CHOCOLATE…

Chocolate is …

Luscious

Decadent

Divine

Seductive

Heavenly

and tastes good with…

Almonds

Walnuts

Hazelnuts

Pecans

Peanuts

Ice-cream

Strawberries

It’s also …

Velvety

Dark

Rewarding

Delicate

Exciting

And it makes the world go round ! and so say all of us CHOCAHOLICS…

 

THE CHOCOLATE SHOW 14th-16th OCTOBER, OLYMPIA, LONDON…

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Doors to The Chocolate Show at Olympia’s National Hall will be opening in a week’s time and they have got so much in store for you, including a small plates bar with chocolatey dishes from the former chef at Pachamama, Adam Rawson, and new products from exhibitors from around the world!

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If you are  in the mood for Chocolate Week this weekend? ( I’m always in the mood) then Delicious Magazine have their Chocolate Hub up and running online with a wealth of chocolate recipes ready for you to get baking and creating. With video demonstrations on the Delicious website, you could learn how to make impressive chocolate decorations to wow your friends and family in less than five minutes!

Lots more to come on the Chocolate Show… watch this space…

CHOCOLATE COCONUT COOKIES RECIPE…

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Ingredients
125g caster sugar
60g butter or margarine (softened)
75g desiccated coconut
25g chocolate chips
150g plain flour

Method
Preheat oven to 180C Gas 4
Grease or line a baking tray
Beat the butter and sugar in a bowl until smooth
Add the egg
Keeping 2 tbsp coconut aside, add the rest to the dough with the flour, until smooth
Divide dough into around 16 and roll into a ball
Roll into the remaining coconut and then flatten each ball to around 4cm circle
Press in a few chocolate chips onto the top of each cookie
Place on the baking tray
Bake for around 15 minutes until slightly golden
Leave to cool on a wire rack

DINING IN THE VOLTIGEUR RESTAURANT AT YORK RACES…

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Dining in the Voltigeur Restaurant at York Races is a very special treat for anyone whether you enjoy going to the races or not.

You are greeted with a taste of Sushi then a starter course on your table. You can then choose from the gourmet buffet and carvery then followed on my the most amazing sweet buffet, chocolate fountain or ice-cream cones.

You can then pop outside onto the grandstand viewing area to watch your horse win (or lose) and even though you probably won’t have a tiny space in your stomach for any more, you will have to try their afternoon tea, to die for.

They say it is ‘designed to combine the luxury of a restaurant with the spectacle of racing, and delivers a unique ‘Dine & View’ hospitality package for smaller parties or individuals’.

Win or lose, its an amazing day out!!!

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REVIEW ON ‘GRAZE’, HEALTHY SNACKS BY POST, GET NATURE DELIVERED…

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GRAZE, http://www.graze.com have 100 nutritious snacks that they deliver to your door by royal mail.

You simply join and select what you like from their list of snacks and they then pick your snacks based on the ratings you have selected online.

Under each selection it has questions for you to answer like ‘less often’, ‘very often’, never, try, like and love and the higher you rate the snack the more often you will receive it.

Everything starts with a try and you can then have them delivered to your home or place of work (which is the most popular) for you to graze on during the day.

They all have ‘how healthy’ each choice of yours is from calories, carbs, protein, fats etc listed. They even have some healthy symbols (like an apple) on top of your list. They also have nutrition plans for you to choose from which suits you.

My first box came with a box of ‘honeycomb flapjacks’, ‘billionaire’s shortbread’, ‘bonnie we oatbakes’, and ‘eleanor’s apple crumble’.

The ‘bonnie we oatbakes’ is red onion marmalade with cheese and chive oatbakes, and was absolutely deeeelicious and will definitely be on my ‘very often’ list. Especially with them being only 114 cals.

The ‘billionaire’s shortbread’ consisted of fudge pieces, blanched almonds, milk chocolate drops and cranberries, which again was absolutely deeeelicious and I will have again but at 180 cals for this graze portion will not be one I will choose as much as some of the others.

The ‘honeycomb flapjacks’, were exactly as described and there were three in the pack and could be eaten one at a time with a cup of coffee so the 239 cals wouldn’t put me off ordering them again.

Finally ‘eleanor’s apple crumble’, at only 115 cals is perfect for that morning or afternoon snack and consisted of sultanas, cinnamon and honey almonds and apple.

There is so much more I want to try on their list and will review each delivery as I go along. I have a few voucher codes for a free graze box for you to try so just message me and I will give it you.

Enjoy your graze…

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MINI CAKES…

Mini Cakes

MINI CAKES by HANNAH MILLS…

If like me, you are constantly watching your weight but also enjoy your cakes and pastries then why not try to bake mini versions of your favourites so you eat less of them. Well, that’s my theory and why I bought ‘Mini Cakes’, by Hannah Mills.

It’s a cookery book full of delicious ‘mini’ treats for any occasion, and apparently the newest trend that is sweeping New York bakeries.

Recipes include favourites like pecan pie, eclairs, French Fancies and Strawberry Layer Cake. Tiny treats that are designed to thrill the taste buds in just one or two mouthfuls.

Available from all good book shops and or Amazon.

TEA GUILD’S PRESTIGIOUS TEA AWARDS…

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Now in their 27th year, The Tea Guild Awards are considered the ‘Oscars’ of the tea world, with world-famous London hotels and tea rooms competing for the highly coveted honour.

Bettys Cafe Tea Rooms, located in Northallerton, has been named as the best place in Britain to enjoy afternoon tea, after scooping The Tea Guild’s prestigious award for Top Tea Place 2012.

This is the highest ‘accolade’ of the tea world.

Pennyhill Park Hotel & Spa in Bagshot, Surrey, has achieved the highest accolade of the tea world by winning The Tea Guild’s prestigious Top City and Country Hotel Tea Award 2012

A charming city and spa hotel scooped the top award after impressing The Tea Guild judges with its quality of service, food and tea.

The best place in London to enjoy a sumptuous afternoon tea has been named as The Athenaeum Hotel, which has scooped The Tea Guild’s prestigious award for the capital for “Top London Afternoon Tea 2012”.