Category Archives: Food porn

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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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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Banana and blueberry loaf cake

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Sit down, keep calm, and hold on to your hats, because I’ve got a revelation for you. You no longer have to choose between healthy eating and cake (and not just dry old diet cake – proper sticky moist delicious cake).

This banana and blueberry loaf cake may look deceptively decadent, but it’s packed with fruit, reasonably low on sugar, and if you cut it into 12, it’s only around 150 calories a slice. Whether you’re dieting, indulging or simply looking for a sweet treat, I highly recommend that you put the kettle on and get baking.

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5 baking secrets I wish my mother had taught me

My mother is many wonderful things, but a cook is not one of them. I don’t have fond memories of us licking cake bowls and cutting out cookies in a warm, homey kitchen. In fact, as a notoriously fussy child, I was fed mostly on anything-on-toast and whatever could be thrown in the oven, as the chances of me eating it quietly and not throwing a room shattering tantrum were inversely proportional to the amount of carbs I was served (let’s be honest, not much has changed on this count).

My passion for food arrived when I started having to feed myself, not as the result of any kind of family legacy, and although I’ve had great fun figuring it out for myself, it would have been handy to have the basics in the bag! Here are 5 things I wish my mother had taught me before I jumped on the baking bandwagon.

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Maple pecan fudge

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In my house, we have a special occasion breakfast tradition – but it’s not the kind you’d expect. We don’t go in for plates loaded with eggs or dainty French pastries, and as a vegetarian I certainly don’t go in for big meaty masterpieces loaded with bacon and sausage. No, in the Jones household, we buy big boxes of cheap and syrupy maple pecan crisp cereal, and sit and gorge ourselves silly on this twice-yearly treat. There’s something about this flavour combination that makes my tastebuds weep with joy – which is why I was so thrilled to stumble across FakeGinger’s recipe for maple pecan fudge.

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