Now that the final half term of the year has been and gone it really does feel like Christmas will be here before we know it which I really do not mind. I love the festive time of year, especially planning the all important Christmas dinner. This year I feel so organised, our turkey has been ordered, as has a gammon joint to cook for ham and I have even booked a delivery slot with Ocado to deliver all of our goodies. I have even started to plan some posts for the run up to Christmas.
Over the half term I had so many plans to schedule posts but, typically, I was ill over the break so did not get round to it. I am still trying to find a good balance between all that life throws our way. But looking back I have got a lot done. One of my favourite foodie finds is orzo, I know it is not new but it was only recently that I bought some to try. It has become my go to ingredient for when we want a risotto but are short of time, which has to be the majority of the time. While we were carving out pumpkins on a recent farm trip I took along a bag as I had a delicious recipe planned and we were not disappointed!
My Pumpkin Orzo Risotto is a recipe that I will definitely be making again and if I cannot get pumpkin I will simply use butternut squash instead.
What are your go to ingredients on a busy night?
Last week Eb from Easy Peasy Foodie hosted the CookBlogShare linky and there were so many delicious recipes shared but the sweet treats won. Here are my four favourite recipes from week 45 of CookBlogShare...
I adore cheesecakes, there really are my weakness when it comes to puddings and these four cheesecakes left me wanting more.
All That's Jas shared her Layered Maple Cheesecake which takes cheesecakes to a whole new level! A biscuit base, cheesecake, topped with spiced cake and finished off with maple icing, what is there not to love?
Who doesn't love a Baileys at Christmas? It is one drink that we get every Christmas so as soon as I saw that Vicki from The Free From Fairy had combined chocolate and Baileys to create this gluten-free and vegan cheesecake I knew that it would be a recipe to try!
If you are looking for a showstopper of a cheesecake then look no further. Kat from The Baking Explorer has left me speechless with her Double Chocolate Cheesecake. What makes this cheesecake stand out is the stunning decorations on the top, so much talent!
Just when you thought that cheesecakes could not get any better wait until you see what Jenny from Mummy Mishaps has created! Her Triple Chocolate Raspberry Cheesecake will leave everyone wanting more. Chocolate and raspberry is one of my favourite combinations, this goes to the top of my 'to try' list!
Now over to this weeks linky. I cannot wait to see what you have been cooking up. To refresh yourself of the 'rules' click here. Plus don't forget to tweet your link!
Hope you have a yummy week x