How Do You Like Your Eggs In The Morning?

Happy Easter everyone!

Easter for me means only one thing, and sorry Christians, it’s not Jesus. It means chocolate! The only other time of the year apart from Christmas day when it is acceptable to eat chocolate for breakfast.

I’m fussy about my Easter eggs. They have to be Cadbury. There’s something about a Cadbury Easter egg that reminds me of childhood. The purple foil wrapper peels away to reveal that milk chocolate egg embossed with the famous Cadbury logo. I like to smash my egg into shards and put them into a Tupperware box and store it in the fridge. Literally the only time I like fridge cold chocolate. My friends and I had a debate about how to eat an Easter egg this week. One likes hers at room temperature dipped into a big mug of steaming tea whilst the other likes to melt hers and have it with ready salted crisps. Both were very against my fridge cold offering.

The chocolate of an Easter egg just tastes so different to a standard bar. It melts beautifully in the mouth and the thickness varies throughout the egg, with some parts being really thin and delicate and others being chunkier and more toothsome. Its like a two in one deal.

Year after year Easter eggs become more and more extravagant. Good Housekeeping named the Co-Op’s Single Origin Ecuadorian Milk Chocolate Cocoa Pod as the best Easter egg in the milk chocolate category this year. It’s not even an egg! Marks and Spencer have a few showstoppers available, including a camper van shaped treat (why?) as well as a huge chocolate bunny. Hotel Chocolat have provided a quirky option in the form of an ‘egg’ sandwich, presented in a classic triangular shaped sandwich box. Waitrose launched an avocado Easter egg which has sold out across the nation. When will this avocado hype end? We can’t even get through Easter without one of the little green gremlins popping up.

Don’t get me wrong, if I were presented with one of these Easter eggs come Sunday morning I will gladly eat it, but sometimes tradition wins out and the good old reliable Cadbury egg is all I really want. It’s unassuming, simple and never changing. You know what you’re going to get. There’s no risk of biting into it and finding popping candy or salted peanuts. It’s just pure, sugary sweet milk chocolate. And on Easter Sunday, when it will likely be raining and a bit chilly, that is just the perfect breakfast to eat in my dressing gown whilst reading a good book.

My cats are even getting in on the Easter action this year. Yes, you can even buy Easter eggs for cats. Apparently, they are purrfect.

Whatever you are doing this Easter, enjoy!

Tania x

 

 

March Roundup

It’s Spring! Yay! I love when the days get longer, the skies get bluer and the lambs get…well….tastier. Sorry vegans. Don’t know about you but we still have the heating on daily and I’m still always cold but it doesn’t matter, because the end is nigh. The darkness has fallen and summer is just around the corner. My skin is in desperate need of a break from the central heating and a good old dose of vitamin D and my feet are itching to make their way into a pair of sandals. It’s time to paint the toe-nails, shave the legs and make a last ditch attempt to lose 2 stone before beach season is upon us. Maybe. Maybe not.

So that’s a quarter of the year done. Already. The older I get the more I find myself saying things like “I just don’t know where the time goes anymore” or “that month just flew by”. I’m only one step away from looking outside and commenting “oh what a lovely day for drying washing”.

Even though March really did fly by, I got up to a few nice things.

  • I went on my very first spa day, how very grown up of me! Breaking my spa day virginity was, unlike losing my actual virginity, everything I had hoped for and more. I swam, steamed and lounged in between having a lovely facial and drinking the best hot chocolate ever. You knew there was going to be a reference to food in there somewhere right?
  • I also got a brand spanking new shiny big girl car. No more rusty little Golf for me (no offence to other Golf drivers, mine was just old and lacking the crucial element of brakes that work), I now have a beautiful white crossover that makes me feel like I’m driving a bus. In a good way. There is no food reference here as food is absolutely forbidden in the new car. At least for the first few weeks.
  • I’ve eaten a lot of chocolate. I mean, Easter, come on. Even just the build up to Easter meant there was chocolate shoved in your face from every angle and I’m weak, helpless even. It wasn’t my fault. One of my work pals re-intorduced me to the delights of a Cadbury Flake. Am I the only one who thought they were extinct? Well apparently they’re not and are just as delicious as I remembered but don’t have the wrapper that twists at the ends anymore, which I must say was very disappointing. Sort it out Cadbury.

I should also introduce you all to my new Facebook page! If you like my blog you can also follow me on Facebook to keep up to date with my posts and see some extra foodie stuff. The link to my page is right here.

If you missed any of my posts from the last month, fear not, as they are all listed below.

Recipe: Chocolate and Pecan Banana Bread / What I Ate in a Day #5 / How to Host a Dinner Party / Recipe: Huevos Rancheros / Recipe: Rhubarb and Rose Bellinis / #Foodporn: Episode Two / Recipe: Pork Fillet in a Mushroom Cream Sauce / Recipe: Chocolate Nest Cakes / What I Ate in a Day # 6 / Recipe: Sweet Potato Bowl / A Little Kitchen Haul / Recipe: 3 Ingredient Oreo Milkshake

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See you in April! x

 

Recipe: Chocolate Nest Cakes

Health freaks, turn away now! What is the point of life if we can’t over indulge in a little chocolate from time to time? By a little chocolate I mean a LOT of chocolate. #sorrynotsorry.

