Tuesday, 15 December 2015

CookBlogShare Week 22 and Week 21 The Festive Bake Round Up

Now I am in total Christmas mode. It is everywhere we look and last week's CookBlogShare was no different. I loved seeing all of the Christmas inspired bakes, drinks and meal ideas. They have got me craving to bake some treats of our own.

Thank you to Mandy from Sneaky Veg for doing a great job hosting. Thank you Mandy I really do appreciate your help!

Last week it was lovely to see the regular blogs back. I really do look forward to seeing what you are going to share and we have got a lovely community of foodies, so thank you for your support. Last week we also had some new foodies join in which was lovely and I sincerely hope to see them joining in again. Time is manic at the moment due to the run up to Christmas but after Christmas I hope to share CookBlogShare even more and hope to grow the community further by sharing more on Google+ and looking into sharing via Instagram! Next year should be a great cooking year!

Anyway back to the round up. I simply could not resist all of the festive bakes so this weeks round up is dedicated to them!

Here are my four favourite recipes from week 21 of CookBlogShare...

First up this week is this intricately decorated and built Gingerbread Houses from Green Gourmet Giraffe. I am always in awe of people who have the time and patience to bake, decorate and construct these delicious houses. One day I may have the time but I do not have the artistic streak for the decoration. These gingerbread houses are just perfect for this time of year!

Next up is this deliciously, moist, lighter alternative to the traditional Christmas cake is this Christmas Carrot Tea Loaf from Sneaky Veg. I do like Christmas cake but I often like a change and this would be the perfect change. I love both carrot cake and tea loaf so can see how well they both went together. With the Christmas spices added in it is sure to make a delicious treat!

The next recipe I chose was Mummy Mishaps Flower Sprout Cake. Yes you did read that right, Jenny has baked this festively spiced cake with the addition of the most traditional Christmas vegetable of all. I really would like to try this recipe and I will be keeping my eye out for flower sprouts!

Finally are these deliciously pretty Gluten Free Christmas Cake Parcels from The Gluten Free Alchemist. These Christmas cakes look so moist and fruity and I adore the modern decoration. These cakes look like perfectly wrapped Christmas presents with a scrumptious inside!

I thought that CookBlogShare was the perfect place to tell you a bit about a culinary bursary that is available to culinary students. If you know someone or you are still in full time education and want to pursue a career in the food industry there is a great bursary on offer. The Fine Food Specialist Culinary Bursary aims to assist culinary students enhance their studies. The bursary is for £1000 and is awarded annually. The closing date for applications is on 28th February 2016. This is an amazing opportunity for culinary students. If you know someone or you are studying to be a chef, caterer, food journalist, food photographer or recipe developer to name a few areas then you could be in with the chance of receiving this bursary. As long as you are over 16 years of age and are studying in full time education within the United Kingdom you can apply. To be considered for the bursary applicants must write a 1200 word essay about the changing role of food in a culture of their choice.

If you think that this is something that would help you or someone you know simply visit Fine Food Specialist for more in depth information and all of the contact information that you need. It would be lovely to think that someone who reads Hijacked By Twins gets this bursary! I would love to know if you or anyone that you know is thinking of sending an application. If you do good luck!

Now on to this weeks linky party. I cannot wait to see what you have been cooking up!



  1. Wow, I love the look of the gingerbread house. It's something I too would love to have a go at. We thought about making one for our young niece & nephew when we saw them last week but decided that being so young (2 yr old) they may not like the gingerbread flavour as it can be quite punchy. Perhaps next year.
    Angela x

  2. Lovely round up, Kirsty. I do love that flower sprout cake!! Eb x

  3. Thanks so much for including my carrot tea loaf in your round up! Will be linking up new recipes tomorrow.

  4. Thanks for hosting this lovely party. I checked the other page and it was written that"Misplaced Brit"is hosting, but i couldn't find cook blog share party there.
    Mary Christmas and happy holidays.

  5. Thanks for featuring my gingerbread house - it took me years of longing to make them and then suddenly I did and though it was scary the first time, but the second go it felt ok - so I hope one year you get there!

  6. Thank you so much Kirsty for featuring my cake. It really did taste lovely and I fooled my kids, my OH and my friends!! and she in turn fooled her kids and hubby as she took some home lol x


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