Chocolate Pot | Naught but Nice Chocolate Pots | Cloud Nine Lifestyle

Naughty but Nice Chocolate Pots

These rich little dessert pots are by no means healthy. However, in order to make myself feel less guilty, I incorporated oats and fresh strawberries into the mix, so you can sort of see the benefits of eating them.

Pasta | Aubergine, Red Pepper Pasta | Cloud Nine Lifestyle

Aubergine, Red Pepper and Fresh Tomato Pasta Sauce

I got the idea for this recipe from Jack Monroe’s marvellous second cookbook A Year in 100 Recipes. In her ‘smoky aubergine, tomato and red lentil pasta sauce’, Jack recommends cooking the aubergine whole for around 30 minutes, before scraping out the soft insides and adding them to the sauce. The result is soft, gooey and flavoursome…

Chicken Ramen | A Warm and Soothing Chicken Ramen | Cloud Nine Lifestyle

Recipe: a Warm and Soothing Chicken Ramen

About a year ago, my boyfriend and I discovered what has become one of our favourite restaurants in Manchester: Samsi on Whitworth Street. The sushi at Samsi is simply wonderful –  this was our main reason for visiting, as we were tired of the overpriced and undersized portions of sushi at a certain well known…

Overnight Oats | Cloud Nine Lifestyle

Overnight Oats: Delicious and Nutritious

About a month ago, I wrote an article for La Vida Magazine about overnight oats. Ever since then, it’s fair to say that my boyfriend and I have been hooked on the things. With their delightfully alliterative name, overnight oats tick many boxes. They are quick and easy to make, and save time in the…

Blueberry, Banana and Cinnamon Muffins

These muffins are an adaptation of Lorraine Pascale’s Raspberry Muffins, found in her fantastic book Home Cooking Made Easy. As an aside, I absolutely love this book, and would recommend it to anyone; the instructions are clear and incredibly helpful and the flavour combinations are delicious. I am a huge fan of the Pascale.  However, because I…

Banana Loaf | Recipe | Cloud Nine

Chocolate Chip Banana Loaf Recipe

This method has been adapted from a Mary Berry recipe given to me by a friend a long time ago. So long ago, that I can’t remember which friend gave it to me, and have no idea from which of Mary’s many books it hails. Nevertheless, it is one of my favourite things to bake,…

The Emperor of the Traybake: Chocolate Brownie Recipe

Chocolate brownies are a sort of urbane comfort food. There is something so sophisticated about their deep brown colour and rich velvety taste. They certainly reign supreme as the emperor of traybakes, and are accorded much respect in my household.  The perfect brownie should have a thin, crumbly crust on top, and underneath should be soft…

How to Make Perfect Pesto

Pesto has become so popular in recent years that there is seemingly no end to the different varieties on offer in supermarkets. In fact, the pesto shelf is an impressive spectacle, lined with small jars radiating an cheery spectrum of colours. From the emerald green basil options, through to the bold red tomato and pepper…