Sunday, 26 February 2012

Chocolate Fudge Fridge Cookies!

Hello my lovely blogging friends! Unfortunately I have been a rather busy bee the last week or so, so I must apologise for not adding any new content or getting back to your messages! Although I’ve been neglecting the blog I promise it has been for good reasons – I’ve been having lots of interviews for Vacation Schemes and Training Contracts so hopefully I will have a job before I graduate! Wish me luck!

In between attending lectures and jumping on trains to London I have however had time to do some cooking! Most of it a little indulgent (naughty me) so today I am sharing with you my recipe for Double Chocolate Fudge Cookies - very naughty indeed!

You will need to set aside an afternoon to make these, not because the recipe itself is complicated, but because they are a fridge cookie and require some time chilling! At the very least an hour will do! This recipe will yield 12 good size cookies but can easily be doubled/trebled if you are making them for a bake sale/party!


Wednesday, 22 February 2012

Review: Lee Rosy's Tea Shop (Nottingham)

Where in Nottingham do you turn when you want a nice bit of cake and an outstanding cup of tea? The answer: Lee Rosy’s! Hidden in the backstreets of the city centre in the heart of Hockley sits Lee Rosy’s a cute tea-room that offers more than just your bog standard cup of tea...

I’d heard a lot about this place from my ‘cool’ friends but had never ventured there myself until last weekend. It’s has rustic feel with its chunky wooden tables and chairs and it is super cosy when you’ve been out in the cold!

From what I’d heard Lee Rosy’s could offer you over 100 different types of tea, delicious home-made sandwiches and even better cake – all of which would be available even if you were vegetarian/vegan/wanted soya milk instead! And all the above was true - ok perhaps there aren’t 100 types of tea...I didn’t count! But the tea selection is outstanding. You can buy it by the mug, pot, to take-away OR in a packet to brew at home to your heart’s content! Now I’ve only got into tea recently – yep English and I don’t like your traditional cuppa, just herbal for me please – but with a list of tea that long you’re bound to find something you like!

Sunday, 19 February 2012

My Top 5 Pancake Fillings

With Shrove Tuesday (aka Pancake Day) just days away I thought I'd post of my top 5 pancake fillings of all time!

Some are sweet, some are savoury, and some are sour so there is guaranteed to be something for everyone!

From Mascarpone with Lemon Curd Swirl, Smoked Ham with Spinach and Emmental, Blueberry Pancakes, Balsamic Strawberries with syrup and last but not least The Ultimate Chocolate Pancake!

Give these recipes a go this Pancake Day and let me know using the comments form at the bottom, what are your top five fillings?

Wednesday, 15 February 2012

Basic Pancake Recipes

I don’t want to alarm you but...PANCAKE DAY IS LESS THAN A WEEK AWAY! But don’t fear, this evening I’m sharing with you two fool proof recipes, one for the Traditional English pancake, and one for the American Style pancake.

At the weekend, I will then share with you 5 variations/toppings/fillings which will make sure this Pancake Day is your best Pancake Day EVER!

Now, I myself have got BIG things planned for Pancake Day (a.k.a. Shrove Tuesday).

It has always been a big deal in my house since I was little and a basic traditional English pancake recipe is one of the first things my Dad taught me to cook!

Though, he phas robably regretted this since! As soon as we were old enough, Mum and Dad would go off to church on a Sunday leaving my sister and I to mess up the kitchen in pursuit of pancakes for breakfast! There would be flour, egg and milk everywhere! (I'm a messy cook as it is, but the combination of my sister, pancakes and I meant there was ten times the mess!)

Tuesday, 14 February 2012

Review: Tamatanga Nottingham

4th February 2012 - Tamatanga (Nottingham)
I am a massive curry fan; on this page you will find reviews for many a curry house but none as good as this one! If you want modern and innovative Indian cooking then this is the restaurant for you!

Sunday, 12 February 2012

Valentine's Day Cupcakes

Are you unsure of how to say 'I Love You' this Valentine's Day?

Is the amazing Joseph and Joseph Baking Gift Set a little out of your price range?

Well then why not bake your loved one a present this Valentine's Day!

You will need this fairy cake recipe, some strawberry or (if you're feeling really fancy) rose flavoured icing, a few romantic sweeties and an icing bag!

For really professional results you will need a Wilton 1M tip...unfortunately this is a fact of life. Wilton 1M rules!

Wednesday, 8 February 2012

Home-made Fish Fingers

When most people think of fish fingers they think of tasteless rectangles covered in a strange orange breadcrumb that people unfortunately feed their kids!

Well...think again! These fish fingers are for grown-ups only!

Sunday, 5 February 2012

Ham, Egg and Chips - the healthy way!

Brrrrr! It is certainly cold out there today! As we were shopping in Nottingham City Centre yesterday we found ourselves caught in a snowstorm! 6 hours later and 6 inches had fallen covering the city with snow!

We've had lots of fun going on pretty snowy walks and making a snow man in the back garden! Have you been having fun playing in the snow too?!

Whether you like to make snow angels, or watch everyone else enjoy the snow by a hot fire, we will all be needing something hearty to keep us warm tonight!

My suggestion is ham, egg and chips! But (for those of you who have stuck to your New Years resolutions) it doesn't have to be unhealthy! Just follow the healthy swaps below for a delicious dinner that will keep you warm tonight.

Saturday, 4 February 2012

Chocolate Bread with Home-made Chocolate Spread

The smell of freshly cooked bread wafting through a house is perhaps one of the most comforting aromas. I am sure everyone would agree. But, have you ever been lucky enough to have the smell of chocolate bread wafting through yours?

 Chocolate and bread seems such an alien combination yet such a match made in heaven at the same time! The French have 'pan au chocolat' and everyone will remember having chocolate bread and butter pudding at least once in their childhood, but yet actual bread that is made of chocolate seems such a bizarre idea!

My boyfriend and one of our mutual friends was meant to be coming to stay this weekend and we were all going to go and see a football match today. But unfortunately it was cancelled due to a frozen pitch. I had cooked the chocolate rbead on Friday, I thought it would be the perfect breakfast warmed with the chocolate spread on Sunday morning, but our friend decided to stay back in Stevenage. Luckily for Mr Kitchen Goddess (in training!) this meant he got the chocolate bread all to himself!


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