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Vanilla Malt Milkshake

5 Aug

Vanilla Malt

I feel like I’ve been plagued with sinus issues pretty much non-stop over the last two months. I’ve been popping pills and spraying stuff up my nostrils like nobody’s business. Unfortunately this isn’t as much as fun as it sounds. However I read somewhere recently (literally just now, on this page, because I wrote it) that malted vanilla milkshakes are an excellent cure for sinus problems, and pretty much every other ailment in the known universe {*citation needed}. I really don’t have the time to wait around for official studies to confirm what I already know to be true, so I decided to self-medicate as quickly as possible with this delicious, creamy, refreshing malted milkshake. I suggest you do the same. Continue reading

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Crumbs! What to do with that leftover cake? – chocolate almond truffles

15 Jun

Cake Balls

Every now and then something so unusual, so unexpected, so downright astonishing, can happen in the course of your normal everyday life that your are left reeling and questioning the very nature and purpose of your existence. For example; we were recently left with a considerable amount of uneaten cake. It was spooky. Ultan suggested we make something with the leftover crumbs and I immediately felt like a complete dummy as the thought had never even crossed my mind. Before my eyes had been opened to the possibilities I was of the belief that with cake, it was either ‘the belly or the bin’. I really do hate to waste food anything containing chocolate and so this became a matter of the utmost importance. Continue reading

Coconut Macaroons with Salted Chocolate

14 Jun

macaroons

I’m not an avid baker, not that I dislike baking or anything, I just don’t fully understand the science of it. Unlike cooking, it’s an exact science with seemingly infinite possibilities for failure. A key ingredient isn’t weighed to the correct gram, eggs aren’t at room temperature, the oven isn’t hot enough, the oven is too hot, baking powder is substituted for baking soda because that’s all you have left… any multitude of things can result in baking failure. Scrambled batter, dense batter, dry cake, undercooked cake, cooked on top but not in the middle. Sound familiar? Welcome to my baking world. This recipe won’t win you any awards but it’s a fail-safe in times of need. Continue reading

Pumpkin Cinnamon Pull-Apart Bread

31 Oct

Pumpkin Cinnamon Pull-Apart Bread

This Pumpkin Cinnamon Pull-Apart Bread is delicious; soft light chewy bread, a sweet sticky and lightly spiced filling, and a crunchy sugary topping. It’s a little messy, and it takes a little time. But most of the time is used up by the dough proving and it’s a very simple recipe to follow. You can even prepare the dough a day ahead to save on time. Good Times! Continue reading

Peanut Butter Squares

14 Jun

Peanut Butter Squares

Sometimes I can’t believe how anti-peanut butter I used to be only a year ago. We don’t eat all that much of it here and so it isn’t often used as a main ingredient in baking and desserts, which in my opinion is a mistake. A horrible, horrible mistake. We’re all familiar with the happy marriage of peanut butter and chocolate and these bars are a quick and easy way way to enjoy this delicious combination. Continue reading

Maple Pecan Cookies

29 May

Chocolate is without doubt, the greatest invention/discovery in the history of the world. Forget about your Penicillin, your Printing Press, Harnessed Electricity, and Post-It Notes. A world in which chocolate doesn’t exist is a world not worthy of existing at all. A bit dramatic? Probably, but all I had for lunch was some chocolate ice cream and my brain isn’t really the better for it. I ate two bananas yesterday though and a handful of raisins this morning, so it all evens out. But even the biggest of chocolate fans needs a break from the stuff from time to time, if only for a couple of days. So what to eat when you’re in the mood for something sweet but chocolate is off the menu? Homemade biscuits are always a great option. Continue reading

Spiced Apple Cake

4 Nov

I think I suffer from Seasonal Affective Disorder, I miss slow cooked beef and ale stew, spicy chili, blueberry pancakes with butter and syrup, belgian waffles, hot chocolate with whipped cream and toasted marshmallows, bacon sausage and eggs for breakfast, meatballs in marinara sauce, cheesy lasagne, steak and kidney pie, ox tail casserole, hot meat sandwiches, pork and apple pasties, warm apple pie, toasty cinnamon rolls washed down with a salted caramel and nutmeg mocha, french onion soup, braised lamb shanks, pan fried pigeon, sticky toffee pudding, roast chicken, baked potatoes with sour cream, cheese and chives, rhubarb crumble, and the list goes on. In fairness I don’t recall complaining too profusely while glugging down ice cold beer and scoffing barbecued bugers and sausages on warm summer nights. Either way I’m happy winter is here and all the food that comes with it. Continue reading