Inheritance Recipes - August Round Up

Thank you all for sending your entries to our August Inheritance Recipes Link-up.

Every month, we love to read you stories. You can submit (old or new) as long as it's connected to a story and a recipe which you have inherited, through a family member, a friend or your ancestral culture. There is no geographical restrictions for the entries, recipes from all over the world are more than welcome. We love diversity. The Inheritance Recipes is co-hosted with Margot of Coffee and Vanilla and she will be the one to collect the entries next.

We share all the entries via social media channels and include them in a full round-up with images on one of our blogs at the end of the month. All entries can be seen below. Follow the links under the collage to check them out and don't forget to subscribe to our Inheritance Recipes Pinterest board (that has over 2,500 followers) and our Inheritance Recipes list on Twitter.

Starting from the top
Lemon curd by Pebble soup
Simple salted Herrings Ceviche by Coffee and vanilla
Jagodzianki - Polish Sweet Buns with Blueberries by Coffee and Vanilla
Gluten free & legendary lasagne by Gluten Free Alchemist
Lemon velvet "Marrow Cream" Curd by A2K

Do pay a visit to these recipes and hope to see you next month.

Travel Advice - Money: Cash or Card?

Money: Cash or Card? 

If you’re preparing for your soon-to-be jet-setting adventure, you may be considering how to manage your finances whilst you’re away. Too many of us often leave sorting our travel money out until the very last minute, so are you missing out on making the most of your spends?

In a recent survey of 500 people by Book Mallorca, when asked if they preferred to take cash or a travel card on holiday, almost two-thirds (63.5%) chose cash over card. Both have their advantages, so how can you decide which option is actually best for you?

Here we offer a short guide to managing your holiday finances before you travel.

Cash: It can come in handy

Changing even just a small amount of your money into foreign currency to take on your travels can help you to not only pay for essentials such as food, drink and transport, but can also help you manage your entire budget more efficiently. You also never know when you may need extra cash in case of an emergency!

Cash: On the downside

It’s much riskier to carry cash around with you than it is travel cards, especially if it’s a large amount of money. There’s an awful lot of pickpocketing in countries overseas and as a tourist, you’re likely to be more of a target to them.

Most of the time, travel insurance will only cover you for a maximum amount of cash being lost or stolen, usually around £500. It’s crucial to read over your insurance policy to be certain on how much money you can be covered for. If you think you’ll be needing more than £500 on your holiday, consider using a travel card too, which is discussed further on.

Some words of advice

Try to go in store to exchange your money, if you can. A lot of the time you can be charged as much as £5 to have your currency delivered, or even if you pre-order it to collect in store!

Always compare the different exchange rates before buying. Although the percentage differences may not seem much, choosing a lousy exchange rate can have a pretty big impact on the amount you have to spend on your holiday.

Aim to have as much foreign currency as you could need before you travel. Most of the time, exchange rates differ abroad and you may not get the best deal. Airport exchange rates are also quite pathetic, so avoid last minute exchanges if you can.

Travel Cards: The benefits

Prepaid travel cards allow you to not only budget for your travels with a set amount of money, but they are also widely accepted all over the world. So whether it’s Berlin or the Bahamas, Mallorca or Malaysia, you can be confident that your money is easily accessible, and a lot safer than if you were to carry it around as cash.

If you require a lot of money for your travels, you have less to worry about if your card is stolen rather than if it was cash. Replacement cards, for a small fee, are often part of the package, and your money is automatically transferred across to the new card.

Lucky enough to be taking a multi-destination trip? If you’ve planned where you will be going before you set off, a prepaid travel card can be loaded with different currencies all at the same time, making your holiday budgeting much simpler.

Travel Cards: The downfall

If you end up having a fantastic time on your holiday, so much so that you need extra money, you could be faced with charges for taking money out of the cash machine with your travel card. However, with some travel cards, the charge is a lot less than if you were to use a standard debit card and in some cases, they don’t exist at all. Either way, it’s worth comparing the different benefits of each card before choosing which, if any, to use.

So what is it to be?

While both cash and prepaid travel cards each come with the pros and cons, it ultimately depends on the type of holiday you are having. Where you are going and how long for can determine which is best for you. However, unless you are going to a destination where you know cards will not be accepted, try to head off on your hols with both cash and a card. The general rule of thumb tends to be a 30:70 ratio of cash:card.

Disclaimer: this is a sponsored post which was commissioned by Fire Cask 

John Whaite's Perfect Plates in 5 ingredients: Book Review

When fresh face John Whaite won the #GGBO in 2012, he was seating for a law degree, a lot has happened since then. He is now running his own cookery school and he makes regular appearances on TV as a presenter. Perfect Plates in 5 Ingredients, released in April 16, is his third book.

The opening sentence is, "In all honesty, I was dreading writing this book." Personally, I can relate 100% to this. Though john was talking about the "5 ingredients" challenge and not at all: a third in a series.

When your first book is published, you feel very lucky and somewhat undeserving, the second is never too hard to get (provide the first was good) but somehow the third seems a challenge for luck and hard work have been consumed and now the public knows what to expect. 

John Whaite has managed a beautiful book with interesting recipes. Home food, exotic but familiar.

For example, if you have cooked with Chorizo it's likely that you have added this ingredient to chickpeas or beans to make some kind of stew. At this stage, instinct says: crushed tomatoes or passata but John has us braising our dish in cider or sherry. This may not be new to hispanophiles but is uncommon enough to create a little frisson, flavour combo is great too.

