October 17th, 2014
I figured a return to food blogging wasn’t really legitimate until I post about, well, food. So here we have a quick, easy and totally scrummy recipe for a little something sweet to have with your mid-morning coffee.
Lemon Curd and Chocolate Twists
375g puff pastry, ready rolled
Preheat the oven to 200c/180c fan
Lay the pastry with the longer sides facing you cut it down the middle using a sharp knife so that you have two equal pieces of pastry. Spread the chocolate spread over the bottom half of one piece of pastry then bring the top half down over the bottom so that it’s folded in half lengthways with the chocolate spread sandwiched in between. Repeat on the other piece of pastry with the lemon curd.
Using the knife, cut each piece of pastry into four strips. Very gently twist each strip, taking care not to squeeze the filling out, and then place them on a baking tray lined with parchment paper. Bake them for 10-15 minutes, until golden.
October 16th, 2014
It feels a little strange to be on this blog, in this space, typing these words. Time has past, the blog has stood still, waiting patiently for me. I’m finding my way back, fingertips feeling for keys, mind reaching for the words turning in my mind. I’ve had a long break and it’s been long enough.
It’s kind of inevitable that this is the time of year that I would feel the inspiration and desire to start writing again. Autumn is the season I embrace the quickest and firmest with almost overnight changes to home, attire and cooking. At the first sense of change in the air I pull chocolate leather boots over skinny jeans, paint my nails with deep blackcurrent polish, light sweet and spicy scented candles, slowly cook sausages in a pan until they turn brown and sticky, and beat butter into creamy mash. I look forward to the festivities of Halloween and Bonfire Night and to planning Christmas. Autumn, the season of change, blows in on a cooler breeze, curling in and around the trees, the flowers, the earth. There is nothing unaffected by its touch; the animals and even we feel its presence.
Autumn is not the only inspiration I have right now. I’ve been spending a lot of time this summer by the sea surrounded by the English countryside. Time with friends and family, time alone, time to reach inward and time to look outward. I can think of nowhere better to connect with inner creativity. This summer I have been painting the sea with oil pastels, capturing the beauty of my surroundings through my camera lens, creating pirate adventure days (with a three year old, I should add). And I’m very much looking forward to writing and sharing with you once again.
Yes, it feels a little strange to be here. But it feels like I’ve come home.