Oh how the North Wind doth blow….but fear not we have something here for everyone to warm you from within. Plus #CookBlogShare 2020 Week 9 obvs.
A big warm welcome to #CookBlogShare here on Apply To Face Blog. As the wind and rain rages outside, what better way to shelter from the storm than rustling up something infused with warming spices? A little warmth in the winter belly is just what the weatherman ordered. Not only will you keep snug but you’ll keep everyone else’s chills at bay. At least momentarily anyway. It’s either these recipes or Ready Brek people. I know what I’m cooking.
This month has found me feverishly beavering away updating old posts and generally trying to right the wrongs that I had naively committed when I first began my blog. At times I have felt overwhelmed by the sheer amount of it all. Not least compounded by my scatterbrain mentality and rubbish organisational skills. I like to fly by the seat of my big pants normally but alas this is not conducive to successful blogging. With my gut well and truly reined in, I have managed to emerge the other side still sane if a little grey and sweaty.
My Iced Buns were the very last post to get the update back, sack and crack treatment. They made me realise exactly why I work my wotsits off. Being able to snaffle the most wonderful food is quite a perk, if I do say so myself. Having to cook my recipes again really brought it home to me just how good food can be. There is SO much to be said for the home cook.
It is easy to forget the joy of a homemade soft and milky Iced Bun or a buttery, flaky Danish Pastry after the fact and after a whole heap of the time on the lap top. It was an absolute blast to enjoy them all over again and it left me even more focused on food blogging. God help me!
Another perk related to blogging is that I also have been enjoying my children taking a new found interest in cooking my recipes with me in the kitchen. I am a little shocked to be honest as they have never been at all interested before.
I suspect there is a little sibling rivalry going on as they do spend most of their time together trying to outdo/maim each other. But who cares if I can share a little of my foodie love with them. My son has completely made my Nutella Cheesecake this morning along with Yorkshire Puddings and gravy for Sunday Lunch. He even peeled all the potatoes and carrots. All this in our pyjamas dancing to Prince albums. One very happy Mummy.
As the weather has been so pants lately I couldn’t help but be drawn to these four great recipes. I love a little warm spice in my food in the Winter. Just enough to warm the toes. These recipes have the wonderful cajun and smoked paprika spices running through them. Just perfect in my spice baby book.
LOW CARB CAJUN CHICKEN CUPS
These Cajun Chicken Cups from A Strong Coffee are packed full of flavour and brilliantly low on the carbs. I would absolutely love to tuck into these at any time. I genuinely feel inspired to make them especially because they are made with frozen avocado. Who knew? I’ve gotta get me some of those. Game changer.
This Bean Chilli from Lost In Food is packed full of beans, vegetables and spices. This tasty dish is vegan and wonderfully warming at the end of a chilly day. I just love the sound of it. A great one for absolutely everyone to come home to.
Sweetcorn Chowder from Taste Botanical. This is exactly the sort of soup that I love. Hearty with a capital H. Again packed full of warming spices with an extra level of smoky flavour. A fantastic meal in itself. This is a soup to get lost in. Delicious.
Shrimps and Crabs In Cajun Butter Sauce from The Not So Creative Cook just wowed me from the get go! You can just taste the glorious buttery garlic and cajun spices coating all that wonderful seafood. What a celebration of a dish. A ray of sunshine too when we very much need it.
And now to this week’s linky
#COOKBLOGSHARE WEEK 9
Non-bloggers – skip to the bottom of the page and click on the thumbnails that catch your eye to take you to the website where the recipe can be found. Remember they will be added to as the week goes on, so don’t forget to pop back and take a look again later.
Bloggers Linking up this week?
You can link up any foodie posts you have. Both old and new posts are welcome as long as they have not been linked to #CookBlogShare before. All you need to do is:
- Link up a recipe or foodie post by clicking the blue ‘add your link’ button below and following the instructions. You can link up to 4 posts.
- Add a link from your post back to this post (so everyone else can find it and link up too!) and / or add the NEW #CookBlogShare badge to your post (Code below – for WordPress copy and paste the code below into the text view of your post or a custom html block if using Gutenberg).
- Comment on some of the other recipes linked up here (at least 2 for each link added but the more you can the better) and generally share the love with a bit of social media action!
- Plus comment on either this post or one of the posts labelled HOST in the linky.
Just to remind you, by joining in you are giving the #CookBlogShare hosts permission to use your pictures in a roundup and on social media if your recipe is selected as one of our favourites!
Don’t forget to add #CookBlogShare to your Instagram post and check out/comment on what others are posting on the #CookBlogShare feed.
You can also post your recipe on the Cook Blog Share Facebook Page.
If you wish, you can tweet me a link to your recipe @applytofaceblog as well as (if you have room on the tweet!) my co-hosts @lostinf00d using the #CookBlogShare hashtag and we will retweet all that we see.
GET COOKING BLOGGERS!