Baileys, Nutella, cheesecake, chocolate… many favourites in one delicious brownie
These are brilliant! I can’t remember what recipe I was looking for… but fortunately my search caused me to stumble across this recipe on the Good Housekeeping website. I made a couple of small changes to the recipe but the Baileys-Nutella combination with the cheesecake swirl is lovely and I can’t recommend these enough.
Ingredients (makes 16 – 32 brownies depending on how big you cut them)
Yummy, chewy golden syrup cookies. Also an easy recipe to make vegan!
Following the success of using golden syrup in my gingerbread cake, I did a search for biscuits made using this magic ingredient. I found this super-simple golden syrup cookie recipe on the BBC Good Food website.
Ingredients (makes 12-24 cookies depending on how big you make them)
With February 14th fast approaching, this week I revisit five recipes perfect for sharing some love.
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1. Easy chocolate biscuits – heart-shaped for Valentine’s Day
2. Caramel chocolate brownies
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A five-star adaptation of a four-star classic. 4/5 stars.
(*Ducks for avoid rocks thrown by Emily Brontë fans*)
Thank you to HQ Digital and NetGalley for giving me an e-copy of this book.
The blurb: A grim discovery brings DCI Lockwood to Gimmerton’s Heights Estate – a bleak patch of Yorkshire he thought he’d left behind for good. There, he must do the unthinkable, and ask questions about the notorious Earnshaw family.
Decades may have passed since Maggie closed the pits and the Earnshaws ran riot – but old wounds remain raw. And, against his better judgement, DCI Lockwood is soon drawn into a story.
A story of an untameable boy, terrible rage, and two families ripped apart. A story of passion, obsession, and dark acts of revenge. And of beautiful Cathy Earnshaw – who now lies buried under cold white marble in the shadow of the moors.
Two hundred years since Emily Brontë’s birth comes The Heights: a modern re-telling of Wuthering Heights set in 1980s Yorkshire.
The Heights is an excellent modern retelling of Emily Brontë’s classic tale. The transposition of the events of Wuthering Heights to the late twentieth and early twenty-first centuries works incredibly well, the time shifts are handled skillfully, and the reassignments of the roles of the secondary characters are ingenious. For example, making Lockwood a detective on the verge of retirement gives him a good reason to be unendingly curious about the Earnshaws while also imbuing the whole story with an air of trendy Scandinavian noir.
Quick-to-make and delicious, this gingerbread cake is perfect with a cup of tea
This gingerbread cake recipe comes from allrecipes. I was a bit worried about using the boiling water, but clearly it’s a magic ingredient because the gingerbread cake turned out beautifully. The abundance of golden syrup makes this a sticky cake to make, but gives it its lovely golden colour and perfectly moist, chewy texture. The perfect accompaniment to a cup of tea or coffee, this gingerbread cake is ideal for elevenses or afternoon tea.
Wait! There’s more. Click for the recipe and more pics!
A mind-bending wonder somewhere between an episode of Black Mirror and a classic Poirot mystery. 4/5.
Thank you to Bloomsbury and NetGalley for providing me with an e-copy of this book. The Seven Deaths of Evelyn Hardcastle will be published on 8th February.
The blurb: How do you stop a murder that’s already happened?
At a gala party thrown by her parents, Evelyn Hardcastle will be killed–again. She’s been murdered hundreds of times, and each day, Aiden Bishop is too late to save her. Doomed to repeat the same day over and over, Aiden’s only escape is to solve Evelyn Hardcastle’s murder and conquer the shadows of an enemy he struggles to even comprehend–but nothing and no one are quite what they seem…
This book has a great premise and puts an original spin on the classic country house murder mystery. The layers in the story make it incredibly complex and I take my hat off to the author. I can’t imagine the diagrams necessary to keep track of where all the characters are supposed to be at various times as the narrator body-hops between different “hosts”, bumping into friends and enemies along the way. In addition to the murder mystery we have the mystery of Aiden himself: who is he and why is he being forced to relive the same day, searching desperately for Evelyn Hardcastle’s killer?
This kid’s chocolate building site birthday cake looks great and is very easy to put together!
It was my elder son’s 5th birthday recently. It’s taken me a while to blog about this cake, but if you follow my posts you’ll probably already know I gave birth to our second son at around the time of my first son’s birthday and since then I’ve been a tad busy!
As I knew my sons’ birthdays would be very close together, I wanted to make a birthday cake which was simple and quick to assemble. Some internet browsing brought me to this building site / digger cake idea in the form of some photos. I did my best to copy what I saw, using my own cake recipe and various toy construction site pieces I already had.
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A promising situation undermined by an unlikeable protagonist. 3/5 stars.
Thank you to Penguin and NetGalley for providing me with an e-copy of this book.
The blurb: Ella Black seems to live the life most other seventeen-year-olds would kill for…
Until one day, telling her nothing, her parents whisk her off to Rio de Janeiro. Determined to find out why, Ella takes her chance and searches through their things.
And realises her life has been a lie.
Her mother and father aren’t hers at all. Unable to comprehend the truth, Ella runs away, to the one place they’ll never think to look – the favelas.
But there she learns a terrible secret – the truth about her real parents and their past. And the truth about a mother, desperate for a daughter taken from her seventeen years ago…
Last year, Emily Barr’s previous book – The One Memory of Flora Banks – was the only book I gave 5 stars to. I loved Flora, I loved her story, and so I was excited to get my hands on a copy of The Truth and Lies of Ella Black. I had high hopes.
I’m sad to say I didn’t love this book. And this even though there are many similarities between Ella Black and Flora Banks: both give us a female teenage protagonist with mental health issues, struggling with seemingly rubbish parents who are keeping secrets from them. However, while I found Flora instantly likeable, Ella came across as whiny and, until quite late in the book, tremendously ungrateful, immature and annoying.
A must-read for romance fans looking for something different. 4/5.
Thank you to Little, Brown Book Group UK and NetGalley for providing me with an e-copy of this book.
Happiness for Humans will be published on 4th January 2018.
Don’t tell anyone, but Jen is one of my favourite people.
(Machines aren’t supposed to have favourites. Don’t ask me how this has happened.)
Jen is sad. Aiden wants her to be happy. Simple? Except that Jen is a thirty-something woman whose boyfriend has just left her and Aiden is a very complicated, very expensive piece of software.
Aiden has calculated that Jen needs a man in her life for optimum wellbeing. And with the whole of the internet at his disposal, he doesn’t have to look far to find a perfect specimen and engineer a meeting. But what, exactly, makes human beings happy? And can a very-artificially-intelligent machine discover emotional intelligence in time to fix Jen’s life?
This is an entertaining romantic comedy, the novel element being that a number of the characters are artificially intelligent software who have developed their own personalities and gone rogue to interfere in the love lives of “real people”.
Some of you already know that I will soon be having our second child. The rest of you: surprise!
While this is incredibly lovely and exciting, I’m now suffering the nastier effects of being in the last stages of pregnancy. Chief among these is carpal tunnel. My hands going numb while also being rather painful makes it hard to type (and sleep, but let’s not worry about that), so I’ll be stepping away from blogging and Twitter for a bit to give my poor swollen fingers a rest.
And obviously once the baby arrives I’ll be falling off the planet for a couple of months, but I will do my best to put a short update here later in November (levels of craziness permitting) probably featuring cake.
All that said, having to be awake in the middle of the night could well mean I get to read more of your blogs than usual. Silver linings! 🙂
Take care and Happy Halloween, Bonfire Night, Thanksgiving and a good festive season to all!
Claire Huston / Art and Soul