Hot Chocolate Lava Puddle

How could we describe this dessert?

It’s like thick, hot chocolate meets chocolate sauce meets chocolate fondue meets chocolate creme pot meets seriously underbaked but still deliciously gooey chocolate fondant.

Hot Chocolate Lava Puddle is a bit of an unusual dessert. It’s like potage. It’s like a chocolate potage! Perhaps that’s what we should have called it. Or warm chocolate cake batter (but without the flour!)

The inspiration for this recipe came from a dessert served at a dinner party where the host called it Molten Chocolate Magic! We were given the gist of how it was made, and with a few tweaks and adjustments, we came up with Hot Chocolate Lava Puddle!

To read more, please click here to go to the new Frengellica site.

Pomegranate Roseberry Sparkler

A deliciously fruity cocktail, delicately fragranced with rose, and just the right amount of fizz! Try our Pomegranate Roseberry Sparkler.

To read more, please click here to go to the new Frengellica site.

Look After The Money, Honey! The All-Important Financial Detox

Money comes and money goes… but for some of us, money seems to be going out a lot faster than it’s coming in! We’ve been plunged into an economic crisis which never seems to  be getting better. More people over thirty-five in the UK are living with their parents or doing houseshares than ever before; many people are finding it hard to get on the property ladder; jobs are in short supply, and we can all safely say that the cost of living is going up at an alarming rate. And it’s a horrible thought but with the state pension age steadily going up, it appears that now more than ever we need to take serious care of our finances.

And with the spread of the recent pandemic which has seen many businesses suffer, and thousands out of work, many more people are sadly experiencing financial hardship. Some of us have even discovered that that rainy day fund hasn’t been as much of a back-up plan as we thought because we had been saving up for a rainy day. Not a tsunami!

To read more, please click here to go to the new Frengellica site.

This Tea Party Rules!

These days most of us tend to be cappuccino and cake kind of people, but seriously – who doesn’t love a good tea party? Especially if it’s done properly. This rather elegant pastime is considered to be a quintessentially British pursuit; so much so that in the States, an afternoon tea party is considered to be a regular occurrence for all British people. Well sorry to be the bearer of bad news guys, but most of us from the ‘old country’ don’t even own a piece of fine bone China, never mind use it every day. Most of us can’t even remember the last time we used a saucer! On the rare occasions us cappuccino drinkers do drink tea, it’s usually from a cardboard cup – just like our cappuccinos!

Original image by pixabay.com

But a classic afternoon tea party can be a fabulous occasional treat and is very popular for birthdays, bridal showers, anniversaries… and some married couples opt for a tea party instead of a full on traditional three course wedding breakfast. Tea parties are great for when you feel like being super elegant and refined and want to go overboard with the dress coats, tea dresses, hats, gloves, monocles, pearls… Told you it’s not an every day thing!

To read more, click here to go to the new Frengellica site.

Frengellica: Mrs. D’s New Home!

Goodness, it’s been a while since I last posted here! I hope everyone is fine and coping well after a very difficult few months. I know we’re not out of the woods yet but hopefully better days are ahead.

A couple of years ago (it was never meant to be that long!) I decided that Chez Mrs. D needed a bit of a revamp. So revamp I did – and gave the site a completely new name!  And so FRENGELLICA was born!!!!

I’ve used this time in isolation to plod away until I came up with something that I think is pretty neat. For those of you who love Chez Mrs. D. – fear not! There’s pretty much the same style of content and features that you love but a lot of it is geared towards better-living for those of you who want to live happier, healthier, even more fulfilling lives. And don’t fret if you’re not the yoga-and-green-smoothie type of girl or guy (although there will be quite a few yoga-and-green-smoothie type posts!) Frengellica is dedicated to helping you enhance  your life in every aspect – physically, mentally, emotionally, spiritually, occupationally, recreationally, romantically… basically every kind of -ally! Frengellica is a site containing a blog and forum that aims to create a community of like-minded people who are willing to put in the work in order to transform their lives in whatever way they wish. It’s for those who wish to be inspired and motivated; get out of the rut they’re stuck in; learn new skills, and have a few laughs along the way.

In Frengellica you’ll find:

Posts about natural hair and skincare.
How-tos and tutorials on a variety of topics.
Posts about stress and time management.
Recipes for you to try out in features such as Wake Me Up Before Your Cacao, Bake It Sexy, and Why Did The Chicken Fly Across The World?
A book club with a difference called Read For Your Supper
Forums where you can chat and share ideas with other Frengellistas.
A weekly feature called Quips of an Angel where I do what I do best – talk!
A feature called Mister Frengellista to show the guys that we love them too!

And that’s just for starters!

So check out the new Frengellica site and if you like what you see, please be sure to subscribe AND sign up to become a member so that you can have your say on the forum.

Hope to see you there, Frengellistas!

To see the new Frengellica site, please click here.

Stay safe and well everyone x

New-Look Nostalgia Pie Blog… Come Check It Out!

Some of you may know that in addition to Chez Mrs. D, I also have a nostalgia blog for those who love the seventies, eighties, and nineties – the very aptly titled Nostalgia Pie which I’ve been blogging away on since 2012.

