Simple carrot cake recipe

seeds-2908636_1920Carrot cake is one of those cakes that I either love or hate – and I never know until I actually take the first bite.  When it’s good, it is amazing.  Not too sweet, moist and flavourful.  When it’s bad, it’s bad.  Dry, bland, often with overly sweet frosting.  There never seems to be an in-between.  And when it’s good, it’s one of my favourite cakes ever (coming second only to red velvet, another it’s hard to get right). Recently, I have made it my mission to come up with – for me – the perfect carrot cake.  A mix of a number of recipes, I think I’ve finally cracked it! Continue reading

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Cutting Food Waste (and cutting food bills)

According to the Food Standards Agency, in the UK we threw away over 7 million tonnes of still edible food last year and about half of it came from homes, not shops and restaurants.  It is such a shocking figure, especially when you think that so many people are going hungry and relying on food banks.  It’s also expensive.  The estimated cost of those 7 million tonnes is £13bn and the average cost per household is £470.  Cutting back on food waste, and your food bills as a result, is easier than you think. Here are five easy  ways to do it… Continue reading

What I learnt about the cocoa bean (when I decided to make craft chocolate)

With Easter days away, it’s impossible to not see chocolate everywhere I turn. I’m not complaining, I love chocolate and think it should be its own food group but, recently, I’ve started to look for something different in my chocolates beyond your standard name-brand hollow egg.  I’ve even been thinking that I might make my own.

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Craft Chocolate UK has a great blog post that told me everything I needed to know about making my own chocolates.  It also told me things I didn’t know or didn’t expect – like I might want to think about roasting my own beans. I’m not sure what I thought I would be doing when I made my own chocolates, but it definitely wasn’t that.  Continue reading

Cheats veggie chilli recipe

seeds-2908636_1920Most days, I try and be good and cook my meals from scratch. I don’t always succeed and, the further through the week I get, the harder it is to stay motivated. It’s the same when I have lots on, fresh food goes by the wayside.

In the warm weather, it’s not too bad – salads are always a quick and easy option – but on cold, dark, nights, it’s harder to not resort to soup or heat ‘n’ eats. This chilli is quick, simple, and veggie so stops me feeling too guilty about not slaving over a hot stove. It takes about 10 minutes to get everything in the pan and another 15 to cook and will easily serve 4 people.  The photo took doesn’t do it justice but I was in a bit of a rush…. Continue reading

Hot Cross Bread & Butter Pudding Recipe

seeds-2908636_1920So, I know it’s not Easter yet and, technically, I shouldn’t be eating Hot Cross Buns but I, for one, can’t resist picking up a packet when I’m wandering down the aisles of Tesco.  They are just so yummy.  The problem is, by the time Easter rolls around, I know there is a good chance I won’t want to eat another.  So, with variety being the spice of life and all that, I decided to mix it up a bit this weekend and use them to make bread and butter pudding.  It came out quite well, if I do say so myself, so I thought I would share the recipe…. Continue reading

Raspberry Cheesecake Mousse Recipe

seeds-2908636_1920I may be the least romantic person on the planet. My husband isn’t much better and we decided a fair few years ago to not worry about exchanging valentine cards.  We do, however, try and sit down to a nice meal to mark the occasion and open a bottle of fizz (though to be fair, any day is an excuse for fizz as far as I’m concerned).

Last year, I went all out and made a rather romantic desert, if I do say so myself.  To be fair, it’s mainly romantic because I put it in a heart-shaped dish.  Otherwise, it’s just a great pudding for anytime of the year, well it is if you like raspberries…. Continue reading

The benefits of breakfast

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I’m sure there isn’t anyone out there that doesn’t know that breakfast is supposed to be the most important meal of the day.  I grew up with the slogan “go to work on an egg” and have read too many articles to count on why I should have a healthy breakfast to start me up right for the day.

There are so many benefits to breakfast.  You are more likely to avoid certain health conditions, you are less likely to put on weight, and you are more likely to feel energised enough to make it through a day at work.  Continue reading

Mashed Potato Soup Recipe

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I don’t know if I’m the only one out there who does this but, after every Sunday lunch, I end up with too much mashed potato.   I just can’t ever seem to get the quantities right.  Now, there are lots of things you can do with left over mash, but my favourite at the moment – given the state of the weather – is make Mashed Potato Soup, a variation on potato soup but preferred in my family because it’s rich and creamy.

Technically, this could class as a perfect Meatless Monday recipe.  Unfortunately, I took a photo of my husband’s soup and – as he’s a meat eater – there was bacon on there, so I might be disqualified.  It is the only meat included in the recipe though, so it’s actually perfect for the veggies among us.

To make it, here’s what you’ll need… Continue reading

Coddled Eggs “recipe”

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Coddled eggs is a term I first came across a year or so ago when reading a book set in the 1940s.  Unsure what they were I looked it (as you do), to discovered that there is a broad definition of what they mean, in that they are gently or lightly cooked eggs.   This means a lot of different methods for cooking eggs fall under the term, poached eggs for example.

My version of coddled eggs is to cook them in a pot with boiling water.  It’s a super easy way of cooking them and allows me to add ingredients (often just what I have in the fridge) for a bit of variety.  I thought I’d share it today, using the term recipe loosely as it’s more of a method than anything else.  Continue reading