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 I will keep you updated on our progress and fingers crossed we will have a much nicer kitchen than the ugly, outdated one that we ripped out once we are done.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…)

Nutella Swirled Banana Yeast Bread

nutella swirled banana yeast bread - soft yeasted banana bread with a generous swirl of nutella.

nutella swirled banana yeast bread - soft yeasted banana bread with a generous swirl of nutella.

We all love banana bread (well, all of us apart from Damian who for some inexplicable reason doesn’t like it. More for me I guess.), and I’m sure that we can all agree that banana bread with nutella is food of the gods. But how many of you have tried a yeasted banana bread? More specifically, one that is swirled with gooey nutella? Probably not very many. But that needs to change because this nutella swirled banana yeast bread is incredible and a totally different way of using up those over-ripe bananas. (more…)

Crispy Shrimp Tacos With Chipotle Red Cabbage Slaw

crispy shrimp tacos with chipotle red cabbage slaw

crispy shrimp (prawn) tacos with chipotle red cabbage slaw

Here in the UK we have been enjoying a bit of a heatwave for the past few days. It is lovely to have some sun at last, but I am struggling a bit in the heat; it has made me incredibly unproductive! I’ve been eating lots of ice cream and smoothies to keep me cool and also because I really haven’t felt like cooking as it is so hot. I am planning on making a batch of these crispy shrimp tacos with chipotle red cabbage slaw tomorrow as there is minimal cooking involved – just a few minutes of frying the prawns. And they are exactly the kind of thing that you want to eat al fresco on a hot Summer evening accompanied by a cold beer (or a margarita!). (more…)

Little Cherry Almond Cakes

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Little cherry almond cakes - easy to make and perfect for picnics!

Little cherry almond cakes - easy to make and perfect for picnics!

One of my fondest memories from my childhood is the family picnics we used to have throughout the Summer. My parents would pack us three children, two dogs and a veritable feast into the car and we would head off to a spot by the river where we could play in the water and the accompanying fields before stuffing our faces. I don’t go on very many picnics anymore now that I am an adult, which is something that I need to fix as they are one of the most enjoyable parts of Summer. (more…)

My Favourite Chocolate Layer Cake

The best chocolate layer cake - three layers of moist chocolate cake filled with smooth chocolate ganache, perfect for any celebration!

Everyone needs a go-to chocolate cake recipe, one that is guaranteed to work every time and is perfect for any celebration, this one is mine. Three layers of rich, moist, intensely chocolaty cake smothered with smooth chocolate ganache. Obviously what constitutes the ‘ultimate’ chocolate cake is fairly subjective and not everyone will agree; but I think that this one is pretty perfect.

The best chocolate layer cake - three layers of moist chocolate cake filled with smooth chocolate ganache, perfect for any celebration!

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Ten Minute Naan Pizza

ten minute naan pizza - super quick, tasty pizza made using shop bought naan bread; ready in 10 minutes!

ten minute naan pizza - super quick, tasty pizza made using shop bought naan bread; ready in 10 minutes!

Although I do really like making my own pizza from scratch, including the dough; it can be a bit of a faff and takes a while. Not good if you are hungry and craving pizza fast! I am not a fan of shop bought pizza bases, but one really good ready-made solution is naan bread; it makes the perfect pizza base and because it is pre-baked you simply need to melt your cheese to finish off your pizza. (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…)

A Peek At Iceland’s Autumn Collection

Iceland's autumn collection

Last week I took a trip to London to attend Iceland’s Autumn collection showcase at the swanky Aveqia. The purpose of the event was to unveil their up and coming Autumn range of products and to see how they can be prepared. The menu focused around the themes of new vegetable innovations, luxury fish and the launch of Iceland’s new own-label ice cream, and the tasters were prepared under the supervision of Neil Nugent, Iceland’s head chef, who also took the time to come and chat to us about the food and answer any questions we had.

The food was truly some of the best I have ever eaten, all of it cooked from frozen. Many of the dishes and combinations of ingredients I would never have been able to come up with but it was all absolutely delicious and it was really interesting to see frozen food used to create such fine dining.

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