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Spinach, Ricotta & Feta Quiche (Spanakopita Tart)

Spinach, ricotta and feta quiche (spanakopita tart)

One of the ingredients that I always make sure my freezer is stocked with is frozen spinach; I even prefer it to fresh spinach as the fresh stuff cooks down so much that you have to buy a vast quantity of it to end up with barely any once cooked. I use it for a variety of things, my favourites being spinach pesto and various variations of spanakopita – Greek spinach cheese pie. Spanakopita is traditionally made with homemade filo (phyllo) pastry, though shop bought can absolutely be used as well; but I was in the mood for something different so tweaked my usual recipe to turn it into a quiche instead. (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…)

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…)

Strawberry Lime Jam & Easy Basic Scones

Fresh and zingy tasting strawberry lime jam and recipe for quick, easy basic scones

It may feel wasteful using beautiful, juicy Summer fruits to make jam rather than just eating them as they are; but come Autumn and Winter, you will thank yourself for having preserved a little piece of Summer. Making your own jam may seem like a daunting task, and true, there is boiling sugar involved, but it is actually quite a simple process involving very few ingredients, and once you get the hang of it you can create all kinds of delicious flavour combinations. (more…)

Easy, No-Churn M&M’s Cookie Dough Ice Cream With Chocolate Fudge Swirl

Easy, no-churn M&M's cookie dough ice cream with chocolate fudge swirl

It is my 30th birthday tomorrow and I’m not particularly happy about it. I just don’t feel grown-up enough to be 30 years old; I still feel like I’m just bumbling through life without a clue what I’m actually doing (but then do you ever actually grow out of that feeling?). I know that “30 is just a number” and “you’re only as old as you feel” blah blah blah etc. etc, but I can’t quite shake the feeling of dread about saying goodbye to my twenties. To commiserate and cheer me up a bit I made a batch of thoroughly un-grown-up ice cream – easy, no-churn M&M’s cookie dough ice cream with chocolate fudge swirl. (more…)

Pimm’s Fruit Tarts

Pimm's fruit tarts - crisp citrus shortcrust pastry filled with Pimm's creme patissiere, cucumber & mint jam, strawberries, orange & apple

Did you know that the Queen has not one but two birthdays? Obviously there is her actual birthday, on April 21st; but since 1748 the sovereign of the UK has had an ‘official’ birthday which is generally set around the start of June, to coincide with a higher probability of good weather for outdoor ceremonies. For her 90th birthday this year, June 11th is the official date, but celebrations will begin on June 10th as well as there being events on May 12-15th. (more…)

Tropical Fruit Coconut Tart & A Giveaway

Tropical fruit coconut tart - crisp coconut pastry filled with coconut creme patissiere & tropical fruits

We have had some truly glorious weather recently (interspersed between some very wet and miserable days…); as I write this I am overlooking our back garden, which is beautifully warm and sunny, aaand horrifically overgrown…all the plants have had a sudden growth spurt and it is getting towards the point where even the dog can’t venture out any further than the patio due to the height of the weeds (he is only small). It needs some serious work doing to it; not just weeding, but leveling, digging out a couple of trees, extending the patio, laying a path, building vegetable beds, mending the fences etc. etc. I thought about starting work on it the other day, but I just couldn’t face it so baked this tropical fruit coconut tart instead which was a much more satisfying use of my time. (more…)

Gin And Bitter Lemon Sorbet

Gin and bitter lemon sorbet - a light, refreshing grown-up treat

My fiance is a bit of a sorbet fiend, he would eat it almost every day if he could; but I think he got through this batch more quickly than any other sorbet I have ever made before…it must be the gin… And to be fair, this gin and bitter lemon sorbet is pretty much everything you could ever want from a sorbet – light, refreshing, not too sweet and a little bit boozy… (more…)

S’mores Eclairs & A Giveaway

S'mores eclairs - crisp, craquelin topped choux pastry fingers with toasted marshmallow creme patissiere, chocolate, toasted marshmallows & crushed digestive biscuit

The last few days I have achieved precisely nothing. The reason for this is three months old, loud, and prone to waking at 4am; aka my niece. I was babysitting for a couple of days and despite my best intentions to get some work done while she was here I failed miserably; if anyone can share the secret to taking care of a baby and dog whilst also working and doing the cooking and cleaning AND somehow managing to fit in some time to sleep please do share! The whole experience left me in need of something sweet, but fitting in baking and photography as well would have been a step too far! Unfortunately I made (and ate) these s’mores eclairs a couple of days before babysitting, so there were none left by the time I needed one! (more…)

Popcorn Rocky Road & March 2016 Degustabox Review

White chocolate drizzled popcorn rocky road bars

Welcome to my review of the March 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…)

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