Friday, 11 April 2014

Hot Cross Oatmeal Cookies

A twist on the classic Easter treat, hot cross buns - hot cross cookies!

Easter is on its way and wanted to make something "Easter-y".  If you look through my Easter Pinterest board there are a few recipes I had been contemplating like Swedish semla, hot cross buns, chocolate crispy nests but as usual wanted to try something a little different...

I was also inspired to create this recipe because I'm meeting Nick Coffer from BBC Three Counties radio today - he's doing a series about local people in the towns around the three counties (Hertfordshire, Bedfordshire and Buckinghamshire) and I have been invited to talk about this here little blog!  Considering all I post about is food related I could hardly go empty handed, could I?!  I did think about some of my favourite foods that I've posted about but they're not really portable but cookies were perfect!

Sunday, 6 April 2014

Easter Inspiration

It's April and that can only mean one thing - Easter!  Pinterest has been going crazy for all things eggy and here are my favourites!

Bunny tails, semla (Swedish Easter bun), Devilled Easter chicks, and not forgetting the old-school chocolate nests!

Baked (Leftovers) Spring Rolls

A healthier version of the normal deep fried spring rolls

As you may have gathered from other posts, I tend to eat a lot of Asian influenced food...I just love the flavour so even if I'm not following a more traditional recipe I usually end up adding typically Asian ingredients to my meals.

Conveniently for me my two colleagues visited one of our stores on Friday which happened to be near Wing Yip.  Of course I put in an order...It's not a million miles from me but does involve either driving down the M1 (hate) or driving down the back roads but either way it involves London traffic and ways of driving and I'm not at all happy with that...

Anyway, I sent them out with a shopping list - deep fried tofu (the beautiful, gorgeous spongy stuff you get from a takeaway), mushroom sauce (very similar to oyster sauce), fish cakes and spring roll wrappers.  I was most excited about the spring roll wrappers because I love a good spring roll but hate how much grease is involved with store bought ones or ones from the local restaurant and have been wanting to try making my own at home but baked, not fried.

Saturday, 5 April 2014

Me and My Crohn's

I want to take a quick minute away from my normal foodie post to talk about Crohn's...

Have you ever heard about it?  Do you know what it is?  I had no clue until...

Thursday, 3 April 2014

LDN (London)

Last weekend was SUCH a great weekend!  Honestly, I had such a good weekend this weekend that I think the only weekend that beat it was the weekend Mr Jones proposed to me.

We had the chance to see Russell Howard at the O2 Arena and we kind of built it up from there.  Mr Jones received an "experience" voucher from a group of friends for his birthday a while ago that we needed to use up and conveniently Mr Jones' team, Everton, were playing against Fulham.  Rather than run back and forth over the weekend I booked a room in a hotel close to the O2 and we were all set for a "mini break" (ok, Bridget Jones...)


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