I loved Rice Krispie cakes as a kid and to be honest I still do now. I’ve never been a fan of the corn flake version though, strange huh? I thought about making these a little more grown up and considered adding some salted caramel sauce but in the end went for the nostalgic original, with the addition of some Mini Eggs, not just to add on a few extra calories but to celebrate the fact that it’s almost Easter. If you have some small people that need entertaining over the Easter break then these would be fun to make, but even if you’re child free make them anyway as they’re yummy.

Makes 9

What you need:

  • 400g milk chocolate
  • 30g unsalted butter
  • 1 tbsp golden syrup
  • 100g Rice Krispies or similar
  • 90g pack of Mini Eggs

What you do:

  1. Gently melt together the chocolate, butter and golden syrup until you have a combined liquid mixture. I find the microwave best for this, just be careful not to over-heat and stir every 15-30 seconds. Use whatever chocolate you like the taste of. If you want to splurge on a bar of Valrhona then be my guest, I used Dairy Milk.
  2. Now add the Rice Krispies to the melted chocolate and stir well to combine. Use a dessert spoon to drop mounds of the mixture onto a baking tray lined with greaseproof paper and use two teaspoons to mould the mounds into rough nest shapes.
  3. Your nests are going to need eggs to look authentic, so decorate each one with three Mini Eggs. I found my 90g packet had exactly the right amount to have three eggs on each of my 9 nests, which worked wonders for my mild OCD. I was left with some mixture in my bowl and you probably will be too so you can either make your nests bigger, make more and buy further Mini Eggs (or leave them out for sadly true to life empty nests) or do like I did and eat the leftovers straight from the bowl. Your finished nests need to go into the fridge for at least an hour to set then you can enjoy.

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Is that not just the essence of Spring right there!?

#Foodporn: Episode Two

Have you ever met anyone who doesn’t like chocolate? I have and they were weird. I could’t get my head around the fact that this seemingly normal human being in front of me was practically heaving at the thought of eating chocolate. Yes, heaving, such was their aversion to the brown stuff. I save heaving for special occasions like finding shell in scrambled egg or a hair in a salad, it’s certainly not my initial reaction when faced with chocolate.

I’ve grown up with chocolate. There has been a longstanding debate between Dairy Milk and Galaxy, my preference changing with my emotional state. I like both and choosing would be like a parent choosing their favourite child; difficult, sure, but largely dependant on mood. Dairy Milk, for me, has that childhood sweetness, filling me with nostalgia and giving me a toothache, whereas Galaxy is the grown up cousin, a bit sexy and deliciously creamy. As I’ve grown older I do flirt with other brands too, I have a particular fondness for Lindt, particularly the Lindor truffles, and love Montezuma’s dark chocolate buttons. These are the kinds of chocolate I save for best though, birthdays and special occasions made even better for it. If I’m crying over spilt wine or frizzy hair I want a quick, cheap fix, and go for the sweetest, sickliest options available to me. What could be nicer than coming home after a tough day and unwrapping your own little present of happiness, whether that’s Dairy Milk, Galaxy, or any other sugar loaded treat.

I read recently that there is nothing in chocolate that is scientifically proven to make you happy. Now, I don’t want to be seen as arguing with scientists, but they’re wrong. Surely. Have you ever made a batch of gooey chocolate brownies and taken them into work for your colleagues to enjoy? Let me tell you what happens when you do that. Faces start to contort, forming strange little expressions that turn into smiles, the entire mood lifts and everyone connects by talking about the shared moment of pleasure that everyone is experiencing at the same time. It’s a beautiful sight. Chocolate may not bring you the same kind of happiness as you might feel on your wedding day, or on the birth of your firstborn, but in a world that can be full of such hatred and sorrow, it’s a sure fire way to cheer you up, if only for a moment. I rely on chocolate when I’m feeling low. The intensely rich, sweet river that fills your mouth when the chocolate melts is all I need to perk me up. Likewise, if I am happy I celebrate with chocolate, any excuse goes really. Apparently chocolate has no addictive ingredients and therefore can’t be considered a drug. Well, I know that when I eat it I can get as high as a KitKat. I mean kite.

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I’ve included below the most simple recipe for when you need a moment of happiness and tranquility in your stressful life. Enjoy.

Serves 1

What you need:

  • 1 bar of chocolate, of your choice

What you do:

  1. Start by making yourself comfortable. I suggest a big cosy jumper, slippers and a comfy space on the sofa. Or in bed if you’re a bit skanky.
  2. Remove any distractions, such as the dog/cat/husband/whatever may want to share the chocolate with you. Either put something you like on the TV or some nice music in the background and get yourself relaxed.
  3. Slowly open up your bar, taking in the sounds of the wrapper as it falls away from the chocolate and pay attention to the smell as the sweetness fills the room.
  4. When you are ready, take your first bite. Slowly, close your eyes and enjoy every taste sensation going on in your mouth, let the chocolate melt slowly to fully enjoy the texture.
  5. Get rid of the ridiculous instructions in steps 1-4 and just bloody eat it, getting it all over your face if you like. Then eat another one, and another until you feel blissfully sick.

For a calorie free chocolate hit, try this amazing chocolate orange candle from Bomb Cosmetics. I really do love chocolate in all its glorious forms. Off for an early Easter egg now. Until next time…

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