The Perfect Pavlova

During then Xmas period, I had such a disaster with making my meringues desserts!! I wanted to make Lorraine Pascal’s Strawberries & Cream Meringue Layer cake from her ‘Bake’ book and the recipe required 10 egg whites. I didn’t have the heart to use 10 eggs as I wasn’t sure what to do with so many left over yolks and you can’t keep them for long!!

So, in Tescos, I brought a carton of egg whites as it said it can be used to make desserts. I measured the egg whites and the mixture was really runny and not getting stiff at all. I baked it and the outcome was really sticky and flat. I had to bin most of it as I made 5 x disks. We ate 1 of them and the boys seems to like it, but I found it too chewy to eat!! Luckily, I had some meringue nests in my cupboards and added some double cream and berries for my back up dessert.

Then last week, a blog that I follow by Eat Little Bird, posted an entry on Pavlova and tips of why the mixture has failed. I found it really useful and will refer back to it when I make a meringue dessert again which I did for new year’s eve!! To finish it off, I would drizzle some melted chocolate on top or buy a flakes chocolate and crumble it over.

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1st Bake of 2019

Happy New Year to everyone!! It has been such a long time since I last went on my blog!! I couldn’t even remember my password!! I do apologize for being missing!!

I have been so busy with my 2 beautiful boys, Dee who is 5 years old now and Gray who is 2 years old!! Both boys are a handful as they are full of energy!!! I have still been baking but not having much time to write my entries.

I was saying to my husband that I missed blogging on my site and he said “Just do it!” I find time baking during the boys nap times or when my husband is off, as i do love exploring new recipes and i enjoy it aswell!! The steriliser has been put away so there is space for my beloved Kitchenaid!! Recently he has been hooked on Instagram and posting entries every day. So, for my new year’s resolution is to get back into blogging and to start posting entries on Instagram aswell.

Therefore my 1st bake for 2019 is Brownies!! I am having a family lunch this Saturday and both of my boys loves chocolate and my 2 neice so I wanted to bake something chocolatey!! A few months ago, I purchased Martha Collison’s book called Twist and found her recipe on Brownies and decided to make them.

I do try lots of different brownies recipes as I find the texture is always different, sometimes its hard or dry or too soft in the middle. So I do have a favourite one which I normally use from Tescos as it is so simple to knock up and it has never failed for me. I will write up a separate entry for this later on.

Martha’s recipe can be found here but just omit the easter eggs. You can always put different chocolates as I used white chocolate chips so that it is not too dark. The mixture is very wet and once baked, when you use the knife to cut into it, the top of it cracks but in the middle it is very fudgy like. The boys love it so I’m sure it will be a hot with the girls aswell!!

Bank Holiday Foodies Festival – Syon Park

I have been receiving emails from the
foodies festival promoting their dates throughout the UK. I went to one, about 2 years ago when I was pregnant and found it quite a family orientated event and thought it would be a nice day out with ur children!!

As our Dee Dee has started walking now, I thought it would be a really nice family day out to go to the Syon Park Foodies Festival on the bank holiday. We were lucky with the weather as it was sunny and not raining! This time round, we found there were more free nibbles/snacks being offered and alcohol drinks! We had quite a few peach flavoured and elderflower ciders!! I think the food is still fairly pricey from the food stalls ranging from £5 to £15! We ended up snacking throughout the day savoury and sweet stuff! However, i was surprised that there wasn’t many cake stalls, I counted and there were probably only less than 4, considering that they did have a cake and baking stage! There were quite a few stalls selling fudge as this seems quite popular now.

There was plenty of space to sit on the grass for a picnic and listen to the band, they had someone doing face painting and they even had a mini bouncy castle. I found the event very child friendly with baby changing facilities. I am sure the others foodies festivals would have the similar set up.

Our entry tickets cost £10 eachbas we had a discount code from the Time Out magazine, it still might work – FOODIES15 if you are interested in going to shows listed on their website! We had a great time on bank hol and managed to buy lots of treats! From venusawalian buns with beef, brownies, pancakes, ice cream, oats bar, tortillas, chorizo and olives, coffee, quiches and bubble drinks, we were pretty stuffed!!! Our Dee slept through most of the time we were there but atleast this gave us a chance to walk around and sampled the foods!

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Our Dee snoozing!!!

