For those of you who know me well, or maybe just those that have read my blog for a while, it will come as no surprise that Snickers is one of my favourite chocolate bars. Yup. Chocolate, caramel, peanuts - I'll never understand why these bad boys are so under rated. Over the years I've seen so many recipes for home made snickers/peanut butter bars/pies/desserts so I will also never know why it's taken me this long to make one myself.
For a long time I worked in a cake shop - a shop that just happened to make an amazing carrot cake. As it happens, carrot cake is the one cake that will have me straying from my beloved chocolate cake, so I definitely ate my fair share of it over the years. Along with free cake, working in the shop also meant that I heard people use the line "well of course it's healthy - it has carrots in it!" more times than I can count.
This recipe is on of those great ones that can be whipped up at the last minute with very little fuss.
It's the kinda recipe that you'll (hopefully) have all of the ingredients for and it's the kind that only requires one bowl to make and 30 minutes to bake.
All this nifty time saving can really only result in one thing, can't it? Well, er...more time. More time for you, so you can sit down with a friend (+ your batch of Blondie's) and stay there until all the Blondie's are gone and you've somehow watched all off this series of Celebrity Big Brother.
Or whatever else it is that people do when they have lots of time...
I made this soup at the weekend when I was feeling particularly sorry for myself. My plans to go to Notting Hill Carnival were ruined when I woke up bunged up and snotty (sorry), only to look outside and find torrential rain. So rather than spending the day with my friends and eating lots of jerk chicken; I stayed in my pyjamas, watched endless films and made soup. It seems that not only is autumn already upon us, but I am acting middle-aged (way) before my time. I'm not sure which is more depressing...at least I had the soup to find some comfort in.
Sometimes it's easy to get caught up in current crazes and recently there has been no bigger craze, in certain circles, than that of health food. When it comes to health food I'm always in two minds - on the one hand I am unashamedly greedy and wholeheartedly believe that life is too short to consistently say no to dessert; though I am also in the mindset that it is definitely possible to create delicious foods that are good for you. Now this is where the problem has arisen recently - as so many have jumped onto the health food bandwagon, so much of what is being created does not actually taste any good.
Ice cream (along with pizza, obv.) is pretty much my biggest vice. It can be the coldest day of the year and I can still single handedly finish off an entire tub...although I wouldn't be left feeling too great afterwards. So last summer I tried my hand at making some vegan/dairy free ice cream for the first time and came up with my delicious Bounty Ice Cream Recipe which is still one of my favourites. Ever since then I have wanted to try out some more healthier ice cream recipes; striving for something that was delicious and tasted indulgent, whilst still packing a serious nutritional punch and stayed away from any additional sugars.