Dark Chocolate Covered Almonds

I don’t know about you but as the days get shorter and colder, I often find myself substituting in sugar, chocolate or other pick-me-ups in place of sunshine.  It’s not intentional, but it happens and it’s something I’m trying to be a bit more mindful about.  With Halloween approaching it’s all too easy to use “the season” as an excuse for over-the-top helpings of chocolate, sugar and whatever else. While totally ok (and leaning towards welcomed on the day and a few days before and afterwards) is a habit I would prefer not to create for myself.

Since we stopped our mid-week shops I’ve thankfully had some checks already put into place before the sugar onset began. So instead of turning to the nearest and biggest bag of sweeties as the check out till, I’ve opened up my cupboards instead to see what I could make that would scratch the chocolate/sugar itch.

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Apples & Honey Cake

Originally this bread was made for Rosh Hashanah, using honey and apples as is the tradition.  It’s a beautiful autumnal bread, and perfect if you’ve decided to go apple picking like we did and now have a stuff-ton of apples to use up.  It’s not too heavy on the cinnamon and nutmeg as I was trying to show some restraint and not go over the top pumpkin spice latte on anyone.  Not yet anyhow… Continue reading

Keeping things simple(ish)

Over the past month or so we’ve been finding our feet and new routine, adjusting to Nell starting school, Isla heading to nursery a bit more, and me working more than I had been as well. It’s been okay overall, thought I must admit there are just some days where I feel like I will never quite catch up.. Last week at 5pm I was in the midst of making dinner as per usual and witching hour was starting to set in, also as per usual. That magical combination of hungry, tired, slightly bored and just generally grumpy hour right before dinner – where there is still a lot left to be done, but no one has much patience to let you do it.  Nick was at work, we had all had a rubbish night’s sleep, and for whatever reason I was hellbent on trying to make squash and chickpea hummus.  We needed to have that and only that for dinner. And dinner needed to be served promptly at 6pm, no earlier, no later to stay in line with our routine.  Plus I was trying to keep my own attitude and stress levels in check as the girls’ mood started to grate and deteriorate…. Continue reading