When I borrowed the Primrose Bakery Christmas book out of the library a few weeks ago, I bookmarked several of the recipes. The one for blueberry cupcakes caught my eye, mostly for the fabulously coloured icing. It’s a rare occasion for me to use food dyes, but I do like my food to be colourful. Icing made with natural fruit juice is a win win and even more so with this sugar free version.
I’ve been noting the proliferation of cauliflower rice recipes over the last few years with a watchful, if slightly sceptical eye. I love my starch and this low carb, 5:2 diet food sounded a bit too good to be true. As I am co-hosting the Cool Cauliflower Recipe Collection this month, it seemed like the right time to try it out.
Fellow Cornish food blogger, Janie over at The Hedge Combers is off on an epic road trip across Wales in a quest to find the best food and drink on offer – it’s a hard life! In her absence she invited a few blogger friends to guest post for her. I am delighted to be showing off some rather cute and most delicious mini lemon and almond coconut cakes over on her blog. They are easy to make, gluten free and dairy free, so ideal party fare when you’re a bit unsure what dietary requirements your guests might have. Do go take a look and have a nosey around her blog whilst your at it, you’re sure to find something interesting.
I’ve borrowed another inspiring book out of the library recently. The Violet Bakery Cookbook by Claire Ptak. It is so up my street, I want to make pretty much everything in it. I may just have to splash out and buy it. The recipes all look and sound as though you want to dive straight in, but they mostly have a healthy twist of some kind.
Every so often I like to bring you a taster of some of the chocolate that has passed through Tin and Thyme HQ. You can find plenty of additional chocolate review posts if you fancy seeing a few more unusual and artisan confections.
We’re just about to set off on a week’s trip to North Wales where we’ll be staying with friends. It’s been a long time since we had a holiday and it’s much needed; I’m really looking forward to it. I’ve not been to this particular part of Wales before, but it’s CT’s old stomping ground, so he’ll have a lot to show me.
Who doesn’t feel a little weak at the knees when an unexpected bouquet of flowers arrives on the doorstep? I know, on the rare occasions it’s happened to me, I feel decidedly emotional. When those flowers are accompanied by a box of luscious chocolate truffles, my cup runneth over.
I’m lucky enough to live in Cornwall, the county of cauliflowers and if you like this rather underrated vegetable as much as I do, this is a very good place to be. Karen over at Lavender and Lovage likes them even more than I do; passionate would not be an overstatement and she has been far more adventurous with ways of preparing them than I ever have.
When Karen over at Lavender and Lovage chose vanilla as the ingredient for this month’s We Should Cocoa, I knew immediatley I wanted to make biscuits. Vanilla is such a sweetly fragrant spice and it somehow seems to become more potent when combined with sugar in biscuits. Sandwiching the biscuits with a rich chocolate vanilla filling was no sooner thought of, than executed.