Zesty lemon drizzle loaf

923469_10201215861023131_1507918283_nThe lemon drizzle loaf is, to many, an elusive beast. We’ve all had it served up in cafes or at coffee mornings, but there are far too many lemon drizzle recipes out there that are too dry, too bland, just too blah. Fear not, dear reader – I have the solution. This is one lemon drizzle cake that I promise will never let you down.

In my quest for the perfect lemon drizzle, I adapted this BBC Good Food recipe and in the words of Ina Garten, turned up the volume. More juice, more zest, and a little bit more love led to a cake that my family (which, bear in mind, has just three members) devoured in a day.

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Oven roasted cauliflower

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You may have noticed that most of the posts on here are foods that are seriously decadent – cookies, brownies, popcorn smothered in life-changingly good caramel sauce. But there comes a time in every girl’s life when she needs a little detox, and only fruit and veggies will do.

Whilst plain old fruit and veggies are delicious enough in their own right, I’m always looking for ways to spice them up a bit and make them more exciting. This oven roasted cauliflower is just the ticket – it’s tasty, spicy, crunchy, and you can eat the whole bowlful for around 150 calories.
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Homemade caramel popcorn

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Recently, the weather’s been rubbish, money has been tight, and consequently I’ve spent a lot of my time wrapped up in a duvet binge watching Netflix. Whilst this is a pleasant activity in itself, I’ve also discovered that it can be significantly improved by the addition of snacks – and this homemade caramel popcorn (from What Charlotte Eats) is up there with the best of them.

One of the great things about this popcorn recipe is that you literally need five ingredients – oil, kernels, butter, sugar and syrup (hey, I said it was easy, not healthy!) – and it takes less than 15 minutes from start to finish. If it’s raining, cold, or generally miserable where you are, fire up your laptop, put your pan on the stove and get popping.

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Easter bunny gingerbread

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If there’s one thing my friends and family love about me (read: mock me mercilessly for) it’s my love of a good childhood craft project, and you can’t get much more delightfully childish than these utterly adorable Easter bunny biscuits. Cut from sweet, spicy gingerbread, topped with a generous layer of royal icing and studded with a selection of pick and mix favourites, they conjure up memories of smearing fondant over digestives and calling it cooking, and will make a fun, festive addition to any Easter table.
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White chocolate brownies

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I have a confession to make. As a food fan and somewhat professional binge eater, it’s a pretty surprising one. But here goes – I’m not a big fan of chocolate cake. I can’t exactly put my finger on why. I’m a mega chocolate fiend in every other sense, but I’ve had so many dry, dull and tasteless versions of it in cake form that it just doesn’t do it for me anymore. Offer me a slice of chocolate sponge or its vanilla equivalent, and I’ll take the vanilla every time. And until I adapted this recipe, that went for brownies too.

Now, I’ll probably get sued by M&S for saying this, but these are not just any brownies. They are decadent, chewy, sticky white chocolate brownies, and they taste totally different from any other version I’ve had before. This recipe is an experimental adaptation of this tried and tested BBC recipe, and trust me when I say that there’s no lifeless cocoa crumbs leftover from these bad boys. I may just be a brownie convert after all.

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Veggie bean chilli

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I WISH I could claim that I have some sort of Mexican heritage and my wise old grandmother taught me this recipe in her homey, wonderfully colourful kitchen, but the truth is this recipe was devised by my father and I in a generously sized semi-detached in not-so-sunny Swindon.

The ingredients are definitely not traditional (soy sauce, anyone?), and the method is super simple, but this is a great, easy midweek supper and I like to think that it packs a flavourful punch that even my imaginary Mexican grandma would be proud of.

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Culinary disasters

We all have them. I’m willing to share mine with you. For all the things I can cook, I cannot, for love nor money, cook a decent pancake (much to the disappointment of myself and my housemates every time Shrove Tuesday rolls around). Last night’s effort was no exception.

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(Lemon and sugar, in case you’re wondering).

I like to think of myself as a pretty proficient cook, so I was feeling pretty down about my lack of pancake prowess.

Until I found this.

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