Quick and easy to make, sweet and spicy roast cashew nuts make a lovely addition to a home-made hamper or as a pre-dinner nibble when you have friends over.
December is one of the fastest moving months when you’re a grown up, though time seems to stand still for small people. The excited opening of advent calendars each morning and the eternal “how many sleeps until Christmas?” question seems to highlight both sides depending on your point of view.
My home-made gifts are now all planned, packaging bought and waiting to be filled with all manner of treats. I read something recently where the admission was made that they dislike home-made food gifts as they just add to the pile of things that she felt she must eat. I disagree. To be presented with a box of cookies or fudge or a jar of jam that someone has taken their time over is a lovely thing. Preserves store well and sweets will never go uneaten in our house.
These sweet and spicy roast cashew nuts will be popping up in a few hampers for friends and family this year. They’re super easy to make and take no time at all. Pour them into a jar, tie on a pretty ribbon and a sweet little label (I picked up the snowflake cut out ones for £1 from Wilkinson’s) and you’re good to go. Continue reading →
I say this every year but 2013 does seem to have sped by incredibly quickly. December is knocking on the door and marks the start of the headlong rush towards Christmas, taking in Izzy’s birthday, my mother in law’s birthday (same day so we have the annual one large cake or two separate ones question to deal with!), school concerts, village parties, visits to and from family and friends, card writing, present wrapping, the yearly who put the fairy lights away in such a tangle argument, the mince pie baking and eating marathon, the unsettling “where is my list?!” moment and a few snatched minutes of peace and relative calm. Hurrah! I love it. Onwards!
Hotel Chocolat sent me their Autumn Sleekster Selection. I’m never one to turn down chocolate and I’ve yet to be disappointed with any of their products. This gorgeous bronzed brown box plopped through our letterbox after an extremely stressful couple of days and was just the antidote I needed. As ever, it features a huge selection with something to appeal to everyone. I love the high proportion of truffles and pralines – how cute is the little praline pumpkin?! – and the booze content guide comes in handy for when little hands are trying to sneak into the box. Continue reading →
Do you remember me telling you about the Secret Santa that John Lewis had invited me to take part in? My present arrived!
When I got the email saying that my partner was the very lovely Camilla from Fab Food 4 All I was pretty chuffed. I’ve known Camilla for a while now and she has been unfailingly friendly and supportive; she’s a gem and writes a lovely blog too.
(You’ll have to excuse the photo – who knew getting a semi decent photo of a breadmaker was so hard!)
A rather large parcel was waiting for me when I got home from running Rich to work and I am now the proud owner of a rather swish Panasonic bread maker! It really is all singing and dancing (if you’re as nosy as I am then you can find out all about it here) but a tad on the large side so I’m in the process of rejigging kitchen cupboards to fit that baby in. Continue reading →
A moist and fruity apple, peanut butter and banana bread. Packed with fruit and best served in thick slices it’s ideal for afternoon tea or added to a lunchbox.
I’m probably one of the last people to have realised exactly how good apple and peanut butter is together. It was one of those things that I would see on my Pinterest travels and always thought sounded good but never got around to trying. My snack times have been revolutionised. A little dramatic perhaps but that’s what it feels like – crisp sweet slices of apple spread with savoury peanut butter. Delicious! And an idea that Izzy’s hopped on board with too.
I tend to obsess about food and once I discover a new like I go all out to cram the flavour into pretty much anything and everything. Three bananas sat in the fruit bowl getting blacker and blacker, being over looked in favour for their yellow cousins, dictated the need for banana bread. Peanut butter and banana are very good bedfellows as far as I’m concerned so it was a short jump over to the thought of an apple, peanut butter and banana bread. Continue reading →
Before I start I feel like I need to give two massive disclaimers about this.
1) If you’re in any way concerned about calorie content then you might not want to look at this. It’s pretty much purely fat and sugar, all good things in my book but it is a tad on the high side!
2) If small people get hold of a piece then I cannot be held responsible for any sugar rush damages! Izzy sneaked a piece and spent the next 40 minutes treating us to a more than a little energetic dance show and scootering up and down the hallway whilst bouncing off the walls.
I’m always a little late to the party when it comes to food trends and despite falling in love with salted caramel I’ve done little with it myself. I’d been hankering after a salted caramel version of this for a while now and finally got round to doing something about it. Each time I’ve made it I’ve played around with the milk / dark chocolate ratios and personally I prefer it with slightly more milk to chocolate to dark. Boosting the dark chocolate content gives a slightly more grown up version though, perfect for serving up with coffee after a meal. Continue reading →