Things have been a bit quite on blog recently as we’ve been excitedly planning for the arrival of our new little lady. I have to say that I was incredibly lucky not to suffer from the dreaded morning sickness during my first trimester. However I did have some pretty strong food aversions and became an absolute carb demon. Salads, spicy curries, and meat suddenly became my mortal enemies, replaced by copious amounts of bread, potatoes and salt and vinegar crisps.
It’s far too early for me to be thinking about Christmas, let alone posting about it on here. Never the less, that’s exactly what I’m about to do.
I was recently invited to join the John Lewis Secret Santa Challenge, and, being a bit of a fan of the brand, I couldn’t resist getting involved.
There’s a small chain of Brighton-based coffee shops called Ground, who serve some of the finest coffee in Brighton. That is where I got my first taste of Chocolate Guinness cake.
The cake is designed to take on the classic look of a pint of Guinness, with its rich dark brown bottom and fluffy white top. But it contains Guinness too – and that is what gives it its beautifully moist texture. Don’t worry though, it doesn’t taste of beer.
One of the best recipes I’ve found is this one by Nigella Lawson, laden with butter, sugar and topped with a vanilla cream cheese topping. It’s certainly not for the faint hearted, but then this is a celebration cake, so I think its ok to push the boat out every once in a while!
And if you don’t fancy making your own and happen to be visiting Brighton, I can’t recommend Ground highly enough.
All photography © Heather Elizabeth Wilkinson 2013
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A few weeks ago I was invited along to a media preview event to celebrate the launch of Wagamama’s new summer menu. Being a greedy pig, I couldn’t resist the promise of some foodie treats.