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Higgidy Pies Review – My Kind Of Perfect.

Higgidy pies review - perfectly imperfect

It is no secret that I love to cook; I mean, I run a food blog for goodness sake! But even the most passionate of cooks have days where they really don’t want to have to cook, or just don’t have time to; and on those kinds of days I am happy to turn to something pre-made for a quick and easy meal. My most common go-to’s are pizza, tortelloni, or, my favourite, a Higgidy pie or quiche with salad. (more…)

Clementine Marmalade & ThermoPop Review & Giveaway!

Clementine marmalade - a delicious homemade marmalade using clementines, great for Christmas gifts!

Clementines are really cheap in the shops at the moment so I ended up buying two and a half kilograms of them; I’ve been eating several of them a day but wanted to make something to use a few of them up. I really enjoy preserving, particularly when it is cold and dark outside; there is something comforting about the process and winter just makes me want to hole up at home and stockpile homemade foods so I chose to make marmalade with them. The wonderful smell of it simmering away on the stove will also make your house smell like an orange grove, which is enough to brighten up even the most miserable and wet of days. (more…)

HomeSense Blogger Christmas Party

Homesense cocktail shakers

Last week I was lucky enough to be invited along to a blogger Christmas party hosted by HomeSense, who sell the most gorgeous and eclectic homeware. It was hosted in The Lost and Found cocktail bar in Birmingham (my home town), in “The Bar Behind The Bookcase” – a lovely little private bar and function room hidden away behind, you guessed it, a bookcase. The event was a chance for Homesense to show off a few key pieces from their fantastic Christmas range, and for the bloggers to mingle and get to know each other a bit better. (more…)

Chocolate Ginger Pumpkin Bread Wreath & September & October Degustabox Review

Chocolate and ginger filled yeasted pumpkin bread twisted wreath

Are we over pumpkin yet or do I still have time to share a couple more recipes? Given than tinned pumpkin will keep for years and butternut squash is available year round there’s really no reason why we should be limited to a short ‘pumpkin season’, and yet I feel like if I were to share pumpkin recipes in the Summer they would just sink without a trace. I’ve got a couple more to share before everyone loses interest, starting with this chocolate ginger pumpkin bread wreath. (more…)

Mini Bleeding Heart Halloween Cakes

Mini red velvet layer cakes with ermine frosting topped with a bleeding heart and ganache 'blood'; perfect for Halloween

I haven’t had as much fun in the kitchen in a long time as I had making these mini bleeding heart Halloween cakes; yes I am still trying to clean the food colouring off my hands and worktops but it was a fun and almost therapeutic craft project. The hearts are the brainchild of Lily Vanilli, an incredibly talented baker and author who originally designed the hearts as an anti-valentines cake. I thought they would be great for Halloween and would look even more impressive placed on top of mini red velvet layer cakes with a cascade of ganache ‘blood’ down the side. (more…)

Norwegian Fjord Trout

norwegian-fjord-trout-pan-fried

Last week I attended the Good Housekeeping Institute in London for the UK launch of Norwegian fjord trout, a unique and versatile salty-sweet water trout which until now has not been readily available in the UK. It has a mild, delicate flavour and melt in the mouth texture and it doesn’t taste ‘fishy’, which makes it perfect for people who are a bit on-the-fence about fish. It is also incredibly healthy, it’s an oily fish which stores it’s fat mainly in it’s belly which means that the flesh is lean and full of protein, vitamins and omega. (more…)

Tangzhong Chocolate Swirl Buns & VonShef Stand Mixer Review

tangzhong chocolate swirl buns

One of the biggest powerhouses in any baker’s arsenal is the stand mixer, it renders a great many tasks considerably easier and enables you to do other things whilst at the same time mixing cake batter, making meringue or kneading bread dough. Unfortunately they are generally prohibitively expensive, which is why when my (second-hand and gifted) KitchenAid mixer exploded I was unable to afford to replace it and have been without one for a long time. I still have it, sat in a cupboard awaiting the time when I get round to finding a replacement circuit board for it, but I keep forgetting to do so. (more…)

A Last Minute Picnic

A last minute picnic with Higgidy

The British Summer has been fairly elusive so far; May gave us a taste of warm, sunny weather, but then the entirety of June was a complete washout and so far July hasn’t been much better; fingers crossed for August… The less than perfect weather doesn’t mean that you can’t still have a picnic though, but it is definitely safer to take advantage of those rare times when it isn’t raining and go for a spontaneous one rather than planning in advance. You could even have an indoor picnic; there is something quite fun and rebellious about eating your food on a blanket on the floor rather than at the table; or you could have a bed picnic! (watch out for crumbs). (more…)

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