Sugarbird's Sweet Nothings

I am passionate about food. And cooking. And baking. And running. Come and find a new recipe, a funny story, some strong opinions and whatever else I feel like throwing in the mix today.

Archive for the ‘Biscuits’ Category

March 8th, 2011 by Clarabella

Caribbean Chocolate Brownies

Chocolate. Whoever invented it, thank you. You have given hundreds, thousands, hundreds of thousands of women something that can make them feel better, no matter how bad things may be.

Bad day at work? Chocolate brownie.

Found out your simple car service has a £600 bill attached to it? Chocolate Log.

Coffee break after paining the living room, hallway, and banisters for 5 hours solid? Kit-Kat.

Boyfriend/husband/other half has been away in Barbados surrounded by blonde bimbos for a week and you’re home alone? Toblerone.

Gruelling 10 mile uphill trail run in the rain and you finish triumphant but soaked with 2kg of mud attached to each shoe. Hot hot hot chocolate.

Bliss.

So, with my baking craving on, I went to a shop yesterday, innocently looking for bread and smoked salmon to satisfy a sensible lunch requirement, and I walked out with those, and a slab of chocolate.

This slab.

Looks innocent does it?

Now look at it next to a regular 100g slab of chocolate.

Impressed? I thought you might be. I just couldn’t resist this (reduced) 950g bar of chocolate. It filled me whith chocolatey inspiration. It had to be mine. Now, I keep thinking about the white chocolate version. I am resisting the temptation to go back. Its hard.

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March 4th, 2011 by Clarabella

Chocolate & Date Pinwheel Biscuits

It always interests me watching someone talk about something that they are passionate about. A person’s eyes light up and they become animated and happy. It also interests me what gets people passionate. Their child/dog/boyfriend/car/job/cause/etc. The range of human interest is as unlimited as the stars in the sky, and its funny how what incites strong feelings on one person, is often of no interest whatsoever to the person next to them. So we seek out likeminded people with whom we can discuss our passions. Fuel each others fires, remind each other of that which brings us joy.

I have a couple of passions. And like most people I am sure, my passions have changed over the years. When I was a teenager I was madly passionate about horses. Now it is running and cooking/baking that I love. Two very different things but two that turn out to be quite complimentary. I run, therefore I can eat what I bake and not become a whale.

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March 1st, 2011 by Clarabella

A Creamy Dreamy Crunchy Sweet February – Espresso Panna Cotta and Cherry and Ginger Florentines

The February 2011 Daring Bakers’ challenge was hosted by Mallory from A Sofa in the Kitchen. She chose to challenge everyone to make Panna Cotta from a Giada De Laurentiis recipe and Nestle Florentine Cookies.

You know how sometimes, even with the best laid plans and oodles of forethought, life sometimes gets in the way of your plans? Well, I had that this week. Life saw my well prepared, organised, on-time training coming, and it just went ahead and jumped right in the middle of the tracks in front of it causing a de-railing and a significant delay.

Anyway, I digress. I really enjoyed this challenge. I have made panna cotta many times before so that was not new, but I hunted around for a variation on panna cotta that I had not seen/tried before, and thus I came upon Espresso panna cotta. The combination of coffee and cream and vanilla sounded like a match made in heaven, so that was the one I chose. I also chose to make the coffee gelee to snazzy it up a bit. I just wish I’d had cuter, smaller bowls to put it in as the ones I used were kind of a 2-in-1 serving. As in, plenty for 2 people. The panna cotta is pretty rich.

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February 23rd, 2011 by Clarabella

Coconut Cranberry Chewy Cookies

After having made loads of white chocolate and spicy cookies recently, I felt it was time for a change. I looked in my cupboards full to the brim with various lovely ingredients, and the coconut was jumping out at me. Not sure why, I haven’t even had a Bounty recently, but the coconut was definitely calling. “Use me”, “Pick me”, “You know you want to” (Yes, sometimes ingredients talk to me. Yes, I am weird and in need of professional help.)

So, What goes beautifully with tropical tasting coconut? The tart bite of a cranberry, and something else… It needed something else. So while trawling the net in search of a recipe that would speak to me as the coconut had done, I came across one for coconut, cranberry chews. This recipe did call for orange zest, a slight problem as I had no oranges in the house at the time. However, in a sort of ode to the cosmopolitan, I though lime would go just as well, if not better. I do generally have limes in the house due to my love of a certain Brazilian cocktail called the capirhina which calls for fresh lime juice (maybe I should include my capirhina recipe as well for those feeling daring today).

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February 6th, 2011 by Clarabella

Spicy and sweet, with a tingle

For almost 2 weeks I have had a recipe for chewy ginger chocolate biscuits teasing me, taunting me, begging me to transform it from drab, black words on white paper, into sweet, spicy, aromatic reality. After a busy week of work and social activities,  I got home at about 9pm on Friday night, and even though a part of me longed to flop down on the sofa and not move until bedtime, I went straight into the kitchen and whipped the flour, butter, sugar and spices out of the cupboard.

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