You can’t really get a more English cake than a Victoria sponge – I mean it’s named after one of our longest serving monarchs, as it became popular in the times of Queen Victoria and has remained in favour ever since. For me it conjures up lovely memories of scoffing my face at afternoon tea and summer picnics in questionable weather (because even if it’s neither warm nor sunny us Brits have a stubborn tendency to don our shorts and flip flops nonetheless and brave the outdoors, all in the name of eating al fresco). Continue reading
It’s not just my love of alliteration that made me want to create this recipe; I really do think that bananas and blueberries are just the perfect pudding pairing (I really do love alliteration). I’ve loved combining them in my breakfast smoothies for a while now as not only do the fruity flavours really work well together, but you also get the amazing antioxidant properties from the blueberries as well as the energy-boosting awesomeness of the bananas. To put it simply, they’re a pretty powerful combo, the Batman and Robin of the the fruit world if you will. Continue reading
This year was Mr H’s 31st birthday, which he really wasn’t happy about. Apparently he’s ‘properly’ in his 30s now that his age doesn’t end in a zero anymore, or at least that was his logic. So as the day approached it became clear that to cheer him up I’d need to feed him something chocolatey, indulgent, rich and delicious, and to get top wife marks it would need to include some peanut butter too. Continue reading
This recipe is another great one if you’re in a massive morning meltdown and don’t have time to find matching socks let alone think about making something healthy to have for breakfast!
It’s a great energy booster thanks to all those lovely oats and their slow releasing energy, and it’s also packed with protein and healthy fats to keep your tummy happy until your next meal. The raisins make it super moist and juicy and the cinnamon, while not only adding that gorgeous warm, sweet and spicy flavour, also serves to regulate blood sugar and stave off any crazy sugar cravings! Continue reading
Baking a cake for someone is just about one of the most fulfilling things you can do in my opinion. Home-baked cakes just taste so much better, I guess because they are made with love instead of additives! I first made this cake for the original Mrs H, who I affectionately refer to as my smother-in-law. She is so loving and kind (and is probably the biggest chocoholic I know after Mr H) so it seemed only right to debut this recipe on her birthday!
Carrot cake is one of my all time favourite cakes, it always has been. I’m a massive chocoholic, but ever since I was little I could never resist a slice of moist, rich, spiced carrot cake with that delicious cream cheese frosting.
It’s such a random idea for a dessert though isn’t it? I mean I know these days there are sweet potato brownies or chocolate cakes that count beetroot or courgette among their ingredients, but vegetables hiding in baked goods seems to be a pretty new phenomenon, except for our beloved carrot cake. Not only bloody delicious, but so ahead of its time. And who thought up the idea of cream cheese frosting? Whoever it was, I salute them. Or I used to salute them, these days I’d probably ask them if they’d considered giving up dairy and point them in the direction of my blog. Continue reading
I firmly believe that you are what you eat, in which case I’ve clearly been eating far too much of this cake (which if you try it you won’t blame me for) as I’m definitely a little nuts and bananas!
But in all seriousness (or maybe just a bit of seriousness as this is a blog not BBC News after all) this banana bread is possibly and quite probably the best thing I’ve ever made. Continue reading
For Mr H’s 30th birthday last month I set myself the secret mission of coming up with a healthy, but totally delicious and indulgent chocolate cake. Here at D&H, we whole heartedly believe in the concept of ‘active avoidance’, which means that most of the time we are pretty darn healthy, but we’d never deny ourselves something if our body is totally craving it. Instead, we’d have a little bit of what we fancy, or we’d try and make a healthier version, or (if the situation really commands it) we’d eat the unhealthy version and not let ourselves stress about it, because stress creates toxic hormones which we can definitely do without. Continue reading
Back in 2014 (I’m late to the game, I know) a video of legendary rapper and producer Rick Ross went viral. When asked about his dramatic weight loss he said;
“I eat pears, and shit like that. Shout out to all the pear”.