Oh the wonderful world of biscuits. I LOVE BISCUITS, more so than cake (unless it is coffee and walnut cake) and cookies. I am not however the best at making them. The usually get a bit crispy round the edges. But here are some rather fancy tasty looking biscuits I want to try my hand at.

1) The Pink Whisk- Love Heart Icing

2) Gourmet Traveller-Lemon Glazed Biscuits

3) BBC Food- Shortbread Biscuits with Salted Peanut and Carmel Filling


4) Baking Mad- Crunchy Oaty Biscuits


5) BBC Food- Shortbread


6) Delia Online- Chocolate Almond Crunchies


I have not made shortbread before but am a sucker for it. I really like the idea of traditional shortbread with lemon sugar on top with a good cuppa! Nom.



Tapas Night

Hello my cheeky parsnips,

I like eating and talking, tapas, I find is a great way to do both. I have been hankering tapas for ages and decided the other night to make some. All the dishes I made were a first for me and they went rather well 🙂 I made 8 dishes and it was a far too much for boyfriend and me to consume, so reinforcements were called the next day! I did take a photo, though it is not the best.  I do not know how people make food look good photographed.


So apologies for the rather poor photograph! It doesn’t look it, but it was rather yum. I toasted a stack of pitta to dip into the dishes. I also bought some nice olives and sun dried tomatoes  to go alongside them. Here are the recipes I used and made up:

1) Hummus,  Vegangela: I used this recipe (ish). It was good, though shelling chickpeas takes far longer than I expected.  So if thinking about doing this, leave extra time. It took me about 30 mins to shell a can of chickpeas.

2) Broccoli Guacamole, Vegangela: This was yummy and I received compliments on this. It was really easy to make though was the most expensive dish.

3) Spanish Green beans and Tomatoes, allrecipes: Mine did not look like the picture; it was much more liquidity.

4) Espinacas con Garbanzos, allrecipes: Again nothing like the picture, though that was because I blend mine more. I would suggest putting less garlic in this than suggested. I think I put in 2 cloves and found it was fine.

5) Olivada, allrecipes: Garlic ahoy, next time round I will use less, maybe half a clove. It was avoided second time round. So beware!

6) Mushroom thing. This was in part used Vegangela  recipe. I used chestnut and shitake mushrooms chopped finely. I did not use capers,  olives or parsley, or blend it. I did use garlic though only one clove and definitely used wine! I enjoyed my finial dish, but would be keen to try hers as I have enjoyed her other recipes.

7) Tomato Tapas, allreciepes: I used this but adapted it. This was the best dish. The recipe asks for pepper and basil, I didn’t use these. I used less garlic, I think 2 cloves. I also used more spices and curry paste. It has the option of blending it which I did. The dish got likened to Bombay potatoes, and the recipe was demanded.

8) The last dish I made up as couldn’t find what I was after. I name it Aubergine and tomato tapas, as that is what it was. I chopped an aubergine finely and roasted it with spices for about 20 mins on low heat. As it was roasting, I fried half an onion and a clove of garlic. When the aubergines were done, I added them to the frying pan with a tin of tomatoes and added more spice to give it a bit of a kick.

This isn’t the best laid out page, so well done if made it this far!



As it is the middle of the week and I am craving some delicious noms, I thought I would post some recipes for cupcakes in an attempt to cheer myself and anyone who reads this! I have recently bought myself a piping bag and have been trying it out; it is more difficult than I thought. Tip of the day: make sure not to take to long if using butter frosting as it goes goooey.

1) Baking mad, Banoffee Cupcake

cupcake 1

2) Connie Cupcake, Glittery Cherry

3) Baking Mad, Chocolate and Raspberry cupcake


4) Lemon Sugar, Cherry cordial cupcakes

5) BBC good food, Cranberry Ripple cheesecake cupcakes

6) Food Network, Chocolate Cupcakes with Peanut Butter Icing

I making vegetarian tapas this evening, so if I have time I will attempt at making some cupcakes. Will post a photo later!