• Retro Sweets

    Retro sweets: creating and awakening memories for all generations

    For any adult who now takes a visit to a sweet shop, it is a journey which will transport them back to their childhood. Vivid colours, the smell of the sculpted sugar, the sound of the wrappers as they are tipped from containers into the anonymity of the small white paper bag. It all culminates in the handing over of the very personal prize to be closely guarded until the perfect time arrives to reopen and fully embrace the sensation of their favourite retro sweets. Where it all began The thrill of taking pocket money and spending what felt like hours carefully choosing bags of chocolate white mice, rainbow coloured…

  • Pumpkin casserole recipe and preparing for Halloween

     My husband is the one that is the specialist when it comes to Halloween but as he is not here with us i need to be the one that needs to take care of everything and try and make the celebration special for my daughters. Kara is really looking forward to tomorrow especially because i said that we will have a party! She doesn’t even care that it will only be for the three of us. So while Kara was at nursery today i try to make a pumpkin stew which wasn’t really on Kara’s taste as she thought it was too sweet but Anastasia devoured her portion. The recipe…

  • Homemade #chocolate #recipe

    How to make chocolate at home

    To make them it was way easier than I thought! My girls love chocolate but I don’t really like giving them the shop bought kind. I know that there are products suitable for kids but I do prefer to make my own. 4.5 from 2 reviews How to make chocolate at home   Print Prep time 10 mins Cook time 10 mins Total time 20 mins   Author: Otilia Stocks Recipe type: Dessert Ingredients Ingredients: - 150g of pure dark chocolate - 50g un-salted butter - few drops of vanilla essence - raisins(Kara's favourite dry fruit) Dish: - Silicon icing tray with flower shape. Instructions Melt the chocolate in the…

  • Love Hearts say I Love You mum

    Mother’s Day in UK is on 18th of March. As it happens this is also my daughter birthday. She will be 3 years old. I can’t believe how fast the time has past…It will be a very special day for me of course. We will not go out for lunch but we will have a birthday party at home to celebrate my daughter. For those of you who would like to bring some sweetness into your mother day on sunday i have a suggestion. Why not try the “Love Hearts say I Love You mum”? Mums are in for a sweet treat thanks to Swizzels Matlow fans, which have created…

  • Coconut and oats cookies

    I found this recipe in one of the books that I bought over the years. It is very simple and I should say quite healthy. The book doesn’t have an author is just a collection of recipes. I should probably mention that the book is from a charity shop. Ingredients: 1¼ all purpose flour 1 teaspoon baking powder 1 teaspoon soda ½ cup granulated sugar ½ cup brown sugar ½ cup butter (or margarine) 1 egg 1 teaspoon vanilla 1 cup uncooked oats 1 cup flaked or shredded coconut Place flour, baking powder, soda and salt into a bowl a mix together. Add sugar, brown sugar, butter, egg and vanilla…

  • Do you love mummy?

    I was very happy to come home early tonight! I was even more happy to hug and kiss my lovely daughter!I gave her a really big HUG and told her: “Kara mummy loves you very much!” And then she just looked at me… You see she usually says: “Love you too!” Because she didn’t I went on and asked her: “Kara do you love mummy?” But Kara said looking at me strangely: “No!” To which I asked “Why not then?” Kara:”Ah…..I want sweets!” You see we’ve been trying to keep her off sweets and give to her only as a reward for being a good girl. I guess for a…

  • Nectarine and blackberry cake

       This recipe is inspired by Donna Hay Apple & Blueberry Cake. I used her ingredients and method for the sponge cake but adapted to the fuits i had in my house. So here it is…. Ingredients: 250g SR flour 150g Castor sugar 125g softened butter 1 tsp Vanilla essence 2 eggs 125g milk 1 apple, cored and sliced(i used a nectarine) 1 cup Blueberries(i used blackberries) 2 tsp raw sugar granules Put all the ingredients into a mixer(not the fruits) and mix for 5 to 15 seconds. Spoon the mixture into a greased tin lined with nonstick baking paper. Put the sliced apple or nectarine on top followed by…