But a few months ago, I decided that a revamp was in order so I’ve been working away consistently until I came up with what I feel is a great little blog that I feel very proud of. It’s got a lot of the same style of content that my Nostalgia Pie followers are used to – comfort food recipes, posts about bands, TV shows, retro clothes etc plus some brand new features. I’m so pleased with it!!!

But what I’m not so pleased with (aaaaarrrrrgggghhh!!!!!) are the slight technical hitches that pop up from time to time. It’s annoying, and I’m doing my best to iron them out. I’m putting a lot of these technical mishaps down to the fact that the blog is so new but hopefully in time it will run a lot smoothly. I know a lot of people who have already had a butchers at the site have said that it all depends on which device you use. I know I can view Nostalgia Pie well on my desktop – not so well on my phone and vice versa for my friend. So if it doesn’t work too well on one device, try another. Just a heads up!

So all you nostalgia addicts, take a look and tell me what you think. And to everyone who thinks I’ve forgotten about Chez Mrs. D – I haven’t. That is currently undergoing a facelift too!

 

https://nostalgiapie.wixsite.com/nostalgiapie

 

World Narcissistic Abuse Awareness Day – June 1st 2018

 

 

I usually like to keep everything very lighthearted at Chez Mrs. D but life can’t always be fun and games – not when there’s an important topic to be discussed.

Like almost everyone, I abhor all forms of abuse against another human being (yes and animals too!) but there’s something about narcissistic abuse that really hits a nerve with me. It’s because narcissistic abuse is something that has affected me personally. It’s because it has affected people I care about. It’s the reason why one of my schoolmates is no longer with us and why another one has serious emotional health issues. This is not a club I ever wanted to belong to but I found myself becoming a member without even realising what I was signing up to – which is quite often the case with people who have endured narcissistic abuse. And even though some of the emotional scars still remain, I’m definitely one of the lucky ones.

World Narcissistic Abuse Awareness Day

June 1st 2018 (tomorrow) marks World Narcissistic Abuse Awareness Day (WNAAD) an internationally recognized event that raises awareness of narcissistic abuse as well as providing education and resources for survivors. WNAAD was established in 2016 and now occurs on June 1st every year. It may only be two years old but WNAAD is a growing global movement and is committed to raising awareness of narcissistic abuse, and provides education, resources for survivors, and wants to take steps towards a change in policy.

Survivor Empowerment Telesummit 2018

An important part of World Narcissist Abuse Awareness Day in order to highlight the problem and raise the profile of narcissistic abuse is the commencement of a two day online summit, The Survivor Empowerment Telesummit 2018 where seventeen speakers – mental health practitioners and leading industry experts – will be giving advice and sharing insights.

What is narcissistic abuse?

Many people are still a little confused as to what exactly narcissistic abuse is. I plan to write a longer, more informative post on the subject but simply put it’s a form of psychological and emotional abuse. Unlike physical abuse which leaves visible cuts, bruises and broken bones, victims of any kind of emotional abuse wear their wounds on the inside – mentally and emotionally, hence why WNAAD came up with the hashtag, #IfMyWoundsWereVisible. That’s not to say that the abuse can’t later become physical but many of the abusers are often too clever, too charming and too subtle for that. Many people suffering from narcissistic abuse don’t even realise that what’s happening to them is a legitimate form of abuse. Somewhere down the line they may realise that something doesn’t feel right but can’t quite explain what and why. Family and friends will notice that something’s wrong but not know what it is or even how to help. For those of us who have endured narcissisitic abuse, we know just how awful, confusing and scary it is.

WNAAD - AWARENESS POSTER

Why is it necessary to raise awareness of narcissistic abuse?

Narcissistic abuse is a problem that goes by undetected until it’s usually too late – but the epidemic of narcissistic abuse is escalating and I’ve seen that just with the people around me. But sadly there isn’t much in the way of education, campaign or funding to tackle this subject. According to the WNAAD website, studies indicate that between 1% and 6% of the population suffer from narcissistic personality disorder (NPD) and that’s just narcissists alone – this statistic does not include the other cluster B disorders. It is estimated that in a lifetime, each individual suffering from NPD will have relationships with approximately five partners, thus highlighting the enormity and grave impact of this abuse. But although we know the number of people affected by NPD in one way or another is huge, it is difficult to calculate a near enough exact number. One thing that people often forget is that the narcissist isn’t always a partner: it could be a parent, child, or other family member, friend, housemate, or colleague – in short, it could be anyone.

Because the issue of narcissistic abuse is one that’s very close to my heart, I’m delighted that people are now talking about it and awareness is being raised because it gives the narcissist less place to hide and hopefully they’ll never cause pain or mental anguish to another human being again.

For those of you who are interested in the Survivor Empowerment Telesummit and wish to register you can do so at http://www.wnaad.com

 

 

Mrs D’s Roasted Veggie And Parmesan Pasta

 

Feeling very ravenous one lunchtime, I thought I’d make myself a bowl of pasta in tomato sauce; super easy and super lazy – especially as the sauce was coming out of a jar! But then I realised that I had all the ingredients for a roasted vegetable pasta – a dish I had made a few times before. Sure it would take more time and effort than just opening a jar of pasta sauce but it would be so worth it!

