Saturday, 24 January 2009

Erm.....not perfect....but tasted so yummy.

Ok this might look like a piled on mess and yes maybe the end decorating wasn't up to scratch...but this was very moreish. Its a chocolate savarin with a wine and brandy syrup ....strawberrys and chantilly cream.

and then with coffee we had
Rocky Road from no other than the Goddess herself Nigella "Christmas"....these are very rich so two for me is about right.

Friday, 16 January 2009

Whats a girl to do but show off her new toy. I know I know its not a kitchenaid but after having spent a great deal of time drooling over them on Amazon and elsewhere and kept thinking £330 odd is a lot of money for a mixer. I started reading some of the reviews on this little Kenwood beauty. The reviews raved about this lovely me most of the other people hankered after the Kitchenaid...after all this make is what Dualit is to toasters...(have one of those) love it. anyway where was I oh yes!! So read, studied, digested and then when I saw that this Kenwood Patissier was on offer at £97 how could I resist. It arrived 6 days later even though it said 4-6 weeks. Believe me I am very very pleased, it does everything it says on the box, looks lovely in my kitchen, so I hope we will have a lovely baking time together.

Talking of which, purchased Rachel Allens new book and it is lovely. Recently made the Date there are only me and hubby at home now, froze half. At the time didn't have enough of the light brown musqovado so substituted dark brown, must say it has made them such a rich taste which I love. Even my twin Grandchildren one year and four months old... had a taste for mid afternoon tea.....they loved it. All for now back soon.

Wednesday, 7 January 2009


Hello and welcome to my very first posting on my new blog. I have another blog I have come to the conclusion that I needed another place for my up and coming cooking exploits. Well I say exploits....erm does that describe my cooking, I suppose not really. I have been cooking/baking since my early 20's, years ago now and have always been very keen. But when my children left home and me and darling hubby became empty nesters, well my love for the kitchen over the last couple of years became purely functional. I suppose I lost my mojo....I mean I still cooked for me and hubby and when the family come round, but that real excitement of going food shopping and getting all those ingredients together somehow eluded me. Then we decided to have a kitchen refit and the gas boiler was not efficient one day I was out and popped into a Aga shop....well whats a girl to do....I fell madly in love....a Aga on its own would have been wonderful, but a boiler was needed as well. So a beautiful red Rayburn complete with central heating boiler was installed and woosh my love for cooking was reignited. Although it has been a slow process I must admit...but it has and is returning and I find I have more interest than before. So this is my very first posting and I hope that I can post thing I must get used to and remember to do is take photos....anyway thank you for stopping by and Hello and Welcome.