Apple crumble sweet Yorkshire puddings | Recipe

Apple crumble sweet Yorkshire puddings

I must admit I was quite excited when I heard there was going to be a newly introduced batter week in the GBBO; even more so when I saw what the challenges were going to be! I did actually consider doing them all, believe it or not. In the end though I just went with the signature as churros were pointless because we don’t own a deep fat fryer, and the pancakes just looked too technical for me to bother with.

I wanted to be a bit different though, so I went for sweet Yorkshire puddings. It’s getting to autumn now and it’s such a great season for crumbles for pudding! So I went with a lovely sweet apple & blackberry filling with a sprinkle of crumble topping for a bit of crunch. They are absolutely delicious served with a drizzle of custard! (Though admittedly, I didn’t make my own, it was Bird’s!).
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August Degustabox | Subscription Box Review

I am absolutely loving receiving a Degustabox through my letterbox every month. Well, obviously not through my letterbox, because it wouldn’t actually fit. So yeah, my door actually. I love the element of surprise, though I do hope that I will like everything that’s in it because, well, I adore food. Who doesn’t?

In the Degustabox:

  • Enjoy 10 to 15 surprise products, many are completely new to the market!
  • Receive your Degustabox every month filled with goodies.
  • All for much less than you would pay in the shops!

So, what was inside the August Degustabox?

August Degustbox contents

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Chocolate, cherry & almond heart wreath | Recipe

Chocolate, cherry & almond wreath recipe

Bread week. I may have mentioned before, but I hate bread week. Me and bread making just do not mix. Nevertheless, I joined in anyway as I want to try and do every week this year! During the show on Wednesday, I decided I must be crazy as I was actually considering doing the technical for the third week in a row. But then chocolate bread won me over so I went with the signature.

I’ve never really made bread from my own recipe so I went searching my old friend Mr Google and came across Paul Hollywood’s chocolate and cherry loaf. I was just going to do this exact recipe, but then I was struck with the idea of adding almonds, and making the loaf into a shape instead. So it’s kind of a showstopper too I suppose, though it doesn’t really look like a showstopper! Here is my chocolate, cherry & almond heart wreath.
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Chocolate & salted caramel whirls | Recipe

Chocolate & salted caramel whirls - NSIWE

After reading what each of the challenges would be for biscuit week of The Great British Bake Off, I was still umm-ing and ahh-ing about which one I would do. I ruled out the showstopper immediately though, I couldn’t be bothered with the fuss of a biscuit story construction! After last week’s bake though, I’m surprised I was still considering doing another technical.

After watching the show, I did decide on the technical again – I must be mad! I’ve never made Viennese whirls before so this one was yet another new challenge for me. Once again I used Mary’s Berry’s recipe, but as a guideline this time as I went for a twist on them with these chocolate and salted caramel whirls.
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Mary Berry’s Jaffa cakes | #GBBOBloggers2016 Week 1

GBBOBloggers2016 Week 1 - Mary Berry's Jaffa Cakes

It’s that time of the year again – yes, Great British Bake Off is back! Albeit a little later than usual (sad face). I am of course joining with the #GBBOBloggers2016 bake along again, and I’ll try to join in as many weeks as possible! I have decided I am going to attempt a few more technical challenges this year, and also be a bit more organised.

It started off well with baking on Monday before the show even aired, then I watched it and decided I would attempt the technical instead (so my original bake will be in a future post!). I love jaffa cakes; I could easily eat a whole pack in one sitting. To be fair, I think they looked quite easy. My famous last words, it seems… Read more

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A Costcutter summer | Review

A Costcutter summer review

Who doesn’t love a summer of picnics and barbecues? Well, when we have a warm summer, that is! I know we do, and now we have a garden it’s great to just get the barbecue out and be able to eat outside. The boys & I love having a garden picnic too and we have a beautiful view for it now to appreciate it more.

Our household was lucky to be chosen to receive a hamper of Costcutter own brand food & drink items to enjoy for a Costcutter summer of eating! We haven’t really had chance to go on many picnics this summer but we have had a couple of barbecues, and we have been enjoying the food selection in different instances over the last few weeks. Read more

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July Degustabox | Subscription Box Review

July Degustabox review

After the new products we tried from the June Degustabox I couldn’t wait for our July box to arrive. I love delving into a subscription box and discovering what goodies are inside for me to try! The July Degustabox seemed to be centred around summery drinks with a few treats and of course healthier products to enjoy too.

So what was inside the July Degustabox?

July Degustabox

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Rocky road brownies | Recipe

Rocky road brownies recipe

Brownies are one of my favourite cakey treats, but I do also love some rocky road. What’s not to love about chocolate, biscuits, cherries, and marshmallows? Yum! So when Wyke Farms sent me some of their butter to try, I knew just the recipe I had in mind – these rocky road brownies. They have the gooeyness (is that even a word? It is now) of a brownie but with the crunch of biscuit too, then the obligatory cherry and marshmallow. As the biscuit is baked within the mixture, it smells divinely caramelised just out of the oven too! Read more

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June Degustabox | Subscription box review

June Degustabox review

Ever since I heard of Degustabox some time last year, I have been dying to try one. I mean, who doesn’t love a surprise box of food delivered to their door, once a month, for a cost less than you would pay in the shops? In a Degustabox you will receive 10-15 products, some of which are new to the market so you will be one of the first to try them, and you may even find something new that you love!

I have to admit, I almost jumped for joy when I was asked if I would like to try the Degustabox for June! The offer of food tends to do that to me; anyway… When it arrived, I couldn’t wait to see what was inside. The contents of the June Degustabox were:

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Quick & easy pesto pasta | Recipe

Quick and easy pesto pasta - NSIWE

Pasta is a favourite dish in our house and I love it served in so many ways – you can find some more of my pasta recipes here. This pesto pasta is super quick & easy; you could say a bit lazy too as there is no need to whip up your own pesto either… But it makes it perfect for those days where you’re in a rush or you just can’t be bothered to stand over the stove for a long time!

You can of course add whatever veg you like, or even change the chicken for something else, but quite simply this dish uses just five basic ingredients. The pesto is the main flavour here though so you don’t want anything too overpowering. Read more

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