GBBO week 2 – sandwich biscuits: cobnut and chocolate viennese biscuits

Once again I enjoyed the new series of Bake Off – ultimately the format is winning out, regardless of whether the new presenters are still finding their feet. I am becoming a big fan of Prue (can I be honest? I never really loved Mary Berry …), and Noel and Sandy are growing on me. […]

GBBO week 2 – chocolate hazelnut (Nutella) viennese whirls

For the second week running my newborn son (well, he’s over a month old now – where has that time gone?!) has allowed me to 1) watch the Bake Off, 2) bake my week’s challenge, and 3) blog about the challenge. Now if only he’d allow me to have more than a 3 hour stretch […]

It’s chocolate time: #WeShouldCocoa USA theme roundup

I have discovered that hosting a food blogger’s roundup – especially one with a chocolate theme – is dangerous. Each time a new link has been added to my blog I’ve received an email to tell me about another delicious recipe that I need to try, and I have immediately wanted to make each and […]

Chocolate rolo caramel cheesecake – #WeShouldCocoa USA entry

This month I have been hosting #WeShouldCocoa for Choclette (ever a more appropriate name?) over at Tin & Thyme. I actually chose the theme of USA with this recipe in mind, and made it at the start of the month, but I have only just got around to writing about it. I first saw the […]

GBBO week 10 – chocolate: oaty millionaire’s shortbread chocolate tart

Mmmmmm, chocolate. One of my favourite things ever. However, I do often think a good cannot be improved by being baked – why mess with the perfectly portable and convenient bar of chocolate or do any more than pluck your favourites from an open box? Additionally, with Andrew not being a chocolate fan, there doesn’t […]

We Should Cocoa chocolate challenge “USA” – October 2015

When Choclette from Tin and Thyme asked for volunteers to host her monthly We Should Cocoa challenge this month I was very excited to take part and get to discover some fabulous chocolate-y recipes from bloggers. As I have just returned from Las Vegas, I couldn’t resist choosing the theme USA for this month’s challenge, […]

GBBO week 6 – frangipane: Chocolate Crunchie Frangipane Tart

Frangipane, frangipane, frangipane. How I want to like you, but I just don’t. The combination of sweetened ground almonds reminds me too much of the detestable marzipan. But as the GBBO alternative challenges this week were a complicated and difficult looking pudding, and a selection of vol-au-vents which I love but my tummy doesn’t need […]

Week 15 – an All Blacks themed 40th birthday cake

It has been a busy old week this week with some birthday baking for our friend Danny, who just turned 40. His wife Monika asked me to bake him a birthday cake for his party, something chocolate-y, and as I had the perfect chocolate cake in my repertoire from Henry’s christening cake, I was happy […]

Foodie penpals – February 2015

I love a lot of things about Foodie Penpals. Obviously I love getting food by post (I mean, who wouldn’t?). I also love picking out goodies to send to a stranger, based on their answers to a few simple questions (for example “what won’t you eat?”). I have discovered bloggers who I have continued to follow […]