Strawberries and Cream Easter Egg

Strawberries and cream easter egg lindt

The idea of strawberries and cream in a white Lindt Easter egg was too weird pass up. I had no idea how these iconic flavours would work in chocolate but they really do. I was worried that it could be very sweet like some cheap chocolate that has flavours in it but it was a perfect mix of white chocolate and strawberries. It is still sweet but enjoyably so.

I’d really love to get another of these eggs, break up the chocolate and use it as chocolate chips for cookies. I think it would taste brilliant.

The strawberries and cream Easter egg by Lindt was given me to try and review. All opinions are my own.

Hemp seed review

The first thing you think of when you hear hemp seeds isn’t super food but yet they are. They are super little seeds packed with essential fatty acids, omega 3 and omega-6. Hemp seeds are good for hair, nails and skin and also help to support the immune system, balance hormones and promote a healthy metabolism. Don’t worry these won’t make you high – Carun Hemp Seeds are produced from selected sorts of hemp, which do not contain the psychoactive substance, THC.

The hemp seeds are brilliantly high in protein, vitamins and nutrients.

It is certainly the weirdest thing I’ve been asked to review so far but also one of the most surprising.

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The Carun hemp seeds are £15.99 for 500g but that is a huge container full.

They look and feel like sesame seeds and have a slightly rice / couscous / wheat germ smell.

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I have been trying them in a few different ways including with yoghurt and fruit, on breakfast cereal and in dinners. I have had them in risotto and my favourite Mexican quesadillas. I usually put a sprinkle of sesame seeds in my quesadilla so I thought I’d try replacing it with the hemp seeds.

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A mix of my favourite toppings and hemp seeds ready to be used for dinner. They worked so well and in the heat had softened. They don’t have too stronger taste but there is a nuttiness which you can pick up on if you use it in plainer food but it’s relatively tasteless with all these other flavours. It had a delicious bite like sesame seeds and was satisfying to chew on.

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The finished quesadillas were amazing. I ate far too many as usual!

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As I’ve only been trying hemp seeds for a week I haven’t noticed a huge difference yet but my skin is looking better and my digestion seems happier too. I will keep going and see what happens.

I’m looking forward to sprinkling it on salads this summer!

I was given the hemp seeds to review. All opinions are my own.

Chocolate and peanut butter cookies

 I was luck to be given a huge bag of Reese’s Pieces and knew they would have to go into cookies. I could easily eat them without baking them in anything but I thought cookies would be a lovely thing to make and share with my friends. I decided to add peanut butter to the mix as well as having the pieces in them. This was a very good decision.  These were happily devoured very quickly.

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I love the look of the Reese’s Pieces going into the dough.

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To make nice size cookies I used a heaped tablespoon per one and it made 20 cookies.

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Ingredients

- 140g unsalted butter
- 60g peanut butter
- 2 eggs
- a few drops of vanilla extract
- 350g plain flour
- 50g cocoa powder
- 1 teaspoon of bicarb of soda
- 1 teaspoon of baking powder
- pinch of salt
- 200g Reese’s Pieces (set 50g aside to decorate the dough before it goes in the oven

Method

- Preheat the oven to 170 degrees / 160 fan /Gas mark 3 and line 3 baking sheets with greaseproof baking parchment.
- Cream together the butter, peanut butter and sugar.
- Add the eggs and vanilla extract and mix in.
- Sieve in the flour, baking powder, cocoa, bicarb and a pinch of salt.
- Stir in in the flour until you get a thick mix.
- Add 150g of the Reese’s Pieces and mix in until evenly distributed.
- Take heaped tablespoons of the mix and pop them on the lined baking trays. Make sure they aren’t too close together as they will spread.
- Use up the last Reese’s Pieces to add a few to the top of the cookies.
- Bake for 10 minutes.
- Allow the cookies to cool for a few seconds and enjoy. They taste lovely warm with a cup of tea.

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I’m entering these cookies into Lucy at Supergolden Bakes weekly round up #CookBlogShare.

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I am also entering these cookies into the Tea Time Treat being hosted by Janie at The Hedgecombers and Karen at Lavender and Lovage.
The theme this month is biscuits and cookies. #teatimetreats

Tea Time Treats

Hot Cross Bun French Toast

I love French toast and really fancied it at the weekend but as I was thinking about making it while still cuddled up in bed I wondered if it would work with hot cross buns instead of bread. It turns out it does work and it is incredible! I’m never having regular French toast again.

