Edible Flowers

I don’t think there is anything better than having fresh, beautiful and delicate flowers on a cake. It just seems to make it look all the more special with a lovely rustic feel.

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These next few months will be the perfect time to start planting lots of edible flowers, I started mine a few weeks ago! Hopefully by the time it is late spring/early summer, I’ll have an abundance of flowers to use not only on cakes but in salads and as garnishes too.

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I got these edible flower seeds from plant-n-grow as a gift last year and they are still going strong. I found a potting kit from the £1 shop, and it’s amazing! It has the planting cells, mini greenhouse, larger pots for when your plants need separating… plus loads more helpful bits for home growing.

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I filled the cells with compost, popped a few seeds in each one and covered with more compost.

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Once they were all labelled up with lolly sticks, I put the lid on and left them on the windowsill, making sure they were kept moist… mmm everyone’s favourite word.

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11 days later and they are beginning to sprout! I’ll keep updating their progress on Instagram, so feel free to give me a follow to keep track!

Millie xxx

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Love Heart Tarts

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I’ve seen these floating around Pinterest, and thought they were too cute not to try! I’ll be eating them on Valentine’s Day whilst watching Dirty Dancing and wishing that I could be Baby… Get ready for a photo-heavy post!

Making your own shortcrust pastry is quite simple, but when Sainsbury’s have already made it and rolled it out for you… it would be rude not to use it 😉

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Start by unrolling your pastry on to a floured surface and cut out hearts. I got about 20 hearts out of one pack of pastry (which makes 10 pies).

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Spoon about a teaspoon of jam (raspberry is my jam of choice!) into the centre of half of the hearts that you’ve cut out).

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You then need to place another heart on top and crimp down the edges with a fork.

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Brush on some milk and sprinkle on some sugar. Pop into the oven at 180 C and leave for 20 minutes!

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Eat and enjoy! (or give them as a little secret Valentine’s present).

Millie xxx

Almond & Coconut Cookies

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Happy Sunday!

I was reminded today of this recipe when chatting to a family friend. We were all having lunch together and out came the cupcakes. Tasty, but full of gluten, which unfortunately he can’t eat!

Over the last few months I’ve secretly made it my mission to find recipes that are either naturally gluten free or don’t involve various flours and powders that aren’t always easy to get hold of. That’s where these come in!

These are soft and chewy and so so easy to whip up. They require very few ingredients, most of which are cupboard essentials.

I’ll pop the method below, after a few more photos of these cookies. (Not on my new fancy schmancy camera I’m afraid!)

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  1. Preheat your oven to 190 C.
  2. Mix together all the dry ingredients.
  3. Beat the egg until it is fluffy and doubled in size, melt the coconut oil and add to the eggs along with the vanilla.
  4. Mix in all the dry ingredients until combined and chill in the fridge for at least 30 minutes (no not you, the dough.)
  5. Shape onto a lined baking tray into ping pong ball sized balls. Definitely a technical term. Flatten slightly with your palm or the back of a spoon.
  6. Bake for 8-10 minutes until lightly golden around the edges.
  7. Remove from the oven and slide baking sheet on to a wire rack to cool.

This recipe is adapted from minimalist baker

I hope you enjoy!

Millie xxx

Millie’s Kitchen

I should probably start by admitting a little white lie. All credit for this kitchen I cook in goes to my parents. It’s not mine. Millie’s Kitchen? Just a cool name. (Thanks Taylor, I’m keeping it)

I’ve been wanting to document my ideas/recipes/life but I’m both a perfectionist and terrible with computers. It put me off the whole blog idea, but anyway, here I am!

So welcome to my very simple looking blog (until my brother gets his hands on it to wave media magic).

Hopefully this blog will contain lots of pretty cakes, maybe some meat (got to cater to all the people) probably a sneaky picture or two of my cat, and anything and everything that I have enjoyed making/experimenting/doing. Feel free to read along, get some ideas, laugh at my disasters… Don’t worry, there’s already been one this week so I guarantee there will be more.

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I’ll leave you with a picture of a marshmallow, just to whet your appetite!

Millie xxx