Super Simple Bread Recipes

I love homemade bread but often I don’t have the patience for the length of time needed as well as all of the faff of kneading and proving with a proper loaf. However we all know there is something ultimately comforting about home made bread, the smell, the way the butter melts on a slightly warm from the oven loaf. The list goes on. If I want something quick and easy at home I will typically make a soda bread or flatbreads, find recipes for these types of bread along with a few more great super simple bread recipes from fellow bloggers.



My Slow Cooker Lemon & Herb Bread

simple bread recipes

My Caramelised Red Onion & Cheddar Soda Bread

Easy Olive Soda Bread Rolls:

easy bread recipes

Malted Soda Bread from Kavey Eats:

Spring Onion & Bacon Cornbread from Recipes From A Pantry:

Quick Yoghurt Flatbreads from Recipes From A Pantry:

Fluffy Milk Rolls From Veggie Desserts:

Slow Rise No Knead Sourdough from Fuss Free Flavours:

30 Minute Bread Rolls from Little Sunny Kitchen:

Blueberry & Lemon Soda Bread from Fab Food 4 All:

Lemon And Cardamom Shortbread

Last week I told you about my new love for Cardamom. And here I am with my second bake in a week for Lemon And Cardamom Shortbread. If you are ever looking for a really simple yet delicious bake then shortbread is always the way to go. It is so straightforward that even novice bakers would do just fine on a first attempt. I have been making shortbread adding various twists along the way for years now. I like to have a batch of dough in the freezer ready for when a sugary, buttery hit is needed which let’s be honest is most weeks.. ok I admit it the dough rarely gets in the freezer.

Lemon And Cardamom Shortbread

This was an experimental bake after watching the new Jamie Oliver Quick and Easy TV show and wanting orange shortbread so badly but only having lemons in my fruit bowl. The addition of cardamom was a last minute yet clearly genius idea as the flavours work so well together. In fact my favourite local bakery made lemon and cardamom sticky buns last summer and that must have planted that particular flavour combo firmly in my brain. Anyway no more rambling let’s get to the recipe.

Lemon And Cardamom Shortbread

You will need:

250g Plain Flour

175g butter

75g caster sugar

zest of 1 lemon

1/2 tsp ground cardamom or 7 pods opened and seeds crushed

Preheat oven to 180c, line or grease a flat baking tray.

Mix your flour, sugar, zest and spice together well before rubbing in your butter and bringing it all together in a dough. At this stage I choose to wrap my dough in clingfilm and pop in the fridge for 30 minutes or more. You can avoid this stage if you are in a rush. Remove dough from fridge. Place your dough on a well floured surface and knead lightly before rolling out to about 1/4 inch thickness. Cut into rectangles for traditional shortbread fingers or use a cutter for standard biscuit shapes. Use a fork to press some holes in the top of each biscuit. Bake for 12-15 minutes. Keep an eye on them as they can go from golden to burnt very quickly. Once out of the oven pop on a cooling rack and sprinkle with sugar.

Lemon And Cardamom Shortbread

Try not to eat them all in one go!

Check out my recipe for Rosemary Shortbread if you want some more ideas and next week I have a round up post of shortbread recipes from some amazing food bloggers so keep your eyes peeled.

Copenhagen Cooking Festival 2017 Review Part 1

Last month I set off on a trip to Denmark. I am a little in love with Denmark, well Copenhagen at least as I haven’t yet ventured outside of the capital. This was my third trip inside of 12 months but my previous trips had been all too brief, this time I felt I really got to know this wonderful city. I was invited by Copenhagen Cooking Festival to come and check out the festival and the food scene in the city and what a trip it was!

Copenhagen Cooking & Food Festival is an annual food festival that celebrates the Copenhagen gastro scene and Denmark as a food country.The festival offers more than 100 unique events over the course of 10 days in August and there is something for every taste – from intimate dinners with Danish chefs to huge food events with thousands of guests. Famous chefs from all over the world featured in this years festival.

My trip started off with a super speedy check in at the perfectly instagrammable Andersen Hotel before jumping in a cab and zooming off to Israel Plads for the festival opening BBQ. The BBQ was sponsored by Jacobsen (Carlsberg) who had created a pretty pink beer in honour of the occasion, I had my fair share of it during the weekend. We had food cooked in front of us by chefs and foragers such as Thomas Laursen ( ), Morten Falk ( Danish participant for Bocus D’or ), Henrik Jyrk ( One of the best BBQ chefs in Denmark ) and Karlos Ponte ( former head chef of Noma ) so as you can imagine we were extremely well fed. The weather was drizzly and wet for our first evening but there was a party atmosphere in the tent and we had a wonderful night.

