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Toasted Coconut Pancakes With Chocolate Fudge Sauce

Toasted coconut pancakes with chocolate fudge sauce and banana, a decadent breakfast or brunch.

I have been on a serious pancake drive recently and have been craving them ALL THE TIME… I have pretty low willpower so needless to say I’ve been eating a lot of pancakes! I’ve been making loads of different kinds – banana spelt, apple rye and cinnamon, the classic crepes with lemon and sugar, broccoli and feta and these toasted coconut with chocolate fudge sauce and banana. I was originally just planning on making plain coconut pancakes but at the last minute decided to toast the coconut first; I am glad I did as it adds a whole extra depth of flavour. I then also decided that seeing as I was making that extra bit of effort that I needed to go the whole hog and make chocolate fudge sauce as well; again, an excellent decision. (more…)

Some Thoughts On The Subject Of ‘Artisan’ (The Craftsmen’s Dinner Campaign) & A Competition!

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I have great respect for anyone who has the drive and talent to be able to forge a career as a craftsman; I know from firsthand experience that it certainly isn’t an easy path; I trained at university in jewellery and silversmithing and then tried to make a living selling my handmade silver jewellery. I failed. Sure, I could have tried harder and for longer, worked on honing my skills and maybe I could have got somewhere, but I found the whole experience quite frankly utterly disheartening and expensive and I lost any enjoyment in the craft. Traipsing around the country with your stock and display set-up to craft fairs that charge you an extortionate amount of money just to have a stall there with no guarantee of actually selling enough (or anything at all) to cover the costs was not fun, so I quit. I still make the odd piece of jewellery, for myself or as a commission but I think that I am better off just doing it as a hobby. (more…)

Hokkaido Milk Bread Hot Cross Bun Loaf

Hokkaido milk bread hot cross bun loaf, perfect for Easter - Domestic Gothess

The best part about any holiday or celebration is the food, and more specifically, the baked goods; cakes and breads feels so much more special if you only consume them once a year. My favorite Easter bake is hot cross buns, though I do also love Simnel cake, but I have a particularly weak spot for sweet enriched breads. I generally bake at least one batch of hot cross buns around Easter time every year; I decided to do something a little different this year though and baked a hot cross bun loaf using my hokkaido milk bread recipe as the base. (more…)

Refined Sugar-Free Oatmeal Spelt Pancakes With Cinnamon Apples & January 2016 Degustabox Review

Refined sugar free oatmeal spelt pancakes with cinnamon apples - light, fluffy, healthy pancakes made with ground oats and spelt flour, sweetened with carob syrup

Welcome to my review of the January 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…)

No-Bake Superfood Granola Bars

No bake superfood granola bars - chewy, filling and super healthy granola bars packed full of seeds, nuts, dried fruit, oats and dark chocolate

I’ve been trying to keep fairly healthy this month, and other than gradually polishing off the remains of the Christmas chocolates I’ve been doing quite well; I’m not dieting per se, just cutting back on the cakes and biscuits for a while. I still find myself in need of a daily mid-morning snack however, something that I can just grab and go and that satisfies any sweet cravings I may have. A granola bar fits the bill well but I think that when it comes to most shop bought versions they are not actually very healthy (or filling) so you may as well just be eating a bar of chocolate…so I made my own, and crammed them full of super healthy and filling ingredients. (more…)

Ginger Glazed Gammon With Root Vegetable Gratin

 Ginger glazed Christmas ham - Domestic GothessA Christmas ham is something of a tradition in my family. My dad cooks one every Christmas Eve to sit in the fridge and be gradually whittled away at over the festive period; it is bought out for buffets and used to make sandwiches and any remains are boiled to make stock. I don’t think that a festive buffet table is complete without a gleaming, clove-studded joint of gammon. (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…)

Gingerbread Spiced Apple Doughnuts

Gingerbread spiced apple doughnuts - Domestic GothessI have been craving doughnuts for several months now, but held off making them until there was an occasion where there would be enough people to eat them all; the problem with doughnuts is that they really are best eaten on the day they are made after which they start to go a bit dry. So when some friends finally hosted a party I took the opportunity to make some to take along. (more…)

Toffee Apple Gingerbread Loaf

Toffee apple gingerbread loaf cake, perfect for bonfire night - Domestic Gothess I don’t think that I have ever been to a bonfire night celebration as an adult, though the holiday is tinged with nostalgia; as a child I remember being bundled up warm and heading out as a family to watch the local firework display and burning of the guy; or building a bonfire in the back garden (check for hedgehogs!) and fashioning a guy from old clothes and newspaper and then gleefully setting fire to it… There are certain foods that are always reminiscent of Guy Fawkes night as well; crisp, cheesy jacket potatoes, mulled apple juice (though I prefer the grown-up kind now!), squidgy gingerbread, toffee apples, and marshmallows toasted on the bonfire; I used to let mine catch fire so that they were burnt on the outside and liquid on the inside… (more…)

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