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I served it with fresh strawberries and smoked bacon. The maple syrup with bacon and hot cross bun was so good! I wish I had eaten more of them at the weekend. Luckily there is still time to get hot cross buns to enjoy :)

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Ingredients

- 4 large eggs
- 220ml milk
- pinch of salt
- 1 tablespoon of sugar
- 1 teaspoon of cinnamon, mixed spice and nutemeg
- half a teaspoon of vanilla extract
- 8 hot cross buns cut in half

Method

- In a bowl whisk the eggs, milks, sugar, vanilla, salt and spices until combined.
- Heat a skillet to a medium/hot temp. I like a the skillet with the lines on as you get a great pattern on the buns.
- Add a teaspoon of unsalted butter to the skillet.
- Dip the bread in the mix and leave for a few seconds to soak all the way through.- Pop the buns on the skillet and bake until golden brown on each side. Add a little extra butter if needed.
- Serve with fresh fruit, bacon and maple syrup.

I love dunking the hot cross buns in the mix before pudding them on a griddle to cook. As the hot cross bun is thick you need to let them soak for a few seconds to get really gooey.

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It was an absolutely delicious breakfast and it will be what I’m making over Easter weekend. Most likely more than once.

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Easter Egg Hunt

Some of my most favourite memories of childhood is the fun involved in hunting for Easter eggs and chocolates at Easter. I loved having the little basket and running around the garden trying to find the chocolates. It always ended up with us finding a few of them weeks later when my dad said at the time they were definitely only 10 eggs hidden but there really were 12 or 14.

Lindt has bought out some fabulous Easter products and some are absolutely brilliant for Easter egg hunts.

This box of Gold Bunny and Friends had about 12 pieces in and as they are so shiny they were a perfect item to hunt for in the garden. Plus as Lindt is tasty chocolate it’s worth hunting for. This pack is £6.49. There is a great mix of bunnies, eggs, lambs and chicks.

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The giant carrot is something I would have absolutely loved as a child and I definitely still do as an adult. It is exactly what it says – one big carrot! It’s filled with treats and would make a fabulous thing to search for on an Easter hunt. I used a wooden kebab stick to ‘plant’ it in the garden. It looked so cute springing out of the grass. I really want to get a few and plant them around the garden for Easter. The giant carrot is £5.99.

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 Have you got your chicks in a row? They are only £2.59.

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Out of these goodies for Easter I have to say that the giant carrot is the best Easter product from Lindt. It is so quirky and so much fun.

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 Happy Easter x

Chocolate and Cardamom Biscuits

I love chocolate and I love biscuits.

So here is my latest tasty experiment in the chocolate biscuits – chocolate and cardamom biscuits with chocolate butter cream filling. Yes they are as amazing as they sound!

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Cardamom and chocolate oddly go together very well. These biscuits have a medium to strong taste which compliments the chocolate so much. The butter cream makes the biscuits so sweet and a good proper snack especially with a cup of chai tea.

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I made these biscuits a few inches wide so you get a good amount of sugary goodness. One is a perfect size to enjoy as a snack.

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Ingredients
- 200g unsalted butter

- 200g caster sugar
- 60g chocolate cocoa powder
- 350g plain flour
- 1 large egg
- 2 teaspoons of cardamom seeds ground

Method
- Cream together the sugar and butter.

- Mix in the egg and ground cardamom.
- Sieve in the flour and cocoa powder.
- Lightly knead the dough until it comes together as a ball. If it’s too dry add a teaspoon of milk.
- Wrap the dough in cling film and pop in the fridge for half an hour.
- Roll out the dough to medium thickness just shy of a cm is good.
- Stamp out your biscuits and put them on a greaseproof paper lined baking tray and pop back in the fridge for 20 minutes.
- Preheat the oven to 150 degrees.
- Bake the biscuits for 8-12 minutes until just firm to touch.
- Leave to cool on a wrack before icing.

Chocolate butter cream ingredients
- 150g icing sugar
- 5 tablespoons cocoa powder
- 75g unsalted butter
- 3 teaspoons boiling water

Method
- Sieve the icing into a bowl with the cocoa powder.
- Add the water and butter and using a hand/stand mixer beat until smooth.- Leave at room temperature until you are ready to use it.

- Sandwich the biscuits together with the butter cream and enjoy.

With the last of the dough I stamped out a few little hearts. These worked so so well as ice cream toppers. The cardamom and chocolate taste with vanilla ice cream was a treat. I will definitely be making more of these when the weather is warmer and it’s the official ice cream season.

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Squidgy chocolate butter cream with hard biscuit. Delightful.

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Propercorn Reivew

I recently discovered Propercorn and it is amazing!

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I am a fan of popcorn and was convinced that salted popcorn was the best it was ever going to be. Then I discovered toffee popcorn and thought it was incredible. But now there is a new super popcorn and it’s called Propercorn!