Copenhagen Cooking Festival 2017 Review

Image Credit:KIM LEUENBERGERCopenhagen Cooking Festival 2017 Review

Image Credit:KIM LEUENBERGERCopenhagen Cooking Festival 2017 Review


Copenhagen Cooking Festival 2017 Review


The next day began with an early start as I and fellow trip attendee Kim Leuenberger went exploring Copenhagen before the city really woke up, we walked miles along empty streets munching Cinnamon buns. We enjoyed the famous Nyhavn haven area in relative peace and glorious sunshine, if you ever visit the city I recommend getting up early to do this.


After our explorations we met up with the rest of our group and headed off for a day at Christian Puglisi’s Farm Of Ideas festival. This was a really fun experience. Christian established this farm a year ago to be able to produce organic ingredients for his restaurants, I’ll be writing about this a little more later this month so keep your eyes peeled. On arrival at the farm we collected our picnic baskets, complete with blankets, glasses, cutlery and plates and our tokens which allowed us to collect a dish from each stand at the round tent on the farm.

farm of ideas


There was a really family vibe at the picnic on the hill, the weather was perfect and well it was a bit special. Atmosphere aside we had some amazing food on offer cooked by seriously talented and successful chefs such as Claus Meyer, Jock Zonfrillo and more. My favourite dish was the potato salad. I mean when is potato salad ever the highlight of a meal? I guess when it is cooked by Claus Meyer, the trick he told me is to cook the potatoes in beer. I am experimenting with my own version of this recipe..coming soon!

claus meyer potato salad

I also enjoyed watching Frank Erichsen churning THE most incredible butter to serve with the famous Mirabelle sourdough. Oh and did I mention the Mirabelle ice cream.. OH MY WORD. Raw milk ice cream served with a drizzle of olive oil and a sprinkle of sea salt. An absolute taste sensation I assure you.

raw milk ice cream

After the picnic Christian took us on a tour of the farm, explaining a bit more behind the ideas that made it all come together. It was incredibly interesting, I always love listening to someone who is passionate about food and where it comes from and Christian is definitely that. We also got to meet the cows who were responsible for the ice cream we ate after lunch and the mozzarella we enjoyed at our evening banquet. The time taken from when they are milked to when the cheese and ice cream is produced is generally less than 12 hours which is fairly incredible. It ensures the product you eat is as fresh as it can possibly be.

christian pugilisi


farm of ideas




The remainder of the afternoon was spent relaxing on the farm. There were talks from food influencers and chefs such as Darina Allen and Jock Zontrillo which we watched whilst enjoying some natural wine.

Our day finished with the Bæst pop up banquet, Bæst are known for their incredible pizzas ( voted amongst the top 20 pizzerias in the world) and they certainly didn’t disappoint. The fresh mozzarella and charcuterie deserve a mention too. There was such a warm, friendly atmosphere in the banquet area and we enjoyed a LOT of delicious wine and food.


farm of ideas


We left the farm weary and full of good food and stories. Look out for part two of my trip coming up in a few days which includes a trip to 108 ( Noma), a Michelin food experience, dining at the top of the Culture Tower and the best hotdog in the world contest. Oh and loads more photos of course!

If you are planning a trip to Copenhagen check out my friend Anders Husa favourite food spots.

Sprout Recipes – Love Them Or Hate Them?

How do you feel about Sprouts? Do you love them or hate them. They seem a bit of a marmite topic with no real in-between. I can remember despising them as a child and I can’t really remember when or why it changed but it did and I am a big fan these days. My favourite recipe for sprouts is below along with 10 other sprout recipes from myself and fellow bloggers. If you are always been a hater perhaps you should give one of these a whirl and see if you can be converted. I plan on trying them all!

