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.
July 5th, 2011

Rum & Raisin Chocolate Truffles

Rum + Raisin = Sublime

Rum + Raisin + Chocolate = Divine

These homemade Rum & Raisin Chocolate Truffles = Perfection

I have not done much chocolate making in my life, but I have been thinking a lot about chocolate and making things from home recently. Then the other day I happened to be watching an episode of the Barefoot Contessa that was based around all things chocolate, and she made some Rum and Raisin truffles. Needless to say I was smitten, and almost the second it was finished, I was in the kitchen, rummaging in my chocolate storage box for all the chocolate I could lay my hands on to start making a bounteous batch of these beauties.  Read the rest of this entry »

May 8th, 2011

Whiskey Raisin Banana Bread and Butter Pudding

You know those nights, when you are driving home from work and you are wondering what you will have for dinner. There is nobody to cook for except yourself so there are no rules. I had one of those nights last week. I’d had a particularly crappy work day and I was on my way home doing a mental inventory of the food in the house, and I came to the conclusion that I needed butter. I already knew that I was going to embark on a theraputic baking exercise when i got home, but baking options become significantly limited when one is out of butter. Now I know there are loads of lovely vegan baking recipes online that would be suitable for such an occasion, but I wanted butter. I wanted creamed butter and sugar. And I wanted bread and butter pudding.

I watched this video on Joy the Baker’s website a couple of weeks ago, and it was doing the rounds in my head. I wish I had a baking buddy like that, what fun! And the Bourbon Bread and Butter pudding that they made looked simple, comforting and delicious. But I needed butter. It was 17:45-ish and the thought of driving any kind of distance in the traffic for a simple brick of butter was out of the question. So I sucked it up and drove past my house and onwards to Asda. Read the rest of this entry »