All posts tagged: mary berry

The Kitchen Wishlist #4 | Afternoon Tea Week

I bloody love afternoon tea. Today is the day I embark upon my first proper homemade one, and hopefully you’ll be reading all about it by tomorrow – I really can’t wait. In the mean time, I thought you might like to see the five things I’d love to have at my afternoon tea table. I’ve steered clear of anything too quaint or sickeningly British because I’m sure you’ll see enough of those this week. Let me know what your favourite is in the comments. Oh, and tell me, if you could go to just one shop to buy lots of bits for afternoon tea, where would it be? I’m forever looking for new gorgeous kitchenware places to lust after. I know it would be terribly un-dainty to drink afternoon tea from something so bulky as this neko cat mug from Anthropologie, but isn’t it beautiful? We’ve talked about their Alice in Wonderland range before, but this plate from Whittard was too darling to leave off the list, I’m a sucker for blue and white in …

Tangy Red Cabbage

The slow carb diet (which I’m currently following, read up here if you didn’t know) recommends repeating meals a fair bit. I haven’t read the science bit behind this yet, although I plan to, but I trust Tim Ferriss so that’s what I’ve been doing. But repeating meals kind of sucks unless you’ve got some kickass dinner components to come home to every night. While I was planning my meals this weekend I thought about the red cabbage recipe my Grandmother used to make that I always adored. So I dropped her a text to ask for the recipe, and she said it was in the Hamlyn All Colour Cookbook. It’s about as vintage as vintage gets, check out Mary Berry looking all young and composed in the picture of  the inside cover to the left. The original recipe contains apple and sugar, both of which are no-nos for slow carbers. It also calls for bacon, which is a yes as far as the diet is concerned but I didn’t much fancy that combo. So …

Great British Bake Off-Along: Cherry Coconut Shortbread

Before I begin telling you about this recipe, I’ll give you my top tip on keeping your health/weight goals in check and still being able to enjoy baking. Become a feeder. If I bake, it’s on a Sunday, that way I know I can bring whatever I made with love into the office for everyone else to eat. If you make a batch of something, it’s alright to have one or two alongside a decent diet and an average exercise routine, just don’t eat ’em all. I’m not claiming a breadth of health knowledge here, but everyone’s Nan always says “everything in moderation” and if you can’t trust a nation of Nans, who can you trust? This is my first bake-off-along recipe, inspired by my old food blogger buddy old pal Ala over at This Particular. Since I skipped episode one, I’ve incorporated a little of both episodes. Cherries from Mary Berry’s technical challenge last week, and biscuits to fit the last episode’s theme. To try and get it just a little tiny bit healthier …