Meal Planning Monday

Meal Planning Monday
In an effort to save money and in general be more organised in life, I am attempting to plan the next weeks meals.  I say attempting as the planning stage is often very effective, but the implementation of the plan will be the issue really. Continue reading


Classic Chocolate Cookies

Well it’s been a long time my blogging friends, Continue reading

Salted Peanut Caramel Shortbread

So I love baking, but sometimes you can eat too many baked goods.  I know, it’s shocking but true! So sometimes the only way to justify baking is to palm it off onto other people.  Luckily my husband enjoys meeting up with other blokes and bringing them baked goods.  This week I made him some salted peanut caramel shortbread.  Which as the name would suggest is composed of shortbread, caramel, salted peanuts and chocolate.  You can see the difficulty I had in naming this recipe.

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Devonshire Apple Cake

This weeks Weekly Bake Off is Mary Berry’s Devonshire Apple Cake from 100 Cakes and Bakes. I am a massive fan of cake (you may already know this) – and of apples.  We’ve had some cooking apples sitting about for a little bit, and baking fingers were itching to get stuck into a bake, so I thought I’d bake this and enter it into this weeks Bake Off!

I soon realised I didn’t have all the ingredients for the Mary Berry original, nevermind.  The recipe requires a teaspoon of almond essence… I added vanilla, and some amaretto, I figured it would do. Continue reading

Liebster Award

A little while ago, the lovely Carolyn from Dinner’s in the Details nominated me for the Liebster award for up and coming bloggers from other bloggers, which was just lovely, and I’ve been meaning to brag blog about it ever since.  I am so honored to have been nominated by Carolyn, and just knowing that people out there read and like my blog is a wonderful feeling.

The Rules of the Liebster Award:

  • Link back to the person who gave it to you and thank them.
  • Post the award to your blog.
  • Give the award to five bloggers with less than 200 followers who you appreciate and value (please do not be offended by this, I don’t think you have less than 200 followers I am sending on some blog love because I think your blog is great!)
  • Let your award winners know!

So I pass on the award to the following five lovely bloggers:

Ruth from The Mixing Bowl was my first foodie penpal, and I love having a peek at her blog and checking out her gluten free recipes – she proves that making gluten free doesn’t need to be taste free.  I also thought the bacon and chocolate cake she made looked awesome.

Offally Good is a lovely little blog from Lucy who writes about her adventures in eating offal rather than the more widely available popular cuts of meat.  I am rather in awe of Lucy’s challenge to herself to eat offal and inspired have purchased some lamb’s hearts, which I intend to get round to eating at some point.

Middle Class Value is another great blog written by Jo, which I adore having a look at for different meal ideas.  I love that Jo costs her recipes and so able to give an approximate value to her food, which is very good.  Every week she plans her meals to help her to budget food, which I am very bad at. I also love the guest posts, it’s a very down to earth blog with some lovely recipes ideas.

Fee from Fee Hates Rain has a lovely blog where she blogs amazing recipes, I thought the curry she made was amazing.  And I love her “Scottishisms” throughout her blog.  She’s recently moved, and so hasn’t been blogging as much but I look forward to her return.

Finally Lauren, a fellow geordie from Around the World in 80 Bakes, who as it says on the tin so to say, is baking her way around the world.  I love the recipes with a different international feel (and I’m über jealous of her Bundt tin).  I thought her Jamaican Rum Cake look incredible… and like I wouldn’t be able to get up the next day because of the alcohol content! Yum.

I really hope you enjoy reading these blogs as much as I do, and I think of passing on this award as a token of my appreciation of your blogs!

Foodie Penpals May 2012

Foodie Penpals is a lovely idea that originated from the Lean Green Bean blog, every month a you get to make an amazing box full of foodie goodies, and you get to receive a box of loveliness from another foodie. Carol Anne over at This is Rock Salt organises this in the UK, and I have to bow down to her organisational skills!

Peanut Flour, Green & Black's Tasting Selection, Bonne Maman Soft Raisin Biscuits, Thorntons Lemon Meringue Cookie, Kelp Noodles

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Experiments with Sourdough

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I’m feeling very guilty for the lack of posts but I’ve had essay to do at the moment…

Anyway, here is my first experiment with sourdough, it was really good actually, quite impressed with myself.

I was really impressed by the first prove overnight and how much the dough proved, Sourdough is definitely the way forward.

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