Tiffin (or fridge cake)...

Excuse the rubbish iPhone photo, but this is a lovely lovely tiffin that I made last weekend. The great thing about this recipe is that you can add and take away from it as you like. We just like ours with raisins or sultanas, but you might like yours with glacĂ© cherries or marshmallows, or with a thick layer of dark chocolate on top, or with white chocolate chips or Oreo cookies instead of digestive biscuits. You can add what you want to the basic recipe. It's so easy to make and change and depending on what you put in it, you can make it a brunch time treat or an impressive dessert. 
This recipe has been passed down to me by my mum, who doesn't believe in measurements – just 'a teacup' or 'a heaped tbsp' or 'enough to fill up a mug'... As long as you proportion it right it'll be fine. Here it is:

You will need:
- 3 heaped tbsp of butter or margarine
- 2 heaped tbsp cocoa powder
- 1 heaped tbsp hot chocolate
- 3 tbsp golden syrup 
- A pack of digestive biscuits (or whatever other biscuits you like) 
- Raisins, glacé cherries, chocolate chips, dried fruit, fresh fruit, chocolate, marshmallows, peanuts etc or whatever it is that you want to put in!)

All you need to do is put the butter, cocoa powder, hot chocolate and golden syrup in a microwavable bowl and pop it in the microwave for a few minutes. If you're anti microwaves, do it on the stove but in my humble opinion, you're wasting your time. When it's melted give it a good stir to mix it all together and return it to the microwave for another minute. Voila, you've got the basic 'binding' mixture that will hold all your other delicious goodies together.

Smash up a packet of digestive biscuits (or other biscuits, if you like) with a rolling pin and stir them into your mixture. Add your raisins, cherries, chocolate or whatever and give it all a good mix. 

Press it all in to a loose-bottomed tin, making sure it's all tightly packed. Pop it in the fridge and it'll be ready in a few hours. Enjoy!


The Cosy Club, Bath

I've heard nothing but good things about The Cosy Club, and it lived up to it's reputation - it was amazing! I was surprised to learn that it's actually a chain and there are a few dotted round the country. I don't usually expect much from chain restaurants, but it's well worth a visit if there's one near by! Check out their website for some more info.


Victoria sponge...

I love cake, and of all the fancy cakes in the world, nothing beats a good victoria sponge. My mum's is the best, but when she's not around I try to recreate it. I use my basic cake recipe, and I add a good splash of vanilla extract to the batter. 
For the filling, use a good quality jam. I like raspberry but I think strawberry is traditional. I find it tastes so much better if the jam is homemade too! The buttercream is just 100g unsalted butter with 300g icing sugar.
If you like this, you might also like the mini victoria sponges that I made a while back :)

Roman Baths

The past few weeks have been so busy (this has become like a generic introduction to all my posts.)
 We've had loads of lovely visitors, most recently my aunty and my cousin from Scotland. This weekend I wanted to show them all the touristy things in Bath (that I haven't seen either!) so I actually ended up ticking a few things off my summer to-do list. It was such a good weekend and I can't believe it's come to an end already! Anyway, here are some pics of the Roman Baths, the fashion museum, my wonderful family and the beautiful city that I live in:


What I'm listening to this week...

Lucy Rose- Lines
This is another one that I heard on Sunday Brunch. I haven't been able to get it out of my head all week.
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