It feels like Autumn…

It’s a cold, windy day. There’s leaves carpeting the grass. The heating is on and a pot of soup is bubbling in the kitchen. I’d say Autumn has most defiantly arrived. I can’t say I’m 100% happy as this year we’ve had a distinct lack of summer, but I’m looking forward to snuggling up wrapped in warm blankets with my baby girl, warm baths and hot drinks before bed, bonfire night and seeing Lillee’s face when she sees the fireworks again,  soups, stews  and casseroles. Christmas is just around the corner, with all the twinkly lights and a turkey roast. and, for the first time ever I’m prepared to face Christmas head on.  Lillee has presents all ready to be wrapped and sent to Santa  I’m making a start on the hampers for everybody else and slowly but surely getting the house into shape ready to decorate when December comes. I have to say, I’m getting rather exited at the thought… Let’s just hope my preparation pays off this year.

Emma-Jayne x

Hot chocolate…

I made this gorgeous hot chocolate courtesy of Mr Jamie Oliver

2 Pints of semi-skimmed milk (serves 8-10)

* 2 tablespoons Horlicks
* 2 tablespoons cornflour
* 3 tablespoons icing sugar
* 4 tablespoons quality organic cocoa
* 100g quality dark chocolate (70% cocoa solids), finely grated
* a pinch of ground cinnamon
* a pinch of sea salt

1. Pour the milk into a large pan, and bring almost to the boil over a medium heat.

2. Meanwhile, add all the chocolate mix ingredients to a large jar and give it a good shake to combine. You need around 10 heaped tablespoons of the chocolate mix for this amount of milk. Simply spoon the chocolate mix into the hot milk, give it a good whisk and leave to bubble away for a few minutes before serving. You’re looking for that gorgeous, thick, almost claggy, knockout texture.

Emma-Jayne xx