Christmas Chocolate Cookies

Do you have loads of Chocolate leftover from Christmas? Well what are you waiting for? I do this every single year. Make some cookie dough and fill it with your leftover chocolate. It’s a much more exciting way of eating your chocolate than a midnight Netflix binge. And as I mentioned in my New Years Resolutions post earlier this week – baking is so therapeutic to me. Does anyone else feel the same? I’ve used my Peanut Butter Cookies recipe for these Christmas Chocolate Cookies – without the Peanut Butter of course.

Christmas Chocolate Cookies

Ingredients:

Makes 10 cookies

170g butter

100g light brown muscavado sugar

200g caster sugar

1 large egg

330g self-raising flour

Your leftover Christmas Chocolate. I’ve used Chocolate Coins and Heroes.

Christmas Chocolate Cookies Method:

Preparation: 10 minutes | Baking: 12 minutes

1. Preheat oven to 200c (180c fan) and line 2 baking trays with greaseproof paper.

2. Cream the butter and sugar. Add the egg and mix again.

3. Gradually add the flour, about 100g at a time, making sure your mixture doesn’t get to dry. If you find it’s a little too dry then add a slight bit of milk.

4. Add your “filling” and stir again gently to ensure it’s evenly distributed throughout the cookie dough.

5. Roll the dough into 10 balls and place on the baking trays, pressing down slightly. Leave plenty of room for the cookies to spread. Place in the oven for 12 minutes.

6. Leave to cool. They will continue to harden in this process.

Enjoy…

Are you going to have a go at making these Christmas Chocolate Cookies? What Chocolate have you got leftover to fill them with?

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2019 New Years Resolutions

I know that some people hate the idea of making New Years Resolutions – and reading these sorts of posts for that matter – but I well and truly thrive from them. I’m one of these people that has to have set goals – something to work towards. Whether they’re things on my to-do list that I write at the beginning of each day, monthly goals in my journal or yearly resolutions like these. I have to write them. I’ve decided to categorise this years’ resolutions slightly – Food and Fitness, Lifestyle and Business/Blog Resolutions.

Food and Fitness

Drink (at least) 2 litres of water a day – very cliché I know but it has to be done. I go through stages of being very good at drinking water but there’s also days where it reaches 8pm and I realise I haven’t had one glass. I’m going to be tracking my water intake daily so I’ll let you know how I get on.

Go to the gym/workout (at least) 3 times a week – again, I go through stages of going 5 days in a row and then I’ll forget about the gym for a week. I want to start swimming more because I really enjoy it, especially now I can track my workouts with my new Fitbit Versa.

Do yoga every day – whether that’s a 5 minute morning session or a 45 minute deep stretch session I want to make time for yoga every single day. I feel so much better when I’m doing yoga regularly, I have more energy, I sleep better and I’m much more flexible. I want to make it one of my goals to be able to put my hands flat on the floor when reaching for my toes (I can’t even touch my toes whatsoever at this point).

Lifestyle

Bake (at least) once a week – I definitely couldn’t get away with adding this to my Food and Fitness Resolutions. Baking is my therapy but I never make time for it any more. I used to be baking multiple times a week. Look out for all the delicious recipes on the blog.

Finish renovating the house and make it a home – if you’ve been reading Ami Rose for a while you’ll know that we’ve been renovating a house over the last year. It’s very nearly there in terms of renovation – just the bathroom and garden to go – but I feel it needs a lot in the way of making it a home. From shelving, to pictures, cushions, candles etc – the little finishing touches. I’ll post some room transformations on here as we go.

Visit somewhere new every single week – I want to make an effort to explore more of the UK this year and make the most of the beautiful country we live in. Whether we visit a new Cotswold village 30 minutes down the road or make a weekend of it “up north” I’m just excited for the adventures to come. I’m considering writing a “New Place This Week” blog post – is that something you’d be interested in reading?

Business/Blog

Write on Ami Rose (at least) 2 times per week – I really want to get back into blogging again. I’ve let work, the house renovation, life, (add other excuse here) take over but I want to make time to blog and fall in love with it all over again. It used to be what I was excited to come home to but I ended up putting so much pressure on myself and falling out of love with it. I’ve spent a lot of time planning content and scheduling posts and I have a little relaunch/update coming later this month which I can’t wait for you to see.

