Baking is something I save for one of two occasions; a rainy day (classic excuse) or a day where my eyebrows have been almost continuously furrowed. With the return of the Great British Bake Off on our screens I felt it was high time I got out my scales and greaseproof paper to make something truly indulgent. Well if you're only going to bake occasionally then why make something healthy? Millionaire's Tart is possibly my favourite tart of all time.
We sat at my laptop around two weeks ago trawling the internet for some holiday inspiration. None came and so we adopted the 'let's just book whatever leaves next week' attitude; a method I will most certainly be using again. We booked a three day trip to Bruges, getting there by Eurostar with a small a bag as possible (well, I still needed everything ever) and it was fantastic. There was plenty of chocolate, beer, waffles and sightseeing.
I have been meaning to make some shortbread for a while but things just seem to get in the way and before I know it I'm tucked up in bed thinking, "Tomorrow. Tomorrow will be shortbread day", it seemed to be a never ending cycle. However many things happen I always try to make time to bake a biscuit; there's nothing else that can fill the void like making a homemade treat. To bring about my biscuit making I set about creating a coffee chocolate shortbread.
It’s all just a bit depressing at the moment isn't it? Each time I glance out of the window there is never even a peep of blue sky and hardly any bright daffodils to remind me it is in fact Spring. But no matter. When times get like this there is only one way to improve the situation; to fill your belly with buttery things.
Perhaps not the healthiest advice to give, a more svelte person might suggest a nice jog in the park but it wouldn't quite
Have you ever had one of those days where a banana keeps looking at you? You keep seeing it out of the corner of your eye knowing it's getting riper by the second but you just don't feel like eating it. Everyone likes their bananas differently; some like them green and leaving that funny feeling in your mouth and others like them bruised and brown. I am on the green team; as soon as there's a speck of brown on the banana skin I can't stand it. But
A while ago I was having some lunch in a restaurant. For pudding I had some soft, sugar covered dough sticks which were to be dipped in a well known hazelnut chocolate spread. At some point in the kitchen a rogue bit of rosemary had ended up on my dough stick. I imagine there must have been some sort of herb-off going on in the kitchen between the chefs and the remnants of the duel had not been cleared up. Unbeknown to me I submerged it in hazelnutty
Last year for Valentine's Day I posted a three course meal; Beetroot and Goat's Cheese Risotto, Boeuf Bourguignon and Dark Chocolate Tart. They were great together for a lovely meal in but this year I wanted to make something a little romantic and very indulgent. I know Valentine's recipes will be two a penny at the moment but my truffles are a bit different. Not least because they're not heart shaped and look rather plain and innocent. Until you
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I love popcorn. I don't know what it is that makes it so addictive that you carry on eating it even though you know it'll be stuck in your teeth for hours afterwards. I think popcorn is responsible for starting a lot of arguments; queuing at the cinema inevitably results in the question, "Salted or sweet popcorn"? and the ensuing debate afterwards discussing the merits of both flavours.
If I had to choose it would be sweet. Fortunately I no longer
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