Sunday, 23 April 2017

Recipe: Lemon Drizzle Loaf Cake

Lemon Drizzle Cake

I don't think many people outside of the blogging world realise that it's not a solo journey. What I mean by that is that there is a wonderful community of us bloggers behind the scenes of it all, we have group chats and discuss tips and techniques, ask each other questions, or for advice. We chat about blogging, but also about general life and whilst I have not met all of them in person, I do feel a bond with them.

Last month it was devastating to hear that one of my food blogger connections had lost her battle with cancer. Isabella (or known to the internet as Coriander Queen) was a fabulous part of our Food Blogger group and I know I am not alone in saying that I will miss her dearly. Whilst I did not know her personally, I had spoken to her on several occasions through social media, and she was always the first to help with any queries or questions I had.

Saturday, 1 April 2017

New Lunch Menu at Buffalo & Rye, Birmingham

Sandwiches. They've never been something that excite me. I hardly ever have a sandwich for lunch, don't ask why, I just find them a bit meh.

However when I spent three weeks in America last year they did kind of grow on me. I'm not talking about the thin rubbish sandwiches that you get in supermarkets, those you can still keep away from me, I'm talking about dirty, messy, hot sandwiches. BIG SANDWICHES. However, they don't seem to be quite so common in the UK.

So when Buffalo & Rye, an American style smokehouse in Birmingham city centre, invited me to try their new lunch menu earlier this week I thought I should give sandwiches another go.

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.