It’s suddenly hit me that Easter is not much more than a week away. Time to get organised with Easter eggs and a bit of Easter baking. These almond Easter thumbprint cookies turned out to be a real hit. They’re made with wholemeal spelt flour and ground almonds with a good dollop of amaretto chocolate ganache in the middle. Oh, and a cheeky little Easter egg perched on top – it’s all about the nest at this time of year.
It didn’t feel anything like Spring on the 1st March when the Beast from the East was visiting, but things have calmed down a lot since then. The birds are singing, I’ve seen bees buzzing and daffodils are standing up to attention. As the sap is rising, what could be better than a bit of spring slaw to celebrate the event? Oh, it’s also a nice way to get you on track for a health-giving ten-a-day
The best tiffin ever may sound like a bit of a tall claim, but I consider myself somewhat of an expert: this sour cherry and almond chocolate biscuit cake really is a force to be reckoned with. Think crunchy biscuits combined with roasted almonds and sour cherries covered in dark milk chocolate mixed with amaretto, butter and a little syrup. There, I’ve given the game away already.
There’s something rather exciting about the first of the month. You never quite know what the next 30 days will bring. Today, on 1 March, St David’s Day, it has brought snow, lots of it. Quite unusual in this part of the country. It also brings a treasure trove of 13 chocolate recipes and gorgeous photos to get us all in the mood for some serious chocolate action. If you’re snowed in like we are, here’s the perfect antidote to cabin fever.
It may be cold and blustery outside, but I’m noticing signs of spring here, with snowdrops and even daffodils emerging. This combined with the fast approaching, St David’s Day on 1 March put me in mind of Wales’ national bake, Welsh cakes. My wholemeal spelt Welsh cakes are super easy to make. They’re crisp on the outside, soft and buttery on the inside and incredibly moreish. This wonder food from the west is the perfect antidote to the Beast from the East.
Courgette sweetcorn fritters with chilli tomato sauce are just delicious. If you’ve not made sweetcorn fritters before, or if you’ve not tried them with courgette, I urge you to give them a go. They are full of goodness, easy to prepare and make for a nice brunch, lunch or light supper. We enjoyed them last night with the hot tomato sauce and an avocado lettuce salad.
Well, today is Valentines’s Day and to really show the love, you’ve got to have something chocolatey and decidedly decadent. More importantly today marks the 9th anniversary of this blog. As some of you will know, it started life as Chocolate Log Blog and was a means for me to explore one of my great loves – the world of chocolate. This chocolate peanut butter ice cream sundae seems like a fitting celebration.
As a Froothie ambassador I’ve been lucky enough to try out a range of blenders. The first one to live in my kitchen was the Optimum 9200A. It’s a powerful beast and until now, has been unrivalled for pure muscle. The Optimum Vac2 is not only strong, it’s also a vacuum blender and I have a handsome red one sitting pretty in my kitchen.
With Valentine’s Day just around the corner, we have some truly scrumptious chocolate treats in store for you. You’ll find everything from healthy to free-from and not forgetting that all important decadent. All you need to do is get your apron on, buy the best cooking chocolate you can afford and make one of these 11 luscious chocolate recipes for your loved ones this February.
I do love a bowl of soup in the winter. It’s the perfect comfort food. Warming, nutritious and delicious, it’s a great big hug in a bowl. This vegan apple parsnip soup is one of my favourites. It’s lightly spiced, but the real flavour comes from the sweet aromatic parsnips offset by the slight tartness of the apple.