Victoria Sandwich

I have a new oven… That cooks things…..in the time it’s supposed to! So to celebrate and test out said new oven I thought I’d christen it with a classic Victoria sponge sandwich. I can report it had a nice even bake and no noticeable hot spots. For the last few weeks I have been redecorating and sprucing up my tiny kitchen so will have to wait a while before I put the oven to more testing. In more exciting news, I’m thrilled to have been shortlisted in this years Pink Lady Food Photography Awards. Now I have a tense wait to find out if I make it to the final again. Fingers crossed!

IMG_1115Victoria SandwichSmall
Continue reading “Victoria Sandwich”

Bounty Bar Cake

Last weekend I was feeling a need for dense chocolate cake and an even greater need not to have to get dressed and buy ingredients or spend ages baking so I remembered this super easy Bounty Bar Cake from the River Cottage Handbook No 8 – Cakes by Pam Corbin. Aside from having the patience and fore thought for soaking the coconut for a few hours, it’s almost an all in one recipe and it hit the spot with a hot mug of tea.

IMG_1080Bounty bar cake small
Continue reading “Bounty Bar Cake”

Hot Honey, Lemon & Ginger Drink

Happy new year! Hope 2016 has been kind to everyone so far. Last week my friend Michael asked on Facebook what he should do with  lemon and ginger to help his man flu so thought this hot honey, lemon and ginger recipe might be useful for others too during the winter months. I store the infusion in a jar in the fridge for up to a week. 

IMG_1023Hot Honey Lemon & GingerSmallContinue reading “Hot Honey, Lemon & Ginger Drink”

Rosemary Gimlet

I had plans to reshoot this as a winter cocktail but wanted to wish everyone a happy new year so at the 11th hour I bring you a rosemary gimlet. I saw this recipe on the wonderful David Lebovitz’s blog a month or so ago and knew I had to give it a go. Rushing ahead of the Christmas period my rosemary died unused, so I hastily repurchased and shot it yesterday.

I’m hoping to get back on track with things in the new year as 2 surgeries and a possible broken arm that was not cast has hindered my photography terribly. Wishing you health and happiness in 2016!

IMG_0989Rosemary Gimlet SmallContinue reading “Rosemary Gimlet”

Cornish Sea Salted Caramels

I can’t remember where I found this Donal Skehan recipe for sea salted caramels but glad I took a screen shot of it on my phone as I can’t find it online now. Donal being Irish, the original recipe calls for Irish sea salt but I love the Cornish sea salt so I used that instead. These caramels are soft and chewy so don’t need a warning for those with fillings and make an ideal christmas gifts. The salt balances the sweetness of the caramels and makes them pretty easy to eat.

IMG_0928Cornish Sea Salted Caramels_Small

Continue reading “Cornish Sea Salted Caramels”

Sugar & Spice Candied Nuts

I saw this Sugar & Spice Candied Nuts recipe on the Smitten Kitchen site last Christmas but I had already made all my gifts/run out of time so I made sure to fit these in this year. They are very quick and easy to make but are very difficult not to keep snacking on. I made up jars for friends and kept the left overs for myself for Christmas time but unfortunately polished them off today on the first day of my 2 week holiday. Oops!

IMG_0951Sugar & Spice Candied Nuts smallContinue reading “Sugar & Spice Candied Nuts”

Salted Butterscotch Popcorn Cheesecake

This salted butterscotch popcorn cheesecake from Rosie Birkett’s book A Lot On Her Plate must be the showstopper dessert of 2015. I have long wanted to try the recipe and last week whilst recovering from surgery finally gave it a whirl in a pre Christmas trial run. I will definitely be making this for the Christmas night buffet as its a very simple no bake cheesecake but it looks and tastes amazing.

IMG_0854Salted Butterscotch Popcorn Cheesecake SmallContinue reading “Salted Butterscotch Popcorn Cheesecake”

Tuna Cat Treats

I’m still alive! Sorry I’ve been so rubbish on the blogging front, I’ve been quite stressed recently with work and that and the never ending list of jobs to do on the house seems to have stolen my mojo and got me quite down. I also had a few baking disasters that didn’t turn out quite as planned so haven’t made it here yet (curses gas oven).

