ALL · Cakes and Biscuits · Snacks and nibbles

Chocolate Coconut Macaroon Biscuits

I first saw this recipe on Pumpernickelandrye, they looked far too good not to give them a try…………………oh and how I was right, they were delicious, light and very moreish. A very simple recipe that packs flavour and satisfaction. Perfect with a cuppa. (or as my boyfriend says ‘perfect on their own too!’ lol!)

They are more like a biscuit or cookie with a little crunch.

Makes 12

80g Granulated Sugar

3 tbsp plain flour

1/4 tsp salt

200g shredded coconut

3 egg whites

1 tsp almond extract

100g chocolate chips


  1. Preheat oven to 160 deg.
  2. In a bowl mix sugar, flour and salt together then add the coconut.
  3. In a separate bowl whisk together the egg whites and almond extract until foamy but not too stiff.
  4. Pour the egg mixture into the dry mixture and combine until moist.  20180217_153025
  5. Lay parchment paper onto a baking sheet and take 1 heaped tbsp of the mixture and place onto sheet.                                                                                             20180217_153750
  6. Bake in oven for about 20 minutes.                                                               20180217_153850
  7. Meanwhile, melt the chocolate drops in a microwave dish for about 30 seconds intervals until melted.                                                                                             20180217_163727
  8. Once macaroons have baked and cooled completely, dip each one into the chocolate to cover base and set aside. I lay back on tray upside down.
  9. Place the macaroons in the fridge for about 10-15 minutes to allow to chocolate to harden. Once hardened, remove and you can then drizzle more chocolate over the top of the bakes (if you have any left, I only had enough for 2……maybe 150g chocolate drops would be enough to do this.) Allow to harden in fridge.
  10. Serve with a lovely cuppa. Oh so Yummy!

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ALL · dinners · fish · Healthy Eating Ideas · Hotpoint Oven & Combi Oven Recipes · lunch/ light bites

Sesame Tuna Steaks


Oh yummy…….Healthy meals a go in my house at the moment, this was a recipe inspired by Jamie Oliver’s 5 ingredient show. I changed it slightly and its 7 ingredients now…lol! It’s been a while since I’ve had tuna steaks and I realised I need to incorporate them more in my meal choices, so delicious and nutritious too.

I cooked these on my crisper plate instead of the fry pan, and in only 3 minutes. A super quick dinner.


Serves 2

2 x tuna steaks

2 tbsps of Sesame and Miso paste, this was a great find. Really good flavour


2 tbsps sesame seeds

100g baby spinach

spring onions

sugar snap peas

1 tbsp Red wine vinegar


  1. Spread each tuna steak with 1 tbsp of miso sauce and sprinkle the sesame seeds all over to cover.
  2. Preheat the crisper plate for 2 minutes and place tuna steaks on and cook for 3 minutes on dynamic crisp setting (no need to turn) – you can also fry in a pan over hob for about 2 minutes each side.
  3. Meanwhile, heat a pan up on hob and fry sugar snap peas and spring onions for a minute with the red wine vinegar.
  4. Place the spinach in the same pan and cover with a lid. Steam for about 3 minutes or until spinach is wilted.
  5. Serve tuna with greens. Yummy!


ALL · Cakes and Biscuits · Desserts

Chocolate & Ginger Cake


I wanted to make a ginger cake but came across this recipe from Mary Berry that added cocoa powder, so I decided to give it a try. As there was only 2 of us I made a mini version. The combination of Chocolate and Ginger is just so moreish!


Serves 4 (double quantities for a 20″ size cake)

100g butter at room temperature

25g Cocoa powder

2 tbsp semi skimmed milk

2 medium eggs

90g self raising flour

1 tsp baking powder

1 tsp ground ginger

125 g caster sugar

1 tsp stem ginger

For the topping and filling:-

115g icing sugar

60g butter at room temperature

1 tbsp of stem ginger syrup

1 tsp semi skimmed milk

1 tsp of Stem ginger bits for topping.


  1. Grease and line 2 cake tins, I used 2 x 5″ springform tins.
  2. Preheat oven to 160 deg on fan.
  3.  Put the cocoa powder into a large, heatproof bowl. Stir in 3 tablespoons of boiling water, then add the milk. Mix to make a smooth paste.
  4. Add all the remaining ingredients and mix with an electric whisk for a few minutes, but watch not to over mix as you want it light and fluffy.
  5. Divide the cake mixture evenly between tins and bake in oven for about 25-30 minutes. Then remove and allow to cool in tins for a few minutes before removing to cool completely on a rack.                               20180203_143049
  6. To make the filling, sift the icing sugar into a bowl, add the stem syrup, milk and butter and whisk with an electric mixer until well blended.
  7. Take 1 of the cakes and if needed trim the top of the cake so you have a flat base then spoon some of the mixture on and smooth with a palette knife. Take the other cake and place on top, then spoon the rest of the mixture and smooth with the palette knife. Finally garnish with the stem ginger pieces.
  8. Serve with a lovely cuppa.



ALL · chicken · dinners · Healthy Eating Ideas · Hotpoint Oven & Combi Oven Recipes · Meat Dishes · pasta

Chicken & Pasta Bake (with a mexican twist)


Two exciting things happened today, I used my new pasta toy from Kitchenaid and made fresh pasta for the first time, then I created an amazing bake and baked it using my automatic baked pasta setting on my Hotpoint oven……such a great day in my kitchen today. I love it when new Technology just work!


