The other day, my husband mentioned to me that he quite liked marmalade pudding. Now puddings are quite difficult to master without wheat and certainly not at short notice and I don’t have many non-wheat ingredients in the flat. So … Continue reading →
I’ve been fairly slack in keeping this blog updated with my cooking exploits so I thought I’d bring things up to date in one go. The last 2 months have seen my kitchen pretty lively…
A Sacher Torte for my mama’s birthday
Black Forest ice cream – my favourite flavour of all time. Ever.
Nutella ice cream
Papaya, sharon fruit, raspberry and banana smoothie
The incredibly bizarre combination of a dark chocolate and avocado cake in honour of the great British sporting tournament that officially marks summer, Wimbledon. I’ll admit, this one was a little strange so I’m not sure I’ll be making it again…! I might have to bake something else that’s green for the Wimbledon final at the weekend!
Baking wheat-free is definitely getting easier and it’s so much more fun than just buying ready-made GF cakes at the store. A little kitchen creativity is definitely good for my soul.
My friend’s sons are dairy intolerant. She doesn’t really enjoy making cakes so asked me if I would make a dairy-free fire engine cake for her son’s fourth birthday. I gladly agreed and, even though my order of ingredients and … Continue reading →
This has been dubbed by my husband as the ‘best dessert ever’ and it certainly is very good. Naturally wheat-free and full of the chocolate I love, the ever-so-slightly more complicated recipe is absolutely worth it. Recipe can be found … Continue reading →
I stumbled across a recipe for a plum crumble topping that I ended up devouring most of before it reached the crumble. It was great just on its own as granola and so easy to make. So, with a little adapting, … Continue reading →
I very rarely notice that we don’t have a microwave. We defrost food in good time in the fridge, we heat milk on the stove for hot drinks and we reheat leftovers either in the oven or on the stove. The only time I mind that we don’t have a microwave, is when I feel like fresh popcorn. Until, that is, a friend in Ethiopia mentioned they were making popcorn on their stove!
Why I hadn’t thought of this before, I have no idea, but it’s so simple! Just take some very hot oil and some popcorn kernels, put the lid on(!) and wait until the popping dies down to less than once every 15 seconds. You can take a sneak peak to see how it’s getting on, just be warned that you might have some excited popping kernels hop out of the pan!
Then, add your flavour – just sugar or sugar and salt is great. We tried cocoa and sugar (chocoholics as usual) but it wasn’t as good. Trying out new flavours is half the fun but I’ve yet to find my perfect combination.
It was fun though and we’ll definitely be making more!
One of my closest friends is expecting her first little one. She lives pretty far away so she and her husband took a road trip – a ‘Big Bump Tour’ if you will – to see friends and family before baby arrives. While she was here, we took the opportunity to throw her a baby shower and I had the joy of planning it.
As they’ve chosen not to find out the gender of their baby, we wanted to keep colours and the theme neutral. So, with help from friends and Pinterest (of course!) we decided on yellow and white with a ‘Twinkle, twinkle, little star’ theme. We joined up with the boys for the second half of the shower so that we could all celebrate their anticipated new addition together.
It was such a fun afternoon getting to spend time with this precious couple, soon-to-be a little family!
Invitation – designed by the creatively wonderful Leah Eli
Games – a nursery rhyme quiz, memory game with baby clothes, plus a couple of other games without photos – Fifty Shades of Lullaby and getting a baby’s bathwater to within 2 degrees of the recommended 37 degrees in the time it takes to play ‘Feelin’ Hot Hot Hot!’
Gifts – as well as the traditional gifts, each of the girls bought their favourite childhood book and wrote a little message for the Mama-to-be inside.
Confession. I cheated on these. I was given a couple of gluten free mixes and wanted to try them out, so I don’t have a recipe for you except “buy mix, add butter and natural yoghurt as directed on packet.” … Continue reading →
Not the best photo under a striplight in our kitchen, but they were red – promise! A Valentines dessert for my wonderful husband and our two lovely friends who came over last night. The empty plates at the end of … Continue reading →
Saturdays are for baking. Especially when it’s cold and windy out, a cosy apartment is the perfect setting to warm up the oven and create something delicious. Last Saturday I tried out a chocolate and hazelnut loaf. I have made … Continue reading →