I picked these up on a whim as I was curious to see if popcorn with Worcester Sauce and Sun-Dried Tomato was a flavour that worked. These are stunning and have a strong tomato taste with, as it says on the pack, a fiery flavour. If you like spice and a snack which is less than 100 calories per pack look no further. These are like exciting fiery tortillas but instead of a hard crisp you get beautiful soft popcorn. Yes I am totally in love with this snack. I need to get myself back to Tesco to get more.

Dressing the kitchen for spring

The sun has started shining and the kitchen is getting a little brighter in the evenings. To celebrate spring our kitchen is always filled with daffodils and tulips it’s also the time I tend to buy a few new tea towels to brighten up the front of the oven. With all my baking I tend to go through tea towels pretty quickly.

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The lovely homeware company Premiere Housewares sent me these fabulous and so spring like  tea towels and new oven glove. The pattern of cow parsley is so sweet, simple and the green tones are bright and compliment my silver, white and dark grey kitchen. I love having a neutral kitchen so it can easily be refreshed with accents of colour. The tea towel is thick cotton and comes in a set of three with variations of the pattern on each. Like all good tea towels they need a wash before they seem to dry fully, ironically, but that is to be expected.

The cotton is so soft and the double oven glove is fairly weighty. I think when taking things out of the oven it will be a good protection from the heat.I love a long oven glove – it’s so easy to hook over the oven door handle and then you always know where it is and it’s ready to grab when you need.

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Check out the full range of products with the cow parsley pattern by Premier Housewares – click here. There are more items coming soon like a dinner set and gorgeous tea and coffee caddies.

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I love the colours and tones of green used. I like this earthy green and it adds a warmth and happiness to my spring kitchen. Plus as there are three tea towels I can keep one out while washing the others so can have a lovely design piece on the oven until summer. These would be rather cute to take on picnics too.

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Lavender Creme Brulee

Sainsbury’s have some fabulous baking kits and have just added a Creme Brulee one to the collection.

 I couldn’t wait to try it and I decided, as my mum is a fan of them, I would make them for Mother’s Day.
I could have left it at as a plain Brulee but to make it special I added edible lavender. This made the finished Creme Brulee so much more special and it tasted wonderful.

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 A little box can bring so much joy!

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 I love the cracked sugar layer on the top of the custardy lavender mix.

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 I added 2 teaspoons of edible lavender to the cream and milk when I put it on the hob. The smell which filled the kitchen was so sweet and made me feel a little sleepy. The main part of this was so quick to do and then you let it cool on the side before putting in the fridge for a few hours.

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 They looked so cute with the sugar on top.

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 Going under the grill and melting the sugar was stunning. Using the grill was very very clever and be warned the ramekins get so so hot so be careful. I would recommend eating them straight away hot as they didn’t last over night very well.

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A great kit and a lot of fun.

Thank you Sainsbury’s for letting me try this new kit.

Cognac and Chocolate Tiramisu Recipe

I love tiramisu and the opportunity to try making it with a boozy twist was so tempting to not make and enjoy (and have the left overs for breakfast the next day – amazing). It is a very simple pudding to make and is lovely for parties as it can be made a few hours before you need it. I love good chunky layered tiramisu. Sweet, creamy and alcoholic. Delicious.

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After trying the fabulous pairing range of chocolate and drinks from Aldi I deicide to use the strong Cognac to help flavour the fabulous pudding. I decided to grate chocolate into the layers. It was so good. The chocolate was enough to notice and tickle the tongue in against the smoothness of the cream and sponginess of the sponge fingers.

I had enough of the sponge fingers and creamy mixture to make one large trifle bowl full but also a few little ones. These were lovely and it was nice to not share.

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Ingredients

- 250g marscapone
– 100g caster sugar
– 3 large eggs
– 200g sponge fingers
– 1 cup of coffee cold
– a few tablespoons of cognac
– 100g grated chocolate

Method

- Make a cup of coffee. If you want a strong or weak coffee taste in the finished tiramisu you can make it as strong as you want. Leave to cool.

- Separate the eggs.
– Whisk the egg whites to soft peaks.
– In a bowl mix together the marscapone, sugar and egg yolks.
– Gently fold in the egg whites.
– Dunk the sponge fingers in the coffee and break up into chunks to make a layer in the bowl.
– Drizzle a few tablespoons of cognac over the sponge fingers. Strong coffee and cognac flavours really really work.
– Smooth over a layer of cream.
– Sprinkle the chocolate over the cream.- Repeat the sponge fingers, cream and chocolate to make layers.
– Pop in the fridge and leave for at least 1 hour.

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I used the Moser Roth chocolate from Aldi – the little bars have a great taste and being small they are easy to grate without them snapping.

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I hope you enjoy x