Sunday, 5 March 2017

Recipe: Jaffa Layer Cake

Jaffa Layer Cake

If you've read my blog for a while or know me and Chris in person, then you'll know that Chris is a massive chocoholic. No seriously, I thought I was obsessed with chocolate until I met him. However, there is one thing that he loves more, jaffa cakes. Okay, I know that still involves chocolate.

For a while now I've been picturing this Jaffa Layer Cake in my head. Picturing how I can make this ultimate jaffa cake and get the distinct flavours of orange and dark chocolate come through, and how to make it look like a real showstopper, as they say on Bake Off.

So yesterday, as Chris was away, I decided to actually stop dreaming of this cake and actually bake it. Oh boy, I was so proud of how it came out, I mean it looks impressive so if you're after something to wow your guests with then this is certainly a cake to do that. Then when I did the taste test I was not disappointed. Fluffy, light sponge with a strong orange flavour, the tanginess of the marmalade and the rich, dark chocolate ganache all go together perfectly.

Monday, 20 February 2017

Recipe: Easy Coconut & Lime Cupcakes

Coconut and Lime Cupcake Recipe

Do you ever find yourself in a situation where you have an ingredient to use, and you're not quite sure how to use it, or even how you ended up having it in the first place. This was the dilemma I faced when Chris came home with a whole fresh coconut last week. Something to do with a long running joke with the guys at work. I wasn't listening to the details, I was staring at a coconut in my fruit bowl!

After lots of Googling on how to even get inside the coconut, I decided to give it a go on Saturday afternoon. Is it worth it? Absolutely not, I do not recommend that anyone buys a fresh whole coconut for this recipe, stick with the pre-desiccated coconut. However, I was quite proud that I managed to hack into it without so much as a scratch on me, I'm quite accident prone so this was a major achievement. Especially when I had to get a screwdriver and a hammer out of the shed to get into it!

Wednesday, 1 February 2017

Regards Edgbaston, Birmingham

If you’re a regular reader of my blog, you’ll already know how much I love curry. This love of curry has become stronger as I have lived in Birmingham and I’m always finding new curry houses and restaurants to try.

Regards is situated in Edgbaston, just outside Birmingham city centre, and markets itself as a luxury Asian cuisine restaurant.

On entry, we were warmly greeted and shown to our table. The restaurant has just been refurbished so the d├ęcor was nice, and given it was a Thursday evening the atmosphere was great with the restaurant being about a third full.