Tuesday, 24 May 2016

Millionaire's Shortbread with Ganache Topping




This is a fully loaded treat if ever I saw one. Utter decadence on a plate - I must admit that I only make these occasionally due to their richness and for fear that gobbling too many might induce a sugar coma!

Tuesday, 17 May 2016

Roasted Garlic & Mustard Pork Chops with Creamy Mash




Can flavours determine love? This was the subject of an email that landed in my inbox recently and I was instantly intrigued! New research conducted by Knorr which spoke to 12,000 people in 12 countries has shown that a whopping 78% of people say that they are more attracted to people who enjoy the same flavours as them. I can relate to this - there are very few things that I do not eat (I could probably count my food dislikes on one hand) and living with an extremely picky eater is not my idea of a good time.


Tuesday, 10 May 2016

Ginger Toffee Puddings




Years ago whilst I was living in the U.K. I was lucky enough to have the opportunity to go on some skiing trips. Or was I? Learning to ski the first time was terrifying, the second time it was slightly better but not great, and needless to say there was no third time! Dear husband took to it straight away and still pines for the slopes, but on the contrary - whizzing and zig zagging over the slippery ice while feeling that at any moment I might become imprinted onto the nearest tree is not for me as it turns out, and I am quite happy to keep my feet on solid ground!

Wednesday, 4 May 2016

Win a Sasko Mother's Day Hamper!





You probably thought you had heard the last of me for this week but... surprise! It's giveaway time! This Sunday is Mother's Day and our friends at Sasko have put together a gorgeous kitchen hamper for one lucky Cupcakes and Couscous reader. Could it be you?


Tuesday, 3 May 2016

French Onion Soup





Bonjour! One the best things about the onset of Autumn and the chillier weather is that I get to eat soup all the time! Yes, I actually get rather excited about this. I try to make a couple of big batches of different flavours, and then freeze them in portions so that I always have some on hand for quick lunches. (If only I was that organised with all my meals!)



Tuesday, 26 April 2016

Chocolate Sandwich Biscuits






So today I am grateful for two things. 1.) That I managed to get a blog post together for this week, and 2.) that I am able to string a coherent sentence together. It has been a rough couple of days you see, with the entire family being struck down with an assortment of germs and lurgies. Currently my kitchen counter looks more like a pharmacy than anything else and we are all lacking in the sleep department which is less than ideal. The timing was also unlucky as we had planned to go away this past weekend for a wedding. We did manage one night away in the end but we were not on best form. Never mind, grumble grumble. 

Tuesday, 19 April 2016

The Lightest Lemon Squares




The other day my daughter came home from school and (after proudly showing me the red autumn leaves she had found in the playground that day as well as an energetic, full length rendition of "The Farmer in the Dell" - oh to be four again!) told me that her class had celebrated a birthday that day and that the birthday boy had brought a lemon cake to school for everyone to share. It made me think of this recipe which is one of those that I have had for years, scribbled on a piece of paper and unceremoniously shoved inside a notebook. It is a fantastic recipe and worthy of a more permanent home here on the web and not just on a scrap of paper!