It is strange to think that once upon a time before smart phones and social media and the internet existed, the way to advertise products was to take out advertisements or rely on word of mouth. Photographs of food eaten by critics might be featured in the press, but food eaten by members of the public either at home, out in a restuarant or on the go was not something we strived to see, and I doubt was something we even considered wanting to be shown either.
When I fell pregnant with my first child, my partner and I made the decision that I would leave work to look after him or her. Because I had a my own business at the time, I also made the decision to sell it so that I would not have it hanging over me while i was trying to juggle parenthood in another town several miles away from my business. When my maternity leave began, Burton arrived just a few days after it started and at the time his daddy only took two days off work because, being a contractor, he was not eligible then for paternity leave, whereas I took my full maternity leave quota.
I would never think to pair coffee and butterscotch together, but I recently found a recipe for some sticky coffee and walnut puddings which combined these flavours, and I thought I would try them out in cupcake form. I was surprised to discover that they go very well together and the sweetness of the butterscotch complements the bitterness of coffee nicely. Which I guess makes sense, as I do enjoy a caramel latte from time to time!
The music, the hair, the neon – the 80s are back, and retro sweets are coming back in a big way too, with many people looking with fondness on the treats available in their youths or who want to introduce today’s children to yesterday’s amazing and delicious sweeties. A particularly popular idea is to choose retro sweets as a unique birthday gift. The recipient will certainly appreciate something delicious instead of more socks!
I like to think I do little things towards helping the environment. I could probably do much more, and I know I am guilty of being lazy when it comes to recycling and not always sorting my household waste out properly! I know that I use baby wipes when I should use a flannel with soap and water.