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

Yorkshire Day parkin | Hello! Hooray!
Yorkshire Day parkin

1st August is Yorkshire Day, so we are celebrating by making some special Yorkshire Day parkin! It isn’t really called that, but Tom is taking a batch into work as it’s his first day back after taking shared parental leave (see my previous post for more on that). Going back to work is definitely a little bit easier if you have cake! Parkin is usually eaten in the autumn, but overtime I have it I think that I should make it more often. So it was nice to actually do that this year!  Read More

Baked Spanish rice with chicken and chorizo | Hello! Hooray!
Baked Spanish rice with chicken and chorizo

I realised recently that most of the recipes I’ve posted over the last few months have been for cakes! Well, they have all been cakes actually – haha! 🙂 So I thought it was about time to make something else. The main reason that I have only been posting cake recipes is that we haven’t really had the time to try out anything new. Tea needs to be super quick and we often don’t end up eating together at the moment, so we very rarely cook something new from scratch. Until Friday night! Read More

Pecan cake with raspberry ripple ice cream | Hello! Hooray!
Pecan cake with raspberry ripple ice cream

I really love getting back into baking again, and when I saw this recipe for pecan cake with raspberry ripple ice cream on Facebook I knew I had to give it a go! My Mum and Dad came to stay with us and that seemed like the perfect opportunity – it’s good to have someone to share it with. If you’ve got a sweet tooth you’ll love the toffee sauce! I think I’ll be making that to go with some other recipes in future as it was so good.  Read More

Orange and almond Victoria sponge cake | Hello! Hooray!
Orange and almond Victoria sponge cake

It has been a little while since I managed to do any baking – I did do a bit in the last couple of weeks of my pregnancy as I had a thing about flapjack (recipe here) and wanted to have cake in the freezer (so I made this honey, banana and almond cake). My parents came up for the day on Saturday and I wanted to bake something, and I had seen this recipe for orange and almond Victoria sponge cake online a couple of weeks ago. I do love a twist on the classic Victoria sponge and as it was relatively easy to make, I thought it would be doable with Little One around!  Read More