Recipes that are delicious and that always work!

You know these recipes are delicious because if I didn't think that they were fabulous . . . I wouldn't be showing them to you. You can also be sure that these recipes work for the same reason! The rest is simply a matter of taste.

Wednesday, 7 December 2016

Aimee's Perfect Cakes

If you are looking for the perfect gift for the foodie baker on your Christmas list look no further!  I have the perfect book that I think they will just love!  Aimee's Perfect Bakes features over 50 original and creative baking recipes from Aimee Twigger's kitchen, as featured on her popular blog, Twigg Studios. Each treat has easy-to-follow instructions and is paired with stunning photographs shot by Aimee herself. She also gives crafty tips for beautifully wrapping and presenting her delicious bakes to make perfect, edible gifts for any occasion.  The photos which accompany each recipe are truly gorgeous!

From a Raspberry ripple cake and Chicken pie cones, to Beetroot cheddar fougasse and a stunning 'Rainbow' cake with edible flowers, Aimee's Perfect Bakes will show you how to make beautiful sweet and savoury gifts without breaking the bank. A collection of second-hand cookware and kitchenalia, Aimee makes astounding creations that are homespun and handcrafted with love.

The Cake chapter is filled with no less than thirteen lovely recipes . . . each one beautifully photographed . . . 

The Feather Light Lilac Cake looks to die for  . . . and that is only for starters . . . 

Sweet Bakes . . .  a chapter filled with beautiful buns and rolls . . . 

I can't wait to get stuck into these Cinnamon Danish Pastry Swirls and her Hot Cross Buns look to die for.

Savoury Bakes  . . .  with everything from Quails Egg Stuffed Pork Pies to  . . . 

These gorgeous Chicken Pie Cones  . . .  and savoury Spicy Tomato Macarons!  Now those I could really go for!

The final chapter, Little Gifts, includes lots of taste tempting treats to gift your loved ones and friends with . . .  spiced nuts,  tortilla chips, crackers . . .

How good do these Sweet Potato Cheddar Crackers look?  I know . . .  AMAZING!

Even if you aren't looking for a gift for a baking foodie friend, this is a book you would love to gift yourself with, and then gift all your friends with treats you have baked from it!  (That's what I'm going to do!)

Baking for family and friends doesn't have to break the bank and Aimee Twigger's second book, Aimee's Perfect Bakes proves that is so perfectly!   Well written and beautifully photographed, this is a winner/winner to my way of thinking.  I love it!

Through step-by-step photography and quick decoration ideas, UK blogger Aimee Twigger reveals how she creates fun cakes, loaves and pies for every occasion. Whether you're looking for savoury finger food like chicken pie cones or little Cornish pasties, or an extravagant tiramisu cake with hazelnut dacquoise, there's something cheery to be conjured up!

 Aimee''s Perfect Bakes, by Aimee Twigger.
  • Hardcover: 192 pages
  • Publisher: Murdoch Books (3 Nov. 2016)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1743367422
  • ISBN-13: 978-1743367421 

Aimee Twigger is a 28-young crafter and blogger. She lives in Torquay, Devon, with her partner, Howard, and her Dalmatian puppy, Archie. Aimee started her food blog, Twigg Studios, in 2011 to share recipes and her passion for baking and food photography. Aimee's previous book Love, Aimee x was featured in Marie Claire, the Guardian, Telegraph Weekend, Fabulous Sun on Sunday and the Independent I paper, amongst others.

I was sent this book free of charge for review. I was not required to write a positive review in return. I quite simply like it. Any and all opinions are my own.  Many thankns to Murdoch Books for sending it to me.

Quick Cassoulet

I confess I have only ever really had Cassoulet once.  It was when we were visiting my son in Canada and it was delicious.  He's a good cook, and he's not afraid to try new things.  He's always been that way.  Normally Cassoulet contains duck and takes hours to prepare.  This delicious casserole uses chicken thighs and tinned beans and uses only a fraction of the time of this traditional French stew.

Tuesday, 6 December 2016

Spiced Hot Chocolate

Hooray for the holidays and all of the festivities.  Things are getting a bit cooler outside, and our fingers and toes are getting a bit frosty.  What better way to warm them up than with a nice mug of hot chocolate to drink!

Monday, 5 December 2016

Christmas Baking with Eddingtons


There is nothing like homemade mincemeat during the holidays. I always make a big batch in the holidays and I use it for all sorts of things.  It comes in really handy for mince pies, cakes, pastries, breads etc.  The nicest thing is to be able to use your own homemade mincemeat for these things.  That way you can control the kinds of fruit you use.  I also like to add some flaked almonds to mine.

Beef, Ale and Parsnip Pudding

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The Toddster grew up during the War years.  He was born just before the beginning of WW2, and was only 7 years old when it finished.  His mom was a very traditional cook, and of course there was rationing for all of his growing up years.  He has very fond memories however of the dishes his mother made.  He especially loved her meat puddings.

Sunday, 4 December 2016

Everyday Maple, Bran and Sultana Muffins


You just can't beat having a delicious homebaked muffin for a great "Breakfast on the Go!"  Now that the school year has begun once more in earnest . . . those morning moments are all the more precious.  Breakfast being the most important meal of the day . . . it's also really important that you eat something which is substantial, fairly healthy and that will help to keep you going until at least coffee break time!

Saturday, 3 December 2016

Hazelnut and Chocolate Crumb Cake


I've always been a great fan of chocolate and nuts together. When I was a child we always got a big box of Black Magic Chocolates given to us every Christmas time.    Next to the caramel ones, the chocolate covered nuts were a real favourite with everyone . . . with each of us vying to try to get our dibs in first.  Usually though my mom got there before any of us.  My dad got the cherries, my mom the nuts . . . and we children were left  to squabble over the caramels.  Nobody wanted the coffee flavoured ones.   Rank does have it's privileges . . .

Friday, 2 December 2016

Baked Chicken Tetrazzini


 Do you know what today was? (Thursday as I write this.) Torture Todd with pasta day!  Yes . . . every once in a while, I have a day  in my kitchen, where I play Torture the Toddster with Pasta.  He hates pasta.  I love pasta.  Now and again I just have to have my fix.  He doth protest somewhat . . . but meh . . . you can't have things your own way all of the time can you?

Thursday, 1 December 2016

Quick Drop Danish

These Quick Drop Danish are fabulously delicious breakfast buns that I have made over and over through the years.  I think that the recipe originally came from Bisquick, but I have adapted it to use my own homemade baking mix and it works beautifully that way.  (Recipe for both the buns and the mix below)

Wednesday, 30 November 2016

Holiday Cheese Spread

The Holiday season is upon us and I wanted to take the opportunity today to show you a delicious cheese spread that will come in really handy over the coming weeks.  It is easy and quick to make and everyone just loves it!  Its also great for game time if you are a game time kind of a person!  Actually its good for any type of get-together!