Snickers Biscotti

A decadent recipe for chocolate biscotti with hits of gooey, Snickers chunks topped with caramel icing and a chocolate drizzle.

Chocolate Chip Banana Bread with Peanut Butter Frosting

I can't help falling in love... ...with this moist, delicious Chocolate Chip Banana Bread with Peanut Butter Frosting recipe - and neither will you, I promise! Last Sunday was the late Elvis Presley's birthday and although I am no fan of the King of Rock's music, I sure am a fan of his favourite sandwich filling … Continue reading Chocolate Chip Banana Bread with Peanut Butter Frosting

Oreo Cookie Brownies

This week I am back in the UK - my god, how cold is it here?!!! I've been as busy as a bee catching up with family and friends. I was also fortunate to celebrate my dear friend Tracey's 40th birthday at The Crazy Bear restaurant in Beaconsfield. If you haven't been to this decadent restaurant before, you … Continue reading Oreo Cookie Brownies

Chewy Gooey Hot Tamales Brownies

I love the change in season. Not for the change in weather, but for the ever changing seasons of food. But rather than harping on about the latest ancient grain or root vegetable that has just been hand pulled from a small batch, organic farm - YAWN! - my wanton desires are driven by the candy aisles and my local coffee store, which … Continue reading Chewy Gooey Hot Tamales Brownies

Spicy Pumpkin Crock Pot Curry

Have you ever seen anyone walk face first into a closed glass patio door? Well my relatives have (yup!) and the utter look of shock on said victims face (me!), is probably as close as I can get to explaining the way we felt as we stepped off the flight back in Seattle. Having enjoyed a week of sheer sunny bliss in Puerto Vallarta, … Continue reading Spicy Pumpkin Crock Pot Curry

Pumpkin Butter

It seems that everywhere you go, butter - which used to be considered the arch enemy of healthy eating - is now the "in" thing to eat. Be it good old peanut, almond, sunflower seed, cashew or avocado, butter is being slathered on every edible surface possible. I had never heard of Pumpkin Butter until my husband suggested … Continue reading Pumpkin Butter

Dahlia Bakery Triple Coconut Cream Pie

Tom Douglas... ...if you live outside of Seattle then I may forgive you for not knowing his name, but owning eighteen of the hottest eateries in the city (as well as the Hot Stove Society cooking school) he is the man when it comes to serving seriously good food in Seattle. In fact, he is Sweetness in Seattle itself - I wish I … Continue reading Dahlia Bakery Triple Coconut Cream Pie

Matcha Green Tea & Rose Donuts

If you want people to understand you, speak their language... ...this is a lesson that my husband and I have learnt during our cross-Atlantic relationship, even though both of our native languages are "English". There was that time in the car (A.K.A. the "argument factory") when we completely missed our turning due to me giving the instruction "turn right in … Continue reading Matcha Green Tea & Rose Donuts

Peanut Butter Ice Cream Sandwiches

So it's the first week of the kids' summer holidays and you are all living the blissful life of the Von Trapps, singing songs about kittens wearing mittens whilst twirling around sunny hay-filled meadows. It has been the most wonderful week and you cannot wait to see what the remaining five weeks of the school summer holiday … Continue reading Peanut Butter Ice Cream Sandwiches

Stars & Stripes Cake for July 4th

"Independence" is a dirty word and one that is impossible to escape right now. I hate to be a "Debbie Downer" but I am SO fed up with the EU Referendum and the impending economic gloom we are all to suffer until the eventual signing of Article 50 and the UK officially leaves Europe. So god bless America, July 4th and Independence … Continue reading Stars & Stripes Cake for July 4th

Cupcake Sliders

It all started with Colon Hydrotherapy... Since we (me and the hubby) had put ourselves under such a traumatic experience in the name of "healthy living" we decided to try and prolong the benefits of our trauma by eating a healthier diet. However, those of you who have been following the blog for a while will already know … Continue reading Cupcake Sliders

