Was there life before google? It’s been my recipe go-to for ages, but it’s only in the past month or so that I’ve started specifically exploring the food-blogosphere. And I’m starting to think that this was maybe not such a good idea, because boy-o! if I read about any more Nutella Cream Cheese Chocolate Cakes then I can pretty much kiss the “Losing It” side of this blog goodbye. (Thanks Baker Street. I think ).
The exciting thing about food bloggers is that once you find some that you love, it’s like having your favourite recipe book author on speed dial. I love being able to tweet someone how much you enjoyed their Ginger Marinated Flank Steak (hi Renee! *waves*), ask questions about ingredients (thanks Donna!), or just knock around ideas for variations.
Of course I collect recipes faster than I can make them (who doesn’t?). But I’ve decided to start at least trying to keep up – by making a list that I think I can manage in a month. The plan: on the first monday of each month, share the last month’s successes and the next month’s must-tries. Here’s this month’s social media-inspired menu:
Tried it, loved it…
Ginger Marinated Flank Steak
We tried this a couple of weeks ago – yum! The marinade did a great job of tenderizing, and gave the meat a tasty glazed outside.
On the menu for June…
Sparkling Watermelon Sangria
You have GOT to check out this recipe, even just to see what the “Secret Ingredient” is. I can’t wait to try it – and it is totally generating spin-off recipe ideas.
Chicken Mango Skewers with Lime Poppy Seed Drizzle
I saw this go by on Twitter and just had to check it out. Love the idea of grilled mango, and lime is one of my favourite flavourings. These just look so summery.
Summer Pasta Salad with Lemon Lime Dressing
Pasta salad – hold the mayo. I really REALLY don’t like mayo. But ζach has become a master pasta-maker, so I’m looking forward to trying this! And I refer you to my earlier comment about limes .
Mango Swirl Cheesecake
Hello?!? It’s Mango Cheesecake! I think I’ll top it with a raspberry coulis.
Chocolate Chip Banana Bread
I love the banana garnish Lyn uses on the bread – so pretty! And I LOVE banana bread. AND I have a freezer full of bananas (I probably should have made this post a list of banana recipes).
Dark Chocolate Ice Cream
I’m trying to decide whether to buy an ice cream maker, so I’m borrowing one for a couple of weeks. I found this recipe using the Food Bloggers Network Search - I’ve added it to my sidebar if you ever want to use it. And while chatting with Donna, she also suggested her recipe for Browned Butter Ice Cream. Did I mention I love this whole social cooking thing??
Chocolate Lentil Brownies
Yummy Mummy Club isn’t a food blog (name notwithstanding), but Karen is still a food blogger, so the social aspect still holds. And besides, they’re brownies with lentils in them – I get to pretend I’m being healthy and stuff. Brownies for breakfast! Woot!
What are your favourite food-blogger finds?
PS. “Brownies for Breakfast” should be a hashtag. #justsayin
PPS. I’m totally open to suggestions on a new name for these posts. Social Media Menu Monday is a bit of a mouthful. (Pun intended — try to contain your astonishment.)
PPS. Social Media Mouthful. Hmmm…
PPPS. It took a lot of work keeping this list down to
4 6 7. If only I could exercise the same discipline with post-scripts.
PPPPS. Sorry. Couldn’t help myself
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