The Ultimate Mocha

Indulge yourself this weekend with a sumptuous rich mocha!

Ingredients

  • 50g Dark or Milk Chocolate
  • 2 TSP Cocoa Powder
  • 500ml Milk
  • 2 TSP Instant Coffee

Directions

Melt the chocolate by blasting it in the microwave, check every 30 seconds, so that it doesn’t burn. In a non stick pan, add the milk and instant coffee. Turn on the hob heat to medium and allow to simmer. Whilst the milky coffee is warming, dip the rim of the coffee cup into the melted chocolate and then into the cocoa power, tap off any excess powder and leave to one side. Add the remaining melted chocolate to the milk and stir with a whisk. Once the milky mocha has fully combined transfer to a jug, then pour into the chocolatey coffee cups. Sip the heavenly coffee in the company of your favourite person and comfort of your favourite blanket.

Coffee and Chocolate is a match made in heaven!

Coffee and Chocolate is a match made in heaven!

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Honey and Cinnamon Porridge

Honey and cinnamon porridge is just one of those dishes that should be guilty but it’s really not. This dish is really perfect during those winter months where you want to curl up in bed. These are simple store cupboard items that you are bound to have lurking around at the back of your cupboards. Give the porridge a makeover to start your day right.

Ingredients 

  • 50g Porridge oats
  • 300ml of milk/water (i used skimmed milk)
  • 1 heaped TSP of ground cinnamon
  • 1 TBSP of honey (brown sugar is a good substitute)
  • Your favourite bowl..

Directions

Weigh out your ingredients. Try not to waste your ingredients, there is nothing worse than grey gloopy porridge.

You can make the porridge in the microwave if you don’t want to cook over the hob. Zap in minute intervals, stirring each time until you have reached your desired consistency.

To cook on the hob, add the oats, milk and cinnamon to the pan. Stir the mixture. Turn the hob on to a medium heat. Stir the porridge constantly, making sure that it doesn’t burn. Continue until you are happy with the texture. Transfer the porridge to your favourite bowl, then top with a good drizzle of honey, enjoy!

Cinnamon and Honey Porridge

Tip: If you are cooking your porridge on the hob, fill the pan with hot water immediately after cooking to save time washing up.

Resolutions.

Okay, so yesterday was the year anniversary of Josh and myself leaving the UK for our 11month trip through Asia and working in New Zealand. We are back! As you can tell, my beloved blog has been highly neglected over the year, which is due to good reason to the fact of: lack of facilities, lack of food that isn’t noodles, and sometimes we were in the middle of nowhere without any internet access (the lack of internet was greatly welcomed at times).

Yes, I know its late for new years resolutions but this whole new year is a whole new adventure and i want to bring you guys and my blog with it. I am not setting myself high expectations, but a promise i will commit my time and foodie thoughts to you guys and this blog!

Without any further blabbing, roll on the recipes..

Frozen Lemon Daiquiri

Everybody loves a sweet cocktail.

These are fantastic for the summer time but can be enjoyed all year round! All you need is 4 ingredients, a blender and some straws.

Lemon Daiquiri

Ingredients

  • 300ml of your favourite Rum
  • 2 Table spoons of sugar syrup ( if you have none Honey is fine)
  • 2 Lemons peeled and deseeded
  • 4 cups of Ice

Serves | 4 cocktail glasses | 2 large cups

Directions

Tip the lemon, rum and sweetener into the blender. Blend until smooth then remove. In the empty blender, blend all of the ice. Blend to a smooth slush consistency, re-add the lemon mixture and whizz until completely combined. Pour into a glasses of your choice and enjoy!

Tropical Smoothie

Are you feeling run down or in need of something that will tantalise your taste buds?

A super quick and cheap alternative to the shop bought bottled smoothies.

Tropical Smoothie

Ingredients

  • 3 Kiwi Fruit
  • 1 Ripe Mango
  • 1 or 2 Passion Fruit
  • 500ml of Water or any left over Fruit Juice (apple is perfect)

 

  • You will need a Blender.

Directions

Peel, de-stone and scoop the fruit’s flesh away from its skin. Roughly chop and trow into the blender. Strain the juices from the passion fruit pulp if you don’t like the seeds, using a spoon and a fine sieve. Pop into a blender along with the other fruits. Add the water / fruit juice. Blend until you have reached the desired consistancy. If it is too thick continue to add juice or water.

Perfect for summer mornings.

If you don’t drink all of the smoothie, pour into ice lolly moulds and freeze for a fruity dessert!

