• Spring Salad

    Spring Salad with Italian Dressing

    I am sure I mentioned that I am now trying to change the way I eat in order to change the way I look. Only lost just a bit over a stone in the last two months but I am on the right path. I was hoping to lose a bit more weight but there were times when I indulge myself to eat cake and chips so i should not complain I guess. This salad that I am telling you about today is one that I’ve been eating quite a lot these last couple of months – easy to make and healthy and even my girls enjoy eating it. I am…

  • Valentine’s Day Cupcakes

    Cupcakes it is one of the desserts my eldest loves helping me with. And as tomorrow is Valentine’s Day my eldest and I baked and decorated some cupcakes. We made big cupcakes and small cupcakes too. And because Renshaw send us a decorating kit our life was made really easy. Renshaw sent us the below products: Soft Icing Snip and Swirl: vanilla, strawberry and chocolate Decorations: Pink and White Pearls, Chocolate Beans and Multi-Coloured Sprinkles Red Cupcake Cases All we had to do is to make the actual cupcakes. On the Renshaw website we found the recipe for Vanilla Cupcakes but as we didn’t have any vanilla extract or essence we decided to…

  • houmus

    Middle-Eastern Cooking with the Family

    Modern tastes have become increasingly sophisticated – not only in adults, but also in children. If my mother had suggested during my eighties childhood that I try hummus, for example, I would have fainted! However, more exotic flavours are a regular feature of school lunch boxes at my daughter’s school, and I’ve found that her young friends are interested in tasting some of the more experimental dishes I’ve offered at parties. The likes of spaghetti bolognese, curry and Chinese food have long been assimilated into the standard British diet. More recently, Mexican food enjoyed a moment in the sun, while Middle-Eastern and North African food is one of the trends…

  • Beans with smoked pork ham

    This is truly a Romanian recipe. More romanian than this you can’t find i think.  One i always eat with pleasure but at the same time one that I never manage to cook as well as my mum or grandmother. I guess is the amount of pork that always confuses me. Today however I am sharing with you my mum recipe. And believe it’s and worth making. Ingredients: smoked pork ham – if you can buy it still on the bone it’s great; 500 g white beans, washed well to get rid of all impurities; 1 carrot; 1 parsley root; 1 bay leaf; 2 onions finely chopped; 2 tbsp of…

  • rye bread

    Baking: Dark and Rye Flour Bread

    As a family we don’t eat a lot of bread. That unless we have toast or eggy bread. But no matter what I always knew that homemade bread is always better than the shop bought bread. Now that my mother gave me her bread maker too I love experimenting with different kind of breads – the healthier the better. I tried making a bread by hand too but my kneading skills are not so good I am afraid. Anyway here is the recipe for Dark and Rye Flour Bread: Ingredients for around 1000 g of bread: 350 ml of water 25 g of salted butter 1 tsp of sugar 270…

  • Four Of The Best Marzipan Treats

    Christmas is definitely marzipan’s time of year. Although the sweet almondy treat gets used year round in various cakes it always sees a huge resurgence in the festive month of December. Obviously it always works for a Christmas cake, and marzipan fruits are also a classic Christmas sweet, but there’s so much more you can do with Renshaw marzipan. To give you some creative ideas here are four of the best marzipan treats you can rustle up this Christmas. Chocolate Marzipan Log. Alongside the Christmas cake and traditional brandy-soaked Christmas pudding, a yule log is a staple of every cake maker’s Christmas recipe list. Normally you’d have a layer of…

  • Christmas Cookies

    Making Your Own Christmas Presents: Cookies

       As you know from my previous posts i love baking and cooking because it’s so relaxing. It is something that i can do with pleasure and without stress especially when i use the best tools and ingredients out there.    This time around the lovely people from Renshaw Baking send me all the ingredients I need it to create my Christmas presents this year. I chose to make cookies as they are something that no matter how old you are you always enjoy eating. Ingredients for the actual cookies: 125g of unsalted butter 55g caster sugar 180g plain flour Ingredients for decorations: 250g Renshaw Original White Marzipan 250g Renshaw White Ready to…