This is the time of year when every second recipe on the internet contains pumpkin, and more specifically, pumpkin puree. It’s wonderful, and they are sounds utterly delicious. The only problem is, pumpkin puree isn’t really a thing in the U.K. Sure, it has surfaced in more and more supermarkets in the last year or two and there is even a selection to be made at Wholefoods but not every town has one of those (sadly).
Pumpkins, in their raw and beautiful state, however are readily available all over the country. Great news! We can make our own pumpkin puree, can’t we? The answer to that is most certainly yes. It’s hella easy, as long as you have a large, sharp knife! (more…)
If forced to chose only one food to eat for the rest of time, I’d have to choose Nutella…probably. I mean, it’s just the most delicious thing ever invented. It is equally enjoyable on plain white bread as it is baked in to muffins, or even straight from the jar (you know you’ve done it too). Sometimes when you get home from work you need a little pick me up before you start dinner. Spoon. Jar of Nutella. Heaven.
Usually homemade versions of things are superior to the shop bought variety. Now, I’d love to own that accolade and say this Nutella tastes even better than the real thing, but that’s simply not possible. The homemade version is something different. Also supremely tasty, with a strong hazelnut and deep chocolate flavours with a hint of sweetness from honey. Maybe it’s the more grown up verson…either way it tastes amazing, it’s just not going to replace your trusty jar in the cupboard. Think of it as an alternative. Two types of chocolate hazelnut spread certainly can’t be a bad thing! (more…)
Generally when it comes to Christmas I’m not at all organised. This year I’m pretty impressed with myself, I’ve got all of my presents bought, wrapped and most of my homemade presents are finished. Now all that’s left to do is count the days I have left of work before the holidays – ONE DAY LEFT!
Whilst we’re on the subject of present wrapping I wanted to show you the theme I went with this year. As mentioned in the last Mid-week Moment post the colour scheme was gold and white, a change from my usual red and white. It was the tags that inspired the whole look, which were bought in Fortnum and Mason, only to be found a few weeks later much cheaper in John Lewis, where I found the wrapping paper. I was delighted when I spotted the wrapping paper because it is exactly what I wanted. The only problem is it was a nightmare to wrap, the glitter goes everywhere! It was worth it though, look how pretty they look. So sorry to everyone whose floor I mess up on Christmas day!
Christmas cards are always my downfall and I’m certainly never organised to be able to use second class stamps, those people whose cards you receive on the 5th of December, that will never be me! As always, I’m late with my cards this year too, but they are homemade for the first time so I think that excuses any tardiness. (more…)