There are certain types of people I mistrust from the outset: politicians (like the rest of the world), parking wardens (how are they always conveniently around the corner, ready to pounce) and people who don’t like chocolate. How? Why?! I just cannot fathom not liking the smooth, creamy delight so am naturally suspicious of chocolate haters. Were they robbed of a childhood of chocolate eggs and bunnies at Easter or endless Milk Trays at Christmas? Did no one else share with them the simple pleasure of a rich chocolate cake covered in ganache? Do they even like their taste buds?! I better stop before I fall further into despair.
Needless to say, I absolutely love chocolate… I’m not a huge consumer of sweets or lollies but chocolate is my guilty pleasure, my afternoon pick-me-up, pretty much my favourite sweet treat! I find it very hard to look beyond a chocolate dessert so decided to try making one of my favourites – the chocolate mousse. I’ve tested it out on two sets of dinner party guests and am happy to report this dark chocolate mousse was devoured in record time and there was a lot of glass scraping to get every last bit!
My sister recently told me about this banana diet which is making the #fitspo folk go, well, bananas. My first reaction was to laugh; who can seriously eat bananas all day, everyday? Who wants to?! But then I remembered that not everyone shares my opinion, people actually like those pungent, squishy things. They are everywhere: lollies, ice cream, milkshakes, smoothies, milk, fritters, and of course cake.
Banana cake just doesn’t tickle my fancy, obviously if it was a choice between that or carrot cake, it’s the lesser of the two evils but it will never be my preferred option. On the contrary, a certain someone is rather fond of banana cake so feeling generous one afternoon I decided to make him one. Kind of. I mean there are a lot of bananas in it but it also calls for pineapple, a fruit I do adore, and the cake is technically called a Hummingbird Cake…
If you dare take a look at your social calendar this month, you’ll definitely know the season to eat, drink, and be merry is most definitely upon us! Office Christmas parties are well underway, as are the festive mulled wine nights, the silly Christmas jumper parties… and the occasional early Christmas dinner party! Oh bring on the inevitable overdrinking and overeating. Many occasions will just require you to turn up with a jolly attitude, some might suggest you bring booze but that’s hardly a chore. The real challenge is what to bring if you’re asked to contribute something less liquid.
Between the afterwork drinks, the physical assault of Christmas shopping, and the shoulder to shoulder weaving through Christmas markets, who’s got time to actually make something? You could turn up with a tub of ‘Celebrations’ or the less bah-humbug option of supermarket mince pies, or… you could be the guest with the best and whip up this scrumptious cheesecake!