No. 76 - April 2009
Welcome to the April 2009 Recipes4us Newsletter. Recipes4us.co.uk is celebrating its 9th birthday on 1st April and thanks to you, is stronger than ever with around 4,500 recipes and over 8,000 people visiting the site per day. I'd like to thank you for your continued support and don't forget - keep the faith - spread the word.
If you have any suggestions, additions or interesting questions for the newsletter, please write to me at Newsletter@Recipes4us.co.uk . Also, if you come across any publications mentioning Recipes4us.co.uk, don't forget to let me know.
Don't forget every month I will be slightly changing the layout of this newsletter, so make sure you go right to the end to ensure you don't miss anything.
Happy Cooking !
Florence Sandeman, Publisher
Saturday 4th April
National Cordon Bleu Day
During the 16th century, King Henry III created one of the most important orders in France, “L’Ordre du Saint-Esprit” which was symbolised by the cross of the Holy Spirit hanging on a blue ribbon or un cordon bleu. But what exactly is Cordon Bleu cuisine and why did it take this name?
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Sunday 19th April
National Garlic Day
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Here's a really tasty recipe to celebrate National Garlic Day. It's fabulous as a starter but equally as nice as a light vegetarian main course.
Garlic Nutrition Facts
Amount Per 1 clove
*Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.
Sunday 12th April
Here's the latest Recipes4us video and you can watch me making these scrumptious triple chocolate cupcakes to delight your family and friends at Easter.
Recipe of the Month
Apricot and Pecan Simnel Cake
Here's a recipe which is a twist on the traditional Easter simnel cake.
Thursday 23rd April
St. George's Day
I was very pleased to hear Boris Johnson, the Mayor of London, bringing St. George's day to the forefront by confirming that London will celebrate St George's Day with a with a week of free events, claiming "St George's Day has been ignored in London for far too long" and further saying "St George's Day is a time to celebrate the very best of everything English and the Cross of St George will proudly fly outside City Hall on April 23."
Why not celebrate St. George's Day by cooking a traditional English recipe. You can find lots on the England recipes page or try this all time favourite, Bread and Butter Pudding.
To read more about St. George click here
What's in Season in April
Click here to see what's in season this month, how to cook it and to find a UK Farmers' Market near you.
Click the picture to find this month's weekday menus to help you plan your meals and shopping weeks ahead. Each weekday has a main course, suggested vegetable accompaniments plus a dessert which have been planned to supply you with a balanced diet. It's also been designed so that you can interchange one day's menu with another in the same grouping. Most of the main courses are ready to serve in less than 40 minutes - great for working people.
Click the picture to find the latest additions including Phil Vickery's latest pudcast
Q. What's the easiest way to peel garlic without a special tool?
A. If the garlic is going to be crushed or chopped, then place the clove on a sturdy surface, take a broad bladed knife and place it flat side down on the clove, place a cloth on top then give it a firm bash with your hand to flatten it. The skin will loosen and can then be easily removed.
Alternatively, if you are using more than 2 cloves for a recipe, place in the microwave for 15 seconds on high until they are just warming. The skins will slide off.
April in the Kitchen Garden
Start thinning out seeds which were sown in pots or trays last month once they are about 12mm/1/2" tall.. Don't delay too long as crowded plants not only fight for light, making them grow tall and spindly, but they are also more prone to damping off disease
Continue to sow Broad beans, Brussels sprouts, dill, summer cabbage, carrots, turnips cauliflowers, Kohl Rabi, Leeks, peas, lettuce, marjoram, parsnips, radish, spinach, spring onions
Start thinning out seeds which were sown last month but in order to prevent large gaps occurring, only thin to half the final distance.
For detailed growing instructions visit growing herbs and vegetables section
Whether you're looking for everyday, exotic or unusual food and drink, visit
UKFoodOnline.co.uk Food shopping has never been easier !
Rhubarb, Rhubarb, Rhubarb
season is upon us but did you know that it is classed as a
vegetable, not a fruit?
Roasted Rhubarb and Vanilla Desserts
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