Dark Chocolate Mousse + Where I’ve Been

Velvet smooth chocolate mousse is a quick and easy dessert to whip up that will still manage to impress. Uses dark chocolate for a deep and full bodied flavour.

A super quick and easy dessert that still looks pretty fancy, this rich and deep chocolate mousse is a perfect after dinner dessert to enjoy. Decadent without being heavy, you can enjoy this sweet treat with a little less guilt (and dark chocolate is good for you, remember??).  

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Bengali Sweet Yoghurt

Mishti Doi or Sweet Yoghurt is a popular and traditional Bengali and Indian dessert.. In this easy to prepare dessert, the milk base is cooked on the stove with cardamom  and brown sugar for a caramel taste before being baked in the oven to set. It is then topped with chopped pistachio.  A great dessert that can be made in advance for a party or gathering. Great for Eid.

How’s your weekend going readers? I kind of wish it could last just a teeny bit longer. I have another sweet recipe for you today, one that is really popular with us Bangladeshis and Bengalis. Mishti doi translates literally translates into sweet yoghurt. Flavoured with aromatic cardamom and topped with crunchy pistachio, it is slightly sweet with the slight tang from the curd and is a great dessert for when you want something that is light and easy to convenient to serve. It’s great to serve for company as you can prepare it the night before and leave it in the fridge until the next day. 

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Spiced Pumpkin Pie Samosas

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If you are someone who just can’t get enough of pumpkin flavoured desserts I have just the thing for you today: pumpkin pie samosas. Yes, the American classic meets the Indian classic.  A cinnamon and cardamom spiced sweet pumpkin filling in crispy and flaky pastry. The filling is ridiculously easy to prepare and instead of the usual fiddly spring roll pastry, I have a simple homemade pastry that saves time. 

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No Bake Individual Strawberry Cheesecake

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I was thinking to myself the other day, what I would pick as my favourite dessert given the choice. Say for instance I was stuck on some remote tropical island, and I had to pick one dessert for the rest of my days there (a girl can dream, can she not??). Anyway, after some deliberation as I brushed my teeth before bedtime, I finally decided that I would pick cheesecake. There is something about the velvety smoothness, combined with a crunchy, biscuity base that brings a unique kind of contentment after a gruelling day. And come on, cheese in a dessert? I think the person who come up with the idea must have been some sort of culinary Einstein. 

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Vintage Eid Tea Party

    During the weekend of Eid, we threw a vintage style tea party on a surprisingly sunny Sunday afternoon. It was the first grown up party that I had taken part in hosting and I thought I’d share a few pictures from the day. It took a few days to plan and prepare, and whilst there were a few stressful moments, it was a very fun and enjoyable day.   It was a real DIY party, as most things were either homemade, like the cakes and cookies or bought from the pound shop/eBay like the disposable tablecloth and vintage style paper straws and washi tape. We placed the flowers in an old glass bottle and a jam jar decorated with paper doilies from the pound shop. Whilst I love those vintage looking glass milk bottles, we had no space to store a set after the party, so instead I bought readymade milkshakes from the supermarket which came in similar shaped plastic bottles, and then I replaced the plastic label with a paper doily. My sister in law prepared the lovely Victoria sponge cake which we decorated with a washi tape cake topper. But our cake stand was nothing more than a plate and bowl taped together! I also had some fun making some tissue paper Pom pom flowers. It’s pretty cool what you can produce with a little creative thinking and lots of Pinterest tutorials!            

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