With each recipe, only 5 ingredients are used and by stripping dishes from the superfluous, John Whaite gets an interesting collection of plates. The book is divided in Plates: Morning, Hearty, Everyday, Worth-the Wait, Posh, Many and Sweet.

For the foodies in your family of friends, this is a book to add to the list of presents.

John Whaite will be appearing OnBlackheath the music and food festival on Blackheath mid-September. Check the program out.

Perfect Plates in 5 Ingredients is published by Kyle book and can be purchased on

Limoncello Plum Tarte

tarte, frangipane, plum, limoncello

It's Glut time. This season, plums are plentiful. Once you have jammed, made cobblers, given kilos of plums to the people you like and shoved even more through the letterboxes of these you don't. What do you do?

Turn to the drink. Plum and limoncello complete each other nicely. Just in case, here is a quick reminder: Limoncello is a cocktail of vodka and lemon. Here it gives a little kick to the smooth texture of the frangipane.

tarte, frangipane, plum, limoncello, top shot, lakeland

Earlier in the summer, I attended "Xmas in July" the presentation of all things Xmassy by several brands. As usual, my preferred show was that of Lakeland. Always full of useful kitchen gadget, though I can't say that the plastic shot-pipettes stroke me as useful at first. But, always curious to try, I thought that this limoncello tart would be the perfect experimentation ground. After sucking the liqueur in the pipette, it's released by pressure to the top. It works. I would definitely recommend these Shot-Tops.

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Frangipane is one of France's many traditional foods associated with Christmas celebration, it's a filling made with almonds, it's found in Bakewell tarts and a few other bakes too.

But back to our recipe, Limoncello and Plum Tarte

tarte, frangipane, plum, limoncello, top shot, lakeland

500g ready-made shortcrust pastry
zest and juice of 2 unwaxed lemons
4 tbsp double cream
100g pack ground almonds
5 eggs
100g butter, melted
8 tbsp limoncello liqueur
10 plums, stoned and cut into wedges

200g golden caster sugar


  1. Preheat the oven 160C (gas) or on 4
  2. Roll out the pastry and place it in a 25cm tarte/quiche tin - bake blind for 10 minutes
  3. Put the lemon zest and juice, cream, almonds, sugar, eggs and melted butter in a large bowl and whisk until smooth then stir in the limoncello.
  4. Place the plum on the pastry. Pour over the mixture and bake for 30 minutes. Check the colour in the last 5 minutes.
  5. Let it cool and sieve icing sugar on the top

If you like the idea of a frangipane tarte, check these blogs out:

Pear Frangipane tarte with black sesame by De tout Coeur Limousin

Pear and Frangipane tarte by tartelette

Peach and Rosemary Frangipane by Tarte by Cloudy Kitchen

Nectarine Frangipane tart by Tales from the Kitchen Shed

Lobster Pasta aka Pasta All'Aragosta

 When a recipe is supposed to look like so

                                                      But ends up looking like above

I used to get very upset when my dishes didn't turn up like the original pictures, then I started blogging, rubbed shoulder with some of the best food photographers and quickly understood that a picture gallery is very much like a wardrobe. 

What's New in the Kitchen #14 : Tried-and-True

I am Tilda's biggest fan. But without a microwave, their pouches were, so far, out of my reach. Not anymore, the new Tilda Pulses 'n Rice can be eaten quickly stir-fried or straight from the pouch, if you are in a real hurry . The new range is international (Mexican, Moroccan, Japanese and Caribbean style).

It should be heaven, right?

Wrong, I love the packaging and the range has proven to be very handy when in a hurry for lunch. 140g is small but the content is satisfying though a little seems to get lost in the creases at the bottom of the pouch, annoying.
Tilda can be trusted to offer organic products, all of which are gluten free. Sadly the taste was disappointing, the new range of 5 has been crafted by Bruno Loubet. Its's cheap and satisfying but nothing really stands out. RRP £1.35

Heinz summer range
Heinz sauces

This summer, the 140 years old brand is "adding a little Magic" to our dishes. As usual promotional material can be a little over the top. Used on a side of a plate or squirted over a dish these sauces are handy but often taken for granted, it's good old Heinz, afterall.

Mix them within a dish and yes, it's almost Magic. I added the BBQ sauce to a burger mix, using the sauce as an ingredient in its own right and the burgers were brilliant. Same with the piri-piri used as a pork chops marinade. RRP £1.25- £3.65
My heart goes to gluten intolerant sufferers as I always find the products, dry and slightly rough to my palate. Same here, though Nairn's is usually a tasty brand. One nice thing about these crackers is the ingredients, full of nutritious seeds and omega3 rich RRP £1.75

Lemon Curd

Lately, I have been obsessed with  fresh fruits as if my body was telling me to quick, quick do something to store a little of summer so that it could face the months to come, happily.

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With the abundance of summer fruits and the in-season citrus,  I have been jamming, canning as much as the pantry space will allow me. I found a quick recipe for a deliciously tangy lemon curd. Curds seem to be coming back in fashion. Probably because the orange and lemon curds are making way for new flavours. Take blackcurrants, Lucie at Baking Queen 74 adapted a BBC blackcurrants curd recipe with very effective results.

Inheritance Recipes - August 16 -

Not all strawberries are red, the white ones, pre-date the red ones, they taste of pineapple
Welcome to August edition of Inheritance Recipes. The holidays season is open us. Time for friends and family gatherings, some of us will stay in the UK some will travel further but we are all likely to come back with a recipe or two which we had forgotten.


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