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

Peanut butter and raspberry frosted brownies

These were originally meant to just be peanut butter brownies. Baby H went to sleep one day, so I started writing up the recipe, which began with the words ‘peanut butter is my jam’. Then I started thinking about jam, which led me in turn to think about raspberries, at which point I remembered I had some raspberries in the freezer that I needed to use up before I defrosted it. My life is so glam. Then baby H woke up and the PB brownies remained untested and unwritten about, that is until now.

Looking through my old unfinished articles the other day (nap time again) I stumbled across this one and its sad little one liner and realised that I still needed to use up the raspberries and i still hadn’t defrosted the freezer. And that’s the (rather uninteresting) story of how these insanely delicious brownies came into existence. Continue reading

Miso-sesame carrot and turmeric roasted cauliflower salad

This salad is like sunshine in a bowl. It’s inspired by my favourite dish at the gorgeous LLS cafe near me in Hampstead, which if you’re ever in the area you have to visit! It’s also amazingly good for you thanks to the anti-inflammatory superpowers of turmeric and all the beta carotene packed into the carrots, not to mention good fats from the seeds. And then there’s the cauliflower – YUM. I’ve recently become a bit of a cauliflower addict (ok a lot of a cauliflower addict) although growing up I was never really a fan. But what changed? Well I discovered roasted cauliflower, which turned my world upside down to say the least. It’s just so delicious, and roasted in some olive oil, turmeric and a little pinch of salt? Phoar. Continue reading

Chocolate peanut butter truffles 


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

Cranberry and pecan chocolate fudge 

 

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

Featured recipe: Derek’s BBQ shroom buns, courtesy of Tesco’s Food Love Stories

I never quite realised until I started my market stall at Hampstead Market in January just how many people are turning vegan. I know it might be ‘in vogue’ at the moment, but whatever people’s reasons behind the craze, it’s so great that so many of us are becoming more aware of our health and what we are eating, as well as contributing to a greener planet and less animal suffering. It’s win win if you think about it! Continue reading

Cookies and cream ice cream shake 


I made this shake a couple of weeks ago because I fancied something a little bit indulgent, it was a hot day (well for May anyway) and I was craving cookies and cream.

 Turns out that this delightful beverage not only hit the spot BIG TIME in my book, but Mr H loved it too and has been requesting it ever since. It has most certainly therefore become the flavour of the month as far as shakes are involved! 

It definitely tastes super creamy and indulgent (which is why I’ve called it an ice cream shake and not a smoothie) but it’s packed with good fats from the cashew butter and slow release energy from the oats and bananas. So all in all it’s a bit of a winner really – perfect if you fancy something that tastes totally heavenly, takes 5 minutes to make, is good for your body and fills you up until lunchtime! So what are you waiting for…go get your shake on!

Serves 2

Ingredients 

  • 2 medium ripe bananas 
  • 1 cup ice
  • 4 medjool dates 
  • 1/2 cup oats
  • 4 tbsp cashew butter 
  • 2 tbsp cacao nibs 

Blitz all the ingredients except the cacao nibs in a blender for around a minute or so until smooth, then pop in the cacao nibs and whizz for another 10 seconds. Pour into glasses and enjoy! Berries optional.

Love, Mrs H xx

Chocolate covered Oreos 


I’m sure I’ve told you this before, but every time I go to the US my visit includes at least one visit to some sort of CVS, Duane Reade or the like. I don’t know what it is about American pharmacies, but they totally shit all over Boots and Superdrug. My favourite aisles are the nail polish aisle (oh to behold the colours) and the snacks aisle, although the latter is more to buy presents for friends and family these days than to buy myself any such sugar-laden delights. Continue reading

Roasted butternut and red onion salad with tahini dressing and roasted pine nuts 

This dish came about after Mr H, baby H and I visited my brother in Sydney in December last year. While we were out there we went to some amazing middle eastern restaurants, and butternut squash (or pumpkin) seemed to be on the menu everywhere, so I kinda got into it in a massive way. That and acai bowls, but that’s a different story for a different recipe.  Continue reading