Chocolate fudge cake

Chocolate fudge cake

Chocolate fudge cake is a real weakness of mine and this recipe will produce a delicious, moist, and light cake. I make it in 3 layers in 6″ cake tins but you could use this recipe to make 2 layers of 8″ cake. I like the smaller size as it...
Individual Victoria sponges

Individual Victoria sponges

You just can’t beat a good Victoria sponge – they are absolute proof that sometimes less is more. You don’t need fancy toppings or weird flavour combinations – you just need a good old fashioned, classic sponge sandwiched with jam (and cream if you’re feeling fancy) and dusted with sugar....
Cinnamon madeleines

Cinnamon madeleines

  Madeleines are little dainty shell shaped cakes that hail from France. They’re often flavoured with lemon, but I fancied cinnamon in mine! They’re delicious dipped in tea and they’re really lovely to serve at tea parties. Best of all they’re easy. You do need a madeleine pan to get...
Cranberry scones

Cranberry scones

I absolutely love scones – they’re such a delicious little treat and they’re really not difficult to make. I created this recipe on a whim and they worked really well – they’re a really nice change from plain old raisin scones. I think they’re best when smothered in jam and...
Lemon yoghurt cake

Lemon yoghurt cake

I was sent this rather fabulous cake mould a couple of weeks ago from the lovely folk at findmeagift.co.uk. It looks almost flower shaped when the cake is whole, but when you cut it into six slices, you end up with rather gorgeous heart shaped slices. It’s very clever and...
Baileys melting chocolate puddings

Baileys melting chocolate puddings

Baileys melting chocolate puddings are one of my favourite go to puddings! I’ve shamelessly adapted this recipe from one of Delia’s (which I also highly recommend) and I’ve added one of my favourite flavours – Baileys!  It’s a lovely dessert to serve at a dinner party because you can make...
Meringue roses

Meringue roses

I went to a Dr Oetker event the other day where Edd Kimber was demonstrating their new garden inspired range. Dr Oetker is one of the big brands for cakes, cupcakes, and all types of pretty baking – their products are lovely quality and since baking became so popular, the...
Churros with chocolate sauce

Churros with chocolate sauce

Churros are SO ridiculously delicious. They’re Spanish originally but have been adopted all over the place as a beloved snack and dessert. They’re easier to make than you might think and there are loads of ways to do it. This is the simplest way I’ve come across – you just...
Salted caramel meringue sandwiches

Salted caramel meringue sandwiches

I absolutely love meringues – they’re so much fun to make and they’re really not difficult. The wonderful Amy of She Cooks, She Eats makes the most incredible meringues (seriously, check out her recipe for chocolate meringues) and it was she that inspired me to get the beaters out and...
Stem ginger chocolate flapjacks

Stem ginger chocolate flapjacks

Flapjacks were always a feature in my lunchbox when I was little. They’re one of my favourite treats, because they’re scrummy, easy to make, and cheap. They’re also nicely filling, so they make a wonderful afternoon or mid morning snack. They’re a good one to make with kids as they require little...
Chili Cheese Dip

Chili Cheese Dip

This is a really easy peasy scrummy recipe that I picked up when I lived in Canada! Perfect with corn chips (like Doritos), bread sticks and toasted pitta breads. My mum likes to serve it with crackers. Heck, I’d eat it on its own with a spoon. It’s quite rich...
Chocolate Espresso Cake

Chocolate Espresso Cake

I recently got a beautiful new espresso machine from De’longhi. It’s an absolutely gorgeous machine, and I’m totally in love with it. It’s an absolute revelation to have smooth, fresh, quality coffee at home, instead of instant. And because I love coffee, it was always going to be inevitable that...
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Orzo kedgeree

Orzo kedgeree

Traditional kedgeree is made with rice but to mix things up a little bit, you can make it with the tiny rice-shaped pasta that is orzo. Orzo is really versatile and it’s a beautifully filling without being too stodgy. This is one of my favourite weeknight meals but it also works well for dinner parties,...
Lemon macarons

