I am writing this post after a rather successful rehearsal at school with my awesome Music & Theatre Productions students who are in the process of putting on Our House; the brilliant Madness musical! Knowing I would be ins school all day today I baked up some delectable delights last night so that I had some goodies for my work peeps on a dreary Monday morning. So many fo you will know that it was only Wednesday that lent began and so my battle with our office begins – it used to just be 1 or 2 people ditching their sweet tooth cravings, but this year all the girls (bar me of course!!) have chosen to give up sugary based treats. This makes my life very difficult as I am, at heart, a sweet baker through and through. That doesn’t mean I don’t love savoury, you’ll see in my previous posts that I do relish a savoury challenge, however I am at my happiest when I am at my sweetest . That’s why this is a double WHAMMY post…a savoury recipe which gives you the core ingredients needed for a sweet based bake too. The Coffee & Nutella Kisses are made from the left over egg white from the Marmite, Cheddar & Parmesan Morsels; and we all know I HATE waste, so it was inevitable that all parts of the egg would be used! Continue reading
Last week was a very busy week in the ZoBird Kitchen. Besides making plenty of cakes for other people I made a delectable cake for me and Grant too, meaning I spent a majority of last week and the weekend in the kitchen baking my little heart out…madness I hear you cry…BLISS I hear me sigh! This cake was the last of the week and was made for my good friend Mr Rigby who has only been in our Create Dept since September but is already a well embedded member of the Create family…it’s also a huge bonus that he loves cake like me! Continue reading
This delicious Sticky Cinnamon and Maple Syrup Buns are a direct rip from the GoodFood Website and can be found here. I have made a few tweaks but otherwise they are based on this recipe solely. A delicious indulgent treat with a hearty American twist of sweet maple syrup, these are definitely a one-off when you see the calorie content! However I am a firm believer in making the most of the good things in life…and that usually focuses around the topic of food but everything in moderation and one of these little beauties will keep your sweet tooth and tummies happy for a fair while! Continue reading
I’ve made lots of other banana related recipes and this is largely due to the fact that Grant pretty much only likes bananas and in turn we end up with a glut of them by the time the week is out. I’ve trialled many recipes, but this little beauty is adapted from a gluten-free recipe in the ASDA catalogue. I know I go on and on about the catalogues I pick up for free but seriously, give them the time of day, the recipes are quick, simple and fail-safe! Continue reading
This is a staple recipe of mine which I tend to make when we have loads of bananas left over. Grant loves bananas but we frequently over-buy them and I end up going in to mass-banana-bake-off! This recipe is good because it is versatile and you could replace the chocolate with something else or maybe mix things up a bit…peanut butter, banana and jam maybe?! Continue reading
I LOVE ice cream…anybody who knows me, knows that besides cake, chocolate and various other sins ice cream is my ultimate indulgence. Much to Di Meos delight in Whitley Bay; especially during the summer months, I frequent their establishment consuming all double creamy, frozen goodness until I feel sick with my bestie Ollie…Believe me it’s embarrassing when the whole Di Meo family know you!!! Anyhoo…I went to Urban Outfitters and found the Ben & Jerry’s Homemade Ice Cream & Dessert Book. Originally published in 1987 (so we’re talking pre-Caramel Chew Chew and pre-Phish food) this book is like every ice cream makers dream. I will hasten to add that I would never refer to myself as an ice cream ‘maker’ passe, but now that I have made my first batch I believe that I should at least continue to produce such delicious delights and in turn be able to coin the term – ZoBird’s Ices…now that does have a ring to it, doesn’t it?!
So read on if you are brave and would like to trial out some Ben & Jerry action…IMPORTANT NOTE…this is a very easy recipe, you DO NOT need an ice cream maker and consequently may end up with an ice cream addiction paired with an ever-increasing waistband….Don’t say I didn’t warn you! Continue reading
So there we are watching Diner’s Drive-In’s and Dives on the Food Network channel and on the screen appears a Crepe special based in a wonderful little American diner. Guy Fieri is there chatting away to the chef (heavily tattooed and alternative )when they exclaim their special is a 21 Layer Crepe Pie! Grant and I were fixed to the TV and made a mental note of the process…our own little twist can be seen with instructions below! Continue reading