Rocky road – just in time for Hallowe’en

I meant to post a pumpkin based recipe for Hallowe’en, I really did. But being able to think up nothing particularly astounding and lacking time I decided to blog a nice little recipe that everyone can knock together in under half an hour. Plus, Hallowe’en is at the end of half term week or a lot of schools in my area and this is a good recipe to make with young children, or can be a way of entertaining older children with minimal supervision (although keep an eye out as they might get giddy after too much sugar, I am 26 and still get a bit over excited if I eat too many of these).

Anyway, to make the delicious rocky road you will need:

400g milk chocolate

120g bag chocolate raisins

3 crunchie bars

2 bags of malteasers

100g marshmallows

150g digestive biscuits

(these are approximate and everything can be substituted as you wish)

In a large bowl use a rolling pin to crush your biscuits and crunchie bars into small pieces. Cut or tear your marshmallows into small pieces and add to the bowl along with your malteasers and chocolate raisins and mix.

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Cover everything with melted chocolate and add to a lined baking tray and leave to cool until the chocolate is set.

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Use a sharp knife to cut into what you consider to be appropriate portion sizes (sometimes there’s just nothing better than biting into a big hunk of chocolate) and serve.

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After all what better way to enjoy Hallowe’en than to sit in your nice cosy house eating your way through a couple of these bad boys? Or if you’re short of time and want to impress, take them along to any parties you might be attending. These are always a great crowd pleaser!

Home bits part 1

I am moving house which means that this blog is officially moving kitchens. As part of this D and I are updating his current home so it is more to our taste and can store all of our accumulated possessions (apparently this girl can shop!) This is a list of some of my current favourites:

1. Joseph Joseph index chopping boards – my wonderful brother actually got these in May for my birthday. Not only do they look really cool, they also help you work more hygienically in the kitchen. Style and substance is always a winner. Available at various stores including Debenhams, John Lewis and Lakeland.

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2. Terry Pratchett Turtle and Elephant Myth poster from Quantum Prints via Etsy. Putting pictures and prints up around your home can really personalise it without too much effort. We are both avid readers and D is a particular fan of Terry Pratchett.blog image

3. Bathroom storage unit from Ikea. As we are both hideously untidy we really need things that make us put stuff away properly. Fortunately this goes well with the bathroom decor and D proved pretty handy with flat pack furniture. He did suggest that as I am a full foot shorter than him I should use the lower shelves and he gets the high ones – he’s a cheeky one.

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This is literally one of the few tidy places in my house right now. Sorry mum!

4. Bathroom hamper from Argos. I was adamant on having somewhere to store my household linens and this was the cheapest option. I’m pretty delighted that it actually looks pretty stylish in real life.

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5. Coloured wine glasses and shot glasses from Asda Living. Clearly we have our priorities right.

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6. Kitchen timer from Debenhams. Our kitchen is being redone in a few weeks hopefully so we have chosen a lot of cream things.

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Here’s a selection of things we currently like (obviously being in possession of 2 X chromosomes I am more bothered about some of these things than him):

7. This beautiful mirror from BHS. Mirrors are excellent at making spaces look bigger and this one is also like a window which makes me inexplicably happy.

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8. Egg holder from Traidcraft. This one is all my choice I’m afraid. I doubt D cares where the eggs are kept but I find this adorable.

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9. Giraffe print from CoulsonMacleod via Etsy. Giraffes are my absolute favourite animal and this is just adorable.

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Now if somebody could find me a fruit bowl I would be more than grateful! I’ll post an update in a few weeks, hopefully with pictures of our home in order.