BBQ Bacon Meatloaf

Today's post features an oldie but goodie recipe that has fast become a staple dinner in our home. Delicious, simple to prepare, and a firm fave of my hubby's, this BBQ Bacon Meatloaf recipe makes a great weeknight dinner and provides plenty of leftovers for meatloaf sandwiches later in the week - bonus! I loved meatloaf back home in … Continue reading BBQ Bacon Meatloaf

Snickerdoodle Cookies

Today's recipe is based on an American classic - Snickerdoodle cookies. A Snickerdoodle is a fantastically scrumptious, soft and chewy cookie that is coated in cinnamon sugar (nom, nom, nom)! I have to say that I love a good English biscuit. There is nothing quite like the crisp, crunch bite of a Rich Tea, a round of Shortbread, or a Chocolate Digestive. So … Continue reading Snickerdoodle Cookies

Strawberry & Coconut Cream Tarts

Dry January? I think it should be called Why January?!!! Why is it that we all feel that we should be the best version of ourselves just because it's the first month of the year? Surely we'd be much better off if we simply tried to live healthier and more modestly throughout the year? I have … Continue reading Strawberry & Coconut Cream Tarts

Hangover Cure: No-Bake Almond Butter Cookies

Happy New Year! What a wonderful and eventful year 2015 was. I became a wife and gained the most wonderful husband and family I could ever wish for, I moved across the Atlantic to the beautiful city of Seattle, I started the Arugula & Rocket food blog AND I opened an online cook shop - phew, no … Continue reading Hangover Cure: No-Bake Almond Butter Cookies

Boxing Day Pasties

So my guess is that you're still feeling full from over-indulgent Christmas dining and the head is just a touch foggy from the Christmas spirit?! No doubt, you're also fed up to the back teeth of being in the kitchen, but know you have to do something to get rid of the barrowful of turkey, and other festive leftovers, that are taking over the … Continue reading Boxing Day Pasties

Christmas Countdown: Cranberry Sauce Muffins

"Chestnuts roasting on an open fire, Jack Frost nipping at your nose..." ...what a romantic image of Christmas those lyrics conjure up in one's mind. However, if you're anything like me you'll only be half way through your Christmas shopping, have just two presents wrapped (because the store did it!) and your kitchen will resemble a spewing volcano of … Continue reading Christmas Countdown: Cranberry Sauce Muffins

Christmas Countdown: Festive Peppermint Fudge

Today I am congratulating myself with a huge pat on the back and TWO squares of peppermint fudge, because I succeeded in resisting all temptation! I cannot say it was easy and I definitely cannot deny that I wasn't sorely tempted to give in - but I did it, I ignored all festive urges until the month of December! Don't get me … Continue reading Christmas Countdown: Festive Peppermint Fudge

Funfetti Cake Mix Cookies

Today is always one of the hardest days of the year for me, because today is my husband's birthday. That's not to say it isn't a day of happiness and celebration, because it most definitely is, but like many other men, my husband is insanely difficult to buy a gift for. He is the man who has everything, … Continue reading Funfetti Cake Mix Cookies

Halloween Fright Night Fudge

Why do the weekends always go too quickly? Especially when they are great weekends like the one I just had. It was typically cold, wet and grey outside, but I spent most of it inside, cosy and warm, huddled up on the sofa with my hubby. I didn't even have to cook as our Mom … Continue reading Halloween Fright Night Fudge

Spookadoodles Halloween Snickerdoodle Cookies

Trick or treat? Trick or treat?  Let's bake something good to eat,  Something spooky, scary and mean, Spookadoodles for Halloween! It's just one week until Halloween, and yes, I'm still excited! I have eaten so much pumpkin I'm starting to turn orange and my waistline is steadily becoming pumpkin-shaped due to all the Halloween candy I've devoured. By the … Continue reading Spookadoodles Halloween Snickerdoodle Cookies