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Nigella's chocolate olive oil cake | Hello! Hooray!

Nigella’s chocolate olive oil cake

I recently made Nigella’s chocolate olive oil cake for a dear friend who is now dairy and gluten free. It can actually be quite difficult to find recipes that are both gluten and dairy free, so I was pleased to have found this one! Although you may be put off by the chocolate and olive oil combo, don’t be – there is no way you can tell at all and it’s a bit like a big brownie. I’m hoping to make it again soon as Nigella suggests serving it warm as a pudding. Yum!  Read More

Hello! Hooray! Shop now open

Hello! Hooray! shop is now open

I am SO excited that the Hello! Hooray! Shop is now open! After several months of working a couple of hours a night once Little One has gone to bed, or snatching the odd hour while she was sleeping in the sling, it feels brilliant to finally get it up and running. It has been open for almost a couple of weeks but I just haven’t been able to sit down to finish this post, so I’m very excited to be able to tell you all about it now! Read More

Ultimate vanilla ice cream (and sprinkles!) | Hello! Hooray!

Ultimate vanilla ice cream

We recently bought an ice cream maker as a joint wedding anniversary present to ourselves. Technically, 3 years is meant to be leather but we decided that this was much more appealing! The first recipe we tried out was from the booklet that came with it – white chocolate, which is Tom’s favourite. But it was a bit disappointing to be honest…we should have guessed when it said to use skimmed milk! The texture of the grated chocolate was a bit weird too, as my taste buds said chocolate but the texture was like coconut. Weird. Anyway, we found this recipe for the ultimate vanilla ice cream and thought it was worth a try! At first glance it seems like it is going to be a massive effort over 2 days, but in reality it was much easier. We keep the bowl in the freezer all the time so it’s ready to go when we need it, and that seemed to speed things up a bit. You’ll also need lots of ice cubes ready. It really is delicious, so well worth the wait overnight! Read More

Violets Cafe Newcastle | Hello! Hooray!

Violets Cafe

Violets Cafe has been on my list of places to visit for a while, and we decided to go for a late wedding anniversary treat – it’s my new favourite place! It is owned and run by Abbie Atkinson, wife of Kenny Atkinson who is the man behind Newcastle’s Michelin-starred restaurant, House of Tides. Having seen the most amazing photos on their Instagram feed we were expecting great things, and it did not disappoint.  Read More