Aubergine pizzas

I LOVE aubergine. It’s my favourite vegetable (which for me is a big deal as I also LOVE vegetables very much and try not to discriminate between them) and whenever I’m out at a restaurant, if there’s aubergine to be had I’m all over it. Trips to visit my cousins in Israel are basically just massive aubergine fests, as they do the most incredible dishes with tahini and pine nuts and they’re basically just heaven on a plate. I created my Israeli-inspired roasted aubergine recipe after one such visit but don’t get me wrong, my favourite vegetable has a lot more to offer, so I felt the need to share with you another of my fave ways of eating it. Continue reading

Lemon and ginger cheesecake bites

When I get a little run down or if I catch a cold, I’ll always make myself a little concoction of lemon, ginger, honey and hot water which seems to work a treat and tastes delicious too. The tartness of the lemon, spiciness of the ginger and the sweetness of the honey are just a great combination taste-wise, as well as having lots of lovely healing powers between them too.

Last time I felt a bit poorly, I sat on the sofa snuggled up and sipping away and decided I needed to create a recipe showcasing these fabulous flavours, as they really do work so well together. So I came up with these amazing lemon, ginger and honey cheesecake bites! They are just heavenly – the base tastes just like gingerbread and the creamy cheesecake layer is refreshingly zingy at the same time as being gorgeously sweet thanks to the lemon and honey.

So next time I’m feeling under the weather I think I’m just going to make myself a batch of these to go with my hot drink, to give myself the best chance of getting better of course…all in the name of a speedy recovery! And I should probably keep consuming them as a preventative measure too…as, I reckon, should you – they’re just so yum!

Ingredients

For the base

  • 1 1/4 cup cashews
  • 1 1/4 cup oats
  • 1 cup dates
  • 1 thumb sized piece of fresh ginger
  • 1 tbsp coconut oil

For the cheesecake layer

  • 1 cup cashews soaked in water for at least 4 hours
  • 1 cup coconut cream
  • 1/2 cup coconut oil
  • 1/2 tsp vanilla
  • 4 tbsp maple syrup (or honey)
  • Zest of 1 lemon

To make the base, simply pop the ingredients into your food processor and blend for a couple of minutes, until they form a big sticky ball. In a lined baking tin or cake mould, press down the mixture with a spoon until it is flat and evenly distributed, then set aside while you make the cheesecake layer.

To do this, again place all the ingredients in a food processor or high speed blender and blend until completely creamy, testing the mixture every minute or so to check. It should take around five minutes but this will depend on the speed and power of your equipment. Once you have a super silky texture, spoon it into your mould, even it out with a spoon and place in the freezer for at least two hours to set. Cut into squares and enjoy!

Love, Mrs H xx

Frosted chocolate brownie batter balls

Brownie batter and chocolate frosting, she said. Chocolate on chocolate, she said. Need I say any more? Probably not, but I shall. On my quest to create the world’s best brownies, I taste tested rather a lot of brownie batter (in the name of research, obvs) and it really got me thinking. It turns out brownie batter is just as delicious raw as it is post-bake. And chocolate + chocolate > chocolate.

Speaking of chocolate (because after all what better thing to speak about), I created this recipe to celebrate The Chocolate Show, one of the highlights of my culinary calendar,  which is being held at Olympia on 13th-15th October (tickets are available here) and is set to be one SERIOUSLY delicious weekend. There’s masterclasses, tastings and heaps more – I mean what more could a chocoholic want! OK, maybe Ryan Gosling and some chocolate body paint but this is totally the next best chocolatey thing!

So in honour of this wonderful weekend I set myself a challenge to create something extremely chocolatey and insanely tasty. The result? The most heavenly brownie recipe that can be rolled into balls and eaten raw, no baking necessary. And boy is it good. But what makes these bites even more special is the frosting. Honestly, the frosting on these babies is every bit as decadent and delicious as real life chocolate buttercream. Even Mr H, a harsh dessert critic and fellow chocolate fiend, declared these some of the best things I’ve ever made, which is high praise indeed from such a choconnoisseur (not a word but should be).

So in summary, think rich and gooey raw brownie batter covered with creamy and soft chocolate frosting. I’m practically drooling just thinking about them, and something tells me that I’m going to be making these rather a lot from now on, and you probably should too!

P.S. I seem to have recently discovered a love of piping. There’s no real need for it in this recipe, and it’s just as yum if you just plonk the frosting on top with a teaspoon but I do like making things look pretty. I expect there might be a lot more piping coming to the blog in the future…just call me the pie piper – get it? And on that note…here’s the recipe!

Ingredients

  • 1 1/2 cup medjool dates, pitted
  • 1 cup cashew butter
  • 2 tbsp coconut oil
  • 4 tbsp cacao powder
  • 4 tbsp cacao nibs

For the frosting

  • 1 ripe avocado
  • 5 tbsp cacao powder
  • 5 tbsp maple syrup
  • 4 tbsp cashew butter (or any other nut butter)
  • 4 tbsp coconut oil

Another super simple one here folks! Just bung the ingredients for the balls into your food processor and whizz for a couple of minutes until smooth, sticky and slightly crumbly. Roll the mixture into balls and pop them in the freezer for at least an hour to cool, as this will make the icing stick much better.

For the frosting, scoop the insides out the avocado and combine these with the other ingredients in a food processor. Blend for around five minutes until a super smooth and silky mixture forms. Remove the balls from the freezer and either use a teaspoon to spoon the frosting on top or get your piping bag and nozzle out!

