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Sweet and Spicy Shortbread Cookies

These shortbread cookies will satisfy all of your sweet and spicy cravings. You will love the crumbly, melt in your mouth shortbread flavoured with spicy cayenne pepper and zingy lime. Then you dip the cookies in chocolate to really indulge your tastebuds. Sprinkle with lime zest for an extra tasty kick. Chocolate dipped chili and lime shortbread cookies are so quick and easy to make, you’ll love making them and you’ll love eating them even more!

Sweet and Spicy Shortbread Cookies - crumbly, melt in your mouth shortbread cookies are flavoured with spicy cayenne pepper and zesty lime, then dipped in chocolate for extra indulgence. These easy to make chocolate dipped chili lime shortbread cookies are sure to satisfy everyone!

Summer officially starts next week apparently, you wouldn’t know it in London though. The last couple of weeks have been so wet and miserable… actually, that sounds A LOT like a British summer! The worst part it is still warm out, so being outside is very unpleasant. I love going for walks around my new neighbourhood because the area I live in is so pretty. I’ve just wanted to stay inside as much as possible tately to avoid that thick, wet air! Luckily, there’s plenty to keep me busy inside, like baking these amazing shortbread cookies. Although I knew these little cookies were gonna be good (sweet and spicy is just my fave!) even I was blown away by the taste! recently started yoga which is keeping me active inside, I’m not very good at it but I hope it’s at least burning off some of the delicious shortbread calories!

Sweet and Spicy Shortbread Cookies - crumbly, melt in your mouth shortbread cookies are flavoured with spicy cayenne pepper and zesty lime, then dipped in chocolate for extra indulgence. These easy to make chocolate dipped chili lime shortbread cookies are sure to satisfy everyone!

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Lime and Ginger Crème Brûlée

Creamy custard  with a zingy, zesty Lime & Ginger flavour, with a crunchy caramelised sugar topping. The key to the wonderful and fresh taste is fresh root ginger! 

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Lime and Ginger crème brûlée

I love Crème Brûlée, I mean who doesn’t? A luxuriously smooth and creamy custard that you have to break through a crunchy caramelised sugar topping to get to, like a delicious little treasure hunt! Despite my love for this little tasty adventure I’d never made it before, but then Santa left me a cook’s blowtorch {affiliate link} under the tree and crème brûlée had to be the first thing I made using it!

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Kale Avocado Banana Smoothie

Avocado Banana Kale Smoothie

 I’ve always been turned off by the idea of green smoothies. I don’t know why, because I love my greens! Spinach? Yum! Kale? One of my favourite foods! But the idea of drinking them just sounded wrong to me! But I am officially a convert, green smoothies are awesome!

Avocado Banana Kale Smoothie

 

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Tarte au Citron Vert – GBBO Challenge Week 5 (Pies & Tarts Week)

tarte au citron vert

 

Everybody knows the classic tarte au citron, the beautiful French tart – a buttery pastry, filled with a zesty lemon custard. It’s a classic and some may say it’s perfect as it is and shouldn’t be changed. To them I say “pah!”. I’m a huge lover of lime and filling this tart with a smooth lime custard just sounded so much more appealing to my palate. Besides, I’m not one to stick to tradition! 

tarte au citron vert

This sweet and tart dessert is perfect for a sunny picnic, a celebratory barbecue or even a fancy dinner party. It’s versatile and gorgeous, a perfect choice for pies and tarts week of my Great British Bake Off challenge. I really enjoyed baking this and it was a lot simpler that I thought it would be, I normally associate French with tricky! The trickiest part was baking it just the right amount, you want to bake it until it is just set. You don’t want it to be under baked and runny, but you don’t want to dry it out either. So you have to keep a close eye on it.

tarte au citron vert

I had a fancy French week this week, baking fancy French patisserie classics and eating fancy French food. I fulfilled a bucket list item of mine on Tuesday (well, I don’t have a bucket list but if I did this would have been on it). I ate at Restaurant Gordon Ramsay! I’m a big, big fan of Gordon – I love his recipes, the way he cooks and I think he is just a great person all round. I think if you don’t watch his shows often you’d get the wrong idea about him, because yes he can be very hot tempered and brash but if he can see you are putting effort in and taking care in what you do, he is extremely encouraging and actually very nice. It’s when you’re half-assing something or being intentionally stupid that he loses his temper! I was also super excited to eat at Restaurant Gordon Ramsay because the head chef there is a woman called Clare Smyth and she is the first British woman to receive and keep 3 Michelin stars – and if there’s one thing I love it’s successful ladies! The food was absolutely amazing, we had three courses but they also brought out appetisers and extra desserts. I’ve honestly never tasted anything that good before, there’s definitely a good reason it’s so pricey! If you want to see photos of the gorgeous food I ate, check out my instagram, I posted photos on it on Tuesday and Wednesday. 

tarte au citron vert

 

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Kale and Black Bean Salad with Avocado Lime Dressing

kale salad

This Kale and Black Bean Salad with Avocado Lime Dressing is the first of my non-baking posts. I’m going to be doing these at least once a month to encourage myself to cook more and also share some of the yummy non-baked things I make! I’d like to apologise in advance for the terrible photos these posts will have, while I have been improving my baking photography it seems I have a lot further to go with general food photography!

This salad is a favourite for me and the best friend, it’s simple to make, super tasty and healthy too! What’s not to love. You can mix it up with your favourite veggies to customise it your personal tastes.

kale salad

The dressing is nice and creamy, which is great for raw kale as it helps break it down – raw kale is a favourite of mine but it can be pretty tough, I normally toss it in lime juice which makes it extra tasty and helps break it down. This dressing has the benefits of the lime juice and the thickness to make the kale more palatable as a salad. 

kale salad

 

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