When news journalists report that the chocolate recipe on Creme Eggs has changed, and that Dairy Milk bars now have rounded corners, it's proof that in the UK, we do love our chocolate. Apart from having the power to make you feel good (or guilty) chocolate does have some benefits. Flavanols found in cacao are a type of flavanoid that have antioxidant effects and, in particular, can help increase blood flow. Other types of flavanoids are found in fruit, vegetables and certa
For years post Christmas and post Easter I’ve been to the shops where they have a glut of cream and they reduce them to silly prices. Well, I always buy them because I’ve found clever ways to use up loads of double cream. #1 CHOCOLATE GANACHE As you are going to bring the cream to the boil, if it is past its sell by date but still smells fresh, you’ll be all right to use it. Basically, use equal amounts of chocolate to cream. I have used milk chocolate as well and it still
I have an incredibly sweet tooth and this is my 1st attempt at a low-sugar recipe. Read my earlier post on Sugar & Ageing Skin. (If I could get this link working, one click would get you straight there!) The original recipe is from the website http://www.mindbodygreen.com/0-15869/a-better-cookie-chocolate-oatmeal-chunkers.html submitted by Loren Brill. I made changes to the original recipe 1) because I have a habit of doing this 2) I didn't have all the ingredients. Here is
HAVE YOUR CAKE AND EAT IT If you love your cakes but just want to find an alternative, partially guilt-free way of getting your fix, you could do no better than pick up Red Velvet Chocolate Heartache by Harry Eastwood. Before I found this book, I used to search high and low for cake recipes with strange ingredients. I made courgette pie and told my children the bits of courgette were apples. They fell for it. I made chocolate cake with mashed potato and fooled everyone. I
Nature has a way of protecting her fruit from marauders. Chestnuts are no exception to this. Try breaking into a chestnut without strong soled shoes and a pair of gloves and you’ll more than meet your match. If you’re into foraging, chestnuts are a joy. Not only can you spot them a mile away because they collect in their gatherings at the base of chestnut trees. There is also no picking your way through branches and bending under things, they just fall when they’re ready.
With Easter upon us, it gives us the second best excuse (after Christmas) to gorge on chocolate. If you’re only interested in eating it, then read on to see what health benefits chocolate has. At least you can be slightly guilt-free, knowing that while you’re munching away, some goodness is going into your body. Flavanols found in cacao are a type of flavanoid that have antioxidant effects and, in particular, can help increase blood flow. Other types of flavanoids are fou