Ginger & Sesame Sprouts from The Veg Space

sprout recipes

Chestnut, Cranberry, Stilton and Sprout Pasta from Fuss Free Flavours

Stir Fried Sprouts With Leeks, Ginger, Garlic & Chilli

Veggie Sprout Bake With A Brie Mash Topping from Emily’s Recipes & Reviews

Kale & Brussel Sprouts Salad With Pomegranate Dressing

Red Cabbage & Brussel Sprouts Tart from Veggie Desserts

Maple Glazed Sprout Tops With Crispy Pork from Elizabeth’s Kitchen Diary

Finally my Bacon, Chestnut & Cream Sprouts

sprouts recipe


Cinnamon Biscuits With Cardamom Icing

I have developed a bit of a thing for Cardamom so you may find lots of recipes coming up including it as an ingredient. It is such a wonderfully aromatic flavour and it really adds something to these simple biscuits. These Cinnamon biscuits with cardamom icing are perfect for Autumn with just the right hint of spice but would also make delicious Christmas treats…yes I said the C is only a few months away now.

Cinnamon Biscuits With Cardamom Icing

I have started to experiment with using a mixture of flours and sugars when baking and I really like the difference in flavour just by adding the buckwheat flour and dark brown sugar here. However if you prefer the buckwheat is easily substituted with plain white flour and the brown sugar can be replace with caster sugar. You could also use butter instead of coconut oil but the flavour added by the coconut is one of my favourite parts.

Cinnamon Biscuits With Cardamom Icing

You will need:

For the biscuits:

150g Self Raising Flour

150g Buckwheat Flour

125g Coconut Oil

50g dark brown sugar

50g caster sugar

2tsp cinnamon powder

1 egg

For the icing:

100g sieved icing sugar

1/2 tsp ground cardamon powder or 5 cardamom pods, crushed

40ml warm whole milk

Preheat oven to 180c. Line or grease/flour a flat baking tray Mix your flours and cinnamon together in one bowl. In a separate bowl soften your coconut oil to the consistency of softened butter ( 30 secs in microwave should do it ) add your sugars and cream together until smooth, beat your egg and add to the bowl before mixing well. Now add your wet ingredients to your dry ingredients to form a dough. Turn onto a floured surface and knead until you have a smooth dough. Roll out so the dough is about 1/4 inch thick and use a cutter to create whatever shape biscuits you like, the amount of biscuits made will depend on the size of your cutter but you should get around 30. Place on the baking tray and bake for 8-10 minutes until lightly golden, leave to cool and harden.

Now make your icing:

Add your cardamom to your milk and heat, pour through a sieve onto the icing sugar in a mixing bowl and mix until smooth. Pour or drizzle over your biscuits as desired.

Cinnamon Biscuits With Cardamom Icing

Find some more cinnamon and cardamom inspired bakes below from my food blogger friends:

Plum Cinnamon Buns from Kavey Eats

Cinnamon Palmiers from Casa Costello

Cinnamon Apple Pie from Fab Food 4 All

Apple Cardamom Layer Cake from Recipes From A Pantry

Cardamon Cake With White Chocolate And Rose Buttercream from Supper In The Suburbs

Marzipan And Pistachio Cardamom Buns from Baking Queen 74

Spiced Madeleines From Fuss Free Flavours 

Cardamom Shortbread From The Hedgecombers

Honey & Cinnamon Butter from Veggie Desserts

Oaty Cinnamon Muffins from Lovely Appetite

Plum And Cinnamon Cake from Happiness Is Homemade


Indulgent Autumnal Drinks

One of the very best thing about this time of year is enjoying indulgent Autumnal drinks. Whether it is a mulled cider or a simple yet delicious hot chocolate. I love them sat at my desk, reading a book in my conservatory or even better on a forest walk or beach stroll.

Below you will find some of my favourite drinks created by myself and fellow bloggers. You’ll find boozy treats alongside lattes ..including Pumpkin Spiced.. which I know a lot of you love. Feel free to share your favourites in the comment box below.

Kicking off with:

Boozy Hot Chocolate from Fab Food 4 All:

Pumpkin Spiced Latte from Supper In The Suburbs

Decadent White Hot Chocolate from Supper In The Suburbs

Slow Cooker Boozy Salted Caramel Hot Chocolate from Baking Queen 74

Ultimate Nutella Hot Chocolate

The Perfect Chai Latte

Honeyed Rose Hot Chocolate from Tin & Thyme

Jamie Oliver Epic Hot Chocolate

indulgent autumnal drinks

Mulled Gin & Ginger Beer from Foodie Quine

Slow Cooker Spiced Pear Juice from Recipes From a Pantry

Golden Turmeric Latte from Tin & Thyme

Instant Turmeric Latte Mix from Fuss Free Flavours

Golden Milk Hot Chocolate from Celery and Cupcakes

Red Velvet Beet Hot Chocolate from Veggie Desserts

The Instagram & Instagrammers I Love – September 2017

Well I am only a day late with this post which considering how hectic life seems to have been lately is not bad at all.

