white chocolate & ginger macarons

white chocolate & ginger macarons

I’ve been at it again!

Actually, I’m lying. Remember the last set of macarons that I made? Well, when I made them, I was so pleased with myself that I immediately made another batch just to ensure that it wasn’t a fluke.

I’ve been sitting on the recipe/ flavor combo/ photos since then in the hopes of enticing you once more.

I know, it’s cheating. I’m sorry I cheated. I’m sorry I didn’t share them right when I made them… but I soooo much wanted the element of surprise.

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That’s all though. There’s no more hidden batches that I haven’t revealed. I’m not saying there wont be more batches in the future, I’m just saying that I’m disclosing all the ones I currently have.

These ones should make mum happy too. She’s a fan of the ginger. Not sure if she’s into white chocolate so much, but she loves macarons so I’m sure she wont mind. She did NOT like the cardamom in the last batch, that’s for sure.

Enough rambling from me though, on to better things!

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lemon layer cake, dressed to impress

There are cakes… & then there are CAKES.

gluten free lemon layer cake with a strawberry cream cloud filling & white chocolate ganache exterior. Ruffle cake.

Unfortunately, it would seem that any time I invest a large amount of time in decorating a cake, I become completely uninspired to photograph it properly.

There’s a correlation here. The more time & effort something takes, the worse the photograph.

I don’t know how I manage to do this to myself every time, but it may be time to just accept it as a fact & move on.

I will say this though, there were four layers of delicious gluten-free lemon cake. Each layer was filled with a smooth, light, strawberry cream cloud filling. Then the whole cake was encased in a creamy white chocolate ganache.

Yea, talk about your layer cakes!

I love layer cakes. They always look so impressive when sliced up & served. Like, seriously impressive.

My photos don’t do this justice.

gluten free lemon layer cake with a strawberry cream cloud filling & white chocolate ganache exterior. Ruffle cake.

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white chocolate chip, chili chocolate cookies

I don’t have words for today, I’m still assessing the situation & trying to figure out what exactly it all means. Cryptic, I know.

I do know this though, there was a surprising amount of sunshine & heat on what was predicted to be another gloomy London day. That in & of itself calls for something a little special.

So, I come bringing the heat as well…. so to speak. Do you like a bit of chili with your chocolate? Have you tried the two together? Do it. Make these gluten-free chili chocolate cookies with white chocolate chunks.

That’s it, I’m out, that’s all you get. Sorry.

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coconut & lemongrass cake

Something is well & truly wrong with me.

At the time I made the cake, it was the only thing I could do to appease the god of cravings. The urge to consume coconut in the form of a dense, moist cake with a light island like flavor was just overwhelming.

Now?

Now that I have to recount the story of the cake, the only thing I can think of is my small kitchen, my little Sushi who liked to sleep between my feet whilst I worked away, and Mel, my monster of a man who undoubtedly would devour every crumb that was left in his path. I miss that. I miss them.

I wonder if making the cake again now would bring my boys here to me, or maybe even transport me back to them.

Oh I’m such a sap sometimes.

Seriously though, when I say I had cravings, I mean my taste-buds had full on pledged war against me until I gave them what they wanted. I wasn’t allowed to enjoy anything else until I broke down & wrote this recipe.

It was worth it. It was totally worth it.

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chocolate dipped frozen bananas…. summer love

There are worse things to give in to when you’ve got a sugar craving. Much worse. A chocolate covered frozen banana is not one of them.

Seriously, give yourself a break from all your “shoulds” & “shouldn’ts” & just give in once in a while. It’s summer. It’s hot. You’ve worked all year slaving away in the gym to get the perfect body, and now it’s time to reward yourself.

Did you know that a little bit of dark chocolate is good for you? I’m talking real chocolate though, not candy bars that are filled with sugars, preservatives, artificial flavorings & who knows what else. So when you think about this, these bananas are good for you. It’s just chocolate & bananas, you can’t go wrong! Not to mention that when the bananas freeze they maintain this creamy texture which contrasts perfectly with the crunch of the outer shell.

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