Lemon macarons

I love making macarons – they’re so sophisticated and pretty! Plus they’re the perfect bitesize treat. They’re not too tricky once you’ve cracked the basics and I’m lucky enough to have learned from the best – Clare from Little Bear Cakery! All my macaron recipes are based on the recipe she gave me for my...
Spring vegetable orzo

Spring vegetable orzo

This is one of my new favourite recipes! It’s so fresh and delicious, and it’s really healthy – perfect for spring! It’s a little bit like risotto but it’s got a slightly different texture, and it’s really filling so you don’t need a huge portion. It’s best when topped with lots of parmesan (or a...
Review: Fresha bags

Review: Fresha bags

What: Fresha bags – designed to keep your fresh food fresher for longer Where: www.freshabag.com How much: £3.99 for 20 bags If you – like me – have found your banana going brown, your peppers going squidgy, and your apples wrinkling up then these bad boys are going to change. your. life. Fresha bags are made...
Showstopping pavlova

Showstopping pavlova

Phwoar. Hello, gorgeous. This showstopping pavlova a really fun dessert to make because it’s bright and cheery, and it looks way harder than it actually is. Luckily for you, it’s easy peasy and is best made the night before you need it. You can also make it a bit healthier by topping it with fat free...
Chicken, tarrogan, and leek pie

Chicken, tarrogan, and leek pie

This pie is AMAZING. Honestly, it’s one of the most delicious, hearty, warming, indulgent, creamy, flavoursome pies in the world. I can say that because it’s not my recipe – it’s by the amazingly talented (and incredibly lovely) Laura Pope, who wrote it for those nice people at Comte cheese. I’ve made it a couple...
An evening with Comte cheese

An evening with Comte cheese

Last week I was lucky enough to spend an evening with top private chef Laura Pope and the lovely people from Comte cheese. Comte is one of my favourite French cheeses. It’s a semi-hard, pressed cheese made in the mountainous Jura region of France, close to the Swiss border. It’s an AOC cheese, meaning it can...
Are you ready for Pancake Day?

Are you ready for Pancake Day?

It’s Pancake Day tomorrow! Have you made a plan for what you’re having? If you don’t fancy making your own, you could try Abra-ca-Debora’s ready made pancakes! I recommend the Little Diddys – they’re based on the popular Dutch poffertjes, which are ridiculously moreish. The Diddys are also very versatile – you can make fruit and...
5 quick and easy Valentines dinner ideas

5 quick and easy Valentines dinner ideas

It’s almost Valentine’s Day and if you’ve decided to forego an overpriced dinner out, you’re going to need to make something delicious for your loved one at home. Here are some of my favourite quick and dirty meals, ideal for impressing your dinner partner for minimal effort. They all look a LOT harder than they are,...
10 gift ideas for Valentine's Day 2015

10 gift ideas for Valentine’s Day 2015

It’s that time of year again! Here are 10 easy ideas for Valentine’s Day 2015, featuring lots of easy and delicious recipes and a few suggestions for things you can buy. Happy Valentine’s Day everyone! Homemade salted caramel millionaire’s shortbread This is one of my most popular recipes! They’re not too tricky to make and...
Heart shaped macarons

Heart shaped macarons

Heart shaped macarons are a lovely gift for Valentine’s Day! They’re not too difficult to make, just follow the recipe closely and be as confident as possible. The below recipe belongs to Clare at Little Bear Cakery, who taught me how to make macarons. For around 20 macarons, you need: 90g egg whites at room...
Review - Bonne Maman desserts

Review – Bonne Maman desserts

What: Bonne Maman’s desserts Where: all good supermarkets in the fridge section How much: £2.50 ish FIVE STARS I am already a big Bonne Maman fan, having loved their jams and confitures since childhood, and falling a little bit in love with their fruit pots a couple of years ago. So I was very excited...
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