What better way to celebrate National Chocolate Cake Day (27th January) than to bake our very own chocolate cake. Inspired by Isla’s love of Num Noms. We received a hamper of goodies to decorate our cakes and a Series 4 deluxe pack of Num Noms. Isla was very, very excited. Below is Isla’s creation (one vegetarian and one not):
I couldn’t help but sing have a Mary Berry Christmas to myself when I started writing this review. I have really missed Mary Berry in Great British Bake Off this year, so seeing this new range cheered me up. I Just Love It have a personalised Mary Berry collection with everything from mugs to bread bins. Everything for the bake off/baking fan this Christmas.
Wayfair challenged me to spruce up my kitchen ready for Autumn. I love a challenge and especially ones like this where you get to make a real difference to a room. Trending colours for Autumn are orange and teal, two of my favourite colours and that inspired the products I chose. Great products at great prices. Don’t forget to check out my family friendly recipes below too…
Did you know that the government recommends we eat 30g of fibre a day? One way to do this easily is to up the intake of Whole Grain. I am a big fan of overindulging at breakfast time, when I do eat breakfast that is. When I came across this hot cross bun loaf, I just couldn’t resist it. It’s a great family friendly breakfast recipe too. It is really yummy with margarine at breakfast, or a nice dollop of Jam. Don’t forget the cup of tea too!
I was asked by belling.co.uk to think of a recipe that reflects my own unique cooking style. I love cooking recipes where it can be thrown into a stew pot or wok and left to simmer over hours, developing a tasty sauce that is perfect for dipping a tiger loaf into. So it didn’t take me long to think about my new favourite vegetarian stew recipe, which you can put a Spring twist on too now that the weather is warming up a little.
This is a brilliant recipe for adding a little spice and fruit to your Easter baking. I like the recipe as it’s a subtle drop of spice and yummy currants, the decoration is fun for the children and you can have these finished off within the hour. Isla enjoyed decorating the biscuits and eating the chocolate icing too, who wouldn’t? Dr Oetker have many Easter recipes online if you want to try some Easter baking with the children this weekend.
This is a great recipe for a grown up alternative! The kiddies had chocolate spread, banana and also a little strawberry sauce. Mummy’s favourite is lemon and sugar. Daddy loves Bailey’s and I thought this recipe would be right up his street – especially with the added banana’s and walnuts. This is a fantastic recipe for any dessert, a great one to show off if you are hosting too.
This is an advertorial post with Quaker Oats. Quaker Oats recently sent us some fabulous oats, some of which had been all the way to space and back. We love porridge for breakfast, you can do a lot with it too. Like adding fruit or baking the oats to make breakfast flapjacks. One thing I love doing at the moment is making overnight oats, they are so easy to make and they taste gorgeous straight from the fridge. Perfect for the dash to work or before the school run.
It is that time of year when you want meals that fuel your body with warmth, like central heating. That is exactly what this vegetarian cottage pie did for us at dinner time last night. Daddy came home to the waft of dinner swirling it’s aroma around the house and it tasted delicious to boot. It reminded me of when I was a child and my Mumma used to make meals like this.
I have been really lucky to recently receive a big box of Butterkist popcorn, my favourite is Butterkist Toffee flavour. I don’t really like any of the other flavours. But that was before I tried the Salted Caramel and Chocolate Mallow. Incredible! With all this popcorn, it made me have an idea of baking with them – so we made some Salted Caramel Popcorn cupcakes. I love the way they look like little boxes of popcorn.