This year my birthday happens to land on National Cupcake Day! Very convenient as I love nothing more than a cupcake... learn how to make my favourite cupcake classic Victoria sponge.
For this photoshoot we were at The Hide, a truly unique property just near Perranporth here in Cornwall. For this recipe I wanted a tranquil and calming location to emulate how eating this cake makes you feel… The Hide certainly didn’t disappoint.
With Valentine’s Day fast approaching I wanted to make something fun, romantic and most importantly yummy! I’d recently bought some Wilton doughnut tins and couldn’t wait to try them out and lets be honest, who doesn’t love a doughnut!? On the subject of romance, the obvious flavour choice was, of course, rose. The combination of flavour and colour when paired with pistachio is to die for and to balance the subtle floral notes I’ve incorporated fresh lemon which gives these little circles of fun a sherbert twist!
Whether your spending Christmas in the sunshine, jet setting in the new year or just fancy pretending your in warmer climes with the log fire blazing! I thought I’d add a tropical twist to the usual gingerbread men for a grown up alternative for the big kids who still love a biscuit- especially when dunked into my boozey coconut rum hot chocolate!
For this recipe we were lucky enough to be baking in "Firefly" a traditional, woodcutters hut, transformed into a luxury haven, hidden away in the heart of the Cornish countryside. The beautifully rustic interiors are built with natural materials, curious trinkets and an overwhelming sense of style and luxury. As we drove through the meandering back-roads and approached the property immersed in rural charm it felt like we were on the set of a Modern day western! For this shoot we selected some key props from the beautifully eclectic MMW, a boutique fashion and homeware store in Newquay.
Last week I was lucky enough to visit the beautiful Scorrier House and it’s surrounding grounds, which happen to be the venue for this weekends Great Estate Festival. The recipe I’m baking is for torta do Santiago which a super light flourless almond sponge cake with the fresh flavours of lemon & orange and is also free from gluten and dairy. The beautiful stately home “Scorrier House” has its very own orangery where I had the privilege of picking some of their home grown fruit to use in my recipe.
With these brighter, longer evenings and ‘occasional’ sun-filled days it’s finally starting to feel like spring has arrived. Tell tale signs when I’m baking at home are my edible flower boxes are starting to bloom and the afternoon light floods in through my kitchen windows at the extact time I start to bake, making it the perfect relaxing wind down after a busy day at the cafe.
Similar to my coconut macaroons, my orange & almond amaretti biscuits are simple and easy to make and keep really well in a Kilner jar...if they last that long! This is part 2 of my kitchen tour in the beautiful Loft available to rent through Seavista BnB and my outfit has been styled by Roo's Beach - bright and cheerful yellows and blues, just in time for Spring!
This week we’re baking at The Loft, a self-catering apartment at Seavista BnB, a gorgeous two bedroom rental with stunning views over Mawgan Porth beach. Kate has such an amazing eye for detail and this apartment is no exception. My outfit this week has been styled by the lovely Roo of Roo's Beach in Porth.
Over the past few months at the cafe I've definitely seen a rise in popularity with our dairy free coffees which made me think there must be a demand for vegan cake too, so I made it my mission to try and recreate the classic chocolate brownie for my vegan customers. It’s been a real hit and many classic brownie lovers have been converted to this slightly richer less sweet alternative. I was lucky enough to team up with Jo&Co Home for this photoshoot, an independant interiors business based at Hawkesfield here in Cornwall and one of my top go to destinations for stylish kitchenware.
This time of year can be a difficult one as on the one hand we want to fill ourselves with goodness from things like smoothies & fresh juices after the over indulgence of December but we also want to snuggle up with a decadent creamy hot chocolate to feel comfort from the cold outside. Sometimes a fresh herbal tea is the ideal solution.
This week I'm back in my home kitchen whizzing up a nutritious green smoothie packed with lots of fresh, healthy greens to give you the vitamin boost we all need at this time of year and kick start any of those Blue Monday woes! I also give my opinion on my favourite non dairy milks by rude health and which flavours I think work best and where...
Last month I was lucky enough to be whisked away to New York City for my 30th birthday. I knew about the trip 6 months before we went which left a lot of time for planning the most important things... where to drink coffee and where to eat! I've made a list of my top 5 places to visit based on the experiences I had whilst eating my way around the city...