Cornish asparagus is up and out and I’m at the ready with my knife and fork and pan of boiling water. Not quite, but I couldn’t resist buying a bunch when I passed our local greengrocer yesterday. Apart from grilling them and eating them for breakfast with scrambled egg on toast, I thought a fresh and simple Cornish asparagus risotto with peas and wild garlic pesto would be just the thing.
This post is a tribute to fellow food blogger Isabella King, who tragically died last month at the age of 29 after a two year battle with cancer. Izzie blogged at Coriander Queen, where we used to find lots of tempting recipes with beautiful bright pictures. Sadly the website has now been taken down. These peanut butter chocolate chip cookies are my version of Izzie’s dark chocolate peanut butter cookies.
I thought I ate a lot of fruit and veg, but I’m finding that getting in the newly recommended ten a day is a bit of a challenge. We usually start off our mornings with a smoothie packed full of all sorts of nutritious ingredients. This carrot smoothie with ginger & orange ticks off one of the ten. Only another nine to go then. Juicing could be a good way of adding more fruit and veg to our diet. I’ve stayed clear of juicers, however, as I’ve heard they can be a bit of a faff to clean. But, cue fanfare, this may be a thing of the past with the all singing, all dancing self-cleaning Juisir.
First of all I’d like to wish you all a very Happy Easter. Yesterday, I made a chocolate fudge cake with chocolate cream cheese icing. It’s destined for Easter tea with my mother and some friends later today. I think it’s going to be a good one. I also have an easy and fun Easter competition for all baking enthusiasts. The prize is the Mary Berry Collection afternoon tea set that you can see in this post, plus a possible added bonus. Read on.
How did this happen? I woke up this morning and realised that Easter is very nearly upon us. That will teach me to go and have a fun day off in the middle of the week. I quickly gathered pans, bowls and lots of chocolate together and a few hours later, I ended up with these homemade Easter eggs with dark chocolate salted caramel popcorn.
When spring finally emerges, I like to banish lethargy and listlessness and that’s when I start to crave the vitalising, cleansing effect of nettles. I normally have my first bowl of nettle soup in March, but I was a bit late in foraging any from our plot this year. When the day dawned bright and fair on Sunday morning, I was determined to go nettle picking – and I did.
Last Sunday I had a fabulous and much needed day out. I finally managed to take my mother to Caerhays Castle to see the magnolias in full bloom. The display was stunning, but to paraphrase an oriental sage, the heart doesn’t crave flowers for long when the belly lacks calories. Thankfully, when I dropped her off back home, I was treated to a bowl of homemade soup, followed by a good look around the garden and a post-prandial raid on the rhubarb patch. The result is this toothsome rustic rhubarb galette with orange spelt flaky pastry.
Easter just isn’t Easter somehow without Easter biscuits. I first starting making these traditional treats flavoured with mixed spice and currants when I was at school and have been making them ever since. This year I thought I’d change things up a bit so I’ve gone for these healthier vegan Easter biscuits with purple corn flour & yacon powder instead.
Well I thought March was all about Mother’s Day, but is seems I’m wrong – again! We have 17 marvellous chocolate recipes for this month’s We Should Cocoa, but not one Mother’s Day cake, bake or other treat. We do have brownies for St Patrick’s Day, cookies for Red Nose Day and a variety of chocolate treats for Easter, which isn’t so very far away now. Do take a look and follow the links of any you feel particularly inspired by.