I have to admit to being a recent convert to chocolate cake. Chocolate brownie yes, but a cake...I just never found one I was bowled over by.
Over the past couple of years I have fallen in love with a Lily Vanilli recipe which is now my go to chocolate cake. People often ask me for a recipe of something or other and when it comes to chocolate cake, this is the one I always recommend, it's just brilliant. The only box it doesn't tick is being gluten free. Not a problem for lots of us, but when you love cake and are gluten intolerant life can seem limited on the sweet options.
I found this recipe when I was trying out cakes for my twin brothers wedding last year. My wonderful sister in-law (now) is a coeliac an...
I like muffins. They are infinitely more interesting than a cupcake. Sweet, savoury, something in between (think carrot and rosemary) it’s ok to be courageous in your flavours. You can eat a muffin for breakfast, yes it’s acceptable, just perhaps not everyday!
We make slightly healthier muffins for snacks, they’re good for taking to work and cheer up a day in the office. Sometimes though, you just want one of those big fat chocolate filled muffins. Yes those ones, found in just about every coffee shop, snuggled next to the fancier looking pastries and tarts which never seem to taste quite as good as they look. Don’t you think though that these coffee shop muffins are a bit hit or miss? Occasionally light...
I seem to find myself surrounded by people who love an Oreo. No matter where I work, there is always a group of them, I find this strange.
As much as I love the biscuit, is it really better than a custard cream or a chocolate bourbon?? Apparently so, but give me a slice of cake over a biscuit any day, don't you agree?
One of my favourite things to do, which is an excellent time filler, is day dream about cake or what to bake next. Reading the cookbooks and magazines that fill my shelves, seeing what everyone else is baking on Instagram is a constant distraction for my sweet tooth. One of these moments led to the thought - If it is such an excellent biscuit then surely it must be a 'to die for' cake also.
I have an incredible sweet tooth. Puddings, cakes, sweet and buttery enriched breads are my weakness. I'd much rather eat anything like this than a normal meal if I'm perfectly honest. When out for dinner I eye up the dessert menu to make sure there's something excellent to look forward to. I completely understand when children say they are full but their pudding tummy isn't!
But I am completely aware this isn't a sustainable or adult way to function. So I treat myself from time to time and fill in the savoury, healthy gaps with day dreams of treats and Pinterest baking ideas to satisfy my cravings until it's time to get sugary again.
I gave in recently. I craved a Brownie, but not just a normal...
It’s cold, rainy and just fairly grim in Birmingham this week. Yesterday was the so called Blue Monday, where it seemed socially acceptable to be depressed and notice the lesser points of life.
This so called day only first appeared in our lives in 2005, brought around by a holiday company – yes the weather is always bad, generally we all have a bit less money after Christmas and all the hype to keep up with New Year’s Resolutins and ‘be a new you’ is a bit suffocating, but do we need to focus on it?
Perhaps we need to be a bit kinder to ourselves and take fewer cues from social media.
Yes we need to stay fit and active, excerising brings around huge benefits to the body and mind with endorphins and self confidence, not...
What do you snack on in the day time? Fruit? Chocolate? Biscuits or cake?
We all need a little pick me up during a long day or sometimes to help make the hours stuck at the office desk go just that little bit faster.
Marc and I vary snacks for work, ranging from cherry tomatoes, "snack bars", homemade cakes to fruit. Or whatever might be lying around, but it can get a little boring and you never truly know what is in something unless you've made it yourself.
Our recent drive to get fit and healthy again got us rethinking our diet, a bit. We've both started running (much needed exercise in a house that's always thinking about food) now is the time to think over a few other things.