Getting Ready for Spring

I find it really difficult to choose my favourite time of the year.  I love spring flowers, autumn leaves, long summer days and cold winter nights equally! Because of this, I like our home to reflect the changing seasons.  Rather than redecorate every few months (possibly my fiancé’s worst nightmare), we keep the basic palette of our

Melting Chocolate Pudding

 This is my go-to dessert for Christmas day for anyone who doesn’t like traditional Christmas pudding… 100g dark chocolate, chopped 100g unsalted butter 150g light soft brown sugar 3 eggs 1tsp vanilla extract 50g plain flour Preheat the oven to 200C.  Butter four ramekins and place on a baking tray.  Put the chocolate and butter

Popcorn

Popcorn is the perfect Christmas Eve treat!  There’s nothing better than snuggling up in a cosy pair of pyjamas with a classic Christmas movie and a huge bowl or popcorn.  It also makes a great homemade gift when presented in a cellophane gift bag tied with pretty festive ribbon.  The only problem is choosing a flavour… Oreo

Chocolate Bark

  This is such an easy treat to make.  Simply melt your chosen chocolate, pour out onto a tray lined with parchment paper and spread evenly until about 1/2cm thick.  Sprinkle on your chosen topping and add to the fridge to set.  Once completely cooled, break the chocolate into shards and it’s ready to serve. 

Gingerbread

  260g plain flour (plus extra for rolling) 1 tsp bicarbonate of soda 2 tsp ground ginger 1 tsp ground cinnamon 95g butter (cubed) 130g light soft brown sugar 1 free-range egg 3 tbsp. golden syrup Sift together the flour, bicarbonate of soda, ginger and cinnamon. Add the butter to the mixture and rub together

Christmas Markets

So, we kicked off our festive celebrations last weekend with a trip to Vallum Farm Christmas market.  If you haven’t yet visited Vallum I highly recommend that you do.  They have so much to offer including a tea room, ice cream parlour, restaurant and patisserie/deli.  You can also enjoy a walk around the farm and take

Chilli Hot Chocolate

This is the ultimate winter warmer! Perfect for when you come in from the cold.  3.5 cups of milk 1 cinnamon stick 3 tablespoons of unsweetened cocoa 1/2 tsp vanilla extract 100g dark chilli chocolate (chopped) 1/4 tsp mild chilli powder Bring milk, cinnamon stick, cocoa, and vanilla to a boil in a medium saucepan