Chocfest 2017: A Retrospective

I’ve begun planning Chocfest 2018, otherwise known as my birthday weekend, in earnest.  My birthday is on a Thursday this year, but hey, I’m not going to concern myself with such minor technicalities.  With planning for this year’s activities well underway I thought now would be a good time to reflect upon the success of… Continue reading Chocfest 2017: A Retrospective

Edible gifting trials: Pink peppercorn biscuits and peppermint creams

I managed to maintain my record of ‘things not quite turning out how they were supposed to’ when it comes to confectionary.  I love making sweets and chocolate treats.  It’s the ultimate in science and cooking and appeals very much to my practical and logical sensibilities.  There’s always something that doesn’t go quite right but… Continue reading Edible gifting trials: Pink peppercorn biscuits and peppermint creams

Peanut butter cups and a ganache-trophe

I’ve been making a mess of something easy in the kitchen just for a change.  I had a go at peanut butter cups and inadvertently provided an opportunity to test my ability to act fast.  This was hard, it’s not something that comes naturally to me.  If there’s one thing I can always rely on… Continue reading Peanut butter cups and a ganache-trophe

Chocolate cupcakes, denial and my ’emergency’ chocolate

There’s been a significant amount of chocolate floating around lately. Some days are chocolate days, plain and simple. There’s no point fighting it. It’s better for everyone if the call of chocolate is answered. I’ve been meeting my chocolate needs in many ways, not least by baking these very indulgent hot chocolate cupcakes. You can… Continue reading Chocolate cupcakes, denial and my ’emergency’ chocolate