All posts tagged: pumpkin spice

Autumn Made Me Do It | #bakeoffbakealong

I love Flora, in a big way, but it was definitely her turn to be off-skis this week. I’m sure we’ll be hearing more from her over the next five years or so, she’s a right one to watch! Disappointed as I am to see her  go, I couldn’t be happier with who’s made it to the final, the best have definitely been saved ’til last. I think my highlight from last weeks show can only be Ian’s well. I couldn’t actually speak, I was so amazed. Not only did he attempt something of sheer genius, he absolutely smashed it. I’m still in absolute awe of the thing. I’ll be honest, after my less than impressive attempt at a showstopper last week, I was kind of intimidated by the actual chocolate work going on in the challenges. So I haven’t really committed to any of them. Instead, I gave into the overwhelming desire I’ve had recently to make pumpkin puree, and use pumpkin pie spice for its original purpose – to add autumn flavour to …

Pumpkin Pie Spiced Chickpeas

Now look here, I know I’ve taken the piss out of the pumpkin spice craze in my time. But I’m growing as a person every day and this months personal growth just happens to include the acceptance – nay, embracement – of autumns most popular spice mix. If you really want to just get right into autumn, really get in there, but don’t want to drink gallons of hot chocolate and eat far too much cake, this recipe has got your back. It’s the best of both worlds, really. A teenie little bit sweet, crack-level (I presume, I’m more of a heroin girl myself) (kidding) addictive and yet, not too bad for you at all. I guess what I’m really trying to say here is, please don’t hate me for succumbing to pumpkin spice. It was only a matter of time, we all knew it. I made a batch of the spice mix as described in this recipe. If you can’t be arsed to click on that, it’s 3 tbsps ground cinnamon, 2 tsps ground …

We Need to Talk About Pumpkin Spice

Before we begin, I should tell you something. I’ve never had a pumpkin spice latte. Considering the fact that it was first introduced in 2003, this is pretty neglectful of me. I got to thinking about why I’d never gotten round to it.. There’s the whole Starbucks taxes thing, of course. Or perhaps it’s because I live in perpetual fear of being thought of as basic. Oh, or it could be that one latte contains 49g (a lot) of sugar. So when Bluebird Tea Co sent me their autumn collection, I did an actual squeal at the packet marked Spiced Pumpkin Pie. A pumpkin spice drink made by a small company, local to me, using quality ingredients, who know their shit? Doesn’t get much better than that. It was the first tea I brewed from the lot, and it lived up to my (very) high hopes and expectations. Guys, I love this tea so much I could do cartwheels. It’s got all those wicked autumnal flavours without the use of a sugar syrup, so it’s already streets ahead …