Banoffee Cupcakes with Toffee Filling and A Utensil Review


I love Cuisipro.  I will buy pretty much anything from them. I think that their silicone spatulas and spoons are the best (I owned six at the last count). So I picked this up on autopilot while shopping for a bundt tin before Christmas.

No, it's not Cuisipro's first foray into the world of birth control; it's a cupcake corer.

I took it home and complained on Twitter about how I just paid £5 for something I'd never use. I was going to return it, but @iwbadg convinced me that I'd find it useful if I gave it a chance.

Once upon a time, if I wanted to make a hole in a cupcake, I would use a knife to funnel it out. Thus, the hole would usually be somewhat conical and crumb-filled. That was the stone age of cake-hollowing.

Salted Peanut & Caramel Macarons

Salted Peanut & Caramel Macarons

I was very, very pleased with these.

I don't own a food processor. My kitchen is tiny, so much that I don't own a toaster or microwave, as I wouldn't use either devices enough to justify the counter space. I use my blender at least twice every week, so that gets to stay. But I would only use a food processor once or twice a month, so I'm not allowed one.

As a compromise, I bought a Kenwood Mini Chopper a few years ago, mainly to smash biscuits and nuts. It is genius for tiny kitchens. Its' footprint is about the same size as my hand, it's really easy to clean and it's versatile enough to deserve a permanent place on my counter.

Boston Cream Pie: My First Crush for Valentine's & Forever Nigella

Boston Cream Pie

I was fourteen when I started my first real crush.  Prior to that I'd only held affections for unthreatening men who lived in the television.

I used to have a recurring dream where Peter Duncan and I were in a Milky Way advert, on a train.  It was very soft focus. There was an insert shot of the swirling nougat in the dream, before Peter and I went into a tunnel (steady) and the advert ended with the Milky Way logo.

Peter  Duncan: Still Would.