Raspberry Friands

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This is such a special little cake but is so easy to make and delicious to enjoy. It is a little fancy/ grown up bite size cake which is packed full of flavour.

The mix between raspberries and almonds is beautiful. This is my absolute favourite cake to make and enjoy at the moment. Hands down beats cupcakes!

Plus it is easy to make gluten free, just replace the plain flour with 50g of gluten free plain flour.

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  • 100g unsalted butter
  • seeds from half of a vanilla pod or half a teaspoon of vanilla extract
  • 120g icing sugar
  • 40g plain flour
  • 80g ground almonds
  • Small sprinkle of cinnamon (optional but a delicious addition)
  • 3 medium egg whites
  • fresh raspberries
  • 1 orange, zest only
  • 1 tablespoon caster sugar
  • flaked almonds for decoration
Instructions
  1. Preheat the oven to 180ºC/160º Fan
  2. Lightly grease a friand tin - I used a 12 Hole Loose-Based Mini Sandwich Tin from Lakeland but you can also use fairy cake cases in the tin to cook them.
  3. In a pan gently melt the butter with the vanilla seeds or extract. Set aside to cool.
  4. Sift the icing sugar and flour into a bowl with the salt and add the ground almonds and cinnamon.
  5. Whisk the egg whites in separate bowl just until they start to thicken.
  6. Add the egg whites, melted butter and orange zest in to the dry ingredients.
  7. Stir together to combine using a metal spoon or spatula.
  8. Lightly coat the raspberries with the sugar.
  9. Spoon the mix in to the prepared tin and stud with 2 or 3 raspberries depending on size and add a few of the flaked almonds.
  10. Bake in the oven for 20 minutes until golden brown.
  11. Leave to cool in the tin and dust with icing sugar to serve.

Store in airtight box, if you don’t eat them all straight away, and they’ll last a few days.

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Perfect to enjoy with a cup of tea or two.

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Easy Breakfast Waffles

It is my most humble opinion there isn’t anything better than waffles!

They can be served as a part of a savoury or sweet dish and be enjoyed any time of the day! I love them with bacon and maple syrup at the moment but fresh fruit is always a classic way to serve them.

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This recipe is a simple starting place for tasty waffles. I love the subtle lemon and vanilla flavours in the base. It works so well with a range of toppings.

Easy Breakfast Waffles
 
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Serves: 12
Ingredients
  • 250g plain flour
  • 2 tsp baking powder
  • 2 tbsp caster sugar
  • Pinch of salt
  • 2 large eggs
  • The zest of 1 lemon
  • Juice from half a lemon
  • 440ml semi skimmed milk
  • 2 tablespoons sunflower oil
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
Instructions
  1. Sieve the flour into a large mixing bowl.
  2. Add the baking powder, salt and sugar, and mix.
  3. Zest the lemon and add it to the mix along with the juice of half the lemon.
  4. Add the eggs and oil. Pour in the milk and whisk until smooth.
  5. Cook as per instructions on your waffle maker.
  6. My favourite toppings are fresh fruit, bacon, yoghurt, maple syrup and even ice cream with extra sprinkles!
Notes
Store in an air tight box.
Can be eaten cold.
They taste brilliant reheated for lunch boxes.

Enjoy!

Spring Gin Lemonade + Giveaway

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This beautiful drinks dispenser is from Houseology who have a fabulous range of kitchen gadgets and glassware. With so many beautiful items you will want to use them all in your kitchen and items like this you will want to use all summer too. I can’t wait for warm summer evenings, lounging in the sunshine with friends and a beautiful drink dispenser full of a fruity cocktail. My lovely Spring Gin Lemonade is a fresh and delicious mix of cloudy lemonade with fresh lemons, limes, cucumber and mint with a good helping of gin too!

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5.0 from 10 reviews
Spring Gin Lemonade + Giveaway
 
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Ingredients
  • 4 litres of old fashioned sparkling lemonade (or make your own if you want)
  • 2 lemons
  • 2 limes
  • 30g mint
  • ice cubes
  • 500ml-1 litre gin to taste
  • 1 cucumber
  • 2 heaped tablespoons of honey
Instructions
  1. Add the lemonade into the dispenser.
  2. Chop the lemons, limes and cucumber into slices and mix them into the lemonade with the mint.
  3. Add the gin and ice. Give it a good stir and add the honey.
  4. Drink within a few hours of making it.

