A Cornish girl's food adventures

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Gingerbread truffles

Gingerbread truffles

Spending the first few years of my life living in Germany has definitely had a big influence on the way I celebrate Christmas. Even the baubles hanging from my tree are the ones that I inherited/pinched from my mum which she bought when we lived […]

Gingerbread Honeycomb

Gingerbread Honeycomb

What do you call this? Honeycomb? Cinder toffee? Hokey pokey? Mr Colonial Cravings always laughs at me when I call it hokey pokey, but that’s what we call it in Cornwall and I think it’s pretty cute. Whatever name you have for it, this gingerbread […]

Crochet mug cosy

Crochet mug cosy

A homemade gift is always extra special. It’s the fact that you’ve gone to the trouble to make something for someone rather than just buying them something. This makes a really nice little stocking filler.

It doesn’t use very much wool and works up very quickly. It’s just a case of working rows of half double crochet back and forth until the cosy is long enough to wrap around a mug. It’s the perfect thing to snuggle up by the fire with!

 

Cardamom espresso brownie bites

Cardamom espresso brownie bites

Nothing shows just how much you care about someone more than letting them indulge in these delectable little bites of rich chocolatey goodness, rather than just scoffing the lot yourself. I’d forgotten just how delicious the combination of sweet chocolate, bitter coffee and fragrant cardamom […]

Salted honey & olive oil truffles (vegan)

Salted honey & olive oil truffles (vegan)

These are just bonkers easy to make. Seriously, I almost feel like I’m cheating you out of a recipe with this one. These are also dairy-free, although you wouldn’t guess it from how gloriously melty and creamy they are. I’m never 100% certain about whether […]

PINK PEPPERCORN PETTICOAT TAILS

PINK PEPPERCORN PETTICOAT TAILS

Pink peppercorn shortiebread

Try saying that five times fast! Shortbread petticoat tails always make me think of Christmas. Someone always gets one of those tartan boxes filled with them, hopefully the ones coated in dark chocolate. Yum!
These have a little spicy twist to them in the form of pink peppercorns, which actually aren’t spicy in the sense of heat, but have a more floral fragrant quality. They go very well with the rich, crumbly, buttery shortbread.

Ingredients
115g butter
50g sugar
pinch of salt
120g plain flour
20g cornflour
30g fine ground semolina
1/2 tsp pink peppercorn (lightly crushed but not ground)
1/2 tsp vanilla paste

Lightly grease an 8″ fluted edge loose bottomed tin.
Cream together the butter, sugar and salt and then mix in the rest of the ingredients. You might find it easiest to do this with your fingers, like making pastry.
Bring the mixture together lightly to form a crumbly dough and transfer this to the prepared tin. Press it out to fill the tin in an even layer. Smooth off the top with the back of a spoon and then put it in the fridge to chill for 15 minutes.
Pre-heat your oven to 150°c whilst the dough is in the fridge.
Bake the shortbread for 30 minutes. It shouldn’t really colour too much. Take it out of the oven and whilst it’s still warm score markings for your petticoat tails and prick the surface with a fork before lightly dusting the surface with a little sugar. Leave the shortbread to cool in the tin before lifting it off the base and cutting through completely.

pink peppercorn shortbread

CHRISTMAS BISCOTTI

CHRISTMAS BISCOTTI

I generally find that tackling wrapping a particularly daunting pile of Christmas presents is easier with something close by to keep your energy levels up. Yes, coffee alone could do it but a piece of gingerbread biscotti on the side doesn’t hurt. And your reward […]

RUM ‘N’ RAISIN FUDGE (small batch)

RUM ‘N’ RAISIN FUDGE (small batch)

Fudge is now my go-to recipe when I have a little bit of condensed milk to use up. I find making it in small batches much easier on the wrist too as it requires so much less beating! Rum and raisin is a classic fudge […]

NEW YORK DECOUPAGE PICTURE FRAME

NEW YORK DECOUPAGE PICTURE FRAME

A city so great they framed it twice...
A city so great they framed it twice…

I made this picture frame as a wedding present for two of my favourite people.

A couple of years ago they came out to visit me in America-land we all went on a pretty awesome trip to NYC so I thought it would be nice for the happy couple to have a memento of that.

Decoupage picture frame

I made the frame using the same method that use when I make my decoupage chairs, using Mod-podge to stick on the paper and then applying a couple of coats of wipe-on poly varnish to seal the whole lot and make it a bit more durable.

Decoupage picture frame

I really like the look of this…I might have to make something similar for myself to remind me of some my own adventures!

CROCHET T-BAR BOOTIES

CROCHET T-BAR BOOTIES

This is a pair of dinky little purple T-bar shoes which I made using a free pattern I picked up at my local craft store. I had some wool left over from another project so I thought that I may as well have a go […]