Wednesday, 27 January 2016

Plain on the outside...

Since it is/was Chocolate Cake day today, I thought I'd better bake one!

Here's a white chocolate and apricot loaf, which I'm taking with me to a work meeting tomorrow.

For that reason, I can't tell you how it tastes, as passing round a half-eaten cake doesn't seem so hospitable! It smells gooooood but certainly doesn't look fancy - although as I was often told growing up, it's what's on the inside that counts!

It's adapted from Nigella's "Storecupboard Chocolate Orange Cake". I'm trying to reduce the amount of typing I do, so here's my spidery recipe scrawl… (click on the picture to see the full image and method)

Saturday, 9 January 2016

2015 Sweet Roundup

Following on from the savoury roundup, and without further ado, here's a sweet 2015 retrospective - all dairy free as usual.

Cherry, chocolate and nut galette 
Strawberry scones - Hello Kitty shaped, of course
Pink porridge
Jam on the horizon
Polkadot cake
30x birthday party sushi-style snack packs

Homemade red wine!
One of may batches of pancakes. Probably with some oats and ground almonds chucked in for good measure
Pretzels from the bakery, decorated by Mini-M 
Norfolk hedgerow pudding
Pancake names (turns out you need to write them back to front for them to look good once they're cooked)
Gingerbread pancakes - did I mention we like pancakes?
Chocolate profiteroles with hazelnut filling
Eclairs with chocolate filling 
Fruity mango porridge
Marzipan, mincemeat and plum tart
Oreo and M&M cake with birthday bunting 
Chocolate cake with raspberries 
Glitzy peppermint creams
Rhubarb and custard cake (DF)
Plain fruit cake...
Fruitcake decorate in the way only a 5 year old can
Chocolate brownie 
Birthday cake
Chocolate cherry cupcakes
Pink grapefruit drizzle cake 
Apple and seed breakfast bites 
Chocolate coconut fudge 
Chocolate mug cake

2015 Savoury Roundup

It's 2016. A new year, and a resolution to strike a better work life balance than 2015, part of which means I might hopefully manage a few more blog posts. We'll see!

I did cook stuff last year (although there were a lot of fish fingers on the menu too…). Some of it was quite nice - I love a good fish finger sandwich.

And with some sense of unrealistic optimism, I even took a few photos of things as I went along, which then languished on my SD card and cluttered up my DropBox, so in the name of a New Year clear out, here are those pictures - a visual smorgasbord of some of the non-fish-finger meals we ate last year.

Pasta with chard pesto
Refried bean french toast bake
Meatballs with roasted cauliflower "rice", dairy free "cheese" sauce and tomatoes
Dairy free moussaka
Spaghetti and sausage dairy free carbonara 
Scrambled chard and sausage on toast
Tuna and green pepper potato hash with poached egg
Mashed potato topped pie - no idea what was in it!
Penne with kale and turkey sausage
Christmas dinner pizza
Fennel, almonds, apple, garlic, olive oil, lemon juice….
Blitz! Quick and healthy pasta sauce ready to go
Carrot puree, egg, oats, spices - mix….
Carrot and seed koftas
Tomato soup
Lattice topped creamy dairy free chicken pot pie
So there you have it - we ate at least 16 meals which didn't feature spaghetti hoops or fish fingers...


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