How has Instagram been this month? Well I have been enormously lazy with IG over the past four weeks, I have been focusing on some behind the scenes blog work and also I have been away with my family for a much needed break… this led to a very quiet month of posting for me. My following has continued to grow slowly and steadily with just over a 100 new followers. I am getting a little frustrated with the way the feed is organised these days, I see photos from 7 days ago alongside photos from 15 minutes ago and I just want it to be instant again.

My top three posts in September were:

Firstly a selfie from Copenhagen, I had some lovely comments on this photo which really made me smile:

Secondly was this dish that I created at an event hosted by Tesco in London last month:

And finally this shot of my coffee and cake at Milk & Sugar in Cardiff, one of my favourite places to eat in the capital.

As always I know the real reason you read this post is for the recommendations of who to follow so I won’t make you wait any longer, coming up are five accounts I am really enjoying this month:

Jason Bradbury ( @jasonbradbury) is currently on a year long trip around the world with his wife and children, I am loving his Instagram and twitter feeds and his videos telling all about their travels.

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Next up is Kacie from @therarewelshbitblog, Kacie is a food and travel blogger from Cardiff who I have followed for quite a while now and met for the first time a few months ago. Her feed is full of the best local food and also photos from her trips, go give her a follow…

Now this next one may not be that appealing to you unless you either love Game Of Thrones.. or you love dogs. If you love both then this will be your new favourite account – @got_direwolves. It is the official account for Summer and Greywind ( aka Odin and Thor ) from Game Of Thrones. I met the dogs on my trip to Ireland in June and their lovely owners too. I always enjoy seeing this account pop up in my feed, it is more than satisfying my GOT cravings now that we have the long wait for season 8. I like this shot of the dogs playing in the Dark Hedges:

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Next up is Sandhya from @sandhyaskitchen, a food and travel blogger and photographer. I went to a blog conference a few years ago and listened to a wonderfully inspiring talk from Sandhya on food styling and photography, it gave me loads of ideas. She has such a beautiful feed. It will make you hungry..

And finally Niki from @rebelrecipes, Niki is a freelance food consultant, recipe creator, stylist & photographer as well as an award winning blogger. Her feed is vibrant and her recipes ooze health but also look incredibly tasty. I met Niki at an event for The Soil Association recently and it was great to meet in person and put a real face to the feed, she’s lovely btw. I love this beautiful shot of this acai bowl:

And that is it for this month, who are you loving on Instagram right now? Anyone I need to be following?

7 Things I Love About Autumn

I have been a long time lover of Autumn. As a child my favourite time was always September when the leaves began to turn and conkers covered my walk to school. As an adult I have grown to love it even more, so I thought I would tell you why.

There is another reason behind the post. I am lost for words a little at the moment. I feel that what I write just isn’t up to scratch. I am putting it down to a busy few months and trying to get my mojo back so I thought a bit of less pressured writing about nothing and everything was needed, so expect some rambles off me this weekend.

Anyway back to this post. Autumn. Fall.. the Golden Season. Oh I love it so. Did any of you ever sing that song in school assemblies? The one that began with the line:

Autumn days when the grass is jewelled and the silk inside a chestnut shell…

I’ve been humming that lately. The song goes on to say.. The smell of bacon as I fasten up my laces and the song the milkman wonder I was always hungry in school assemblies. BACON.

Here are the reasons I love Autumn or Fall wherever you may be in the world:

1. Crunchy leaves. Or more specifically walking through them, crunching and kicking them up into the air like a child.

2. The colours. There is something special about the colours on a perfectly crisp Autumnal day. The sky looks a different kind of blue and every gold or red leaf stands out like art. Gorgeous deep brown shiny conkers are sprinkled all over the pavements and it is a great time to take photos so I am hoping to get lots of recipes created and shot over the next few weeks.

3. The temperature. Ah this is just the perfect temp for me. I love gorgeously sunny hot weather but only really if I am not working and have the time to enjoy it. I don’t love being cold..that is an understatement. So September/October weather is just right. I can layer up in my favourite warm clothes but I don’t need a big bulky coat. Perfect.

