Daim Bar Laundering Brownies… Post-modern and possibly gluten-free

These brownies represent the emotional wreck that I am this week… In a frenzy of duty-free chocolate buying which went something like this in my mind… “oooh Toblerone, oooh Daim bars, oooh nougat… snap out of it Lauren you don’t even like nougat… but daim bars…Mmmm”  and then I justified the buying of the DaimContinue reading “Daim Bar Laundering Brownies… Post-modern and possibly gluten-free”

Rich Chocolate, Cardamom Tarts

“Three, more sleeps”… said my children on the way to bed tonight.  They’re so excited, I’m so excited, we’re all so excited!  We’re officially on holiday!  Fairy lights are blinking everywhere we look, food and drink is stacking up in every conceivable corner along with paper napkins, socks and sneaky chocolate wrappers…  The dog hasContinue reading “Rich Chocolate, Cardamom Tarts”

It’s a Pop Shake “This Milkshake is Bananas B.A.N.A.N.A.S” or “My Milkshake Brings all the Kids to the Table”

My youngest daughter has discovered Gwen Stefani… so bananas can’t be bananas without a soundtrack!  That’s why this milkshake is bananas B.A.N.A.N.A.S it’s a sensible diversion from the original expletive for a 5 year old!  In fact, very many things have a soundtrack in our house.  I have a musical brain, a degree in musicContinue reading “It’s a Pop Shake “This Milkshake is Bananas B.A.N.A.N.A.S” or “My Milkshake Brings all the Kids to the Table””

Chocolate Coconut Granola

Oh my, this is the kind of breakfast I absolutely shudder at when I see it in the supermarket.  My contempt for chocolate breakfast cereal, and my resounding ‘absolutely not’ when the children ask for it!  But here am I making it.  The truth is this is beautiful, and this version is really nutritious too! Continue reading “Chocolate Coconut Granola”

Rich and Gooey Flourless Chocolate Brownies and a Note on Fair-Trade

Indulgent, rich and gooey flourless chocolate brownie recipe

Cacao & Cardamom Lazy Morning Granola

Sweet, Sticky, Morning Goodness… Oh good morning chocolate breakfast hit! Oh indulge me honey toasted oats… Wait, you’re slurping the sweet spicy chocolaty milk from the bowl?  Don’t worry, me too!  It’s half term holidays and we’re enjoying really slow mornings at home!  Making granola this morning in my pyjamas was pure joy for me. Continue reading “Cacao & Cardamom Lazy Morning Granola”

Chocolate Ginger Biscuits

Not strictly speaking ‘whole food’… But homemade treats always feel virtuous next to shop bought ones, and labouring over them gives me a real sense that I’ve earned it. These biscuits are hard like ginger nuts, and slightly moreish!!! Ingredients to make approx 18 cookies: 100 grams salted butter 100 grams golden caster sugar 100Continue reading “Chocolate Ginger Biscuits”