Boozy Coffee Milkshakes

Boozy coffee milkshakes – get your caffeine, sugar and alcohol fixes all in one with this indulgent grown-up treat!

Boozy coffee milkshakes - get your caffeine, sugar and alcohol fixes all in one with this indulgent grown-up treat!

Boozy coffee milkshakes - get your caffeine, sugar and alcohol fix with this indulgent grown-up treat!

Ok so I guess I should really be posting a smoothie recipe right now, not an indulgent milkshake. This goes against the usual January healthy eating thing, as well as Dry January AND Veganuary (though actually it can be converted to vegan if needed); but you know what? I think that January could do with a little indulgence like a boozy coffee milkshake; it’s all about balance. And besides, these would be perfect for Valentine’s Day dessert, which will be here before we know it. (more…)

Vegan Chocolate Fudge Cake

Vegan chocolate fudge cake – an easy to make, moist, fudgy vegan chocolate cake topped with coconut milk ganache. No one will be able to guess that it’s vegan!

Vegan chocolate fudge cake - an easy to make, moist, fudgy vegan chocolate cake topped with coconut milk ganache. No one will be able to guess that it's vegan!

Vegan chocolate fudge cake - an easy to make, moist, fudgy vegan chocolate cake topped with coconut milk ganache. No one will be able to guess that it's vegan! #vegan #baking #chocolatecake

This cake is a vegan version of my favourite chocolate cake – a rich, moist chocolate cake slathered with dark chocolate ganache. I’ve been sitting on the recipe for a while now but I figured that seeing as it is Veganuary I really should get round to sharing it. (more…)

Sweet Potato Black Bean Chilli (Vegan)

Sweet potato black bean chilli – a hearty, warming, yet healthy and delicious vegan meal. Quick and easy to make too!

Sweet potato black bean chilli - a hearty, warming, healthy and delicious vegan meal.

Sweet potato black bean chilli - a hearty, warming, healthy and delicious vegan meal.

I suppose that my first recipe of 2018 should probably be a healthy one; start the year off as you mean to go on and all that. Well I certainly hope that my year doesn’t continue as it’s started – with a horrible cold! Here’s hoping that some healthy, nourishing meals like this sweet potato black bean chilli have me feeling better quickly. (more…)

Mincemeat, Marzipan And Apple Bread Wreath

Mincemeat, marzipan and apple bread wreath – an impressive festive centrepiece full of Christmassy flavours.

mincemeat, marzipan and apple bread wreath - an impressive braided bread centrepiece full of Christmas flavour!

One last post before Christmas! This mincemeat, marzipan and apple bread wreath is an impressive centrepiece that would be perfect for a festive breakfast. I somehow ended up with about five jars of mincemeat leftover from making various things and there are only so many mince pies that one can eat (though that number is rather high); so I decided to make this bread wreath instead. (more…)

Spiced Honey Roasted Nuts

Spiced honey roasted nuts – sweet, spicy, salty and utterly addictive! They are great to snack on and would make a lovely home-made Christmas gift.

Spiced honey roasted nuts - sweet, spicy, salty and utterly addictive! They are great to snack on and would make a lovely home-made Christmas gift.

It is so very nearly Christmas and if you are in need of an easy yet lovely home-made gift then these spiced honey roasted nuts may just be it. If you wrap them up in a nice jar they would make a really good gift, otherwise they are just great to have to hand to nibble on throughout the holidays. (more…)

Crispy Potato Latkes With Smoked Salmon And Sour Cream

Crispy potato latkes with smoked salmon and chive sour cream – a delicious breakfast or brunch recipe that can easily be prepped ahead of time. Post sponsored by Co-op.

Crispy potato latkes with chive sour cream and smoked salmon; perfect for breakfast, brunch, lunch or dinner!

I have done so many sweet recipes recently that savoury ones haven’t had much of a look in (it’s not my fault that there are so many Christmassy things that I want to bake!); but I couldn’t not share the recipe for these crispy potato latkes with smoked salmon and chive sour cream with you. They are incredibly good – the entire batch was devoured very quickly after I was done taking photos, and I think that they would make a great Christmas morning breakfast, or Christmas dinner starter. (more…)

Lighter Mince Pies (Vegan)

Lighter mince pies – you can enjoy a festive mince pie even if you are trying to cut down on the sweet stuff as these ones have no added sugar, are lower in calories and vegan too! Post sponsored by Splenda.

Lighter mince pies - you can enjoy a festive mince pie even if you are trying to cut down on the sweet stuff as these ones have no added sugar, are lower in calories and vegan too!

Lighter mince pies - you can enjoy a festive mince pie even if you are trying to cut down on the sweet stuff as these ones have no added sugar, are lower in calories and vegan too!

Mince pies are one of my absolute favourite festive foods; I dread to think how many of them I get through over the festive period! (I actually had my first mince pie of the year in July, at a Christmas in July event!). For me it wouldn’t be Christmas without them, but they are quite high in sugar and fat, and therefore calories; so I’ve come up with this lighter version that cuts down on the sugar and fat whilst still being delicious! (more…)

Chocolate Gingerbread Biscuits (With Vegan Option)

Chocolate gingerbread biscuits – a chocolatey twist on classic gingerbread biscuits; they make great cut-outs for Christmas!

Chocolate gingerbread biscuits - a chocolatey twist on classic gingerbread biscuits; they make great cut-outs for Christmas!

 

I can’t believe that we are only a week away from Christmas; I still have so much work left to do and so many things that I want to bake and not enough time to do it all in! I made these chocolate gingerbread biscuits a while ago but haven’t had time to share them; seeing as we are so close to Christmas though I thought that I had better get them posted quick! (more…)

An Evening Of Cheese, Wine And Pickle Pairing

Learn how different cheeses, pickles and chutneys can affect the taste of wine, enabling you to pick the best combination! Post sponsored by Branston.

Branston pickle, cheese and wine

Cheese and wine is an obvious combination; but have you ever really thought about exactly what wine to pair with which cheese and what to serve as an accompaniment to really get the best flavour out of the combination? I certainly hadn’t until I was invited along by Branston to an evening of learning about wine, cheese and pickle pairing and had my eyes opened to a whole new world of flavour enhancement. (more…)

Lighter Chocolate Swirl Cheesecake With Berry Coulis

Lighter chocolate swirl cheesecake with berry coulis – have your cake and eat it too with this delicious lower calorie cheesecake recipe. Post sponsored by Splenda.

Lighter chocolate swirl cheesecake with berry coulis - have your cake and eat it too with this delicious lower-calorie cheesecake.

Lighter chocolate swirl cheesecake with berry coulis - have your cake and eat it too with this delicious lower-calorie cheesecake.

Christmas is a difficult time of year for healthy eating, there is just so much temptation about and it can be impossible to resist. However, with a little bit of effort and a couple of easy swaps it is possible to drastically reduce your sugar intake, and therefore your overall calorie consumption; whilst still being able to enjoy some sweet treats. (more…)

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