I’m trying to get into the Christmas swing and planning my edible gifts. Strictly these aren’t Christmas cat treats and to be honest I made them to try and bribe the two cats I rescued last month into being more friendly but I’m sure a jar under the tree wouldn’t go a miss with the felines in your life! The recipe comes from the marvellous Joy the Baker.

tuna cat treatsContinue reading “Tuna Cat Treats”

Walnut & Coffee Cake with Streusel Topping

So I’m back and mostly unpacked. I could say this amazing cake from Roger Saul’s Spelt cookbook is a seasonal cake arrived just in time for the walnut harvest but sadly I wasn’t that thoughtful. I made and shot this cake a month ago to christen my new kitchen and test out the inherited gas oven. I’m not sure whats worse, a painfully slow gas oven that takes twice as long to cook everything or the left handed sink that forces me to wash up like I’m wearing a straightjacket or so it seems. I don’t know why it’s taken me so long to get this post together but thankfully most of the work was done last week as my newly broken arm is going to hamper the return to cooking, baking and blogging, as well as the last of the unpacking, furniture shabby chic-ing and other DIY projects that are joining a growing list.

Those keen eyed amongst you will realise there are only walnuts atop this cake, my newly restocked cupboards didn’t stretch to oats at the time of baking so I had to improvise. I have been assured the streusel topping is worth the effort so will be trying that next time.

Spelt Coffee & Walnut Cake Sharpham Park

Continue reading “Walnut & Coffee Cake with Streusel Topping”

Peach Melba Squares

Yesterday’s persistant rain was the perfect climate for some lazy baking in the form of these peach melba squares from BBC Good Food’s website. I’ll admit the main motivation was to have something cakey to enjoy with a big mug of tea but I had lots of peaches and raspberries that needed using up and this recipe wouldn’t pair badly with custard either on a grey wet summers evening. The house purchase is looking like it will complete immenently so its unlikely normal service will be resumed for a little while yet as I have the joy of unpacking all my stuff that went into storage in March. A new house with new light is calling.

Peach Melba Squares Small BBC Good FoodContinue reading “Peach Melba Squares”

Apartment Apothecary

Make your home feel better

Amy's Bakes

All about baking! Including vegan, gluten-free and dairy-free recipes

What do I eat now?

How to maintain fitness success -- deliciously.

midihideaways

the inside view on life and holidays in Languedoc, southern France

One Man's Meat

Multi-award winning food blog, written in Dublin, Ireland.

Fork and Pixel

Adventures in food and photography

View from a French Hillside

Life, nature and photography on a French Hillside

Chez Moi

A repository of recipes and memories

Food, Photography & France

Journal of a food photographer living in France

Susan Jane White

Taking the Hell out of Healthy

Eat, Play, Clove

Cooking is no mean feast!

Georgina Hayden

Feeding since 1982

TantoVerde: Simple. Delicious. Vegetarian

Dedicated to my dear friend Tanya, all the best vegetarian practices from my secret recipe book will be posted here

thealexproject

a food & happiness blog

The Little Library Café

Cakes. Desserts. Sweets. And Books.

flojoeasydetox

Detox to Retox and everything in between...

LEANNE COLE

Trying to live a creative life

Joshi Daniel Photography

Photoblog of Joshi Daniel

Cooking Sustainably

Cooking sustainably is making a choice to cook in a low impact way, a simple way, with low waste and low energy. There are many interpretations of sustainable food, and here I only focus on ways that we as individuals can make a difference with our choices.

aklayarar işte..!

Just another WordPress.com weblog

Beth's Brother's Kitchen

Putting food in your eyes.

Freshly Seasoned

Hunting down remarkable food, local producers and off-the-map experiences in the heart of London

lemongrass and ginger

one cannot think well, love well, sleep well, if one has not dined well

Artichoke & Typewriter

Kate Packwood // Flavour // Food // Whiskey // Gin

Edinburgh Bakers

Formerly known as the Edinburgh Cake Ladies

The Modern Husband

Simple pleasures

A small insight

Sharing my life with you x

Delicieux

A food blog containing delicious healthy vegetarian recipes, cake recipes, cookie recipes and more

Pinch Of Salt London

Adventures in food and photography

Berry Foodie

Adventures in food and photography

David Lebovitz

Baking and cooking recipes for everyone

Slice Of Slim

Adventures in food and photography

Tartelette

Adventures in food and photography

honey & jam | recipes + photos

Adventures in food and photography

Gluten Free Girl and the Chef

Food-Stories-Recipes-Love