off to Kent

chin chin and all that.
Today is my boy's 21st so we're off to Hop Farm Festival for the weekend.
He's so old! To think we were both 17 when we first started going out!!

I'll be back baking on monday as ever.
Have a splendid weekend wherever you are in the world.

mwah mwah mwah.
xx

Peanut Butter Creams

Yesterday Jim needed cheering up and i had half a jar of peanut butter left over so my usual response was to bake.
I had found a recipe in a book in urban outfitters that was simply marvellous but it was too much hassle for a quick bake session and i didnt have the time to be kneading the dough whilst reading it poetry really.

So i settled on a good old BBC recipe and adapted it a little to make them nicer!

Ingredients

8 tbsp plain flour
1 tbsp caster sugar
1 tbsp light brown sugar sugar
3 tbsp crunchy peanut butter
1 free-range egg yolk
50g/1¾oz butter, softened
2 tsp vanilla extract
2 tbsp of finely chopped mixed nuts

icing sugar, for dusting

Method

Preheat the oven to 180C/350F/Gas 4.

Throw it all in the bowl and mix (carefully or flour goes everywhere and your mum will shout!) into a smooth dough.

Break off equal portioned cookies, mine were as stated and about the size of a walnut.

Squish with a fork to make a pretty patterns

Bake for around 10 minutes and then leave to cool on a cooling rack.

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Now, the verdict.
They are very very short, so i probably would use a little more butter and the whole egg in the future. I know the batter consistency would change but i like biscuits a little more doughy!
To make mine really yummy i sandwiched them together with some Vanilla Buttercream.
It made them not too dry and delicious!!

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Now all my peanut butter is gone so i'm not sure what to do next/with my life!!
Off to a festival tomorrow, gonna get to see Price!
xx

Praha

Here is possibly the most un-educational/classy/inspiring selection of photographs from my holiday in Prague!

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What all the food looked like!

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One thing we were warned is that the food is a little hit and miss and i can honestly say we had a pretty much perfect week of dining out (except for the hotel breakfast that WAS a total miss, every day!)
Here are my top 5 places to eat in Prague:

1. Cukrkavalimonada in The Lesser town
Literal translation 'Coffee, Sugar, Lemonade'! Hence the new blog name, I was so taken by this cute cafe off the main street in the Lesser town we even went back twice (we didn't repeat visits to ensure we made the most of the food!) From the beautiful chandelier and ceiling to the tastiest cakes around (VERY IMPORTANT), all cooked from scratch on the premises, this place is a must go. Apparently their hot chocolates are to die for but due to all the cake eating i never got a chance to try one.

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2. The Little Whale (U Male Velryby) in The Lesser town
Just around the corner from Cukrkavalimonada in the Maltese Square this place did the BEST tapas i've ever eaten outside Italy and Spain. We found the wine wasnt too bad either!...

3. The Bakeshop in The Old Town
Located in the posh part of the Old Town (past the touristy bits and onto the Gucci, Prada, Hermes streets!) this place was HEAVEN! I have never seen so many beautifully executed cakes, tarts, tray bakes, pastry etc etc etc. My eyes quite literally popped out of my head. We had the most delicious quiche and i ate a meranige bigger than my head (and i have a big head) which came back to the UK with me and was shared my my mum and sister. Essential for cake lovers everywhere.

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4. Mousetrap (Pasticka) in Vinohrady
A Czech gem! In our tour book it said it was a 'local joint' so we thought 'to hell with it we can be locals too!!'. The food was good and hearty and you certainly wouldn't complain about the portion size to cost ratio. Czech food at it's best (there is so much bad looking czech food out there i never thought we'd find somewhere decent!)

5. Here i am torn, french bistro or bagel shop...
BOTH!
you cant have a top 6 because that's weird so here's two names for you:
Céleste Bistro in the Old Town and Bohemian Bagel (Old and Lesser Towns)
YUM!

I must say, Prague was beautiful and i could write down all the things we did and the places we ate, but i won't. You all deserve to go there and seek your own adventures and what not! So here's my review... Go!

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sob

i'm trying so hard to make technology work! I may have cracked it after about two and a half hours.
This song is helping me through though...



xx

chocolate and....peanut butter??

I know i know it isnt a new thing (especially my American readers!) but honestly the idea of the two together made me weep! how can soemthing as pure and fantastic be ruined by peanut butter? but...

I am a convert!

Yesterday i discovered Joy, Joy the Baker.
My new icon, idol and love. She is totally hilarious, visit her site at Joy the Baker. I read her article on how to impress boys with baking (not that Jim needs impressing) and i figured i should try a nice manly treat, she suggested these Chocolate Peanut Butter Pretzel Brownies.
Three words - yum, yum, YUM!!
Not only boys like them, my mum, cousin, sister and friend liked them too (all girls!). Need to try one out on my dad really, if he liked them then it would be an achievement! (Jim liked them too, i took him some this morning).

My attempt...
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A little brown because of the aga but delicious non the less, because of the melting and whisking eggs in one at a time it's quite a long recipe, especially when you're converting cups to grams and your parents are having an inky nightmare in the kitchen at the same time, but that certainly isn't a bad thing. Not eveery recipe needs to take 15 minutes.
I'd give the recipe 10/10 very lovely, very very lovely.
Try this definitely!!

Prague post will come tonight or tomorrow, i've got abit of a secret project to do tonight so we'll see.
Happy start of the week
xx

Welcome

To the new blog.
I have moved all my posts here from 'unfenced existence' but i really felt the blog needed a better name and vibe etc.

If you read my other blog thank you for graciously accepting the move. If you are a new reader, HELLO, welcome to my ramblings about food and day to day life of me!

xx