Serves 2 large portions or 4 smaller portions

150g cooked pasta (see my Fresh pasta Recipe)

2 chicken breasts – cut into bite size pieces

1 yellow and 1 red pepper – cut into slices

1 red onion – cut into wedges

200g Quark

120ml Chicken Stock

1 tsp dried garlic granules

1 tsp smoked paprika

1 tsp cumin

1 tsp dried oregano

Salt & pepper to taste

1 tin chopped tomatoes

Grated Cheddar Cheese – quantity to suit your tastes (We love our cheese here…lol!)


  1. Heat a little oil in a pan on the hob, medium to high heat.
  2. Gently brown the vegetables, chicken, spices and season.
  3. Meanwhile cook your pasta.                                           20180203_155437
  4. Spoon about 2-3 tbsps of the tin tomatoes into a baking dish, then start to layer up the bake. I put pasta on next, then chicken, then vegetables, then rest of tomatoes.
  5. Make up the stock and mix the quark in to make a thick sauce, then pour over the bake in the dish.                     20180203_160435
  6. Set your oven (if you have a Hotpoint Class 9) to Baked Pasta and Cannelloni setting. If not, try 180 deg for approx 25-30 minutes.                 20180203_170123
  7. When you have 15 minutes left, sprinkle on the grated cheese and bake until golden and crisp on top.                                      20180203_172013
  8. Serve. Yummy!




ALL · One Pot Wonders · pasta

Fresh Pasta


Oh I do love new gadgets that work for you. I got my new pasta attachment for my KitchenAid machine last year and this is the first chance I’ve had to use it. I have to admit I was like a child at Christmas today….lol!

I decided to use the Fettuccine one and make a pasta bake for dinner, I was so pleased and amazed at how easy it is to use. Although I have decided that I need a pasta stand to dry the pasta…….as I use my kitchen doors….lol! #quickthinking


Makes enough for about 4 servings

300g ‘OO’ Pasta Flour

3 eggs

1 tsp olive oil


  1. Pour flour onto a clean dry surface and make a well.
  2. Crack eggs into the well and gently whisk with a fork, then add the olive oil.                                       pasta
  3. Gradually start to fold in the flour to the eggs until you have a dough
  4. Cover with cling film and refrigerate for about 1 hour.
  5. Break up into small handfuls of balls and flatten out with your hand.  20180203_143102
  6. Attached the Pasta Roller first, lightly sprinkle with flour, on speed 1 and level 1 roll the pasta through about 5 times.
  7. Change the level to no. 3 and roll through about 2 times
  8. Change the level to no. 6 and roll through about 1 or 2 times or until the pasta becomes slightly see through. Put to the side and continue with the rest of the pasta.                                                                 20180203_143914
  9. Change the roller attachment to the Fettuccine attachment and roll the pasta through……voila! Perfect Fettuccine.
  10. Leave to dry out then cook in slightly salted boiling water for only 4-5 minutes.






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Low Calorie Doughnuts


I know right!….low calorie doughnuts! O.M.G! Who knew? These are inspired by Tom Kerridge, I just needed to give these a go after seeing him bake these on TV, I have to say they are amazing, the flavour is fabulous and they are extremely light and fluffy too. At ONLY 120 CALORIES per Doughnut……..why would you not?? I have to say I was in heaven this afternoon……my fav Sunday afternoon treat….Fresh Coffee & Doughnuts! (no guilt)


Makes 6

250g Self Raising flour

180ml milk – semi-skimmed

25g butter

2 tbsp sugar

1 tsp baking powder

1/2 tsp cinnamon

1/2 tsp chinese five spice

1/2 tsp dried yeast

1 egg beaten

1 tsp vanilla extract


  1. Gently heat the milk, butter and vanilla extract in a saucepan on hob. (do not boil)
  2. In a mixer, sift the flour, 1 tbsp sugar (keep 1 tbsp back for finishing), cinnamon, chinese five spice and yeast, mix together.                                           20180128_104504
  3. Add in the egg to the flour and mix then add in the milk mixture and mix until you get a thick batter.                                                                              20180128_104836
  4. If you have a doughnut tray…..brilliant! If not, (like me) spoon the mixture into a piping bag and grease a baking tray.                                                  20180128_105226
  5. Gently pipe round circles like doughnuts onto the tray.                                   20180128_105635
  6. If you have a proving setting on your oven set or place in a warm place and allow to rise for about 2 hours.                                                                 20180128_105656
  7. Preheat your oven to 210 deg and bake for about 10 minutes.
  8. Remove and allow to cool slightly.
  9. Brush each doughnut with a little water and dip into the remaining sugar. You could also use light brown sugar and maybe add 1 tsp of cinnamon for extra flavour.

Then………devour………..and don’t feel guilty about it! Happy Days!


ALL · breakfast · Combi Microwave Ideas · Healthy Eating Ideas · superfoods

Perfect Poached Eggs

I have found a little trick to make the perfect poached eggs! For ages, probably like everyone, you make them in a pan of water and sometimes it works, sometimes it doesn’t. Plus they take about 10 minutes in total. This little trick is 1 minute……..yes 1 minute! So easy… quick….same taste and structure. What’s not to like?


First take a ramekin (or similar round deep dish), fill 3/4 way with water (cold is ok).               20180128_092106

Secondly crack the egg into the water, then with a sharp knife gently prick the egg yolk (you must do this or else the egg will explode)                                   20180128_092129

Thirdly put into a microwave on power level 900w for 1 minute = runny yolk, 1.5 minutes = hard yolk.

Honestly…….it’s that easy and that quick! You’ll never look back.

Note:- Timings may vary depending on microwave power.