Reach 10,000 on Instagram – big goal I know but I’ve been loving my new Food and Fitness Instagram (@crunchesforpizza) and I really want to make it something – whatever something may be. I’ve reached the follower number my old Instagram took 4 years to reach in just 4 months and I’m loving the engagement and support on crunchesforpizza. It’s mainly food and a little lifestyle at the moment but I’ll be incorporating fitness content once I find some confidence.

Learn more about my DSLR – I mentioned this on my Twitter recently as although I’ve been using DSLR cameras for 8-9 years now I still feel I have a lot to learn. I want to push myself out of my comfort zone and stop relying on auto – I’d love to take some starry night sky photos when camping in the middle of nowhere one time.

What are your New Years Resolutions? I would love to hear them.

Until next time,

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My Christmas Market Bucket List

Around this time of year is when wanderlust well and truly kicks in. Strangely enough I can cope with seeing people enjoying the picturesque, out of this world, Maldives islands or hopping on cruise ships to various places in the Caribbean. But when I see someone enjoying a festive Christmas market holiday I just want to be there too. I’m not sure what it is about them, they just make me feel so cosy and content, even though it’s probably -7 outside. Does that make any sense? I’m sure I’m not the only one that feels this way.

Bath Christmas Market

Bath Christmas Market

My Christmas Market Bucket List has grown and grown over the last few years. And if I was honest I could easily list over 20 countries. But for your sake, as I’m sure you don’t want to be here all day, I’ve kept it to my five top cities.

The first is Amsterdam which is somewhere I’ve always wanted to visit. There’s so much going on around the Christmas period – from Ice Skating and traditional village Christmas markets in Museumplein to the Winter Parade and the Christmas Light Festival. There’s something for everyone. I can just imagine walking along the beautiful canals with a Mulled Wine and waffles in hand.

Another place I’d love to visit is Switzerland. I added this to my Bucket List when my friend, Jess visited a few years ago and I’ve written about some of the many reasons I’d like to visit here. Jess said Switzerland is exactly what you dream of when you imagine Christmas markets. Very traditional, very beautiful. And if the Christmas markets aren’t enough, I’d visit for the Swiss chocolate alone.

Paris is another – I’ve been to Paris a lot of times, but never around the Christmas period. Paris has the traditional Christmas village running throughout November and December but also has lots of smaller Christmas markets popping up throughout the city. These include the Notre Dame Cathedral and Champ de Mars Christmas markets.

A city that has always been high on my bucket list is Prague. And I can image it will be even more beautiful around Christmas time. Havel’s Market is a year long market but it gets a “festive facelift” in the Winter months. It introduces traditional arts, crafts and wooden toy stalls as well as the usual food, fruit and veg markets. There’s also a Christmas market at Prague Castle which means you can tick off some cultural hotspots at the same time as sipping on your hot cocoa.

And lastly Berlin, with over 60 Christmas markets throughout the festive season. I don’t think you can write a Christmas Market Bucket List without mentioning Germany in there somewhere. WeihnachtsZauber Gendarmenmarkt runs throughout November and December and is the most famous Christmas market with over 150 stalls. As well as the traditional market there is also the Klunkerkranich Rooftop market which I can imagine would be incredible with the panoramic views.

Which cities are on your Christmas Market Bucket list? Have you visited any of these?

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BBC Good Food Show Winter

On Sunday my friend Jess and I made our way into Birmingham for the BBC Good Food Show Winter. It was at the National Expedition Centre which isn’t too difficult to get to from Bristol – around an hour up the M5. Traffic dependant of course, which seemed to be on our side yesterday. The BBC Good Food Show Winter is one of my favourite festive events ever. With over 450 exhibitors and live cooking shows (including the wonderful Mary Berry) it really gets me in the Christmas spirit.

Myrtles Chutney BBC Good Food Show Winter

Myrtle’s Kitchen Chutneys and Jams

Of course we got stuck into the food as soon as we arrived at the show. I think this is the only time I’ll ever advise you not to have breakfast in the morning. You will honestly fill yourself up on the hundreds of samples on offer from each of the food exhibitors. My breakfast and lunch consisted of cheese, fudge, crisps, chilli sauce and panattone – probably in that order too. I had to try everything didn’t I?

As well as comfort food shopping, we got to see Mary Berry cook up a feast in the Big Kitchen. Mary Berry cooked chicken with roasted cauliflower and buttered green beans with a banoffe pie for dessert. It felt so surreal seeing her in person – I’d love to meet her one day. A lot of the recipes I use are either hers or based on hers. I swear by some of her methods.

