 25/07/2013 20:59:46 / Charmain Hall

  6. Wow they look lovely Elaine, well done you!

    Posted: 25/07/2013 23:28:57 / Pam Baird

  7. Wow Elaine, that looks fabulous & must of tasted great. Bet the girls will love it next week! Mmm... wonder how many times you & Jacob will indulge now that you've found a favourite! xx

    Posted: 26/07/2013 11:22:08 / Brigitte

  8. Your food looks amazing. I smelt the slices cooking and they made me hungry. Wonder what Elaine will have to borrow off me this week lol !!! Neighbour Nik

    Posted: 26/07/2013 21:08:53 / Nicki Webb

  9. I love this you can make it for the next party el aine well done for having a go now win lol xxxxx

    Posted: 29/07/2013 04:30:26 / Marion baker

  10. wowee they look yummy :)

    Posted: 29/07/2013 20:33:31 / fran

  11. You are doing so well Elaine - looks super

    Posted: 09/09/2013 21:02:52 / Carol Clark

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Week 1

Elaine - Week 1

Spicy cheese and pepperoni slice

Things Are Getting Hot In The Kitchen

The first thing I did was weigh and measure every ingredient and place them into fridge before I read exactly what I was meant to do. I then cubed the butter and put it into the Kenwood Chef mixing bowl with the flour, salt and garlic powder - I found that using the attachment made making the pastry a lot easier. Although I had to send my son round to borrow a measuring jug off of a neighbour for the water.


Whilst pastry was in clingfilm in fridge I chopped the spring onions, pepper and pepperoni and put them into a mixing bowl with both cheeses and seasoning and then pre heated the oven.

It had been the hottest day of the year and found the pastry fairly difficult to roll! Once cut, I placed the pastry on a baking tray with the filling on top. The end product tasted great, although the presentation of them should have been much better. I’m not sure if it was the heat of the day or the saltiness of the slice but I was incredibly thirsty after eating.

Overall for the very first challenge I thought it turned out well I am and I am looking forward to attempting next week’s. I’m not even so nervous now either. 

Your reviews

  1. go Elaine, good luck hunni

    Posted: 19/07/2013 21:41:35 / Nicki Mclean

  2. Looks good - never ever made 'a slice' of any kind myself so you have done well.

    Posted: 25/07/2013 18:53:42 / Carol Clark

  3. Fab start! It does look like you got hot in the kitchen, hope you've managed to cool down by now! xx

    Posted: 26/07/2013 11:27:06 / Brigitte

  4. Wouldn't mind trying this if your learning to cook I will be fine when I come to visit well done Elaine xxxx

    Posted: 29/07/2013 04:33:17 / Marion baker

  5. God that picture says it all; week 1 - terrified! Even in 5 weeks you already seem so much more confident! xxx

    Posted: 13/08/2013 18:41:28 / Jess Ricketts

  6. Go hun good luck

    Posted: 27/08/2013 22:12:50 / Terry Cooling

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Elaine Hurren

Mum of three Elaine was nominated by her daughter Jess and wasn’t surprised that she’d been entered into the competition. A total mess in the kitchen, Elaine has so many kitchen disaster stories she couldn’t pick her worst one – but it might be washing a baking tray and attempting to cook roast potatoes that ended up tasting of washing up liquid. Elaine’s youngest son is nine and she is desperate to start cooking him healthy meals so he can stop living on chicken nuggets.