Recipe | Banana, raisin, oat and honey muffins

An easy recipe for banana, raisin, oat and honey muffins. No mixer required.

Banana, raisin, oat and honey muffins quick recipe breakfast muffins simple recipe uk

I found this recipe for easy banana, raisin, oat and honey muffins at delicious. They are a tasty way of using up overripe bananas and a good breakfast muffin option.

This is a particularly good recipe if you don’t have a stand mixer or electric beaters to help you as there’s not a lot of stirring involved.

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Review | Ariadne by Jennifer Saint

Beautiful writing but lacking some pace and drama. 3.5/5.

Ariadne by Jennifer Saint cover image

Thank you to Headline/Wildfire for providing me with an e-copy of this book via NetGalley.

The blurb:

My take:

I’ve enjoyed many books in the current trend of telling mythological tales from often side-lined female characters’ perspectives. The high-water mark in this genre (or sub genre?) for me continues to be Circe by Madeline Miller.

In the case of Ariadne, I was particularly intrigued by the author’s choice of narrators because Theseus, like many of the male Greek heroes, didn’t treat the women he encountered all that well (intention understatement) and I thought it would be interesting to get the women’s point of view. And overall, I think the author’s creative depiction of Ariadne and Phaedra’s experiences is perceptive and the dual narration adds to the story and provides some interesting contrasts. The writing is beautiful and the descriptions are particularly evocative.

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Happy Book Birthday to me! Art and Soul is one today! #ArtandSoul #RomanceBooks

Phew! That went fast! Happy 1st book birthday to me!

Art and Soul by Claire Huston first book birthday 23 April 2021
My debut novel, Art and Soul, came out a year ago today!

Thank you to everyone who has shared, read, reviewed and been so supportive over the past twelve months. It’s been an odd, difficult year for everyone and I truly appreciate you taking any interest at all in my book when I’m sure you’ve had many other things to worry about.

In case this is the first you’re hearing about it, Art and Soul is an uplifting contemporary romance with oodles of art and cake. And if that sounds like something you’d like to read, it’s available in ebook and paperback and free to download with Kindle Unlimited.

New news! Book 2 is coming soon!

Book 2 is coming soon (2)

My second novel – another contemporary romance – will be out on 6th July! Watch this space, as I’ll have more to share about that soon.

I hope you’re all keeping well. Take care x


Claire Huston / Art and Soul

Recipe | Lemon curd swirl sponge cake

This lemon curd swirl sponge cake is easy to make and has great lemon flavour

Easy recipe lemon curd swirl sponge layer cake uk

I wanted to make a lemon cake, but I’ve been disappointed in the past with recipes which produce a sponge with only a hint of citrus rather than a decent lemon flavour. So I decided to experiment and come up with something myself. I adapted one of my favourite recipes – for raspberry ripple sponge cake – to make it using lemon curd. And it was a success!

This recipe gives a beautifully fluffy sponge packed full of lemon flavour. It also happens to look rather pretty without the need for any extra decoration after baking.

Ingredients:

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Recipe | Two-layer, jammy heart biscuits

Two-layer, heart-shaped biscuits with a jam centre: an easy Valentine’s bake

Quick recipe Two layer heart biscuits dodger with jam centre easy recipe UK

I used my easy biscuit recipe to make the dough for these two-layer, heart-shaped biscuits with a jam centre. In addition to the ingredients below, you’ll also need two heart-shaped biscuit/cookie cutters, one about twice the size of the other, as shown in the photo below.

Two layer heart biscuits dodger with jam centre easy recipe UK

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Review | The Shape of Darkness by Laura Purcell

Another twisty gothic tale that Purcell’s fans are sure to love. 4/5.

The Shape of Darkness by Laura Purcell book cover image

Thank you to Bloomsbury Publishing/Raven Books for providing me with an e-copy of this book via NetGalley.

The blurb:

My take:

I’ve read and enjoyed Laura Purcell’s previous three books: The Silent Companions, The Corset and Bone China. I’m pleased to report that with The Shape of Darkness she has produced another entertaining tale steeped in wall-to-wall gothic spookiness. Creating atmosphere is her forte and all her books are pervaded by a creeping menace, darkness and paranoia.

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Uplifting escapism for just 99p/99c! Art and Soul is on worldwide sale | #ArtandSoul #RomanceReads #booksale


My contemporary romance, Art and Soul, is on worldwide 99p/99c sale until 9am GMT on Monday 11th January.

It’s a cheerful, uplifting story featuring romance, art and cake which will provide hours of happy escapism for just 99p/99c!

Please help me spread the word – if you have friends you think would enjoy it, please let them know.

Jan21 ebook international sale Art and Soul

You can get your copy at Amazon or if you’re subscribed to Kindle Unlimited you can download it for free.

Thank you to everyone who has already read, reviewed, bought, downloaded and shared – I really appreciate it.

In case you’d like to know more…

The blurb: An expert at solving other people’s problems, single mum Becky is hired to help artist Charlie get out of his creative slump. She’s also meant to help him get his dream girl, but when Becky starts falling for him instead, she might just risk everything for a chance at love…

Reviews so far: I’m very pleased to report that readers are still enjoying it!

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Thank you! I hope you’re all ok, particularly if you’re back in lockdown. Take care x


Claire Huston / Art and Soul

Review | Jeeves and the Leap of Faith by Ben Schott

A suitably witty homage to one of the best writers of all time. 4/5.

Jeeves and the Leap of Faith by Ben Schott book cover

Thank you to Random House UK/Cornerstone for providing me with an e-copy of this book via NetGalley.

The blurb:

My take:

I love P. G. Wodehouse and the Jeeves and Wooster stories in particular. So I was immediately drawn to this new story but also went in with a sizeable concern: could it possibly live up to the beloved Wodehouse originals?

The answer is: nearly. I enjoyed Jeeves and the Leap of Faith very much. To be honest, I think the comic combination of Bertie and Jeeves is indestructible and, as with the originals, the story itself is pretty incidental. All the truly important elements are here: the small sly jokes, the witty turns of phrase, Jeeves’ jaw-dropping ability to always see 10 steps ahead, hideous aunts, preposterous friends…

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Recipe | Nutella and cinnamon cake

A subtle hint of cinnamon completes this delicious chocolate hazelnut cake

Nutella and cinnamon cake quick recipe with hazelnut sprinkle on top uk

By “nutella” I mean hazelut chocolate spread. I always use the supermarket’s own version because it’s so much cheaper and just as good. The recipe I used from BBC GoodFood is for a circular baking tin, but I used my rectangular tin and it baked fine, although far more quickly. And if you’re thinking “cinnamon, yuck!”, you can always use only 1 tsp in the mix. But the cinnamon flavour in the finished cake is very subtle, even when using 2 tsp.

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