Cardamom & Pistachio Cookies

Cardamom & Pistachio Cookies|Littlebitsofnice Cookies? Biscuits? I had to pause and think for a minute which category these little gems belong to. What’s the difference between biscuits and cookies? Here in England we have something called scones. Scones are fluffy and delicious and I have never thought about calling them anything else but scones. Because scones are scones you know? But then I have seen on many blogs scones being called biscuits. Whaaaaaaaaat. Mind melt. So not only there are scones and there are biscuits and there are cookies but also there is such a difference between not only what people from different countries call something but also what individuals call it. It’s gets so incredibly confusing! When I asked Christoph what he thought these were he said: “I think cookies as they are soft inside. Biscuits have a harder consistency. No? Erm. I think. Gosh I don’t know”. So there you go folks, that’s how I decided these were cookies. That and the fact for me biscuits are more like this. But for you they may be biscuits. Or something else entirely! But regardless of what you call them they taste incredible. Make them. Eat them. And then you can decide what they are for you.Cardamom & Pistachio Cookies|Littlebitsofnice Read More »

{Beijinhos de Coco} Brazilian Coconut Treats

Beijinhos de Coco|Littlebitsofnice I am coconut mad at the moment. I want everything coconut. Dinner? Let’s put coconut milk in. Dessert/Treats? Shredded Coconut please! Drinks? Coconut water! Seriously it’s madness! But tasty madness so I don’t care. These little coconut treats are called Beijinhos – beijinhos literally mean “little kisses” in Portuguese. It’s such a cute name for these treats. Little coconut kisses…now tell me you aren’t dying to taste one of these? IMG_3706 Read More »

Banana & Poppy Seed Cupcakes with Mascarpone and Coconut Frosting

Banana & Poppy Seed Muffin with Mascarpone and Coconut Frosting

Guys, I mean seriously, I think this is one of the best thing I’ve ever made. Honestly. These cupcakes don’t look like much but they are incredible. This is not your ordinary banana cupcake. It’s the mother of all banana cupcakes. A bold claim I know, but what the hell, I’m sticking with it! And this from someone that is not even that much into cupcakes.

I am not one to blow my own trumpet, at least not this much :P, but I feel no guilt whatsoever in doing so for these. Everything about it is awesome: the banana flavour making them super moist, the poppy seeds adding that little crunch and texture, the mascarpone making the frosting creamy but light and not too sweet and the coconut -both the cream and the toasted flakes -giving them freshness and combining beautifully with the bananas.

Now, if after this description you don’t want to dive into them, then I think there is something wrong with you. Nah I’m kidding…but really…

Banana & Poppy Seed Muffin with Mascarpone and Coconut Frosting

All good banana loaf stories start with some over-ripe bananas. This story is no different. It started with some very over-ripe bananas, a craving for coconut and a pack of poppy seeds forgotten at the back of the cupboard.

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{Hushpuppies} Fish Balls with Spicy Dip

Pollock Hush Puppies

After all of the sweet treats I have been sharing with you guys, I thought this week we were in much need of something savoury. You know. For balance.

As you may or may not remember a while ago I bought some fine cornmeal because I wanted to make some brazilian treats. I bought it online because try as I might I couldn’t find it anywhere in the shops. I bought it and thought it was a bit expensive but it was a 1.5kg bag and the treats were worth it so I thought what the hell, why not.

I remember eagerly waiting for the delivery, opening the door to the delivery man and being faced with a huge box. I was surprised but as online sites often use completely out of proportion packaging I didn’t worry too much at that point.

I thank the delivery man. He passes me the box. The weight takes me off guard.

Oh. Hmm.

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{Pudim de Leite Condensado} – Brazilian Flan with Condensed Milk

Pudim de Leite Condensado

Forget healthy. Forget diets. Forget trying to be good. This is the stuff you eat because, well, you sometimes just deserve it. Don’t fight it. It’s ok. I promise.

This is another trip down memory lane for me. My mother is an amazing cook. I have so many memories of her in the kitchen when I was growing up, of coming home after school to the most wonderful smells that promised a delicious dinner. As soon as I got close to the front door I knew what we would be having for dinner. And I couldn’t wait.

As many memories as I have of those meals, I have very few memories of times when she would be making something sweet. At home we were all more keen on savoury food and therefore sweet is not something we had very often. But there are a few things that I remember my mother making and Brigadeiros, Bolo de Fuba and Pudim are amongst the most vivid.

There are few things that make me happier than sharing those memories and tastes with Chris.  And I am proud to say that so far so good! All have been received with great excitement and eaten with great enthusiasm. What more could I ask for?

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