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A Glorious Food Adventure for March

It might be spring but it is still cold and these super soups have been keeping me full for another month.

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The SkinnyLicious range has been my favourite of all the Glorious Soup. So filling but healthy and only 2% fat per portion. These two, along with the Singapore crushed tomato (which sadly I can’t find in any of my local supermarkets) are the ones I keep going back to time and time again. They are filling and taste good too. The Texas Four Bean Chilli is the one I’ve been looking to try but haven’t found it yet.

See the full range here

www.gloriousfoods.co.uk/fresh-soups/skinnylicious/

Real Life Food Adventures

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I love a good takeaway curry and this soup is a brilliant way to feel like you’ve had a takeaway but as a soup and at a fraction of the price. I love the mix of lentils, chickpeas and spinach. I’ve used the soup as a base for homemade curries and it’s worked a treat. It has a delicious flavour like a Sag Aloo, vegetable curry with a hint of spice, all together.

www.gloriousfoods.co.uk

Schwartz Tray Baked Lamb

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I was approached to work with Schwartz, the world’s largest producer of herbs, spices, and seasonings to try one of their new recipes. I settled on a delicious lamb tray bake with potatoes, tomatoes, olives and red onion.

Find the recipe here www.schwartz.co.uk/tray-baked-lamb-steaks

It was sprinkled with dried parsley and oregano (I use so much dried oregano in all my cooking, I love the flavour) and the lamb had been sprinkled with Schwartz cumin seeds and fried so the flavour had really infused beautifully into the meat before it went into the oven with the other ingredients.

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The Schwartz herbs really packed a punch which added such a delicious flavour to the finished meal. Even after time in the oven the flavours were still very clear and the juice/gravy which had formed at the bottom of the pan was a lovely mix of the wine, tomato with the parsley and oregano really came out. The cumin seeds with the lamb was a beautiful mix and one combination I will definitely be repeating in the future.

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I loved how simple the recipe was to follow and how quick the meal took to assemble and pop into the oven. My only comments would be to add extra liquid maybe the same amount again with water and bake for at 45-60 minutes at 180 stirring half way through. Maybe even add a little orange juice to make it taste more like summer.

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Disclaimer – This post was written in collaboration with Schwartz

February Kitchen Table Round Up

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I haven’t done a Kitchen Table round up since Christmas as life has been crazy recently but here is what I’ve been enjoying this February.

My favourite thing in my kitchen this month has to be the first (I’m sure of many) cook books by food blogger extraordinaire Dannii Martin. www.hungryhealthyhappy.com

Hungry Healthy Happy review Dannii Martin

I have a made a few of the delicious meals from Dannii’s book already and I can’t believe how healthy they are and just how amazing they taste. My favourite so far and what I would definitely recommend are the lamb kofta with yogurt and Feta dip, the Mexican rice (brilliant for lunch boxes) and the chicken tikka masala. The best thing from the book which fills me with such happy food thoughts is the breakfast burritos! A breakfast take on a Mexican classic with lots of pinto beans. I love them!


Looking for a adorable way to celebrate way to Mother’s Day? What about an ice cake by post?
Baker Days are a very nice company who let me test out the cake delivery service. I love cake and the idea of having it delivered makes me so happy. Baker Days offer a huge range of decorated caked and even have a  personalised service. Want a photo of a friend/family member on a cake? No problem and it will delivered to them too in a sweet little tin to protect it.

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They have a range of Mother’s Day cakes available and I chose this beautiful silhouette illustration. The cakes are only a few centimetres tall so they can fit the door but as a little treat with a cup of tea it was enjoyed.  My only problem was there wasn’t any jam in the cake but I am an obsessive jam and buttercream fan when it comes to cakes and I totally understand that would add an extra dimension to the problem of posting the cakes. The icing on the cake was that delicious sweet sugar paste which always reminds me of children’s birthday parties and I love it! This little cake served 6 of us and we all enjoyed it.

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At work this month I’ve been snacking on these delicious packs from graze. It’s nice to snack on something which is tasty and isn’t full of fats and sugar. The pots are little but they are mighty! They are full of taste and are very very filling. I love the protein flapjack the best as it tastes like a delicious chocolate oaty cake. I need more of these for work snacks. The nuts and spicy Thai sriracha are really lovely but don’t show the people you work with. My colleagues finished them off for me!

