Jason Watkins

just a bloke trying to remember some of the stuff he cooks, who would give a kidney to win the eurovision song contest


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  • Strawberry and black pepper cake

    29th November 2016

    I created this cake for episode 12 of Refreshments Provided, our cake episode, we had three cakes!With a few punnets of strawberries in the fridge I wanted an interesting flavour combo that was not only different but delicious. Initially trying balsamic vinegar which I found to acidic I opted for black pepper.Thankfully Carly was quite impressed with this cake during the episode and I really like the combination of the sweet fruit and the warmth from the pepper.Strawberry and black pepper cakeIngredients500g strawberries2 tbsp cracked black pepper 240g caster sugar4 large eggs ( 4 from my girls delivers about 277g)250ml milk180g unsalted butter (melted and cooled)400g self raising flour1 tsp baking powder1 tsp vanilla bean pasteMethodPreheat oven to 180°CLine a 23cm springform cake tin with baking paperTop and half the strawberries and add to a bowlAdd 20g of caster sugar and 1tsp of black pepper to the strawberriesLine the base of the

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  • Providing refreshments rhubarb and ginger cake

    28th November 2016

    We all know how much I love a project (just the one?) so for the past few months I've been having great fun on a new venture with my mate Carly Findlay.Refreshments Provided is a podcast where Carly and I get to talk about pop culture, what we've been streaming or reading and what's been happening in our kitchens.While the conversation always comes back to food we also tackle some of life's more meaty subjects as we try to make sense of it all or just accept that sometime we don't have a clue.We have had the occasional guest ranging from "Candice" our first guest who asked us for directions to the toilet to theatre producer Kath Duncan and media personality Osher Günsberg.Each episode as well as catching up on the goss we of course have a delicious refreshment provided....I wonder how long it will be till people discover this whole

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  • Kids love balloons and blood orange and almond biscuits

    20th November 2016

    A few months ago (remember I told you how behind I am) I had the pleasure of being on Chris Holland's podcast Kids Love Balloons. Chris is a huge Eurovision fan and was the standby jury member for Australia in 2015. He has also had Julia Zemiro and Nina (Carbon 2011) on the podcast so you can imagine just how excited I was to be amongst that level of Eurovision royalty. (I keep wondering who cancelled??)The focus of the podcast is a simple question "what makes you happy?" and the conversation goes from there. Chris has a great way of just letting you talk/ramble that all the talking points you'd thought of in the car just go out the window. The second part of the podcast has each guest discusing three songs that make them happy and to Chris' disappointment I didn't add any Eurovision! Madness I know!The ever growing playlist of joy is

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  • Let's Get Technical Great British Bake Off 2016 - Royal week Final

    17th November 2016

    Well we finally made it to the final bake and post of #let's_get_technical for 2016!Is it just me or do things take much longer as we get older......(or do I just take on too many projects??)I'll be honest I was a bit disappointed when they announced that the technical challenge for the Great British Bake was going to be a Victoria Sandwich.....again???The weird and wonderful unfamiliar bakes is what makes the technical challenge so much fun but I understand when the old vicky sponge made another appearance. This technical challenge really was the exam after the weeks (years) of study. Had I been paying enough attention to bake a cake just from my brain?And drum roll please, it appears I can! Thanks to the many series of British and international bake offs I think I have learnt enough about cake that without a recipe I can wing it.I look back

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  • Let's Get Technical Great British Bake Off 2016 - Pâtisserie week

    5th November 2016

    Week 9 saw the bake I was most excited to try from this series of The Great British Bake off.The savarin a yeast raised chantilly cream topped and fruit adorned beauty did not disappoint.No spoilers but I think I nailed this bake even if I do have to judge myself and will even be presenting a savarin for the christmas table this year. It's a big one today! Oh gingham of mystery #Lets_get_technical #GBBO #bakeoff #patisserieweek #savarin #ExtraSlice pic.twitter.com/v1mcrZOtGd— dontboilthesauce (@dbtsauce) October 23, 2016 Did you think you would make it this far?? #Lets_get_technical #GBBO #bakeoff #patisserieweek #savarin #ExtraSlice pic.twitter.com/cHmDBOLFFt— dontboilthesauce (@dbtsauce) October 23, 2016 Ok let's do thisOn your marks, Get setBAKE!!!#Lets_get_technical #GBBO #bakeoff #patisserieweek #savarin #ExtraSlice pic.twitter.com/cyGvDTUtC8— dontboilthesauce (@dbtsauce) October 23, 2016 Our most colourful ingredient selection so far #Lets_get_technical #GBBO #bakeoff #patisserieweek #savarin #ExtraSlice pic.twitter.com/B8nS4W5vTq— dontboilthesauce (@dbtsauce) October 23, 2016 Salvation ready for first prove#Lets_get_technical #GBBO #bakeoff #patisserieweek #savarin #ExtraSlice pic.twitter.com/u751uXil03— dontboilthesauce

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