I opened up my kitchen baking cupboard the other day and was met with a pile of packets falling on my head. That seemed like a pretty clear sign that it was high time I had a bit of a clearout and used up a few half empty packets of ingredients that had been in there too long. These chewy, no-bake peanut butter granola bars were my attempt to finish off a random selection of odds and ends of nuts, seeds, cereal and dried fruit. (more…)
So apparently this week is #NationalPieWeek (or #BritishPieWeek, I don’t know which is the official one); there are so many national food days/weeks that I rarely know that they are happening until it’s too late and I’m not particularly interested in them anyway (except pancake day – that’s different), but it had been a very long time since I last made a pie so I took it as an excuse to bake one. (more…)
More bloomin’ pancakes! I promise that once pancake day is over I will share something that isn’t pancakes, but for now I can’t get enough of them! These ones are baklava inspired – the sweet, syrupy, nutty filo pastry treat in pancake form. These are thick, soft, fluffy American-style pancakes made with Greek yogurt to keep them extra moist and pack in some protein and they are flavoured with cardamom, cinnamon and chopped nuts with a delicious sweet syrup with hints of lemon, orange blossom water and rose. (more…)
It’s nearly the second best day of the year (after Christmas) – pancake day! I love pancakes in all forms and make them regularly, for breakfast, dessert, dinner (savory or sweet ones!) or a snack; they are infinitely adaptable, easy to make and one of my favourite foods. I realised that I hadn’t really posted any dessert pancakes on the blog, just breakfasty ones; so I am remedying that with these indulgent pancakes with caramel oranges and almond ice cream. (more…)
Valentine’s Day is tomorrow and I’ve got a last-minute post for you in the form of Persian love cake. The story behind this cake goes that there was a Persian woman who was madly in love with a prince so she baked him a cake to make him fall in love with her; because what better way is there to win someone over than with cake?! There are multiple versions of the story floating around, some ending happily, some definitely not. It is extremely unlikely to actually be true and is most likely a fairly modern invention; but I do like food with a story!
Even though my fiance and I don’t bother celebrating Valentine’s Day, I will still take the opportunity to do some themed baking and use my neglected set of heart shaped biscuit cutters. Not that these Linzer biscuits should be solely reserved for Valentine’s Day of course, they are far too delicious for that! Obviously you don’t have to use a heart shaped cutter, as long as you have one larger cutter and a small one for the cut-out (it doesn’t even need to be the same shape) then you are sorted so they are suitable for any time of year. (more…)
I was craving cake so badly at the weekend that I just had to give in and bake one, there was no point resisting! Besides, I spent a good portion of my weekend re-organising the kitchen (no small task!) so I think that cake was well deserved. To make a bit of space in the cupboard I decided to use up one of my jars of clementine marmalade and make a marmalade and ginger cake. This is a beautifully soft and moist cake with a lovely orange flavour and a hint of warm ginger.
I have porridge for breakfast most weekdays (I am half Scottish after all, though I don’t go as far as making it the way my dad insists is traditional, with just oats, water and salt). But at the weekends I like to have a bit more of an indulgent breakfast. I love pancakes and waffles with all the toppings, but they don’t lend themselves particularly well to a healthy eating plan. I am a big believer in balance, so I think that an indulgent breakfast every now and again is perfectly alright, as well as regular slices of cake; but I wanted to come up with something that fit both bills – decadent but good for you. (more…)
Apart from my mincemeat bundt cake and a few biscuits and things left over from Christmas I have been doing fairly well so far this year at eating healthily (and yes I know it hasn’t been very long yet, shush you!); I’ve been making lots of soups and stews, stocked up on veg and have put all the packets of lentils at the back of the cupboard to good use. There is no denying that I have a sweet tooth though and I crave a little something sweet after most meals; usually a couple of squares of dark chocolate is enough to satisfy the craving however and has the bonus of actually being good for me. (more…)
You’ve probably all decorated your Christmas cakes (if you have one) already, what with it being Christmas eve eve today (already! How?!); but on the off chance that you haven’t yet gotten round to it, I thought I would share how I’ve chosen to decorate mine this year. (more…)