Monday 5 July 2021

Picnic Sandwiches and Krispie Treats

 In the time when I wasn’t blogging, I discovered Teighan Gerard and her Half Baked Harvest website.  Her recipes are so good. She has a couple of excellent cookbooks, which I’ll get to in another post, but even if you don’t have her books, her website is wonderful. She is the blog I follow every post, and have done for coming up two years now. 

Anyhow, I’ve made a couple of her website recipes recently. The first Picnic Style Brie and Procuitto Sandwiches is a really treaty lunch. I swapped in ham and salami for procuitto, but really just use what you like. Perked up our Monday lunch time. 🙂


The second is one I’ve been meaning to try for ages, Chocolate Covered Brown Butter Krispie Treats (also has peanut butter and pretzels in them!). A fab little no-bake recipe, that is so cute with the pretzels on top. Yum 😋 

Friday 2 July 2021

Chocolate and Amaretti Custards

 This one was an unplanned pudding. It was one of those nights, earlier this week when I was just plain craving chocolate.  I’m trying to limit my chocolate consumption, so I only keep some in the house. These little cups though, are made with cocoa, which I always have. 

Chocolate and amaretti custards comes from A Table in Venice by Skye McAlpine. This is the first book by Skye, and I resisted it for a while. Did I really need another Italian cookbook?! Once I saw it in a bookshop though, it was a done deal! I did, and do need it. 

It’s not a Summer book, but I tend to cook from it in the Summertime. This is probably influenced by the one time I have been to Venice being in the hot Summer. My husband has been back with work in December and it was perishing cold, but my memories are different.  I can still remember coming from the airport in a boat and this wall of heat just hitting us in the face.  By the afternoon, I was simply melting. I can recall sitting on a seat of some sort outside, and looking at the stone pavement, thinking, that’ll be cool for the soles of my feet.  Except Venice is not Scotland, and the stones were extremely hot! Note to self: never do that again. 

It was a day trip from Aberdeen that our local paper ran, probably about 28 years ago. In a time before global warming and worrying about plane travel was really on the table. 

Anyhow, these were the perfect chocolate-y quick to make puddings.  I’ve also made the tortellini in broth this week too, and although I didn’t take a picture, it was lovely too.