Old-School Chocolate Cupcakes

This is it, the last baking recipe I’ll be personally eating for a while, as I’m back on the Body Coach workouts. After this post, I shall be focusing on more healthy recipes for the blog. Don’t worry though, I’ll still do an occasional treat. The recipe below is a variation on the one for…

Old-School Chocolate Fudge Frosting

As a child I adored chocolate fudge cake, in fact I used to request it as my birthday cake between the ages of seven and twenty-one. What I particularly loved about it was the frosting. If I happened to be around in the kitchen when Mum was icing the cake, I used to watch and…

Coconut Layer Cake

Ever since I first saw Ina Garten make a coconut layer cake in her television programme, Barefoot Contessa, I’ve wanted to make my own version. Two layers of coconut sponge, filled and covered with cream cheese frosting. Heaven. For years now, when it comes up to someone’s birthday, I offer to make them a birthday…

The Best Cream Cheese Frosting

Don’t get me wrong. I like buttercream, particularly coffee buttercream. But it is not my favourite icing, which has to be cream cheese icing. And it’s taken me a lot of attempts to find the best one. When I first started making cream cheese frosting, it always ended up being a lot runnier then the…

Chocolate-Chocolate-Chip Muffins

Muffin recipes are a great thing to have up your sleeve for those times you need a quick bake. I personally like these muffins as an occasional weekend breakfast when I have overnight guests. The first time I made these beauties was in late June last year (2017). My cousin’s daughter was feeling under the…

Blood Orange Chocolate Chunk Pound Cake

The other day I was trawling through Smitten Kitchen’s Instagram, and Deb, the lady behind Smitten Kitchen, had shared photos and videos of a cake that she did for the weekend, a version of the Orange Chocolate Chunk Pound Cake from Ina Garten’s book, Barefoot Contessa Parties!, using blood oranges. The idea lodged itself in…

Hot and Sour Prawn Detox Noodles

After an hiatus of over six months I’ve got my blogging mojo back. So now I’m itching to come back on, and share what I’ve been making. So here I am, totally yours. All day, every day. Some time ago I did a Twitter poll on what type of recipes I should do more of,…

French Apple Tart

This is just about the easiest recipe I have ever made. It’s five ingredients, and you can make it in just over thirty minutes. And it looks like you went to a posh patisserie, and brought it. The idea for this comes from Ina Garten, one of my favourite Food Network personalities. I just love…

Christmas Chutney 

Okay, here we go. The most popular recipe in my Christmas repertoire. My mother’s been making this since November 1990 when she brought herself a copy of Delia Smith’s original Christmas book; and now, twenty six years later, I make it. From my own copy. Brought in the charity shop at the end of the…

Balsamic Pickled Shallots

Now that is coming up to Christmas, I shall try to provide a few ideas for food gifts, etc, for you over the next few weeks. Homemade chutneys and pickles. The ones my Mum genuinely makes, year after year. When I was growing up, up until fifteen at least, I loved Christmas. I loved the…