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 said it before and I’ll say it again – peanut butter is one of the loves of my adult life. I’ll happily eat it on its own, but I’m fully aware that there are some foods out there that complement it beautifully too. Chocolate is one (try our peanut butter chocolate cheesecake slice if you don’t believe me) and jam (or jelly to our American pals) is another. In fact we must applaud our friends across the pond for this delicious combination as they came up with PB&J over 100 years ago! It seems to have taken its time to become quite as popular in old Blighty, but the PB&J revolution is definitely now growing momentum over here too. 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!
My birthday (which is the 24th April if you were wondering) often falls within the Jewish holiday of Passover, and this year is no exception. Don’t be deceived though by the word ‘holiday’ – this is not a good thing! During the eight days of Passover we refrain from eating anything with yeast in it, because when the Children of Israel were escaping Egypt they didn’t have time for their bread to rise, so they had to take unleavened bread with them. Or so the story goes. Continue reading
Whoever first thought to combine bananas and toffee to come up with banoffee pie is a genius, and I hope they received at least a Knighthood for their services to dessert (and maybe even a Nobel prize as well). I never actually used to like banoffee pie because of my sheer hatred (and fear) of bananas, but as a recovered banana-phobe, I’m definitely making up for lost time. 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
This recipe is my new dinner party favourite – not only do these little shots look super impressive, but they taste bloody amazing too. Oh, and they’re a great way to use the shot glasses gathering dust in my cupboard given that I haven’t done a shot of anything (aside from wheatgrass) since about 2008. Giving away my age there a bit, but never mind! Continue reading
At university, I, a self-confessed chocoholic with extremely limited baking skills (which have thankfully greatly improved since), used to LOVE making rocky road. By the time I graduated I had perfected my art, and at every work cake sale or bake off I’d knock up a batch of my signature dish, to the sheer delight of my colleagues.
Now of course they tasted divine, but they weren’t doing any good for my insides (or my outsides for that matter) so when I ditched the dairy and scrapped the sugar those babies were the first to go. But luckily I’ve come up with a healthy version, which in my opinion taste even better as well as being a million times better for you. They’re ever so easy to make, and will leave your friends and colleagues wondering how such deliciousness could possibly be guilt-free (whilst reaching for another slice). Continue reading
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