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I was sent this selection of Diablo no added and sugar free items to try. As I have to be careful about how much sugar I have trying new things like this I always jump at! I love chocolate and hazelnut spreads and this no added sugar variety is really delicious. It’s a little tarter than Nutella but I actually prefer it. The chocolate and sweets are really good. The lemon sweets are really lovely and have a sharpness which taste like lemon bonbons. I would most definitely buy these again.

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I was sent the brand new collection of Corkers crisps to try and I shared them amongst my friends. The thai chilli and duck flavours was the best. 

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February’s Degustabox was filled with delicious items as usual. The beetroot and parsnip snacks were delicious! I love Degustabox boxes. I love finding out about new foodie things. There is always such a mix of drinks, cooking sauces and snacks to choose try. 

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Disclaimer – I was sent these items to try. All opinions are my own.

A Glorious February

This month I have been enjoying Glorious soups for lunch at work nearly every day and I haven’t got bored of them yet! I think that shows how good their range is. With so many flavours and with each pot lasting 2 lunches it’s brilliant for a healthy filling lunch and with the pots being about £2 each my purse likes them too!

This month my favourite soup has to be the Skinnylicious fragrant Thai Carrot. It’s such thick soup and feels like such a big meal for how full I feel after but I was surprised at how low calorie it was. Find out more

I’ve started adding a crunch of extra vegetable to my soups. I used my spiralizer on a carrot to go with the carrot soup and the finished result is so cute! Yes it is cute but it’s also tasty. I love the texture differences between the hot soft soup and cold crunch of the fresh carrot. Definitely one to keep doing.

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Disclaimer – I was paid for this post. All opinions are my own.

Apple and Chocolate Cake

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This is my new favourite cake! It’s like apple crumble but in cake form and with chocolate. Since spring has been slowly creeping through the morning frost I want to think of summer foods but it’s the winter puddings I’m missing. I decided to try this cake recipe to bring two great things together and works so well. It’s a simple cake to make but although it might not look like a beautiful cake the flavour really holds its own. Seriously delicious with a  cup of tea or even a glass of milk. The recipe makes 2 loaves and it lasts a few days so is perfect for lunch boxes.

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Serves: 2
Ingredients
  • 1 large cooking apples
  • 3 regular eating apples (I used Royal Gala)
  • A few tablespoons of lemon juice
  • 250g unsalted butter
  • 250g light brown soft sugar
  • 4 medium eggs
  • 250g self raising flour
  • 2 teaspoons of baking powder
  • ½ teaspoon of mixed spice, nutmeg and cinnamon
  • 1 teaspoon of ground ginger
  • 100g chocolate chips
  • granulated sugar to sprinkle when cool
Instructions
  1. Line 2 x 2lb loaf tins with liners and preheat the oven to 180ºC/160º fan.
  2. Cream together the butter and sugar until light and fluffy.
  3. Add the eggs one a time and mix in.
  4. Sieve the flour and baking powder in to the mix.
  5. Add the spices and chocolate chips.
  6. Peel and chop the apples in to small 1cm size chunks.
  7. Sprinkle on the lemon juice and using kitchen paper blot off any excess juice.
  8. Mix the apple in to the cake mixture and divide between the two loaf tins.
  9. Pop into the oven and bake for 40-55 minutes until golden brown and until a cake tester comes out clean.
  10. Leave to cool on a wire rack and sprinkle with granulated sugar.

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Chocolate and apples are the best of friends – they go so well together. 

Honey Healing by Sophie Kalinauckas

I am very excited to share the first, of hopefully many posts by the incredible writer Sophie Kalinauckas. With her love of Greece, the tea from Krocus Kozanis seemed the perfect fit for her first article for SewWhite.

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Midweek, rained stained skies, recovering coffee addict, desperately thirsty for a taste of energy, I hopelessly search through the cupboards of the office with nothing but broken tea bags and pointless decaf in sight. I begin to surrender before my colleague Sisley saves the day. ‘This Greek treat will turn you into a Greek goddess,’ she tells me and hands me a yellow tea bag with Greek letters and flowers patterned all over it. ‘Am I not one already?’