 

Banana Flapjacks

So easy, so delicious & so moreish!

Banana Flapjacks

Ingredients

  • 250g Porridge Oats
  • 125g Butter
  • 125g Brown / Caster Sugar
  • 4 TBSP Golden Syrup
  • 1 Ripe Banana (mashed)
  • Large handful of Dried Banana Chips

Pre-heat the oven to 180c. Line a baking tray with greaseproof paper. In a pan on a medium heat, add the sugar, syrup, butter and mashed banana. Stir and simmer until it has dissolved into one. Take off the heat and tip in all of the porridge oats. Stir until the oats are completely covered. Tip into the lined tray and flatten with the back of a spoon. Pop the flapjack into the oven for roughly 15 mins until is golden brown and smells absolutely delicious! Take out of the oven and leave to rest until completely cooled. Once cooled, cut into even squares and top with a blob of sticky golden syrup then a banana chip on top. Keep in an airtight container for up to a week.. if they last that long!

Bitter Chocolate Orange Peels

This recipe is so easy and so simple.

Wrap up and give as edible presents or for an unconventional chocolate snack!

Chocolate Orange

Ingredients

  • 2 Large thick orange peels (I used Jaffa)
  • 250g Caster Sugar
  • 100g Dark Chocolate

You can cut your peel however you like. I would suggest that it is no bigger than your thumb. Remove any remaining pith on the peel with a sharp knife or peeler. Pop the peel into a heatproof bowl and cover with boiling water. Let the peel soak for 5 mins. Drain then repeat once more. In a pan add 250ml of water and the caster sugar. Allow the sugar to dissolve and then add the orange peel. Leave to simmer for 10 mins. Remove the peel from the pan and leave to dry over night. Once dried completely, in a bowl melt the chocolate. Dip the orange into the melted chocolate and then rest on greaseproof paper until the chocolate has hardened. There you have it.. Delicious chocolate orange.

Keep in an airtight container for up to 1 week.

Cranberry & Chocolate Oat Cookies

C IS FOR COOKIE!

A very tempting, sweet and comforting cookie.

COOOOOOKIE

Ingredients

  • 175 g Flour
  • 100g Rolled Oats
  • 200g Butter
  • 100ml Golden syrup
  • Large handful of Dried Cranberries
  • 100g Chocolate of choice (i used milk)

Pre-heat the oven to 200C fan/ Gas mark 6. Add the flour, rolled oats and cranberries to a bowl and mix. In a pan heat the golden syrup and butter. Stir until combined, do not boil. Allow to cool. Pour the syrup mixture into they dry ingredients. When mixing you might need to use your hands so it holds together. Once the mixture is complete and is a dough like consistency, roll into balls then flatten. Pop them onto a baking tray and leave in the fridge for 5 to 10 mins. Once the time is up, remove from the fridge and straight to the oven. Cook for around 15 mins until golden brown. Allow to cool. Melt the chocolate and drizzle over the cookies. When the chocolate has set.. dig in!

Lavender Meringues

Perfect as a summer dessert or for afternoon tea with loved ones.

Lavender Meringues

Ingredients

  • 115g Caster Sugar
  • 115g Icing Sugar
  • 4 Large Eggs, yolks removed
  • 1 TSP of Purple food colouring
  • Half a handful of Lavender buds/flowers
  • Double cream (for the filling)

Pre-heat the oven to – fan 100C, conventional 110C and gas mark 1⁄4. Tip all of the egg whites into a clean cool bowl. Whisk the eggs on a medium setting until they are soft and fluffy. They should form a soft peak. Continue to whisk at a faster setting, whilst slowly adding the caster sugar a tbsp at a time and all of the food dye. Be careful to not over whisk as it can lose volume. Once all of the sugar and food dye has been added the eggs should look soft, thick and sticky like marshmallow..yum! Sift in the icing sugar a 1/3 at a time and tip in half of the lavender. Stir gently with a large metal/rubber spoon. Once all of the icing sugar as been mixed in it should look like shiny velvety goodness! Either pipe or dollop onto a lined baking tray. For desserts make the meringues bigger. For afternoon tea bite size meringues make them as large as a £2 coin. Don’t forget that they expand in the oven!! To finish, sprinkle a few lavender buds onto the meringues. Bake in the oven for around an hour and a half until crisp. Leave to cool then sandwich together with softly whipped double cream.

Of course with any recipe, if you are using any fresh produce from your garden avoid consuming if you have used any chemicals i.e. insect repellent.

Lavender Meringues