Pear and Chocolate Pudding

This dessert, I can only apologise for not sharing the recipe earlier. It is divine, I have already talked about my love of cooked pears but holding out on this recipe resulted in one top tip being discovered; do not pair it with ice cream, only plain cream. Ice cream is one of my favourite desserts and this pudding is another of my favourite desserts so I decided to combine the two. No no no, it is far too sweet, to the point that I thought I’d accidentally doubled the sugar because having vanilla ice cream surely wouldn’t make that much difference?! Having seconds the next day without ice cream (alas we were out of cream) showed that actually yes, it does make that much difference and you should either have it plain or with cream, to cut through the choclateyness of the pudding but don’t add anything sweet with it; the pears and chocolate are perfectly sweet on their own, they do not need anything else.

Pear pudding

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Chicken, Bacon & Leek Pie

I’m not going to lie, by the time it gets to Friday I am exhausted. I want to curl up on the sofa with James and nod off in front of the TV or a book; if I am awake past 10:30 pm I am impressed. I imagine the getting up at 6:15 am and 3 hours of commuting every day is what probably does it. Friday night dinners therefore need to be comforting, filling (so that hunger isn’t likely to wake me up early in the morning) and a tiny bit naughty, a treat for making it through the week and all its obligations.

Chick, Bacon & Leek Pie

This past Friday I decided to make this and I am so glad we have leftovers for another night because it performed all its tasks admirably, it tasted delicious and far more indulgent that it was. This is evident by the poor quality of photos because I just wanted to get that pie in my face!

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Berry & Chocolate Tiered Pavlova

Pavlova is one of my favourtie desserts, it was even when I wasn’t a fan of fruity desserts (which is definitely no longer the case); it is also a favourite of many people I know including my dad, one of James’ sisters and his mum. There was no question of what to bake for James’ sister’s birthday in that case, which happened whilst we were staying up in Scotland with them. It was a week and a half of chilling out, eating, shopping, seeing friends and family and it was scrumptious.

Pavlova

I’ve been wanting to up my meringue game recently, having only stuck with egg whites and sugar in the past but having seen recipes with cornflour and white wine vinegar, I was eager to try out these tips. I decided to tweak the recipe I’d found by making the middle meringue a chocolate meringue. One meringue stuck slightly (I used baking paper, not greaseproof) and just wasn’t very pretty but thankfully that was the bottom layer! Phew.

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Creamy Chicken, Leek & Bacon Boxty

With St Patrick’s day being tomorrow, I wanted to post an Irish recipe. I was having a think about what I could make and despite loving Chocolate Guinness cake, I wanted to make something more traditional. I’d never heard of boxty (potato based pancakes), until my best friend posted this recipe. I followed it word for word and it was scrumptious, comforting and filling and absolutely what you should be having for dinner tomorrow.

Boxty

These have definitely got me wanting to go to Ireland to try the real deal!

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Creamy Cajun Chicken Pasta

There are days when you need comfort food and there are few things as comforting as Cajun fried chicken, peppers, mushrooms, onions and pasta in a delicious creamy sauce. I cannot explain what a magical combination this is. It isn’t low calorie or particularly nutritious (veggies though!) but sometimes you don’t care about that and you want creamy pasta and fried chicken. This is for those days. Whilst not looking spectacular, trust me on this and just make it. Ok? Ok, good.

Cajun chic

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