My grand plan was to have this post up for you on the morning of the 28th – so you were all set for Pancake Day – but a sick kitty foiled my plans. Howevever, I now bring you something to do with all of those left over crepes you have lying around (yeah, right!) and my cat Enzo seems to be on the mend. It’s all good!
I was asked to create a recipe using a crepe maker for AO.com, which got me thinking….other than the perfect crepe recipe, which a brain much brighter than mine has already created, what on earth can I do. After some Pinterest seaching (where would we be without it!), I stumbled across the world of crepe cakes. (more…)
Happy New Year to all! Is it still ok to say that? We’re just passed a fortnight in to January so I may be pushing but let’s just throw caution to the wind. How is twenty-fifteen treating everyone so far? I’m struggling to cope because I am currently diary-less! It’s not fun. There are plans to be made, lists to be written and appointments to be scheduled! My order of a brand new ‘brilliant violet’ Moleskine Daily Diary has gone missing…sad times. They have finally agreed to resend the diary so hopefully by the end of the week I’ll be back on track!
So todays post is has a good new year, new start vibe to it. A healthy recipe to brighten up those diets, detoxes or healthy eating kicks we’re all on and a new friend! Making new blogging friends will be going on my list of intentions for 2015 (which I obviously can’t write yet because I don’t have a diary to write them in!) and thanks to the Blogger Cookie Swap I took part in last year I discovered a beautiful breakfast blog based in London called The Worktop. Tina runs the blog dedicated to yummy breakfast recipes and great breakfast and brunch spots in London, a source I will be referring to the next time I’m in town for sure! (more…)
Food cravings. We all have them. For me it is always my sweet tooth crying out for something to satisfy it, usually chocolate! Sometimes in the summer a juicy nectarine or a handful of berries will do the job, then there are times when it simply has to be chocolate. The occasional savoury craving can also occur. Salty food is needed, crisps or nuts, or both! It’s tough when you just want to look all nice and bikini ready but all you wanna do is stuff your face with delicious food especially when you have no will power or indeed a summer holiday booked – I’m definitely just talking about myself now.
BUT I have an answer! These little snack bites are a little sweet and a little salty so your mid morning craving should be satiated and the protein from the PB should keep the hunger pangs at bay for another hour. They really do taste good, which is why I cut them up really small otherwise I could eat far too many and defeat the purpose of the energy ‘bite’!
You could use any kind of nut butter in the base, whichever flavours you prefer. Peanut and almond butters are my favourite so I went with them. Topping the bites with chopped almonds also adds a satisfying crunch and contrasts with the creamy nut layer. I’m not claiming that these are low in calories but all of the ingredients are natural and good for you in small doses and when combined should pack in more goodness and heartiness than a shop bough cereal bar. (more…)
Is everyone excited to have a long weekend? It’s a lovely sunny day here in Inverness so fingers crossed that it lasts right through until Monday. As I am currently unemployed/building my empire a Monday holiday doesn’t quite have the significance it used to but still, when there are other people off it means I’ve got people to hang out with, go me!
So when I’m all alone and everyone else is being normal at work, I bake…and design my bakery website and advertising, photograph things, blog…I’m quite busy, honestly! It’s true that I have to remind myself to be busy at all times though. As a person who lives for a routine, living without one is tough. So I try and set myself some rules about when to get up, what to achieve per day, always remember to leave the house at least once! Lists. They are the way forward when you’re trying to keep a routine going.
But back to the baking. I was recently asked by Baking Mad to try out one of their recipes, and if I liked it, share it with my readers. I wasn’t aware of the Baking Mad website prior to the email but it’s really a great new resource for recipes. It’s especially good for the beginner as everything is explained clearly and simply. My favourite feature is the ‘Bake Mode’ option, which takes the recipe full screen with one step per page, with a note of the ingredients required for that step. Very handy. (more…)
I never realised how much I enjoy muffins until now. This will be my fifth muffin recipe in eight months (six if you include English Muffins), which is quite a lot I think! I think the main appeal is that you can legitimately eat them for breakfast even though oftentimes they are basically cake. Cake for breakfast. Win!
These are dressed up as a slightly healthier option though. Lots of protein courtesy of the peanut butter and bananas. Wholewheat flour for goodness. Only a quarter of a cup of sugar for twelve muffins and the option for no fat! Yogurt is added for body and moisture, you can choose to use 0% fat or low fat or even full fat if you don’t give a damn about that sort of thing. If that’s you’re attitude, I applaud you. For a little additional sweetness I added in some dried cranberries. Think peanut butter and jam, it really works. Chocolate would also work (when doesn’t it) in the form of chips or chunks. You choose and customise as you please. (more…)