When it’s freaking cold. When you HAVE to wear socks in your house to stop from getting pneumonia – even with the heating on. That’s when I like to have a cup of black coffee with a biscotti. Hazelnut biscotti in particular – because I love that warming crunchy flavour of a roasted hazelnut!
Plus my awesome friend Teco is leaving Berlin and going back to Brazil – literally SAD times. Such sad times. He gives amazingly long hilarious speeches with very little actual message – politician worthy! So the weekend was spent drinking, eating, being tipsy, being full – and starting again every few hours. Was fab – but as you can imagine, I am worse for wear. So the biscottis helped. I woke up at about 4am – and ate some more of them… and went back to bed. Am I the only weirdo who gets up in the middle of the night and feels hungry? – not so much hungry as – “tasty”.
hello Monday… it’s dreary and grey over here… and I am glad. Nothing is worse than being stuck in a concrete box of an office box and watched the last days of Summer pass you by. Over the weekend I made yet more cookies.. if I’m honest the peanut sandwich cookies tasted amazing.. but visually I felt they were kind of wack. So, I got back on the cookie horse and made these delicious chocolate and hazelnut cookies.
I spent the weekend being a bit sick and watching some Harry Potter… may sound sad but it was pretty awesome and chilled. Harry Potter and the Half blood Prince… the one where Dumbledore dies. Makes me tear up everytime. Ergh, stupid deatheaters. A favourite scene is when Ron absolutely kills it in the Quidditch trials. ahhh. good times!
For this recipe, rather than using cooking chocolate I used some old chocolate bars I had left over, but I think cooking chocolate is always the juiciest and gooeist when it comes to cookies, so I have substituted chocolate bars with cooking chocolate in the recipe.
My sister is visiting me in Berlin at the moment. So I had a day off and we went swimming in Badeschiff.. which on really hot days is a paradise for smug hipsters and their possies.. but on moderately hot week days.. it is a nice place to chill and swim outside. We got the latter.. thank GOD!
We also decided to make eclairs of all different kinds… We did the classic chocolate glaze with creme patissiere. Then we made rosewater glaze… for some others, and finally, white chocolate glaze (with pink food colouring) with mango creme patissiere…. THOSE ONES WERE FANTASTIC…!
If you are going to try and make these.. I would say just clean up as you go along… you are going to need a LOT of pots and pans and having a partner in crime is also great. Sloj (my sister – photographed below, her real name is Selina) was so helpful and a great baker!
A colleague of mine is leaving today… he is a freaking computer genius at 19! Anyway, it’s sad… so as with any occasion, I thought I would bake a cake. Due to extreme time restrictions yesterday, I had to do something quick. This is really easy to bake people. I would not tell a lie.
All you do is take a normal vanilla sponge recipe, add some cut up fresh strawberries. Bake for about 30 mins and then pour melted dark chocolate on top. And of course more strawberries and some casual icing sugar. SO SIMPLE.
When I left school, I lived in Guadajara (Mexico) for 3 months… and I put on about half a stone. It wasn’t just the tequila and enchiladas that did it. It was the churros too. They were sold on every other street corner at such low prices that they made the perfect (ly unhealthy) breakfast. Now I just have them as a treat now and then! They are the perfect sunday treat – especially if you are having people over for a movie night or some tea and you want to try something new! They go really well with dark chocolate. My flatmate Toby, started nibbling on them before I had put the sugar on.. with some cheese… he claims this combo was nice… although once he had tried the sweet version he changed his tune. If you prefer savory, you can always try them with some cheesey dipping sauce, or sour cream and chive dip! I’m all about the sugar and chocolate.. as you may have gathered by now. I like to think of these as Mexico’s answer to donuts – similar consistency to fried donuts you see…
I got this recipe from Uncle Beefy but I have just converted it into UK measurements for your ease. If you haven’t seen his blog… it is wonderful!!!
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This chocolate cake recipe is one of my favourites. It is a layer cake with caramel filling and chocolate buttercream icing. And ohhhh that crumbled cookie is the cherry on top. I am not a fan of too big a layer of icing so I used a spatula to scrape off a lot and make the surface smooth! Continue reading
Spring time makes me feel like I’m in (or should be) in Seville or something. My favourite combo has always been chocolate and orange – from jaffa cakes to Terry’s chocolate orange. So here is a bundt cake to match! Continue reading
So, I have to admit it, this chocolate and raspberry tart is deeeeeelicious. The chocolate pastry, rich choclate filling and tangy raspberries make your tongue scream WOWZA… in a good way.