Chockshop Chocolate Brownies BBC Good Food Show Winter

Chockshop Chocolate Brownies

I didn’t buy too much at the BBC Good Food Show as I’ve been to three food shows over the last three weeks and my fridge is already stocked up with cheese, chocolate and fudge. But there was a few things I couldn’t resist, including 10 bags of nuts from VIPnuts. Yes you heard correctly, TEN. I was just about to buy the 3 for £5 offer until I realised they were doing 10 for £10. Of course I jumped at the offer, especially as they do my favourite – Wasabi Peas. I picked up a few bags of these, as well as Barbecue, Chilli Lemon, Hot Toffee, Honey and Mustard and Hot Chilli. The nuts were mainly for my fiancé, I just wanted the Wasabi Peas.

I also picked up 3 packets of Pipers Crisps – Salt and Vinegar, Jalapeno and Sweet Chilli as I’ve always loved Pipers Crisps. Crisps are my go-to “lounging in front of the TV on an evening” snack. I’d choose crisps over chocolate and sweets any day. I have to put a handful into a bowl though otherwise I’ll sit and eat the entire pack.

Flower and White Meringues BBC Good Food Show Winter

Flower and White Meringues

The last couple of things I bought was a Ruby Mist cheese truckle from Snowdonia Cheese and a Louisiana Hot Sauce from Skylark Trading. I really didn’t need to buy more cheese after bringing home 5 lots from the Ideal Homes Show. Although it doesn’t expire until next May and there’s not a chance it’ll still be in my fridge then. The hot sauce is to add to my soups, chillies etc as I love giving it a little bit of a kick. If you didn’t know already, I love hot food.

I definitely could have gone mad and bought everything but I think I’ve got just the right amount of comfort food to take us right through until Christmas. And then we’ll be stocking up again with all the leftover Christmas food…

Did you go to the BBC Good Food Show Winter? What did you buy?

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Free From Festival at The Passenger Shed Bristol

On Saturday Sam and I made our way into Bristol for the Bristol Free From Festival. A festival dedicated to Gluten Free, Dairy Free and Refined Sugar Free living – with plenty of Vegan and Vegetarian choices too. The festival was in The Passenger Shed, right next to Bristol Temple Meads station meaning it was SO easy to get to. It cost £10 per person including a welcome drink on arrival.

We arrived at the Free From Festival at lunchtime so were eager to get stuck in to the samples on offer. Almost every stall had their products to try which is always nice when you’re trying new products. Often when I think I’m going to love something, I hate it and when I think I’ll hate it, I absolutely love it. Is that the way with anyone else?

There was so much on offer, from Avocado Mayonnaise, to Freeze Dried Fruit and even Roasted Lotus Seeds (more about those later).  As well as food stalls such as Pho and Shakey Shakey serving lunch. And of course Tipple on Tap We tried everything we could and then went back around to buy our favourites. One thing that particularly caught my eye was reusable “cling film” by The Beeswax Wrap Co. This can be washed with warm water and used again and again and again. I’m trying to cut down on single use plastics as much as I possibly can and this is such a great alternative.

Free From Festival Bristol

We picked up quite a bit from the Free From Festival, including our Goodie Bag that was kindly gifted to us. I have a Highlight saved on Instagram where I go through all of the products in a little more depth but I wanted to mention some of my favourites.

These include some Avocado Mayonnaise, a Gluten Free Beer from Daura (my fiancé thoroughly enjoyed this), Cauli Rice with Broccoli which I’m looking forward to trying. And some Chocolate Hazelnut Biscuits from Rhythm 108 – these were divine.

Our highlight of the show were the Lotus Bites from Yum Taz. We ended up buying 5 packs of these as they were on offer for 5 for £5. These are roasted lotus seeds seasoned with natural ingredients. And like nothing we’ve ever seen or tried before. We bought 4 different flavours, Sweet Chilli, Turmeric, Tomato and Beetroot and Pineapple. The Sweet Chilli are currently our favourites.

The last few things we bought were some Pineapple Snacks from Walaroo, Wasabi Snacks from Kenko Okara and some Strawberry Smoothie Bites from LioBites. These were absolutely delicious and just melted in your mouth.

Did you visit the Bristol Free From Festival? What did you pick up?

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