Rice crispy cakes – but not as you know them

Rice crispy cakes – but not as you know them

So, what are these little mouthfuls of deliciousness, you may ask. And, admittedly it is not immediately obvious from our typically random photo (we try!). But these are marshmallow rice crispy cakes. That’s right. Rice crispies modified with all the gooeyness of marshmallow, and little else. Unless you count the drizzle of plain chocolate which is added specifically to increase the anti-oxidants consumed by your children at parties. Because, as we all know, kids parties are all about eating healthily (ha!). We Why do we need to change a recipe that has served us so well, ever since our own childhood, you may ask? (That’s the second question you’ve asked in this blogpost so far, pipe down!) And the answer is; just because we can. The advantages to this recipe over the normal Golden Syrup scenario is that the marshmallow holds the rice crispies together really well so you can cut them into different shapes (essential). It also turns the cakes a pinky colour, which is always good. Plus there are large amounts of offcuts (the edges which you have cut from) which Claire shows you what to do with in the film we made about it here.  Plus it’s really easy. What more do you need?  Pimped up rice crispy cake Makes: 6-8 cakes Start to finish: 20 mins prep, 30 mins in fridge 45g butter 220g marshmallows 150g rice crispies 30g chocolate Line a 20x30cm tray bake tin. Put butter into a medium sized saucepan over a low heat. After a few seconds add the marshmallows. Gently heat the mix until the marshmallows have lost their shape and you are left...
Let’s go! Eroica Britannia

Let’s go! Eroica Britannia

A few months ago a friend of mine moved out of London. To say she was dreading it is probably an understatement. I think we both thought she might stop existing if she moved. What happens when you have no little local coffee shops to go to, friends to hang out with, bars to frequent? Surely you disappear into a puff of smoke? Admittedly she was heavily up the duff, so much of that stuff was going to stop anyway. But it was difficult to imagine. Cut to Sheffield, 8 months later: she loves it. She (who would only ever get black cabs) talks of the beauty of the Peak District with a tear in her eye. She no longer hankers for ‘civilisation’. Instead she raves about the local cheese shop and what great independent coffee shops there are. She’s the mother of a glorious 6 month old and she’s really really happy. She’s the one who told me about Eroica Britannia, a three day festival of cycling, food and family fun. All happening outside London, in the Peak District. It sounds brilliant but crazy. There’s dancing, family yoga, a Hendrick’s gin pavilion of the peculiar and the world’s most handsome bike ride. There are even bedtime stories. We really want to go, but are just not sure if the camper van can make that kind of distance over a weekend. Our loss is your gain though! As we have a bundle of tickets to give away:  2 x weekend tickets (3 day access – children under 12 are free) 1 x camping space 1 x parking space 2 x...
The Waffle Odyssey

The Waffle Odyssey

I’ve been meaning to put up this blog about our amazing Easter holiday in the campervan, which was contrived almost entirely through recommendations from our lovely Facebook Friends.  We leisurely (very leisurely, I think we averaged 45mph) crossed parts of France, Belgium and Holland. We ended up at Duinrell which my kids still sob about every night. “When can we go back there?!” they wail. Still overwhelmed by the fact that our campsite was a real live Amusement Park, and because once you’ve paid to enter (about 40 euros a night) everything was FREE. So rather than Daddy saying yes to everything, with Mummy swiftly coming in and saying, actually Daddy meant no, which is what usually happens, they could actually go on whatever they wanted. Five goes in the Dodgems on the trot? Fine. The Ferris Wheel til we all feel sick? Sure! And then there were the 11 water slides and large indoor water complex…they were in heaven. My kids thank you, Facebook Friends, from the bottom of their hearts! Then we scooted to Amsterdam, stayed in an AirBnB and enjoyed some of the pleasures it has to offer; pancakes, tandems, large parks with climable trees and Chocomel – possibly the most delicious chocolate drink the world has invented.  We also went to Hoge Veluwe, also as recommended on Facebook, and it was idyllic. 1,500 white bikes dotted around a national park, so you can pick them up and drop them off wherever you want, free of charge. They all had little kids’ seats on front and back, plus there were loads of children’s bikes too. In the...
Crumbs – In Our Space

Crumbs – In Our Space

Ladies, gentlemen. What can we say, except here we are. In beautiful technicolour. As you’ve never seen us before. This is a video made by a lovely friend of ours, Shelly, who is truly gifted when it comes to having an eye for gorgeousness. Not us. But check out my house! It’s never looked so lush. And all that pastry rolling. Watch this film and I reckon you too will want to start rolling out pastry, pretty much non-stop. Sadly Shelly couldn’t sort out my fringe, but there are limits, even for miracle workers like her.  This is a film she made of us, which is part of a series she’s made of people, in their own spaces, talking about what they do. Lucy and I talk about our digital capers and online scrapes, but basically we’re just backdrop to Polly, Lucy’s dog. More teddy bear than dog, if we’re honest. Have a look and see what you think. For more loveliness, check out Shelly’s website...
Meals in 5 minutes – banana ice cream

Meals in 5 minutes – banana ice cream

When we started this blog (five years ago!) it was with one aim in mind. To discover fast recipes which were delicious, healthy and easy. If there is one recipe which typifies this remit it is this banana ice cream recipe. Is something with one ingredient a recipe? I’m not sure. What I do know is that it’s amazing. My kids love it. They actually think I am some kind of witch, able to create loveliness out of almost nothing. Intrigued? You should be. This is so nice you could serve it at a dinner party, maybe alongside a salted caramel brownie. I recommend watching the video (which is also an introduction to our new Five Minute Menu series) to see how easy it is. But for a description… One ingredient banana ice cream Serves: 2 2 bananas If like me you generally have a stash of half eaten bananas in the freezer, leftover from breakfast etc, you can just use them. To give your food processor (or blender) an easier ride, peel them and slice them into 1cm wide coins before freezing in a freezer bag. Freeze for an hour or more. Place in food processor and whizz until creamy. That’s it. Really. If you want to get fancy pants, add Nutella, cocoa powder or peanut butter. But really, it doesn’t need it. Because the magic of this recipe is that unlike most foods, banana gets more flavoursome, more banana-y once frozen. Serve in cone or dollop in a bowl. Either way your kids will love you a little bit...