Chocolate and salted caramel squares

I’ve had a few recipes saved up for the time when we don’t have a kitchen, and this is one of them. I apologise if you’re trying to be healthy there are some links to healthier things at the bottom of this post! The original title of this recipe (which I found on the BBC website) is ‘Salted chocolate and caramel squares’ – but as you can see, I’ve changed it slightly as it makes far more sense to me this way around! Whatever you decide to call them, this is a delicious twist on the traditional millionaire’s shortbread and the almonds and vanilla in the base are simply delicious. The caramel here is fairly runny and I could not get it to thicken up, so next time I make it I might use the recipe that I use for millionnaire’s flapjack with the addition of some salt. But if you prefer your caramel slightly thinner, this works just fine (and it tastes delicious anyway!).  Read More

Roasted tomato and mascarpone soup

A couple of weeks ago, me and Daria had a little catch up in town – we were meant to be doing LGMC errands but ended up spending most of our time having lunch…and then cake! We both had some really yummy tomato and mascarpone soup for lunch, and I decided to have a look and see if I could recreate it at home because it was that good.

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Cholesterol busting chicken curry | Hello! Hooray!
Cholesterol busting chicken curry

If you’re looking for a healthy but really super delicious curry recipe, then look no further! This curry is amazingly good and is taken from The Medicinal Chef: Healthy Every Day by Dale Pinnock. It has become one of our go-to recipes because it’s also pretty quick to make, so we often make it during the week. It serves 4 so we eat a bit on the day we make it and then freeze the rest. [Edit: we’ve found this to be a great meal for Baby Led Weaning and Little One loves it! See more on this below]. Read More

Steak and ale cobbler

Autumn is definitely here, which means the days are getting shorter and I just crave comfort food! As is traditional in our house, I made a Parkin to mark the start of the new season, and I made a yummy Guinness Parkin (click here for the recipe) which doesn’t use a whole can of Guinness. So I wanted to find a recipe to use up the rest of it! I thought about making a pie, but decided to make a pie mix but with cobbler instead. Read More

Slow roast tomato salad

I work with a great team of people in my day job, and one of the things we do quite regularly is swap recipe ideas. This one is a recipe from my friend Donna – she brought this in for her lunch one day and we all did that thing where we no longer wanted to eat our sandwiches after seeing what she had! This is really a summery recipe, but given the glorious weather we’ve been having I thought I’d share it so that you can savour the last of the sun before autumn sets in properly. It takes a bit of time to cook but is SO worth the effort. Read More

Chocolate mousse with fiery ginger shortbread and candied orange peel
***This post is a reposting of a recipe that got lost in my blog transfer – sorry!***

 

If you follow me on Instagram (or you’ve seen the photos in my feed on my blog) then you may already know that yesterday our new Kitchen Aid mixer was delivered! I can’t believe we actually got one, after so long saying ‘I’d LOVE one of those!’. We chose the pistachio colour in the end, as it will look so lovely with our new kitchen when we get it done in a couple of months. That’s another exciting project to tell you about, but that’s for another time!

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Bakewell cake with raspberry curd filling

I’ve been invited to take part in Vertbaudet’s Summer Baking challenge, and was asked to make any summery cake and share it on my blog. So this is my entry – a combination of recipes that I love to make! The cake is a Bakewell cake, which usually only consists of one layer but I made two here so that I could fill it with homemade raspberry curd and buttercream. The contrast between the sweet curd and the tangy fresh raspberries works so well. If you’re having a summer party then this would be great to feed a few people, and you could use fresh cream instead of the buttercream. And then you’ve still got the rest of your batch of raspberry curd to enjoy even though Autumn is on the way! Read More

Project Life

I’m so SO excited to be starting Project Life this month – today, in fact! 🙂 Project Life has taken the scrapbooking world by storm (just in case you’ve never heard of it) and having admired the kits and bits and bobs that you can get for so long, I’m taking the plunge and starting my first scrapbooking adventure.

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Top to skirt alteration

I bought this top a few years ago – I immediately fell in love with the gorgeous floral pattern! I know it looks like a dress, but it really is far too short for that…! Anyway, more recently it hasn’t fit on the top half, but I was convinced that if I had the courage to do it, the bottom half would fit if I turned it into a skirt. After such a long time of wondering about it (and some inspiration from Dawn O’Porter’s tv programme, ‘This Old Thing’) I decided to give it a go. Read More

Pyjama trousers

I’ve got completely hooked on sewing clothes recently, and have done so much sewing! I feel like I’m really getting to know my machine better and I absolutely love it. I got this super fabric a little while ago to make some pyjama trousers, but I got a bit distracted by other projects before getting around to making them! Even though I’ve learnt lots of new techniques, this project is a really simple, back to basics make – if you’re a beginner looking to start making clothes then this is a great project. Read More