Tag: treats

Malty Hot Chocolate

Around a year ago now I had a devastating discovery. For a while I had been suffering with very bad stomach pains and after being fobbed off by a few doctors telling me it was either IBS or a gluten intolerance, I decided to take measures into my own hands. See, I knew it was neither of these conditions, but I just couldn’t work out for the life of me what it actually was. After months and months of trying to work out what was causing my awful tummy pains, I finally got to the bottom of it. Coffee. My all time favourite drink, my saviour in the mornings and my best friend during a bad day had turned against me, and it hurt. It hurt a lot.

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Salted Caramel Pie

My mum is quite honestly the queen of desserts. If you want a good pudding then look no further than Mrs Tracey Clark. I mean, don’t get me wrong, I think my mum is an all round good cook, but desserts are definitely her speciality. Key lime pie, her raspberry ice cream bomb and the famous black forest trifle are just a few of my favourites. I did consider making one of these as this years Mother’s Day recipe, but then I decided that they are best left to the expert. Instead I decided to create a new dessert that I knew my mum would love.

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Pancake day… what an amazing day of the year. A day when you can eat ridiculous amounts of pancakes and not get judged. A day when it is perfectly acceptable to have dessert for dinner and then even more dessert for dessert. A day where it is more than okay to consume a whole jar of Nutella alone, leaving us all wondering… why can’t every day be pancake day? What a beautiful world that would be…

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For a few weeks now I’ve been wondering what on earth to post on my blog for Valentine’s Day. I’ve been seeing all sorts of fancy dishes popping up all over my Twitter and Instagram news feeds making me panic a little. At this rate perhaps I will have to make a seven tier wedding cake in order to stand out, I thought to myself. Luckily I quickly dismissed this idea, but I was still left with the dilemma of what I should make…

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Baking is a fairly new thing to me. For years and years the thought of baking actually terrified me. Unlike cooking, baking is a complete science and let me tell you now, I wasn’t very good at science at school. The thing I love most about cooking is that you can adjust the recipe as you go along. If it doesn’t have enough spice you can add more chilli, if it isn’t seasoned enough you can throw in a little more salt. With baking you don’t know how it tastes until that cake is cooked, by which time it’s way too late to add the 150g of golden caster sugar you forgot to add at the beginning. Basically you have no control when it comes to baking. Once that cake is in the oven there is nothing you can do but just sit and wait…

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