A while ago, I was sent a copy of ‘When You Entertain’, a recipe book from Coca- Cola. This is a modern version of a book originally written for Coca-Cola in 1932 by legendary American hostess, Ida Bailey Allen. The new book is written by a collaboration of celebrated British Foodies; chef Tom Aikens, ex Blur bassist and food addict Alex James, 2008 Celebrity Masterchef winner Liz McClarnon and food blogger, Julia Parsons of A Slice of Cherry Pie and founder of the UK Food Bloggers Association. It is edited by renowned journalist Tiffanie Darke.
The book is divided into four categories; Weekend Brunches, Family Mealtimes, Saturday Night with Friends and Easy Lunch. Recipes include, Caveman Corn and Chicken, Spicy Crab Mushrooms, Braised Lamb Shank with Honey Roasted Garlic and Gammon and Peas Pudding. There are even some inventive recipes that use Coca-Cola in the book and they include, Coca-Cola Ginger Cake, Coca-Cola Chicken Salad with Garden Potatoes and Coca-Cola Sticky Ribs.
However, as soon as I saw Coca-Cola Marinated Steak (a recipe from Julia Parsons), I knew I had to give it ago. In the book, it is served with coleslaw and corn but I decided to serve it with Cool Beans (a recipe from the book by Alex James) and my potato wedges that I sometimes serve with steak. The steak marinade was simplicity in itself: onion, garlic, Coca-Cola, Worcestershire Sauce and Dark Soy Sauce. Put it in a freezer bag and leave it in the fridge for as long as you can and griddle or BBQ it until it is cooked the way you like it. The beans recipe is slightly harder and made harder still when you do not read the recipe properly like I did. Doh! You are supposed to cook the beans in a low oven for 24 hours however; I did not notice this until 2 hours before I wanted dinner so I have made an adapted quick version below.
Jo’s Quick Cool Beans (Adapted from a recipe in ‘When You Entertain’ by Alex James)
Serves 4 as part of a main course
- 1 onion, chopped into small chunks
- 2 garlic cloves, peeled and chopped finely
- 1 tin of beans of your choice, drained
- 1 tin of chopped tomatoes
- 1 can of Coca-Cola
- 1 tablespoon Tomato Ketchup
- 1 tablespoon Worcestershire Sauce
- 1 tablespoon Soy Sauce
- Sea Salt and Black Pepper, to taste
- Olive Oil
- Put some olive oil in a casserole dish that can go on hob and in oven. Allow the olive oil to heat up briefly and add the onion and garlic and fry until softened.
- Add the beans, the tomatoes and the can of Coca-Cola. Stir and add the Worcestershire Sauce, Soy Sauce and some seasoning. Once simmering, put a lid on it and put it in a preheated 180°c oven.
- Allow it to cook for 30-40 minutes; stirring occasionally until thickened and all the flavours have come together. Check again for seasoning and serve it with the Coca-Cola marinated steak and potato wedges. Enjoy!
You can get the book from Harvey Nicols stores nationwide and online as part of hampers with selected ingredients from the book.
Many thanks to Laura for sending me the book
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On Sunday 19th September, the Midlands Food Bloggers had their second meeting at the Urban Coffee Company in Birmingham. It was attended by Louise of Comida Y Vida, Gavin of To Bizzy to Bake , Marie (@Maries_Cakes on Twitter, blog to follow soon), Brian from 24 Carrots, the Jewellery Quarter’s Farmers Market and of course, Me!
Over coffee and cake, made for the Urban Coffee Company by Gavin (both chocolate Guinness and chocolate fudge cake, we chatted about Midlands food, the 24 Carrots Farmers Market, promoting ourselves and food businesses via social networking and how we could get the Midlands Food Bloggers known about more widely. It was decided that a blog would be set up for the Midlands Food Bloggers with a section to highlight local foodie businesses. Louise and Jo also decided that they would visit the Jewellery Quarter’s farmers market to promote it on their blogs and the new MFB blog. We would like to thank everyone who came to the meet up, and Becs and the team from Urban Coffee Company who made us feel very welcome. We will be back again soon!
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Hello again! I know it has been a while but I am back and ready to blog again. I have had a crazy month at work and not had the time to blog. I have missed you all and we have lots to catch up on. Some of the things I have been getting up to this month are:
- Attended the Midlands Food Bloggers Meet Up at Urban Coffee Company (write up of event will be my next post)
- Received my own weight in Total Greek Yoghurt and have been making up some recipes using it (post about this coming soon)
- Won a signed of copy of Nigel Slater’s new book ‘Tender Volume II’ (will be making recipes from this book soon)
- Received a copy of the new Coca-Cola cookbook ‘When You Entertain’ (will be making recipes from this book soon)
- Received some Sliver Spoon cake decorating items to make and decorate some cakes for Halloween
- Made venison chorizo, red wine and peas risotto (recipe coming soon)
- Received an updated version of the Lawrence Keough Kidney Care cookbook (will be cooking from this book soon)
- Went for a meal at Jamie’s Italian in Covent Garden, London (review will be coming soon)
- and finally, I still need to tell you about my foodie adventures in Croatia in the summer
Phew, what a list! I had better get cracking. I will be back as soon as possible with my write up of the Midlands Food Bloggers Meet Up.
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I am the creator of the Midlands Food Bloggers group. You can find us on Facebook and the UK Food Bloggers Association. We are going to have our second meet up of 2010 on Sunday 19th September at the Urban Coffee Company in Birmingham at 1pm. If you are a Midlands based food blogger, Midlands food producer or just generally interested in Midlands food, why not come along and meet some like minded people for coffee, cake and lots of chatting. Please email firstname.lastname@example.org if you can attend, have any questions or would like to know more about our group.
Look forward to seeing you all there!
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