Scrumptious Scones

Being a proper foodie you’d expect and not be surprised that I watch the Food Network Channel. I love discovering new chefs and also watching repeats of my favourite series.

Anna Olson is a chef I’m unfamiliar with, however since watching her ‘Bake’ series I have been hooked. She explains the methods so well and it makes you feel confident enough to try new recipes and you feel reassured that they will be a success.

My dad makes amazing ‘traditional’ English scones, you can see the recipe here English Cream Tea
However, I liked Anna’s American twist on the English classic. I loved the unusual shape, as usually I do them round and the filling of cranberries, I normally use sultanas. Here is how they turned out:

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Before the icing….

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…and after. A real treat.
Of course you wouldn’t have them with clotted cream and jam, however they were certainly different and I loved the hint of lemon and the icing on top. Delicious. I believe it’s worth trying a variation on a recipe from time to time and you know what they say; you should try something new everyday, why not these Lemon and Cranberry Scones?! 

Stephy x x

Marvellous Market

It has been talked about recently whether organic food is of benefit or not. Some say it is better for you, others say it costs too much and getting a standard product is just the same, there is no difference.

I have to say I’m not sure, however I do believe in shopping locally. My local town has a regular food market, selling a wide variety of produce, including fruit, vegetables, near, fish, cakes, breads, pastries and much more.

All items are reasonably priced and I love the atmosphere and the general friendliness of the people when you buy. Keeps the community atmosphere alive I feel which is a very good thing.

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I conscientiously try to shop from the market to ensure all my ingredients are fresh. You receive a good peace of mind knowing where the produce has come from. As to whether it is organic I’m not sure. However, I believe if you shop local and fresh that’s as good as organic to me.

If in doubt, shop local and support your towns market/local store/farmers market to receive excellent produce without the huge price tag.

Happy shopping

Stephy x x

Chocolate Cake For Chocoholics

Like most girlies, I love chocolate. Although I always seem to be watching my weight, at times you deserve a treat. This is the perfect way to break the diet – I don’t do things by halves!

One of my favourite chefs is Mary Berry – what a lady and a legend. All her recipes are tried and tested, if I’m ever stuck I know I can rely on her expertise. This recipe is no exception. I first saw it on one of her recent cookery series on the BBC and had to try it. It is a show stopper, looks so pretty with the feather icing and is so simple – if I can do it, you can.

I found the recipe on the BBC website, Chocolate Tray Bake

It was very moist and would keep well, although you find when it is made it doesn’t last long!! The icing on top, more like a ganache, was divine. I struggled to resist eating it straight from the pan.

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As the image shows it’s really simple to do feather icing. Mine wasn’t perfect but it definitely looked homemade!!

Thanks Mary Berry for a delightful recipe. Please give it a try, it tastes and looks amazing, even if your feather icing goes a little wonky. Haha.

Stephy x x

Japanese Ramen Noodles with Chicken

I’m a huge lover of noodles. A fast and healthy dinner in minutes. A takeaway usually seems a good idea, no washing up and your dinner cooked for you however, if you make your own it’s cheaper, healthier and surprisingly quicker than you think.

So it’s Friday night, log burner on (a cool spring evening in England) in my comfy pants with the telly on. All cosy on the sofa enjoying this delight – Ramen Noodles with Chicken. Absolute bliss!!

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A household favourite now. This is my second attempt this week! I love it! The recipe I found is from BBC Good Food it turned out beautifully! I couldn’t find any seaweed paper so didn’t include this in my garnish. If you manage to try the recipe with the seaweed paper let me know what it’s like.

What a delight! I’ve had seconds already. Let’s just say, a night in is definitely required! Wine at the ready. Feel so relaxed. Don’t forget to slurp up the broth…best part!! Happy slurping.

Stephy xo

Joyous Jaffa Cakes

I love Jaffa Cakes, a low fat-low calorie snack. However I always buy them therefore, when I stumbled across this recipe online, I had to try it! I found it at this website Jamie Oliver

I’m a huge fan of his cooking and recipes. Having never made them before I was a little apprehensive however they turned out beautifully.

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I used way more than 100g of chocolate. I opted for Terry’s Chocolate Orange and used nearly two!!! You can never have too much chocolate. I also used orange and tangerine marmalade but didn’t sieve the zest out as the recipe advised. I think it gave it a nice bitterness next to the sweet, zesty chocolate.

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They were delicious with a cup of tea, a perfect afternoon treat. They are the perfect balance of sweet and zesty. Compared with shop bought they highly exceeded my expectations but I’m not sure they are as low calorie. (I’m guessing not, with the amount of chocolate on top.) Grab one while you can though; they don’t hang around for long.

Cadbury Crème Egg Chocolate Brownies

Admittedly I have a sweet tooth and this recipe certainly hits the spot! Chocolate Brownies are a definite go-to comfort food but these are on another level completely. Imagine the rich, dense brownie mixture with the added indulgence of a Cadbury Crème Egg on top! Seriously this is a mega cherry on top if there ever was one!

I found this recipe online at BBC Good Food

It was simple to follow and worked out beautifully first time. Just be aware when chopping the chocolate eggs in half, they don’t always cut clean in half, use a sharp knife.

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As you can see from the picture a couple of the eggs leaked slightly but I think this added to it’s homeliness and indulgence factor.

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I hope you enjoy making and consuming this as I did. They don’t hang round for long and who could resist these little beauties. Give them a try, forget a cherry on top; try a Crème egg!

Stephy 🙂 xo

Madeleines with Chocolate Sauce

Madelines….They. Are. Delicious.

I recently bought a Madeleine tray from my local hardware shop. They are not something you see much in English shops, being French. So when I saw it I jumped at the opportunity. Only costing £12 I was well chuffed.

I recently watched a cookery series by Gordon Ramsay called ‘Ultimate Cookery Course.’ I really enjoyed it and it was great as he didn’t swear either! I bought the book to accompany the series and saw his recipe for madeleines and decided to make them for breakfast.

Having travelled to France I was surprised to discover they are not something as common as I once thought. Everyone seems to eat brioche, perhaps it’s a regional thing I’m not sure.

They were delicious and I have to say it was very satisfying having got up early especially to make this little sweet treats. They don’t keep well so it’s best to eat them fresh that very morning.

Here’s the recipe I used Madeleines By Gordon Ramsay

Viola….

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I heated 100ml of double cream until it was boiling and turned the heat off and added 200g of good quality milk chocolate and whisked well to form a chocolate dipping sauce. C’est tres bon!

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These little cakes are great for a leisurely weekend breakfast or if you have family or friends round for breakfast. You can make the batter in advance the night before, leave it in the fridge and then prepare your Madeleine tray, add the mixture then bake them.

Hope you enjoy these, I love their shell shape, so pretty. Just the thing I want to see and eat in a morning.

Stephy x x