Category: food

Recipe: Chewy Oat and Date Bars

I’m so excited about this recipe. I’ve been trying to make nutritious, no-added-sugar cereal bars for a good year or so, and I have FINALLY cracked it! The Roommate likes to take one to work as a snack and I like to have one for breakfast, but neither of us like coconut, peanut butter or […]

Recipe: Apple and Blackberry Crumble

One of the things I love about autumn is that it means autumn food. Homemade soups, pies and general rib-sticking goodness… Hoo yes, get in my face! A firm favourite round here is my apple crumble, which when served hot and with a scoop of really good vanilla ice cream is the cure for many, many […]

Recipe: Simple Healthy ‘Slaw

I was inspired to come up with this because I’m really rather partial to coleslaw, but the shop-bought kind is often packed with unhealthy mayonnaise, oil and cream, and I prefer to keep my vegetables on the healthier side. This recipe is pretty much fat-free, full of veg and really tasty without being gloppy and […]

Recipe: Orange Hot Chocolate

I’ve really developed a taste for orange-flavoured hot chocolate this winter. I don’t normally drink hot chocolate but we’ve been making frequent boredom-busting trips to coffee shops and I don’t always fancy a coffee. Costa do a delicious orange hot chocolate using orange simple syrup and so I decided to make my own version, using […]

Recipe: Vanilla Simple Syrup

Calling this a recipe feels very, very wrong as it is (barely) three ingredients and takes 5 minutes to make, but that’s how I roll. I love this in coffee (I’m one of those terrible people who can only drink coffee when it is a syrupy latte; please don’t hold it against me) but it […]

Recipe: Avocado and Beetroot Tartare

This recipe was inspired by a recent meal out – I had a similar dish as a starter and it was so simple and delicious I had to try it. The original dish used mosto cotto but balsamic glaze or even regular balsamic vinegar is fine too. Ingredients (per serving) 1/2 avocado, diced 1 cooked […]

Procrastination Season

It’s that time of year again. Exams in the next month. Dissertation deadline in six weeks. Then final exams. AND THEN THE REAL WORLD apparently. So of course I’ve found lots of things to do that don’t involve libraries and remembering 29 different tenses in two different languages and research and panicking about life, the […]

New start

Time for a new(ish) start… In the last FIVE MONTHS (how ridiculous) I’ve been up to a few things… I baked…* Orange and lemon cupcakes… Vanilla and chocolate cupcakes… WEDDING cupcakes! My most nervewracking order to date! I knitted…* Just needs a matching hat now… And some more… I went to Spain* (and took some […]

In the last couple of months…

… I have baked… … and baked… … and baked. I’ve also done a fair bit of reading… … and have completed one of my New Year’s Resolutions already! I’ve been on a bit of a book-buying spree recently, so have plenty more books from the list to get through. Oh, and I went to […]

Moar cupcaeks

I’ve been asked to make 100 mini cupcakes for a party next month, so I thought I had better make a practice batch… I normally make giant cupcakes, more akin to muffins, but I think the smaller versions are actually a bit better – much less sickly. These cupcakes were supposed to have pillarbox red […]