Cut-out chocolate and almond cookies

Cut-out chocolate almond cookies

Cut-out chocolate almond cookies

My big weekly indulgence is ‘Great British Bake-Off’. I’m in awe of the amazing range of skills that all the contestants demonstrate – all of them. So I’ve been inspired to try to conquer my fear of the cut-out biscuit.

Last month, I did a trial run of some chocolate and vanilla cut-out cookies. Malcolm condemned them as ‘inedible’. Oops. This month’s effort did better: he’s rated them as ‘OK but not to my taste’. So in case an almondy biscuit filled with plain chocolate is to your taste, here we go. Continue reading

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Breakfast eggah (or tortilla or ‘hockey pucks’)

Breakfast vegetable tortilla

Breakfast vegetable tortilla

After hitting us all with a blast of sugar, I thought it was time for a savoury bake. These breakfast eggah are known as ‘hockey pucks’ in our house because I bake them in silicone muffin moulds, and they come out like, well, hockey pucks. But much tastier. ‘Eggah’ is the Middle Eastern name (thanks Rachel); in Spain, they’re known as ‘tortilla’.

They are quite robust and will keep for a few days in the fridge, so I make a dozen at a time. One makes a good quick breakfast and they’re also robust enough to be a packed lunch. Or you can serve two for hearty appetites. Each one is a good start on your five-a-day, and by picking your vegetables you can make them paleo, primal, or ancestral. Continue reading