23 Dec 2016

Snowball Cookies

Snowball cookies

Dear Christmas. I’d love to tell you that my fireplace is fully decorated ready for Christmas with all the stockings and everything festive, but that would be lying. The truth is, I’ve only got a partially decorated tree up, and might I add – a 6ft slim one this year, (slim: as I’m going to be going for that look myself once Christmas is over and all the dessert is eaten). And I’ve only partially decorated the house, as I figured the more I put up, the more I have to take down in a couple of weeks, right? Is that sort of a Grinch attitude to have? Oh dear.

I’ve been trying to write this post for a few days now, having made these over the weekend, a good couple of times. I’m not too happy with my shots above/below though (the perfectionists in me). So, I think I will repeat this recipe again pretty soon, and update the photography one day, so stay tuned. But for now, they are here and waiting for you with all their festive goodiness!


There are two nuts in this world which guarantee consumption from me: Cashew nuts and Pecan nuts. Oh yes. Include these in your recipe for something as dull as say, celery, and Bee will eat it. (I detest celery). Their Delicious pecan nuttiness make these cute snowball cookies that bit more delectable than the average shortbread biscuit. Snowball Cookies, for you.

11 Dec 2016

Christmas Clafoutis


Hi there.
I've had Thanksgiving Pecan Pie recipe up for long enough now, so here is a recipe for the unusually pronounced, clafoutis (cla-foo-tea). Plus, another reason for a quick new post, is I'm here in the UK and we don't really observe Thankgiving, so although I get a few online visits from the US, I don't think there's enough of you to be subject to see that recipe for another week longer past Thanksgiving Day!  

But here's something you didn't know about me and is worth a mention... half my family live in the states and my Grandma is currently over here now about to depart back to Tampa in time for Christmas, I will miss her. :-(

Anyway, I have made you no-frills Clafoutis! and by no frills I mean no orange cream, no fancy frosting, just the sweet and spongy delight of clafoutis with raspberries to go. The most 'exotic' ingredient I think it requires, is Creme Fraiche, the rest, you may already have in your fridge! This dish is best eaten warm and perfect for Sunday afternoons like today.

24 Nov 2016

Thanksgiving Pecan Pie Bars recipe

Today is Thanksgiving in the US. Happy Thanksgiving to ya’ll. I have something for you.
Pumpkin pie may always be on the list at Thanksgiving, but the true hero of the dessert table is pecan pie. And these ones come in bar form, so you can take them with you!

pecan pie bar

They’re pretty simple to make, you don’t need much kit, and they utilize a shortbread type of base. For a more UK alternative, check out good old apple crumble. You can't go wrong with that.

17 Nov 2016

Jamie Oliver's Brilliant Brownies

Very often, I pick a recipe because of it's picture. I'm also guilty of dismissing a recipe book if it doesn't have enough photos. I'm sure I'm not the only one who does this?

This brownie recipe offered some pretty appealing pictures, and I'd wondered if mine was going to turn out looking at least half as delicious? As someone once told me you eat with your eyes, right? and Mary Berry always says "presentation is key" throughout Great British Bake Off?
So, I knew, if this is a well written recipe (which it should be coming from famous named Jamie Oliver) and I follow it down to a 'T', it should come out just like its photo!
And you know what, it's not done too badly! I was quite pleased! Of course I will let you be the final judge, see below. ☺

I have to stress, with all my previous Brownie recipes – from my first, to my last – I do always have to use one thing, without fail; and that is to use Green & Black's cocoa powder. Maybe that's because should I choose to drink it by itself (which I do sometimes) I'm assured it tastes grand. (Incase this happens to sound like one – rest assured this is not a sponsored post. I genuinely off my own back buy and use the stuff). Real talk!

13 Oct 2016

Lemon Drizzle Muffins

Hello, is it the weekend already? Good! I was looking through my stats the other day and was reminded how popular my post on Lemon Drizzle Cake is. At the moment we have an unexpected collection of lemons in our fridge, probably due to the fact we forget we already have some and keep buying more in Morrisons.

So, I thought, let me make muffins, especially as a reader had once asked me if the Lemon Drizzle Cake recipe converts nicely into cupcakes/ muffins. And yes, it does convert well, the proof is definitely in the pudding.

I had some unused tulip muffin cases that I'd once purchased from Sainsbury's and basically put together the original Lemon Drizzle Cake recipe with some small alterations, that nobody would probably notice. I don't often make cupcakes, so it was a nice change from the normal recipes I bake.