If you haven’t had enough chocolate yet… hazelnut and walnut chocolate brownies

A tray of chocolatey nutty goodness

Crispy squidgy chocolate goodness As some of you may know, I’m married to a chocolate fiend. My husband has to eat chocolate every day and I’ve never known him not to. So imagine my surprise when this Easter, he told me he didn’t want me to buy him an Easter egg. I thought this was … Continue reading

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A hint of chocolate in prep for Easter: Mary Berry’s Chocolate Loaf Cake

Mary Berry's Chocolate Loaf Cake

The legend that is Mary Berry I only have one recipe to post this week as I spent last weekend with friends and so I only made it into the kitchen late on Sunday night after everyone had left. I was however determined to herald my husband’s return from his ski trip by making him … Continue reading

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Nigella’s Totally Chocolate Chocolate Chip Cookies

Nigella Lawson's Totally Chocolate Chocolate Chip Cookies.

A bit too sweet for my liking… It was Mother’s Day in the UK recently and this year, and I decided to bake some chocolate chip cookies for my mother-in-law and my husband’s Nanny. Nanny unfortunately has been really poorly and the day before Mothering Sunday here, we drove to see her with my husband’s … Continue reading

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Flour-less chocolate cake

Easy to bake. Far to easy to devour.

Sadly carb free doesn’t mean fat-free When we invited our friends over for Sunday lunch last weekend  and I decided to make a flour-less chocolate cake, I thought I’d be doing a ‘good’ thing ie producing a carb-free cake as my friends were all trying to cut down on the amount of carbs they ate. … Continue reading

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Meals for many: Lemongrass and curry-flavoured chicken on roasted fennel, onions, shallots and garlic

Lemongrass and curry-flavoured chicken, roasted in the oven with fennel, onions, shallots and garlic.

Friend-friendly suppers If there’s one thing I love more than spending my weekends cooking, it’s spending my weekends cooking for friends. I get an obscene, almost indecent, amount of pleasure from it, and nothing pleases me more than having my closest friends around the table laughing, talking, drinking and eating together. Naturally, I use them … Continue reading

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Fresh fruit needn’t be boring: chocolate apples and oranges

Clementine segments and apples dipped in chocolate.

Have you ever eaten a Terry’s Chocolate Orange? My husband said he and his brother and sister used to get one every Christmas. It was, and remains to this day, a traditional stocking filler in his family. When I was a kid, they used to be sold in Singapore too but I have to be … Continue reading

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Pub review: The Lamb, Buckland, Oxfordshire

An espresso, a latte and these chocolate petit fours cost us £4.50! Amazing.

Puppy love My husband and I set off this morning to see a couple of bitches in Oxfordshire. You heard me, I said bitches! But before you think this is some story about handbags at dawn between me and some other women, don’t worry because the bitches I’m referring to are furry and of the … Continue reading

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Happy new year to all

Chocolate cupcakes and a chocolate swiss roll log, covered in chocolate butter icing

I thought I wouldn’t have time to get one more post in but guess what… :) Ringing in the New Year I love welcoming in each New Year just as much as the next person but every New Year’s eve, I can’t help but get a wee bit annoyed because every year, my friends act … Continue reading

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‘Tis the season for overindulgence: The Hummingbird Bakery’s sweet and salty chocolate cake

The Hummingbird Bakery's Sweet and Salty Chocolate Cake (with my disaster-cake topping)

I’m back…! Some of you may not noticed but the last three posts have been made by my husband, whom I love even more now because he’s been stepping in to fill the void as I’ve been a bit busy at work and not had much time to cook. But I’m back, and with a … Continue reading

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Boozy chocolate mousse with a crusty sugar topping

Chocolate creme brulee. But with boozy chocolate mousse instead of chocolate custard

Mmmmmm, chocolate….. It’s been a while since I made this chocolate mousse for my husband. If you follow my blog, you’ll know that I’m not really that crazy about chocolate but I do love these chocolate mousse pots. The only thing is that mousse is a bit boring to eat; by that, I mean that … Continue reading

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