Bun in the Oven

foodie adventure though conception and beyond


So today is my 30th Birthday. I feel extremely lucky, as I have my two best friends about to arrive from London, my Husband who is driving us (because its pouring with rain) to a local restaurant for a meal to celebrate. I’m rather excited as they have all chipped in for a special birthday treat in March and I finally get to find out what all the planning and plotting is about! On top of all this I have been thinking a lot about how lucky I am in general. I have a baby on the way, a fab and supportive family and amazing friends. We own our own house and have little debt and life is generally good. I look back at the bad times in life and think it was worth it for the good. I don’t mean to gloat, but I feel my life is rich, and it proves that material possessions are little compared to the feeling of love. I’m excited to bring a new life into this world, but even with the recession, and all the doom and gloom in the newspapers and on the telly, the world is still a fascinating place filled with diversity, beauty and wonder. I look forward to showing a child how exciting life can be. Life is good 🙂

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Rocky road brownies


Now whether you are trying to conceive or actually pregnant, some times you just need a treat. And if you are gonna do it, do it properly. At work last week we were part of Macmillan’s World’s Largest Coffee Morning. For this all the staff were asked to bake cakes to be given away for a donation. These were the most indulant thing I could think of, and went down a storm!


120 g 70% dark chocolate, snapped into small pieces

113 g unsalted butter, cut into small pieces

200g caster sugar

1 tsp vanilla bean extract

2 lg eggs

95 g plain flour, sieved

1/4 tsp salt


85 grams dark chocolate chips

250 ml miniature marshmallows

3 hobnob biscuits


Preheat oven to 165C and place rack in centre of oven. Butter a 20 cm square baking pan. 

Melt the chocolate and butter in a large stainless steel bowl placed over a saucepan of simmering water. Remove from heat and stir in the sugar.

Next, whisk in the vanilla extract and eggs, one at a time, beating well after each addition.

Finally, stir in the flour and salt.

Pour into the prepared pan and bake for about 20 minutes, or until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out with a few moist crumbs.

Remove from oven and immediately sprinkle the brownies with the chocolate chips, miniature marshmallows and crumbled biscuits.

Return the brownies to the oven and bake for about 5 minutes, or just until the marshmallows start to melt. Remove from oven and let cool on a wire rack. 

Makes 9 large brownies or 18 small.

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Sorry for the lack of blogs;

Hi all, sorry it’s been a while since my last proper blog – I thought I should explain. I have landed myself a job running a wonderful little cafe in a farm shop in Meriden, in the West Midlands.Image

We have reopened this week after a large kitchen extension, and I am currently creating a new menu for the cafe. The farm is a pig farm, so I have lots of wonderful fresh pork available, as well as fabulous fresh produce to cook with. Currently the cafe is busy on the weekends but quite quiet during the week, so I’m planning promotions on things like cream teas and OAP specials. I am also trying to get the local CAMRA members in to enjoy the locally brewed ale that we stock.


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