Archive of ‘Cherry’ category

Coconut And Berry Fruit Tarts

Coconut and berry fruit tarts - crisp coconut pastry with coconut pastry cream and fresh berries.

Coconut and berry fruit tarts - crisp coconut pastry with coconut pastry cream and fresh berries.

I have been eating so many berries recently, I’ve always got a stash of them both in the fridge and in the freezer, I can’t get enough! I want to make the most of them while they are still in season as soon enough they will be gone for the Winter. Although most of them just get eaten straight from the tub, I have managed to set a few aside for baking with; these coconut and berry fruit tarts are a wonderful way to serve them and would be perfect for afternoon tea or a garden party, or just because it’s Tuesday. (more…)

Chocolate Berry Granola

Chocolate berry granola - a healthy way to eat chocolate for breakfast!

Chocolate berry granola - a healthy way to eat chocolate for breakfast!

We are currently renovating our kitchen so cooking and baking is pretty much impossible at the moment (though I did somehow manage to make jam in the study yesterday!). So far I have learned how to plaster and next up is woodwork and tiling! It will be at least a couple of weeks yet before we are finished but hopefully the kitchen will be usable again in about a week once we put the sink in and actually have water downstairs! I will keep you updated on our progress and fingers crossed we will have a much nicer kitchen than the ugly, outdated one that we ripped out once we are done. (more…)

Chocolate Berry Smoothie

Chocolate berry smoothie - a rich, chocolatey smoothie that feels like you are drinking dessert but is totally healthy!

Chocolate berry smoothie - a rich, chocolatey smoothie that feels like you are drinking dessert but is totally healthy!

I always feel like a bit of a cheat when I post a smoothie recipe because they are so simple that it almost feels wrong to even call it a recipe; I mean, the instructions are only one line long for goodness sake! Nevertheless, I having been making this chocolate berry smoothie a lot recently so thought that I would go ahead and share it as I like it so much. (more…)

Balsamic Roasted Cherry Chocolate Chunk Ice Cream & July 2016 Degustabox Review

Balsamic roasted cherry and chocolate chunk ice cream

It feels like an age since I last posted, and I was planning on putting this post up last week but life (and my seven month old niece who I was babysitting for the week – how does anyone get anything done while looking after a baby?!) got in the way so it’s taken me an awfully long time to get this done! I’m also going to Bloodstock festival (heavy metal) tomorrow so will be away until next week; I’m hoping for a warm, sunny weekend but doubt I’m going to get it so I’ve got my (black, naturally) wellies packed just in case; I say packed, but currently I just have piles of stuff to take dotted around the house and haven’t actually packed anything yet…I am not very prepared! (more…)

Black Forest Meringue Nests (Chocolate Cherry Meringues)

Black forest meringue nests - chocolate swirl meringues with quark whipped cream, cherry compote & chocolate shavings

The other day I attempted to squeeze the bowl for my ice cream maker into the freezer, which resulted in me having to re-arrange the entire freezer and remove several items in order to fit it in (there may be an overabundance of cake in there…); that in turn led to me making these black forest meringue nests as I took out a tub of egg whites (which I always seem to have several of in there) and a packet of frozen cherries to make room for the bowl. The logical conclusion was meringues with cherry compote, at which point it seemed wrong not to add chocolate and some quark whipped cream to make sort of black forest mini pavlovas. (more…)

Light, Greek Yoghurt Chocolate Mousse With Berry Compote & April 2016 Degustabox Review

Lighter chocolate mousse made with 0% fat Greek yoghurt served with berry compote; still delicious & chocolatey, but better for you

Welcome to my review of the April 2016 Degustabox. If you’re not familiar with the Degustabox then in brief it’s a subscription service whereby each month you’re sent a box full of goodies to try; most are either new brands or products and it works out far cheaper than buying everything individually in the shops. It is a bit of a lottery however as you have no idea what you will be sent, some products you may love, and others you might not be so keen on; the surprise element is quite fun though, and it encourages you to try products that you wouldn’t normally think to buy. If you fancy giving a box a try yourself then simply enter the discount code BLDEG15 at the checkout and you’ll get £6 off your first order! (more…)

Coconut & Cherry Swiss Roll

Coconut & cherry Swiss roll cake - fatless sponge filled with cherry jam & coconut swiss meringue buttercream, perfect for Easter

Spring is beginning to feel a little bit more like a reality; don’t get me wrong, it is still cold and wet out, but the sun has been making a more regular appearance, it no longer gets dark quite so depressingly early and the first of the daffodils have begun to flower. It is also only a month till Easter and I have already begun planning my Easter bakes and am craving hot cross buns and Simnel cake. To celebrate the change in the seasons I did what I always do when there is cause to rejoice – I baked a cake. (more…)

Cherry Almond Chia Pudding

Chia pudding with almond milk, honey and vanilla served with a tart cherry compote and toasted flaked almonds; a healthy, filling make-ahead breakfast.

I was given a big tub of chia seeds by my aunt a while back and so far haven’t come up with many ways to use them; some went into (very tasty) granola bars but I wasn’t sure what else to do with them, any suggestions would be most welcome! The most common chia based recipe seems to be chia pudding so I thought I’d give it a go; I honestly thought that I was going to hate it, it just seems like such a strange concept and it looks like a bazillion little eyeballs, but actually I really quite enjoyed it! That doesn’t mean that it isn’t odd, this stuff is weird with a capital W and it certainly won’t be to everyone’s tastes…Damian thought that it was disgusting and I have to agree that the texture is somewhat reminiscent of frogspawn (I don’t think that I’m doing a very good job of selling it…); but if you can get past that then it is really quite tasty and incredibly healthy! (more…)

Gingered Christmas Fruitcake With Rustic Decorations

Moist, gingery Christmas fruitcake topped with marzipan, royal icing and rustic decorations of sugared cranberries, rosemary and bay leaves, dried orange slices, pine cones and whole spices. There are a lot of mixed feelings about fruitcake, some people love it, others hate it with a fiery passion; I am firmly in the first camp, I adore fruitcake (of course I do. It’s cake.) and will happily eat it year round; fruitcake is not just for Christmas, though I wouldn’t want to celebrate it without it. Traditionally, Christmas cake should be made a good while in advance to allow it to mature; I am not that organised however so I made a cake that requires minimal maturing; though it certainly wouldn’t harm it if you wanted to make it a month or so in advance. (more…)

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