Mocha Banana Cake with Salted Caramel Drizzle (Dairy Free)

Happy Valentine’s Day! I have been meaning to share this for a few weeks, but like Gingerbread Jenn, who shared the recipe on her exquisite blog, life has been chaotic and I haven’t been able to post anywhere near as often as I’d like. But on this day of love, I am here for you with an absolutely delicious brownie style cake which is a comforting combination of all of my favourite things. Valentine or Galentine, let’s do this!

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It might not look too pretty in photos but it is what’s on the inside that counts!

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Sticky Ribs

Hello! We’re back from our amazing once in a life time holiday to Orlando, Florida, where we did Disney, Universal (Harry Potter!!), met the Beast and Pocahontas and watched a rocket launch into space. It was magical. Getting back to reality has been difficult but I’ve been meaning to share this recipe for ribs (and craving them) for a while now. The recipe is one by Jennifer Perillo of ‘In Jennie’s Kitchen‘, from her book ‘Homemade with Love‘ and it is totally a keeper. I made it for the first ‘dinner party’ that we hosted in our new home and the only problem was that I wish I’d bought more ribs, I could have eaten them all night, so delicious and tender. The meat just fell off the bone and they tasted divine. Don’t be put off by the ingredients list, they really are quite simple but need to be prepared in advance.

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Apple & Cinnamon Porridge

In this household we are big porridge fans, especially when the weather starts to have a chill (and the tingle of Christmas coming) in the air. I will always pick hot food over cold food and breakfast is no exception (ice cream is an exception though!); this is such an autumnal porridge, the apples transitioning away from summer and the cinnamon hinting towards Christmas, I love it. Apple and cinnamon is one of my favourite flavour combinations and also one of my favourite cakes.

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James was a huge fan of this porridge, we’ll definitely be having it again soon!

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Strawberry, Goats Cheese and Spinach Salad

It seems an untimely month to be sharing a salad recipe, it is also odd because I share very few of them but I am in LOVE with this salad and I just HAD to share it. I say this whilst eating poached pears and ice cream (a much more season appropriate dish) but everything in moderation right?

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A very thoughtful friend bought me the Mason jar salads cook book and five jars for my birthday, after I complained I was running low on week day lunch inspiration (amazing right?!); when I spotted this I knew I had to make it immediately (a restaurant called Vapianos makes an incredible goats cheese, strawberry and spinach salad and the opportunity to recreate it could not be passed up. These made a great addition to my lunches last week, I was so excited for lunch everyday.

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Coffee Infused Honey

I’m a tea girl about 99% of the time but when I need a pick me up or a treat, it is often a coffee that I need. I am a coffee snob though, I say this knowing very little about coffee but it can’t be instant. My favourite coffee ever comes from the Micro Roastery in Canterbury, followed very closely but Love Walk Cafe, Camberwell. Whilst Micro Roastery sell their coffee ground or whole bean and I often buy a bag when I am passing, I don’t pass all that much. I’d seen Pact coffee on my radar via Facebook and friends, when my running app sent me a voucher for a £1 bag for my good work (awesome right?!) I jumped at the chance. I was pretty impressed with the coffee I received (Planalto) and their attention to detail, definitely a treat worth indulging in.

Coffee honey

I can’t remember via whom (I wish I could!) but last week I stumbled on Apples Under My Bed blog, and instantly fell in love with the idea of coffee infused honey, especially to use on porridge. I made almond milk banana porridge and topped it with pumpkin seeds and coffee infused honey, completely inspired by Heidi’s recipe.

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