I answer my own question as I catch a glimpse of my dark circles, frizzy curls and sun deprived expression in the microwave’s reflection. ‘Yaimas’ (cheers) I say instead and brew my new present: a Krocus Kozanis Organic Greek Safron Herbal Tea, the honey, orange and selected herbs flavour! As I leave the tea-bag to soak into hot water, immediately I sense the air transforming: honey aromas dance from the steaming tea cup up to tickle my nose with Hellenic scents. Before I even take I sip I say, ‘If I close my eyes I feel like I’m flying over to the homeland, sitting by the ocean in the afternoon, with nothing but my honey steamed drink and the chance to talk philosophy all day long.’

I settle back to my desk and take a few minutes to let the flavours settle and explore my daydream a little further – ‘feet dipped in the Aegean waters, the sun beaming on my face I glimpse the honey bees bobbing around on the mountain before me.’ On with the day…must focus, so I take a sip of my Greek magic pot and the array of herbal flavours send warmth throughout my whole body; it’s like camomile but sweeter and sends a sense of Ancient calm to my work-stressed soul -just what you need when you have a million bullet points on your to-do list.

Honey, was in fact the food of the Gods in Ancient Greece. They called it Ambrosia and it was the philosopher Hippocrates who celebrated the nutritional and therapeutic characteristics of honey and so it was used in both food and medicine galore. Maybe not a Greek goddess to the eye but I certainly begin to feel like one thanks to my Ancient healing cup of Greek goodness!

www.krocusozanis.com

Disclaimer – We were sent this tea to review. All opinions are our own.

Lemon and Blueberry Bundt Cake

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A simple pleasure in life is a slice of delicious homemade cake with a cup of tea. My latest bundt cake is a super mix of lemon and blueberries but isn’t too sweet. I love bundt cakes as they are so simple to make and look beautiful straight of the tin.

5.0 from 4 reviews
Lemon and Blueberry Bundt Cake
 
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  • 220g butter
  • 450g golden caster sugar
  • 4 medium eggs
  • 350g plain flour
  • ½ teaspoon bicarbonate of soda
  • tiny pinch of salt
  • 350g lemon yoghurt
  • 100g fresh blueberries plus extra for decorating
  • 500g icing sugar
  • A few teaspoons of water to get a smooth thick yet still runny consistency
Instructions
  1. Preheat the oven to gas 150 (fan) 160 (regular).
  2. Grease the tin well. I use melted butter and paint it on with a pastry brush and then I dust with plain flour which helps to find any places on the tin I’ve missed to grease. (the best thing to do with detailed Nordic Ware tins)
  3. In the mixer cream together the butter and sugar until fluffy.
  4. Add the eggs one at a time.
  5. Add the yoghurt into the butter/sugar/egg mixture and mix well.
  6. In a separate bowl measure out and sieve the flour, bicarbonate of soda and salt.
  7. Mix the flour mix in slowly until all the flour has disappeared.
  8. Add the mixture to the prepared bundt cake tin.
  9. Stud the blueberries in to the cake just so you can still see them - they will sink so you don't need to push them down.
  10. Bake in the centre of the oven for about 1 hour 15 minutes or until a skewer comes out clean. When the cake pulls away from the edge of the tin the cake is ready.
  11. Allow the cake to cool in the tin before for turning out.
  12. Make sure the cake is cold before icing.
  13. To decorate the cake I mixed roughly 500g icing sugar with 3 tablespoons of elderflower cordial. It needed to be runnier so I added a few drops of water at a time to get to the smooth runny consistency required. I covered the cake with the icing and then decorated with a few polka dot sprinkles and then served with fresh blueberries.

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I love this photo. It’s so beautiful! There is something simple and stunning about white icing.

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If you’re looking to try baking more brilliant bundt cakes check out these from brilliant food bloggers;
Bergamot and Rose Cake by Kellies Food to Glow
Cauliflower Banana Bundt Cake with Cinnamon Icing by Veggie Desserts
Champagne and Raspberry Bundt by Supper in the Suburbs
Lemon and Grapefruit Drizzle Bundt Cake by Casa Costello
Quick Banana and Rum Soaked Raisin Bundt by Tin and Thyme

Cherry Cola Kugelhopf by Maison Cupcake