I created these little beauties to celebrate mine and Mr H’s second wedding anniversary. I know you’re traditionally supposed to give paper (or is it leather, I forget) but the way to a man’s heart is through his stomach and the way to my man’s heart is chocolate and peanut butter.
To be honest it’s the way to my heart too, which is perhaps why our marriage works so well – a mutual love of all things chocolatey and peanut buttery – it’s as good a foundation for a relationship as any in my book! Continue reading →
My mum lives down in Cornwall, right near St Ives, which if you’ve not been is well worth a visit as it’s really beautiful, especially in the summer. It’s a lovely little seaside town with cute shops, delicious restaurants and stunning nearby beaches, so it probably comes as no surprise that I really look forward to visiting her down there when I can. Mr H loves it when I visit my mum too as not only does he get a bit of peace and quiet and the time to do whatever new DIY project he’s dreamed up that week, but I always bring him back one of Cornwall’s finest delicacies, some good old Cornish fudge. Continue reading →
Hello little cups of yum. Nice to meet you. My name’s Emma and I’m going to look after you, so jump in my tummy quickly before anyone else realises you exist.
I’m feeling a little bit on the silly side today and I think it’s because I’ve eaten too much chocolate. But let’s roll with it and talk about these raw, salted caramel, chocolate ganache cups. So many amazing things in such a little dessert. Continue reading →
When I was younger, restaurants always seemed to give you the bill on a saucer full of After Eight mints, which I guess must have been a 90s thing as it doesn’t seem to really happen anymore (or at least to me). Obviously being an adult now, the time when the bill comes is also far less fun given that the days of piggy banks and pocket money are long behind me, but to add insult to injury there’s definitely a distinct lack of After Eight action going on in the restaurants I frequent too. Continue reading →
I’ve been meaning to make mint choc chip balls for aaaaages, but somehow I never ended up getting round to it. I really don’t know why, they’re such a no brainer – mint plus chocolate equals deliciousness – but better late than never hey!
These make for the perfect post dinner palate cleanser, but I’m not one for being time-ist so I’d say they’re a pretty awesome daytime snack too. The first time I made these I didn’t add any green colouring in, so they ended up being a light brown colour which made me a bit sad if I’m honest as in my opinion minty things ought to be green. So the next time I whacked in some spirulina powder too, thus making my balls not only look the part but making them even more amazing for your body too. Continue reading →
Is it going to be a white Christmas? Probably not – it seems to only ever snow at weird times like March these days, never in December when I swear it’s supposed to, and when I’m sure it used to. I can’t wait to take baby H out in the snow for the first time, but I reckon we’ve got a few months to wait before that happens. Worst comes to worst we are going skiing with Mr H’s family in Feb, so fingers crossed that’ll be snowy otherwise it’ll be a bit of a wasted trip! Continue reading →
Poor old Santa. Not only does he have the busiest day ever on Christmas Eve rushing around the WHOLE WORLD delivering presents, but all he gets from well-meaning parents around the globe to keep him going is a stodgy mince pie or two. No wonder he’s so fat. Personally I think Rudolph gets the better deal – I’d take a carrot over a mince pie any day of the week to avoid all that refined sugar and gluten in my tum.
Well this year, things are going to change in the Hollingsworth household. After having to help squeeze her husband out of one chimney too many, Mrs Claus has had a word with Mrs H and together we’ve decided that what the big FC needs are energy balls. But he’d be upset if they didn’t have a festive touch (he does wait around for it for 364 days a year in the most freezing country ever after all) so I’ve come up with these Christmas pudding energy balls.
They’re just divine – fruity, chewy and packed with Christmas spices and flavours – and they’re totally guilt free! And they look pretty cute too – I’ll be serving some up on the 25th for sure as Santa shouldn’t be the only one who gets to enjoy these! And who knows, the man himself might be cutting a much svelter figure this time next year!
1 cup dates
1/2 cup raisins
1 cup almonds
1 tsp cinnamon
1/2 tsp mixed spice
Zest of 1/4 an orange
For the icing
1/4 cup coconut oil, melted
1 tbsp maple syrup or honey
6 tbsp coconut cream
Goji berries, cranberries or redcurrants
Mint leaves (use the smallest ones in the bunch)
For the balls, pop the ingredients in a food processor and whizz for 2-3 minutes until gorgeously sticky and gooey. Put the mixture in the fridge for half an hour to allow it to harden a little, then roll into balls and place in the freezer for at least an hour so that the icing sticks nicely.
To make the icing, simply add the ingredients to a blender or mixing bowl, and blend or stir until everything is completely combined and you have a lovely runny icing. Remove the balls from the freezer and drizzle the icing on top with a teaspoon. Decorate with mint leaves and berries and there you have it!
I’m a massive fan of chia seeds; I sprinkle them in my porridge, on my soups and salads, I love a good chia seed pudding and they’re amazing as an egg replacer in vegan baking. So when the lovely people at Of The Earth Superfoods sent me some of their chia seeds as part of their Organic September campaign I was super excited to get in the kitchen.
Chia seeds are touted as a superfood, and for good reason as they have about a zillion and one health benefits – they’re packed with antiodixants, fibre, omega 3s and protein, as well as being great for your skin, heart, digestive health and lots more. Pretty damn super if you ask me! Continue reading →
I’d always been confused when people spoke about macaroons in the past – to me they are little coconutty biscuity things, crispy on the outside and soft in the middle, but then these funny French sweet pastel-coloured sandwich things turned up and everyone seemed to call them macaroons too. Which one is the real macaroon and which is the imposter? I had to know, so I consulted Mr Google and it seems us Brits (well the less cultured ones like moi) have been calling the French delicacies macaroons when they are ACTUALLY called macarons! Who knew one less vowel could make such a difference. Continue reading →
Iced gems were the ultimate party food when we were little, and for good reason! Not only were they the perfect size for nibbling, but they also looked really pretty and were sufficiently full of sugar to keep us all bouncing around for an hour or two. I was actually reminded of them the other day when I walked was walking around the supermarket and took a wrong turn down the confectionary aisle (it wasn’t my usual supermarket) and spotted them peeking out at me from amongst the biscuit shelves. Curiosity got the better of me and I picked up a pack to see what they put in them these days… Continue reading →