With Valentines Day coming up I thought I would try to make something vaguely romantic. Both Charlotte and I absolutely love Amaretti biscuits (also sometimes referred to as Italian macaroons), and with them being Italian surely that means they automatically qualify to be romantic! They come with the added bonus of being extremely easy and quick to make.
I have had two versions of Amaretti biscuits, those which are hard all the way through and those which are crisp on the outside yet deliciously soft and chewy in the middle. These are the latter, which makes the inside taste like gorgeous marzipan and the softness saves you from the worry of a sizeable dental bill that you get from the crunchy ones!
An Easter version of my easy-to-make rocky road recipe featuring Cadbury creme eggs.
After sharing my take on a traditional rocky road recipe last year, followed by a snowy version over Christmas, I thought it would be fun to make an Easter variety. Frankly that meant it had to include Cadbury creme eggs. Is there anyone out there who doesn’t like creme eggs?!
It used to be that creme eggs came out nearer to Easter time than Christmas, however more recently it seems tradition for the supermarkets to have them on the shelves on Boxing Day. I have even heard it rumoured that they have been spotted in the days just before Christmas! Surely not…
I’m in a little bit of trouble in my house, as we have been doing really well eating healthily since the New Year. However this weekend I decided I wanted to understand what makes a great shortbread recipe, which of course has led to a lot testing and less than healthy eating!
It was summer when I last posted a recipe (these very tasty summer fruits flapjacks), yet if you looked at the weather here in North Wales then you wouldn’t know it. It remains cloudy and rainy, yet actually not too cold. I commute by train to work so I enjoy the weather being mild, but at Christmas I would prefer it to be a bit crisper to get me into the seasonal spirit. I finished work for the year last Friday, so decided what better way to feel Christmassy than by making these snowy rocky roads to eat whilst watching ‘It’s a Wonderful Life’.
I have a reputation in our house for only being able to make sweet things. The other day Charlotte said to Daniel (our 4 year old son) that Daddy was making dinner. The response was a quizzical look, ‘but Mummy, Daddy can only make puddings’. I frowned and reminded him that I make a mean beans on toast! Anyway, not wishing to disappoint, I put together a seasonal flapjack recipe.
Back in February we published the Ultimate Guide to Food Photo Sharing Sites, looking at whether there were alternatives to Foodgawker and Tastespotting. The conclusion…don’t be lazy, go and read the original post to find out! Only joking, the conclusion was nothing earth shattering. Foodgawker and Tastespotting provided the most traffic, although we also recommended giving Yummly, Tasteologie, Healthy Aperture and Finding Vegan a try.
Four months later and we’re back again to see whether anything has changed (the answer is yes so keep reading!).
Whoever came up with the idea for rocky road was a genius. It requires no baking, contains lots of yummy ingredients and no one expects it to look picture perfect! The only down-side is that it is none too healthy.
Having made several batches of rocky road, much to the delight of my two boys, I have four tips to make the perfect recipe:
After the success of my apple crumble flapjacks, I was allowed back into the kitchen by Charlotte to try my hand at another of my favourites – cookies. For me there is little better than a nice cup of tea with a cookie or two!
Cookies are relatively simple to make, however there are a couple of key choices to make upfront…