Did you know the addition of lemons to sweet desserts can be traced all the way back to Medieval times? In those days citrus fruits were pretty expensive in the UK, so these sort of puddings were only enjoyed by the super wealthy. Of course nowadays we can all pop to the shops and grab a couple of lemons for £1, which is great because these balls are too good to miss out on! Continue reading
I’m finding more and more that I keep running out of time – I always seem to be rushing around and I honestly don’t know where the days go. People used to tell me that time gets quicker as you get older and I definitely believe it now. I also think that because I’m doing something I love I’m not just sitting at a desk twiddling my thumbs and clock watching, but whatever it is I have to really make a conscious effort to spend a little time each day being mindful, for my own sanity if not everyone else’s! Continue reading
Shepherd’s pie is just the ultimate comfort food isn’t it? Whatever the season it just makes you feel all warm and lovely, like a big hug on a plate. My mum used to make it quite a lot when my brother and I were little so it also evokes happy childhood memories, as I’m sure it does for lots of you guys too.
I’m a massive fan of chia seeds; I sprinkle them in my porridge, on my soups and salads, I love a good chia seed pudding and they’re amazing as an egg replacer in vegan baking. So when the lovely people at Of The Earth Superfoods sent me some of their chia seeds as part of their Organic September campaign I was super excited to get in the kitchen.
Chia seeds are touted as a superfood, and for good reason as they have about a zillion and one health benefits – they’re packed with antiodixants, fibre, omega 3s and protein, as well as being great for your skin, heart, digestive health and lots more. Pretty damn super if you ask me! Continue reading
You know that phrase ‘when life gives you lemons, make lemonade’? Yeh that one. I just HATE it. Well I don’t hate the original phrase so much, it does make sense and I get the meaning behind it but what I hate is how people change the ending to stupid things. For example, ‘when life gives you lemons, grab the tequila and the salt’ (don’t, because alcohol is a depressant so if life has given you the proverbial lemons i.e. you’ve had a rubbish time then alcohol is probably not the answer) or ‘when life gives you lemons, make orange juice and leave the world wondering how you did it’ (firstly that’s just stupid as it’s not even possible and secondly I really doubt the world cares enough to actually be bothered how you performed some sort of citrus magic trick). Continue reading
I’m super proud of this recipe for two reasons; 1) I love a pun and 2) it’s really yummy. I fell in love with chai tea when Mr H and I went to India in November 2013 (which now feels like a lifetime ago); we’d drink it in little terracotta pots which we’d then smash on the floor afterwards (which is the local custom rather than through our sheer clumsiness I might add). The combination of a blend of intense and comforting spices and a gorgeously creamy texture make it such an amazing drink, and you only need a little as it’s pretty rich! Continue reading
Are you one of those people who (like me) always have complicated orders in restaurants? Because there’s so many things I try not to eat, I’m always asking waiters and waitresses if they could please ask the chef to make it without this ingredient, or could I sub this for that, and please could I have the dressing on the side? I do feel a little sorry for them having me as a customer, although when I’ve visited the States I’ve noticed it is more and more commonplace for people to chop and change their meals so much they end up with a totally different dish to what is on the menu. It just seems to be a lot more acceptable over there to do that, same goes for doggy bags (which I think are the best idea ever as portions can be so big and I hate food waste so much). Continue reading
Matcha came into my life about a year ago and I’ve been making up for lost time ever since. If you haven’t had a chance to peruse our blog to your hearts content, take a look at my matcha cacao swirl tarts, matcha milkshake, matcha latte and matcha pea soup and you’ll start to see what I mean. For those not in the know, matcha is powdered green tea leaves, which means that in terms of antioxidants it’s way more powerful than just a cup of green tea as you’re consuming the actual leaves, not just steeping them in hot water. It’s certainly an acquired taste, but one that I have very much acquired and really love. Continue reading
Sometimes when I’m creating recipes they evolve as they go along; these cookies began life with every intention of coming out looking like Jammy Dodgers (one of my fave childhood biscuits) but as you can see they didn’t quite get there. Well the first batch did – I spent ages painstakingly shaping them and cutting out hearts in the middle with tiny cookie cutters and I’ll be the first to admit that for all the faff they did look fab, but boy did they take forever. And that’s not what we’re about here at D&H; gourmet pastry chefs we certainly are not. We like easy, quick and simple recipes that taste delicious and don’t contain millions of ingredients. Continue reading
Carrot cake is a funny old thing isn’t it? It’s like it was way ahead of its time; these days people are putting all sorts of vegetables into their sweet baked goods – courgette, sweet potato, beetroot, you name a vegetable and there is probably a cake recipe that uses it somewhere. Except maybe kale, but I could be wrong – if anyone has any good kale cake recipes do let me know! Continue reading