4. The clothes. Ah the clothes. Autumn clothes are my fave. Soft, comfy knits, shirt dresses with tights and boots and YES all the knitted hats. If you know me then you know I am a hat person. I don’t actually know how many I own but I always have room in my wardrobe for just one more. I don’t wear them because I think they suit me or make me look good, they probably don’t. I just like being comfy, I have loads of thick hair which gets in my face if I don’t wear one and yes sometimes it is just to disguise a bad hair day. Expect to see me in a knitted hat if you see me anytime before April..

5. The food. Autumn food is comfort food to me. Dishes filled with flavour and spice. Traditional dishes such as cottage pie or new creations like the baked brown sugar squash I made last Autumn or the Pumpkin cheese fondue I have coming up next month.

6. The drinks. Just as important as the food. Autumn is the time for chai lattes, hot chocolate with whipped cream and maybe time to start on the Baileys and Mulled cider? Although Pumpkin Spiced Lattes seem to be for everyone else they aren’t really for me..

7. Time to cwtch up, get cosy or dare I say it…Hygge. I can totally justify an entire day in indoor clothes, slouchy jumpers and long socks watching films, eating good food and getting all snug under one of my MANY fleecy throws. Oh why not just light up some candles too and make it a perfect day.

What do you love about Autumn?

Lactose Free Eggy Bread – Tesco Lactose Free

Last week I spent a really fun evening at Jenius Social in Islington at an event hosted by Tesco. The event was to showcase their lactose free range and we enjoyed a cookery masterclass with chef Lesley Waters as well as some interesting discussion with Christine Bailey ( nutritionist ).


Firstly in case you don’t know, here is a brief explanation of what Lactose Intolerance is, from Christine Bailey:

Lactose intolerance is the inability to break down a type of natural sugar called lactose. Lactose is commonly found in dairy products, such as milk and yogurt. A person becomes lactose intolerant when his or her small intestine stops making enough of the enzyme lactase to digest and break down the lactose. When this happens, the undigested lactose moves into the large intestine. The bacteria that are normally present in the large intestine interact with the undigested lactose and cause symptoms which although not serious can be very unpleasant.

The dishes we created including a pea puree risotto and Tiramisu, all using the Tesco lactose free range. Now I am fairly used to the Free From aisles in Tesco. My youngest daughter Chloe has a number of allergies and I often buy items from the gluten and dairy free range for her. But the Lactose Free range is new to me, I don’t avoid lactose and neither do any of my immediate family so I’ve never had a reason to buy it but I was very pleasantly surprised. I am not sure why I expected the products to taste less creamy or less indulgent because they certainly don’t. In fact I think I may even prefer the lactose free blue cheese to some of the standard versions I’ve tried and the yoghurt is deliciously creamy and thick.

Lesley and her sister who is the head chef at her cookery school showed us how to create the dishes which was really good fun and I picked up lots of tips. I love when I attend an event and walk away at the event buzzing with ideas for new recipes and just excited about food. I am quite often excited about food but there is something special about time spent with fellow bloggers and food lovers that inspires me. My cooking team was made up of myself, Lucy from Supergolden Bakes and Eilidh from Mummy and the Monkeys. We made a good team, mainly as we all agreed on adding a lot more booze to the Tiramisu.

We left the event, very full and with a goodie bag laden with products to try out at home. So far I have been really impressed by what I have tried and today I made the most delicious brunch using the lactose free creme fraiche and the blue cheese, you can find the recipe below shared by Tesco with some slight changes that I’ve made – I can never leave a recipe as it is!

Lactose Free Eggy Bread with Crispy Bacon, Fried Apples and Blue Cheese

You will need:

140ml lactose free creme fraiche

3 free range eggs

15ml water

4 slices of thick bread ( I always find eggy bread works best on slightly stale bread )

a few slices of blue cheese, crumbled

6 rashes of smoked streaky bacon

2 apples , sliced thickly

rapeseed oil

black pepper and sea salt

Whisk your eggs, creme fraiche, water and seasoning together and leave to stand. Now fry your bacon until crispy until crispy and set aside, in the same pan fry your apples until golden brown. In a separate pan heat 2 tbsps of rapeseed oil, dip your bread into your eggy mixture and fry one slice at a time until golden brown on each side. Serve the bread with the bacon and apples on top and your blue cheese crumbled over.

lactose free

  • I was invited to this event by Tesco and compensated for my time.
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