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!
Love, Mrs H xx
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
Creme Eggs are so last year. In fact I’ve never liked them (too sweet and sickly for me) but what I do love is chocolates with fillings. I used to always pick the Strawberry Cremes out of the Roses tin and the Galaxy Truffles out of the celebrations box, and don’t even get me started on how much I love peanut butter cups. Yum. So with these three favourites in mind, I’ve given the traditional Creme Egg a little overhaul (and in my opinion my lovely trio are a lot tastier too). Continue reading
I used to love making Easter nests when I was little – my mum would melt the chocolate and then I’d get to stir in the Rice Krispies and spoon the mixture mostly into cake cases, but also some into my mouth. Some things never change – I still love making them, and I still manage to eat a fair amount of the mixture in the process. But these days I call it taste testing, so that makes it ok. Right? Continue reading
You can get coconut everything these days – coconut oil, coconut flour, coconut milk, coconut sugar, coconut jam, coconut butter – basically just put the word coconut in front of any kitchen staple and it probably exists somewhere in the world. When I was little, I’m sure the only coconut-based food available to buy was a Bounty bar.
Valentine’s day is fast approaching again and whilst I’m not a fan of going out to dinner to a restaurant full of couples where the food is overpriced and menus often ‘set’ (read: limited), it is nice to celebrate love once in a while.
It’s not often we get the chance to tell our loved ones just how grateful we are for them putting up with us, and I’m not just talking about other halves here – friends and family deserve some Valentine’s day gratitude too I think. So whilst I don’t really agree with the commercialisation of February 14th (you’ll find me and Mr H at home, probably on the sofa eating a takeaway) I like the fact that it gives us that little nudge that perhaps we all need from time to time to tell our nearest and dearest (and ourselves!) just how amazingly awesome they are. Continue reading
These are possibly the most delicious thing I have ever tasted and what’s more, you don’t even need a) an oven and b) a food processor to get involved. AND they only require five ingredients and take just a couple of minutes to make. Mind-blowing stuff huh? Continue reading
Everything tastes better coated in chocolate – fact. Especially strawberries. These raw chocolate covered strawberries are such a fabulous little dish to serve your dinner party guests over an after dinner coffee (or fresh mint tea in my case) and they look really impressive too, but they won’t take you more than five minutes to prepare! Continue reading