Emojis seem to be taking over the world lately; ‘The Emoji Movie‘ comes out in August, there is now a ‘Cakemoji‘ recipe book and even my Mum has started using Emojis in her texts (it’s like when she first learnt about text slang but worse!)
For Christmas one of my best friend’s Helen got me a copy of the Cakemoji recipe book which contains a number of different recipes, all featuring the Emoji in different forms. Some of these recipes include heart cookies, poop cupcakes and rainbow brownies. While flicking through I had the idea to finally make good use of some edible ink pens I bought a while ago by making a batch of emoji macarons. Could we call them emojarons? Maybe not.
I was asked to make some farm animal themed bakes for a friend hosting a coffee morning in aid of Compassion in World Farming. They are the leading organisation in farm welfare and therefore she asked me to try my best to use free range and organic ingredients.
In the end I decided to go for macarons as they are a nice easy thing to pick up and eat at a coffee morning (there is nothing worse that trying to mingle while shoving a huge a piece of cake in your face). The macaron shells contain eggs from Over Langshaw Farm in the Scottish Borders and the chocolate ganache filling was made from cream from Clyde Organics and Green and Blacks chocolate.
Do not be deceived, this tart may look really fancy but let me tell you that it is the most foolproof tart recipe ever. Also once you have your pastry case baked and filled with the chocolate filling, the possibilities for different flavours and toppings are endless.
Ahh Irn bru. The Nectar of the Gods.
To repeat the drink’s own slogan, ‘…Irn Bru gets you through’.
In my opinion there has never been slogan more true to life; it really does get you through.
It got me through my exams, it gets me through a tiring day at work and it has gotten me through many a bad hangover (Irn Bru is the best and most efficient hangover cure in the world, end of).
I love bananas, I love toffee, I love cream and I love biscuits.
Therefore to the man that invented the banoffee pie, I salute you.
I remember that banoffee pie along with ‘fairy’ cakes was one of the first desserts that I was allowed to make on my own when I was a kid. My mum could safely leave me with all of the ingredients and allow me to get on, without the fear of me setting fire to the kitchen, or myself. I used to love bashing up the digestives to make my base and layering on the banana slices in a pretty spiral pattern.