Nutella mug cake

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It’s World Nutella Day (yeeeeeeeehah!) so I’ve whipped up a quick- ridiculously quick- Nutella mug cake to celebrate. To make this oozy, gooey, chocolatey, nutty delight all you need to do is mix together 1 large egg, 2 tbsp of plain flour, 1 + 1/2 tbsp of good quality cocoa powder, 1 tbsp of caster sugar, a teeny tiny pinch of salt and 2 tbsp of Nutella in a mug. Some recipes suggest mixing in a separate bowl and then pouring the mix in to the mug, however, I think half the fun of a mug cake is trying to keep the mix in the mug! Once combined, pop in the microwave and cook for 70 seconds. The aim is to have a spongey cake bit at the top and a gooey chocolate mess underneath, but if you want you cake cooked a little bit more then blast for another 10 seconds. Take out, allow to cool and serve- a dollop of whipped cream and some berries would work nicely on top- or another dollop of Nutella!

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nutela mug cake (2 of 8)

Enjoy!

Until next time,

J xx

 

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Hash browns, corn and eggs

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This breakfast is a bit of a treat, usually reserved for lazy weekend with the family; hash browns, sweetcorn and poached eggs with a sprinkling of sliced ham. I’d love to say that I make my own hash browns but I did say that this was a lazy weekend brunch! Really simple, really easy, really tasty.

Until next time,

J xx

 

 

 

Pimp your porridge!

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Breakfast need not be boring! Don’t suffer in silence, slurping down spoonfuls of sloppy porridge in the name of good health when you can be chowing down on this delicious, nutrient-dense pearl barley and coconut porridge served with mango, goji and raspberries. Pearl barley is a nutritional powerhouse, packed full of fibre and protein, helping you to feel satiated and keeping you fuller for long- this bowl of porridge is certainly satisfying, the barley has a gummy texture, which is a pleasant alternative to the texture of oats and there’s a generous spoonful of coconut oil stirred in once the porridge is of the heat which adds to the silky mouth feel. Fresh raspberries and dried goji berries and mango add flavour, texture and more goodness.

To make this breakfast, I leave the required amount of quick cook pearl barley in a saucepan of cold water overnight. In the morning, empty out the water and add milk- you can use dairy or nut milk, or even water if you like. Cook on a gentle heat for five minutes, stirring frequently to create the creamy texture of porridge. Take off the heat and add a generous tablespoon of coconut oil. Add toppings and eat. So easy and so tasty!

Enjoy!

J xx

 

 

Tequila toddy

Tequila toddy

A belated Happy New Year to you all! I hope 2016 finds you well. My Christmas and New Year were thoroughly enjoyable, a little too enjoyable perhaps, as I’ve found myself full of cold this week and suffering from lack of sleep and general malaise. To help ease the aching limbs and blocked sinuses, I’ve been warming myself from the inside out with a number of hot toddies- the perfect antidote to winter snuffles.

tequila toddy
This particular drink is a twist on the traditional whisky toddy and is made with white tequila. To go with the Mexican theme, I replaced lemon with lime, used agave nectar instead of honey and threw in a few cloves, a couple of star anises and some orange peel.

tequila toddy
To make this heady tipple, you will need the following ingredients (my shot measure is 1oz)

2 shots of tequila (gold or silver
1 shot agave nectar
2 shots of water
2 shots of freshly squeezed lime juice
2 star anises
3 cloves
a handful of bruised orange peel pieces

Add the agave nectar, water, star anises and cloves to a small saucepan, heat gently, never bringing to the boil, but just enough to allow the agave nectar to dissolve and the spices to release their fragrance. Take off the heat, add the orange peel and allow to cool slightly before  pouring in to a heat resistant glass, and topping up with tequila and freshly squeezed lime. Enjoy warm, allowing the heat to soothe your throat and ease your aches.

tequila toddy

tequila toddy

tequila toddy

tequila toddy

tequila toddy

Delicious! Enjoy!

J xx

 

 

 

 

 

Chocolate decadence

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You know the days when you really, really just want to eat cake? I made this cake on one of those days……a rich, chocolate mud cake, sandwiched together with dark chocolate Italian meringue buttercream and then piled high with chocolate honeycomb and gold dusted Lindt Lindors and Maltesers. It was delicious but way too much cake for our little family of four- next time I’ll stick to the mini cakes!

Until next time,

J xx

 

Chocolate quince miniature cake

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Here’s a little experiment from the kitchen this week. Seeing as I had a mountain of quinces to play around with, I thought that I’d better try mixing some cooked flesh in to a standard chocolate cake mix. The result was a moist sponge with the fragrant, tart quince contrasting nicely against the cocoa. I would definitely like to try this again but making a super-smooth puree from the quinces and adding that to an Italian meringue buttercream, now that would be heavenly.

Until next time,

J xx