Cheeky Little Treat

Some days you just want a little treat, but there’s nothing in the kitchen that doesn’t require whisking, beating or some oven time. In these desperate times this is my favourite treat and I call it my “Cheeky Little Treat” because you can make it quickly and doesn’t leave behind wrappers or dirty mixing bowls. Usually it consists of yoghurt, fruit, nuts and honey or a sweet sauce but look at this beauty. Ultra Mel custard, almond flakes, glacé cherries and Huletts chocolate syrup.

Try it out and let me know what your favourite combination is.

Middleton Tart Winner!

I’m so happy to announce that I’m one of the 6 winners of YuppieChef’s Middleton Tart Challenge! There is apparently a prize, not sure what it is yet but can’t wait to find out.

Readers were challenged to create a tart, whether it be sweet or savoury in of honour Kate Middleton (The Duchess of Cambridge) and her recent nuptials.

Have a look at all the lovely tart recipes (linked above), I’ve got to try all of them. Here are the winners, in no particular order:

White Chocolate and Raspberry Tiara-misu Tart | Jessica Franks

Potato and Rosemary Middleton Tart | Raeesah Vawda

Stilton, Broccoli and Pear Middleton Tart | Sue Green

Smoked Angel Fish, Leek and Cheddar Middleton Tart | Vickie Gibson

Duchess of Cambridge Tart | Karen Muller (ME!)

Pear and butterscotch Middleton tart | Tandi Sinclair


I promise to post the recipe here some time with better photos.


Chunky Chocolate Balls Recipe

This recipe I remember from childhood, a treat you’d only find at birthday parties.  Its so quick and easy that I made this batch while my telephone line was being installed. These are best eaten after they’ve spent a day in the fridge, so make ahead of time.

There are loads of variations that I’ve still got to try out such as using other biscuits (ginger or eat-some-mores), experimenting with food colouring/essence and trying using fine crumbs rather than chunks. If you’ve tried any variations please send me your recipe and pictures.

Chunky Chocolate Balls Recipe
Recipe type: snack, dessert
Prep time: 
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  • 1 packet Marie biscuits
  • 1 tin condensed milk
  • 2 tbs cocoa powder
  • 1 cup desiccated coconut
  • medium sized cupcake liners

  1. Break Marie biscuits into small chunks, set aside.
  2. In a bowl, mix the condensed milk and cocoa powder well.
  3. Then mix in the desiccated coconut.
  4. Add the Marie biscuits to the mixture and mix well, ensuring all the biscuit chunks are coated.
  5. Set aside for 2 minutes for mixture to settle.
  6. Spoon the mixture into medium sized cupcake liners with a table spoon. Half a table spoon worth is a good size.
  7. Place in fridge to set, best left overnight so the mixture soaks into the biscuits.

I used a zip lock bag and palm of my hand to break the biscuits into chunks. Makes about 20