I hope you love these as much as I do!

Love, Mrs H xx

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Ferrero rocher cups 

I’m having a real hazelnut butter moment right now. I love nut butters so much that I buy them in 1kg tubs and they really don’t seem to last very long. At all. Sometimes (when I’m feeling particularly lazy) I eat them ‘on the rocks’ with a spoon, but I do try to be a bit more creative, as I love trying out new ideas and testing new recipes and of course sharing the best ones with you guys! Continue reading

Turkish stuffed aubergines (imam bayildi)

Turkish food is without a doubt one of my favourite cuisines – they’ve got the dips, the salads and the grills totally nailed, plus they share my eternal infatuation with aubergine, so for me I always know I’m going to eat well when I go to a Turkish restaurant. And that’s no mean feat I’ll have you know – it’s pretty rare that I go out for dinner and don’t have to worry about there being something Emma-friendly on the menu.

We used to go to a certain little Turkish place that my grandpa liked when he was alive, it was nothing fancy, but had a lovely atmosphere and delicious food. I’m pretty boring when it comes to menus; when I find something I like I’ll stick to it, and such is the case with stuffed aubergines (or imam bayildi). I’m obsessed with aubergine, and stuffed with onions, garlic and tomatoes these beauties are a serious contender for what I might choose as my death row meal. Continue reading

Choco banana crumble sandwiches

Sandwiches for me are a bit of a thing of the past – I don’t really eat bread, I try to stay away from butter and I’m kinda fussy about fillings. BUT there’s a new type of sandwich in town – the crumble sandwich.

Now how did this creation come into existence I hear you ask? Well. I love a good crumble topping (it’s the best bit right?) and last time I was baking one I thought to myself ‘why can’t the crumble topping be on the bottom too’? I couldn’t think of any reason why not, so I got thinking and this is the result! Continue reading

Chocolate covered caramel hobnobs 

My hobnob recipe has been one of THE most popular recipes from my blog, and I can't say I'm surprised. Who knew that with just a handful of natural ingredients it would be possible to create the most delicious biscuits known to man!? I've made them so many times I've lost count (although that happens a lot these days – baby brain is apparently still a thing long after the baby has arrived), and the other day I had some leftover caramel that I needed to use up (I was very close to just eating it with a spoon but managed to restrain myself) so I decided to jazz up my hobnobs and take their amazingness to a whole new level.

And boy was it a success and a half. I think these might be even better than the original, they're just insane! All the tastiness of my original version but with a surprise gooey sticky caramel filling in the middle. Prepare to be transported to teatime heaven guys, you're (literally) in for one hell of a treat!

Ingredients

  • 1 1/4 cup oats
  • 3/4 cup ground almonds
  • 1/2 cup cashew butter (or any other nut or seed butter)
  • 1/2 cup maple syrup
  • 1/2 tsp Himalayan salt

For the caramel filling

  • 4 tbsp maple syrup
  • 1/2 cup cashew butter
  • 1/4 cup almond milk
  • Pinch of Himalayan salt

For the chocolate on top

  • 1/2 cup cacao butter or coconut oil
  • 3 tbsp maple syrup
  • 3 tbsp cacao powder
  • 1 tbsp cashew butter

To make the biscuits, just combine the ingredients in a mixing bowl and stir well so that everything is all nicely combined. Preheat the oven to 180C and bake for 15 minutes – the biscuits might still seem a little soft in the middle but they will continue cooking after you take them out so don't worry!

Leave them on a cooling rack for an hour or so then make the caramel by blitzing all the ingredients in a food processor or blender until they form a sticky gooey mixture. Spoon this on top of the biscuits and spread out the caramel with the back of your spoon to cover them evenly.

Pop them in the freezer for 10 minutes to set then make the chocolate by melting the cacao butter in a  bowl over a saucepan half full of water and then stirring in the other ingredients. Dip the biscuits in the chocolate (you might want to do this a couple of times for each biscuit) and then drizzle any extra chocolate on top. Leave them in the fridge for a couple of minutes so that the chocolate sets, put the kettle on and get your favourite tea brewing and dig in!

Love, Mrs H xx

Toffee apple granola bars (baby bars)

Mr H, baby H and I recently went on a lovely long weekend to Verona in celebration of me turning old (30, eek). It turns out travelling with a baby is much easier before they start a) crawling and b) eating, but whilst there's not much you can do about the former apart from being in party entertainer mode for the duration of the flight, the latter can be helped by careful planning and a whole backpack of snacks (or 'the snackpack' as we now refer to it). Continue reading

Red velvet cupcakes with a  vanilla cream cheese frosting 


I hate wasting food. It makes me so sad when I have to throw stuff away at the end of the week that I make every effort to plan our meals in advance and order all our food online (because going to the supermarket alone with baby H is not the easiest task and going with Mr H in tow always seems to end up with us buying far more than we originally intended).

However each week there are still always items that don’t get used up, or meals that don’t get cooked (sadly more due to a lack of time these days rather than us spontaneously going out) so I do end up with the odd item that needs eating in some way, shape or form. Continue reading

Chocolate peanut butter marble loaf cake 

 

Marble cake is the indecisive dessert eater’s best friend. I’ve often been struck by the dilemma of which dessert to eat, and when there’s a choice between chocolate and peanut butter I honestly wouldn’t know which way to go – what a tough one! Marble cake also looks super pretty (who could say no to that gorgeous swirly pattern) but I’ll let you in on a secret, it’s really very simple to make! Continue reading