Monthly Archives: February 2014

Cakes for Mid-morning Coffee

Cake and Cups

Freshly brewed coffee and a thick slab of homemade cake is a homely welcome for friends and family coming over for a casual get together. I added the Welsh Cheese CakesDate and Walnut Cake in a Nut Roll Tin and Orange Ricotta Cake with Walnuts to  Menu Ideas as a source of inspiration for your next cake and coffee morning. Continue reading

Healthy Avocado Smoothie with Cinnamon

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Using the blender to whip up a quick vitamin and mineral packed smoothie for breakfast or later in the day is a fast way of providing your body with food, sustaining energy levels and keeping hunger pangs at bay. Avocado are one of the super foods and we eat a fair amount in our family… I love their delicious buttery texture and slightly nutty flavor, the hass varieties with their knobbly skin are my favorite. We enjoy avocados in smoothies, salads, spreads, sandwiches and pâtés and of course who doesn’t love guacamole. Even if you are not an avocado fan, you can pamper your face with these wonderful home-made face masks… avocado’s are so good for your skin… inside and out. I don’t ever remember not liking avocados and as a child my first memory of eating them was when dining at hotel restaurants and choosing from the menu an Avocado half filled with Prawn Marie Rose which I always seemed to favor. Continue reading

Squidgy Chocolate Torte with Fresh Strawberries

chocolte torte with strawberriesThis time it was a losing battle and with no other sweet dessert, cake or biscuit to barter with… my plan on taking  photographs the next day of the whole chocolate torte started disappearing, slice by slice. However, I managed to salvage a slice and set it aside with a little note saying… “this slice is for my food photography”! Each year I look forward to the annual  BBC Good Food recipe calendar which comes with an issue of their monthly Good Food magazine and last year was really disappointed when I found there was no 2013 calendar. Really happy the Good Food team have decided to print a 2014 recipe calendar, I know I am not alone in voicing this. 🙂 This very delicious Squidgy Chocolate Torte is from this year’s recipe calendar and as February is the month for celebrating Valentine’s Day, this makes a perfect dessert for all chocolate lovers. Continue reading

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