Can’t bake? Yes you can!
Great British Bake Off will soon be coming to an end for another year, but every year it ignites a mass passion for baking which, before it came along, just hadn’t been seen before. It has encouraged loads of people to take up baking and, in this world which can be a bit trying at times, having a cake to hand to share with loved ones is a wonderful thing.
But what if you don’t have the ‘kit’ for baking, or don’t know if baking is for you, or don’t have time to create wonderful flamboyant creations? Look, not every bake has to be a show stopper. Sometimes, you just want/need to eat it, not marvel at it’s aesthetic wonder!
It’s not pretty, but it’s tasty
I am easing myself back into cooking again after my brain op: the freezer food has all been used, and while I am keen to be cooking, I still can’t follow a new recipe (which is a shame as I have bought four new recipe books and am just looking at the pretty pictures!). So I am making simple one pot meals which I know inside out. However, this can get a bit dull so I am looking for new sauces and mixes to spice things up.
You may have noticed that I love chocolate brownies: both baking them and eating them! All my own brownies are here, but while it is Chocolate Week I thought it would be great to round up other foodies best brownie recipes as well. Continue Reading
Chocolate, chocolate, chocolate! Chocolate week is one of my favourite food themed weeks, not least because I can read a hundred chocolate-based recipes and try not to eat too much of the dark stuff. I asked my blogger friends to share their favourite rich chocolate recipes and here they are for you to enjoy too. Continue Reading
As a proud chocoholic, I am pleased that there are loads of great chocolate makers in the UK. But I am really chuffed that here in the North West we actually boast some corkers. So to celebrate Chocolate Week, I thought that I would share with you some of the North West’s best chocolate makers. Warning: this post will make you hungry! Continue Reading
Did you like my pumpkin spice cookie recipe? Well then I was thinking about what to do with the left over pumpkin and of course pumpkin spice brownies were the obvious answer for me!
Usually I use Greek yogurt in my brownies to replace some of the butter but to still keep them fudgey and awesome. So in this recipe, I replaced the yogurt with pumpkin puree. I wanted the taste to come through so added more than usual, so I also upped the flour slightly in order to stop them being too soggy. I think you get a sweetness from the pumpkin, but mainly it adds fudginess and the speculaas does the flavour magic. Continue Reading
Autumn is starting to creep in, and this simple and thrifty mushroom barley risotto is so right for the colder evenings. Barley is currently about a quarter of the price of risotto rice, and has loads more fibre. Maybe it is something to do with childhood stews, but I also think it is a really autumnal ingredient. Continue Reading
Pumpkin spice has become ubiquitous at this time of year, and I hold my hands up and admit that until this year I had never had pumpkin spiced anything. I was determined to rectify that, but with one proviso: whatever I made has to contain pumpkin as well because otherwise it is just spiced, right? Enter, these oat filled pumpkin spice cookies. Continue Reading