Friday, 28 August 2009

An apple a day...

Do you know what the best thing to eat on a morning to wake you up is? .... Apples, apparently. According to the trivia question on my shampoo, anyways! They're supposed to be even better to wake you up than coffee! So I've decided to incorporate them into my morning breakfasts as I sometimes struggle to feel fully awake in a morning, but I've always been wary about caffeine.

So when I saw CCV's recipe for banana butter. I thought it would be the perfect thing to accompany my morning apple and I couldn't wait to try it out!

I wasn't disappointed, and I'm sure this is one recipe I'll be making often! As a further ode to the lovely CCV, I decided to eat my apple this morning...

...with chopsticks! Yum!

Make sure to stop by CCV's blog, because she's got another fantastic giveaway going on at the minute, and it's not too late to enter!

Sunday, 16 August 2009

Peanut Butter & White Chocolate Blondies

Today has been one of those lazy Sundays where it's been nice to just do not very much! Especially after the busy week I had. I had a drive out to an oriental supermarket, and had to make an emergency stop at a garage to have my brakes tested! When I got back home, I went onto the UKTV Food website to try and find some recipes by the lovely Ching-He Huang (whose new series I am addicted to!) and I stumbled across a series I hadn't seen before called Rachel Allen: Bake.

Of course, loving anything to do with baking, I had to have a look at the recipes! There was a recipe for a cheesecake which looked amazing, but my eye was drawn to these...

Peanut Butter & White Chocolate Blondies

I love white chocolate, and I love peanut butter so this dessert was too tempting. It was really simple and quick to make too, and I had all the ingredients already on hand which is a bonus! The photo above is when they were still warm from the oven, I topped them with a scoop of clotted cream ice cream and they were so gooey and delicious - this recipe is definitely one of my new favourites! Click here to see the original recipe, or read on below.

125g plain flour
1 tsp Baking powder
100g Butter, at room temperature, plus extra for greasing
150g crunchy peanut butter
175g light brown sugar
1 Egg, beaten
1 tsp vanilla extract
75g white chocolate, chopped


1. Preheat the oven to 170C/gas 3. Butter the sides of a 20 x 20cm square cake tin and line the base with greaseproof paper.

2. Sift the flour and baking powder into a small bowl and set aside.

3. In a large bowl, cream the butter and peanut butter together until very soft. Add the sugar, egg and vanilla extract and beat until well combined. Add the flour, baking powder and the chopped chocolate and mix to form a dough.

4. Place the dough into the prepared tin and bake in the oven for 25–30 minutes, or until golden brown and almost firm in the centre.

5. Remove from the oven and allow to cool in the tin, before removing and cutting into squares.

Saturday, 8 August 2009

Czechoslovakian Black Chillies

After what seemed like an age, my Czechoslovakian black chilli plant is bursting with chillies, and flowers. This is my first year growing chillies, and to be honest I was a little apprehensive as to how they would turn out. I didn't know if they'd be actually black, or just very very dark green but they really are black! And the flowers a lovely purple too. Very gothic!


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