‘Rawfter Eight’ mint thins

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

Peanut butter and raspberry jam cheesecake slice 

Peanut butter and raspberry jam cheesecake slice

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.

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Gooey double chocolate peanut butter cookies


When Mr H and I went to New York a couple of months ago we had a huge list of things (mainly food related) that we wanted to pack in to our five day visit. My list included things like The Butcher’s Daughter  and Hu Kitchen and his included such culinary gems as Carnegie Deli and Levain Bakery. Now I know as well as the next woman that the secrets of a happy marriage are compromise and a well fed husband, plus here at D&H we believe in active avoidance (so whilst I might know that a piece of chocolate cake might make me feel rubbish tomorrow, I’ll have a couple of bites if I fancy it and not give myself a guilt trip for doing so), so I was happy to indulge him, and indeed as it turns out, myself. Continue reading

Nourishing rainbow bowl


I love to promote the concept of ‘eating the rainbow’. Did you know that the colours of different fruits and veggies indicates an abundance of certain nutrients? For example; greens are rich in vitamins B, E and K, orange/yellow foods have lots of vitamins A and C, and purple produce is packed with vitamins C and K as well as heaps of antioxidants. The reason for this is due to the phytochemicals that give plants their colour; each particular phytochemical brings with it a unique set of disease-busting chemicals – kind of like power rangers! Continue reading

Matcha latte


Giving up caffeine is HARD. I would know, I used to drink a tonne of it and then one day I made the decision to go completely  cold turkey (not a good idea) and see how I felt. Well I felt bloody terrible; I had no energy, my head was banging and I couldn’t concentrate on anything. Continue reading

Raw chocolate Easter eggs with my three favourite fillings 


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

Chocolate Easter nests with marzipan eggs


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

Creamy chocolate quinoa porridge


Porridge, quinoa and cacao have to be three of my favourite things. So when the lovely people at Quinola sent us some of their new quinoa flakes to try, there was no doubt in my mind what I was going to make with them. Not only do I love the taste of quinoa, but it’s high in protein and will keep you full for hours, so it’s a fabulous alternative to oats if you’re looking to spice up your brekkie a little. Plus, almond milk is packed with good fats and cacao is choc-full (pun intended) of antioxidants, so all in all whilst it may look indulgent it’s a wonderfully healthy start to the day! Continue reading

Peanut butter cup mousse shots

Peanut butter cup chocolate mousse shots

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

Slow cooker aubergine, mushroom and lentil bolognaise


 My slow cooker was one of the best presents I received for my wedding. Although I’m aware this statement makes me sound a little old (and maybe a bit sad?) it’s the truth. Slow cookers are just amazing – you throw in a bunch of stuff, set the timer and when you come home at the end of the day you open the door to the smell of amazing food and lo and behold there’s a perfectly cooked dinner ready and waiting. It’s just so easy, but it also makes the food so delicious as it keeps in all the moisture and makes everything really tender. Continue reading