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I’m lucky enough to have had two mothers in my life.

I had to lose one to gain another but I like to think things happen in the way they should and if they hadn’t I wouldn’t have the family that I now call mine. And despite the fact that I sometimes want to kill them as much as anyone does when it comes to family, I wouldn’t swap them for all the tea in china.

Both my mothers have fed me some seriously good food, taught me to eat just about anything (I am a bit of a goat when it comes to food), and taught me lessons about cooking, just by watching them doing things around the kitchen and nicking recipes which they have already tried and tested. I want to make sure I remember all these things and pass them on one day so writing everything down through this blog will come in handy when I dont have so much time on my hands to indulge in my own edible expeditions.

I mentioned that I had made more than one batch of biscuits last weekend so for those of you that have been eargerly awaiting the second recipe (and I’m not misguided enough to believe that anyone has actually been eagerly awaiting anything from my blog by the way but still), here it is.

I didnt actually have any recollection of these biscuits until a family friend read my blog and thought to send me the recipe which she had written on a scrap of paper from my mom. As soon as I saw the ingredients however my tastebuds twinged with a pleasurable but hazy memory of eating these when I was little. I had already planned to make the granola biscuits to use up my left overs but I didnt want to wait another week to see if my memory was telling the truth so I just made both and used my usual method for protecting our wastelines by taking some in to work. Mind you, not that many made it out of the kitchen in the end.

There were actually two recipes on the scrap of paper my mom’s friend, one called Norwegian Kisses and one called Melting Moments, both with almost identical ingredients. So I chose to make the melting moments as a first attempt and try the others next time round. I searched for other melting moments recipes online first to see if they were a common recipe or something specific to my family and I found several other recipes but none with my mom’s secret ingredient – custard powder. I have no idea whether there is any science behind this but I can confirm it makes a good biscuit so I’m not going to question hard evidence! I’d love to know if anyone else has come across something similar though so please leave a comment if you have.

I did make one small addition to the recipe. I am sure I can remember eating these with little slices of glacé cherries on top so I added this in to indulge my nostalgia but otherwise the recipe is copied exactly as my mom wrote it and it was passed to me with only a few notes in itallics to explain what I did (thank you Karin).

My Mom’s Melting Moments

  • 170g butter or marge
  • 60g icing sugar

Cream these two together.

  • 170g SR flour (self raising)
  • 60g custard powder

Cream these two together (I think she meant just whisk to mix as they are dry).

Mix the above (I use a small electric beater). Make walnut sized balls and flatten slightly.

(I used the back of a fork which makes a little pattern at the same time and then topped each one with a quarter of a glacé cherry).

BAKE 180°C (or 200).  10 to 15 minutes (…12 minutes).

(I baked at 180°C in my fan oven for 15 min but keep an eye out to make sure they don’t brown).

The result is a seriously buttery biscuit that really does melt as soon as you bite it. They aren’t actually that sweet though so you could try more icing sugar if you have a particularly sweet tooth. If you want to make the Norwegian Kisses instead just swap the self raising flour for 120g plain flour and use 120g butter instead of 170g. Please let me know which you think is better!

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It’s been nearly two weeks since I’ve written anything. We have been down in the Isle of Wight to say goodbye to Ross’s gran who passed away and since we got back I’ve been trying to decide what I wanted to write about the trip.

Obviously this week was about family not food and in large parts very sad, but strangely it was also very happy and did revolve around food quite a lot because the whole family was packed into one house talking about their shared memories, laughing and eating together and it was lovely to watch and be part of.

The only thing I actually cooked myself all week was bread and butter pudding. At the time the main reason for this was a profusion of left over buttered rolls and milk which needed to be used up but I think its the perfect recipe for this post because it embodies for me all the things I wanted to express about this trip.

Comfort. Family. Memories. Things that are worth hanging on to.

This was actually the first time I’d ever made B&B pudding myself (or custard) as my own granny always used to make it when I was little which is probably why it makes me think about family so much. This time Ross’s family were the guinea pigs and thankfully it turned out well (Granddad managed two portions and polished off the rest the next day so I’m taking this as a sign of success). The pudding lived up to all my memories – soft and spongy with delicious crispy edges and sweet chewy currants. I wasn’t totally happy with the recipe though because I thought the bread was a bit bland so I came home and made it again last night with a few tweaks. I added more spices and orange zest instead of lemon which gives the pudding an extra warmth. You might think I shouldn’t mess with tradition but I think it adds a little extra zing to a perfect classic. You could go one step further and use brioche or cinnamon bread instead of white bread but this will give you a good basic recipe to play around with yourself.

Hopefully it will come in handy when you need to bribe your grandparents (or some one else’s grandparents), get rid of left over bread or just make something on a grey day that will comfort your heart and your tummy.

Bread and Butter Pudding with Homemade Custard

Adapted from a recipe by Delia Smith.

Serves 4 with one extra portion depending on how greedy your guests are and 1 pint of custard. I have never been a massive fan of custard but I’m converted by home-made custard and the pudding just isn’t the same without it (its also a lot easier than I thought).


  • 8 slices bread
  • 50 g butter
  • 60 g currants
  • 250 ml milk
  • 50 ml double cream
  • 50 g caster sugar
  • grated zest of ½ an orange
  • 3 eggs
  • pinch of freshly grated nutmeg (or ground if that’s all you have)
  • pinch of allspice
  • ½ tsp ground cinnamon plus extra for dusting
  • 2 tbsp of brown sugar


  • 1 pint milk
  • 55ml single or double cream (you can use single but I already had double for the pudding)
  • 1 vanilla pod
  • 4 egg yolks
  • 30g caster sugar
  • 2 tsp cornflour

Pre-heat the oven to 180°C.  Butter the bread and cut each slice of buttered bread in half. last night I made mini puddings in ramekins – if you are doing this then cut out a circle from each slice with a cookie cutter or the upside down ramekin and keep the crusts for the top layer.

Arrange one layer of buttered bread over the base of the baking dish, sprinkle with half the currants, a dusting of cinnamon and brown sugar and then cover with another layer of the bread and repeat.  In a bowl combine the milk, cream, caster sugar, orange zest and spices. Whisk the eggs, first on their own in a small basin and then into the milk mixture. Pour the whole lot over the bread and bake in the oven for 30-40 minutes (if you are making in ramekins they will only need 25-30 min). Don’t panic if the pudding looks very wet, the bread will soak up all the liquid as it cooks.

While the pudding is baking, make the custard. Bring the milk, cream and vanilla pod to simmering point slowly over a low heat (if you don’t split the vanilla pod you can rinse and dry it and use it to make vanilla sugar but its up to you). Remove the vanilla pod and take the milk off the heat.

Whisk the yolks, sugar and cornflour together in a bowl and then pour the hot milk and cream on to the eggs and sugar, whisking all the time. Return to the pan and over a low heat gently stir until thickened. Pour the custard into a jug and if the pudding isn’t ready yet you can cover with clingfilm and stand the jug in a bowl of hot water to keep it warm.

When the pudding is ready, serve it warm and drowning in custard.

p.s. I also want to tell you about this amazing garlic farm we went to but I’ll leave that for next time x

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