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The London Coffee Festival Tickets

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The London Coffee Festival

I can’t remember if I have mentioned it before that I am tea drinker!I love my english teas and when I was pregnant, drinking decaffinated tea was torture!! I don’t drink coffee as it seems to make me sleepy rather than being awake which is the opposite effect on me!! Whereas my hubby is quite enthusiastic about his coffee trying different methods and beans! He likes to drink espressos. I bought him the Bialetti Moka Express pot last year and he loves it!! Although he does say it is hit and miss with making the coffee as sometimes it is burnt or the coffee doesn’t come out right but he still enjoys the process!! I feel bad sometimes as he always want to share his coffee because it makes two cups! Recently he has been mentioning this new gadget called an ‘areopress’ and he heard great reviews! So I got it for his birthday present this year!! He was very impressed with his new gadget and said the coffee is very easy to make and taste really smooth!! I will blog the method next time!

He told me about the London Coffee Festival on 30th April to 3rd May at Old Truman Brewery, Brick Lane and asked if I wanted to go! I couldn’t really say no as in the past, I have dragged him to the cake and bake shows and wedding fairs etc so I felt like returning the favour!!lol! Plus I think it will be a nice family day out taking our Dee Dee with us!!!

In Time Out magazine they had a special offer promo code TIME15 for 2 tickets at £20. Normally it would cost £11.50. We are going to this festival on Sunday. There should be lots of coffee and some food stalls aswell!! I will need to try out some coffee there and maybe it will have a different effect on me as it has been a long time since I last drank some!! Will take some photos for you guys to see!!

Birthday cake request from my hubby!

Ready for cutting!

Ready for cutting!

It was my hubby’s birthday last week and I asked him, what does he want me to bake for him! He requested the blueberry and lemon traybake as that is his favourite cake! Normally, you should use a rectangle baking tin, but i couldn’t find mine so I have used a square tin instead.

Ingredients:

  • 125g soft butter
  • 225g caster sugar
  • 2 x eggs
  • 250g soured cream
  • 1 lemon zest and juice
  • 300g self raising flour
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • Half teaspoon baking powder
  • 150g blueberries

Cream Cheese Topping

  • 50g soft butter
  • 300g icing sugar sieved
  • 200g cream cheese
  • 1 to 2 table-spoon of lemon juice
  • 50g blueberries

Method

  1. Preheat oven to 180 GM4 and line a rectangular baking tin
  2. Beat the butter and sugar until light and fluffy. Beat the eggs in one at a time until combined. Stir in the soured cream, lemon juice and zest, baking powder until everything is combined. Fold in the blueberries.
  3. Spoon the mixture into the cake tin and bake for 40 – 45 mins until the cake is baked. Remove from the oven and set aside to cool.
  4. Make the cream cheese topping by beating the butter and icing sugar until light and fluffy. Beat in the cream cheese and lemon juice and spread over the top of the cake. Make sure the cake is cool before you add the topping. Add some blueberries on top and I added some chocolate sprinkles.

My hubby was very pleased with his birthday cake! 🙂

Yum Yum!!!

Yum Yum!!!

Easter treats at work!

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Chocolate easter treats!!

We have Easter weekend coming up so on Thursday, I made some chocolate treats for my work colleagues. I wanted to make something quick and easy and of course chocolate!!!

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Cornflakes chocolate nests!yum!

I have always wanted to make chocolate cornflake nests as it looks easy and when I saw the recipe online, it is so simple to make!!! It’s a matter of heating up 50g butter, 2 x tbs golden syrup and 150g milk or dark chocolate and then mixing it with the 100g cornflakes!! Spoon them into a cupcake muffin tin and put them in the fridge to set. Just make sure you have fridge space to chill them for at least 30 mins. I decorated them with chocolate eggs on top.

My sister in law, Sharon she makes the rice crispies version which always go down very well at the kids birthday
parties!!! So moreish to eat!!

I also made some rocky road as you just mix everything together and chill to set!!! Had to hide all the treats from my husband, dee and my mum or otherwise there won’t be any left for my work colleagues!!!

Hope you all have a wonderful easter and enjoy the chocolate treats!!!

Hot chocolate in Harrow

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The chocolate room

We went to Harrow last weekend and I came across a shop called ‘The chocolate room’. We needed somewhere to have a drink and also where Dee can have his mid morning snacks and this seemed the perfect place!

We were amazed by the variety of hot chocolates available. Unfortunately they ran out of coconut and hazelnuts but the staff told me ‘gianduia’ is the best one to have as I wanted to drink something nutty. Dan ordered a double macchiato and a coconut and raspberry slice. We also bought a chocolate that looks like a cake to take away, it looked really cute and was hard to resist!

My hot chocolate tasted amazing!!! I would definitely recommend going there again!!!
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