Just to make it clear, this may contain pasta but it is not authentic Italian – it’s just authentic Mrs. D! The chilli that’s included in here contains just the right amount of heat without it being too spicy but you can leave it out if you want to. Whenever I make this recipe, I always throw in whatever veggies and pasta I have to hand so this dish does vary whenever I make it but it is still very yum! The recipe below includes the vegetables and pasta I used on the day, but you can use whatever you like. If I was making this for Mr. D I would add some chicken or bacon as Mr. D simply will not do veggie!

I also decided to top this dish off with a poached egg. I’m no professional chef and I’m sure anyone who’s reading this will beg to differ but I actually feel that for the first time ever, the egg was poached really well – I didn’t even have to make to look presentable like they do in the cooking shows. So yeah, for Mrs. D it was a good effort!

ROASTED VEGETABLE AND PARMESAN PASTA

Serves: 2-4

INGREDIENTS:

250g penne pasta, cooked and drained

2 cloves of garlic, finely chopped

1/2 tbsp of dried mixed herbs

1/2 a large green chilli, finely chopped (optional)

1 medium onion, roughly chopped

1 medium tomato, diced

100g button mushrooms

100g sweetcorn

100g spinach

50g shaved or grated Parmesan

1 tbsp olive oil

1 tbsp butter

Salt and pepper

1 poached egg per serving

METHOD

  1. Preheat oven to 350ºF.

  2. Place chilli, garlic, herbs and vegetables, except spinach, in an ovenproof dish. Drizzle over olive oil, add butter and season well.

  3. Put in oven and roast for 15-20 minutes.

  4. Take vegetables out of oven and add spinach. Once spinach has wilted, add Parmesan and mix well.

  5. Dish out onto plates and top with a poached egg.

  6. Enjoy!

 

All photos taken by Mrs. D – in case you couldn’t tell!

 

52 Weeks Of Gratitude Week 9: How Did You Do and Feel?

 

All the other posts I’ve written so far with regards to this challenge have involved me having to express thanks to a particular person or for a certain thing. So at first, I wasn’t completely sure as to what I was expected to do here for week nine but I figured that I was being asked exactly what it says on the tin, and explain how I’ve done with this challenge so far and how I feel so far – so I will!

When I first heard of this challenge, I thought it was a great idea and I wanted to take part in it. I’ve always been a big believer in the power of gratitude and expressing thanks, and it shocks me just how ungrateful some people can be. It’s a sad fact that we live in a world where there is an ever increasing sense of self-entitlement. There are always feelings of wanting more no matter how much we have. And ‘thanks’ is a word that seems to be missing from a lot of people’s vocabularies these days. Just hold open a door for people or give up your seat on the bus for someone and you’ll see what I mean. So doing this challenge was a way to reinforce my existing sense of gratitude and also to see if I could learn more about myself.

As for how I did, well I think it’s fair to say that so far I haven’t done very well! After all this challenge should have been completed in 2017 but it’s now 2018 and I’m now only on week nine! I could very well have thrown in the towel and put this challenge into the bin consigned for challenges that didn’t work and very conveniently forgotten about it – but I would have hated that. Another thing I firmly believe in other than gratitude, is the philosophy of better late than never, so I’m more determined than ever to keep going and complete this challenge.

And in any case, I’m pretty sure there’s a parallel universe somewhere where it’s still 2017!

Beer-Battered Fish N’ Chips

Now that I’m living in the States, I have had the opportunity to sample dishes that I’d never heard of before, and I have to say it – American cuisine is fab! But that doesn’t stop me from dreaming about my fave fish and chips.I have to listen with envy as my family describe how they still have fish suppers every Friday. Yes, of course we can get fish and chips out here but no disrespect to our American cousins, this is a dish that us Brits definitely do best. I’ve tried fish and chips in many different countries, and even though all of them were very pleasant, no one does our national dish quite like we do.

 

 

Admittedly, fish and chips from a proper British chippie is impossible to beat and always to recreate at home. Almost everyone I know has said that there’s something about fish and chips from your local chip shop, with lashings of onion vinegar and wrapped in paper that is hugely satisfying and hits the spot every time. To me a proper fish and chip shop, is one where the fish is battered (never breaded) and the chips are chunky (never fries!) After my last day at the school where I worked, my colleagues and  I could have gone anywhere for my leaving meal. But what did we choose to do? Grab fish and chips and eat them on the steps of the town hall, which incidentally also gave me flashbacks to grabbing munchies after a hard night’s clubbing! Yep, I clearly knew I was really going to miss good ol’ English fish and chip shops that much!

 

 

But as much as I love chips from the chippie, that doesn’t mean that the home-made version isn’t delicious. Which is a good thing as that’s now how I’m going to be able to get my fish and chip fix regularly! Here’s a recipe below for scrumptious beer-battered fish and chips. For those of you who don’t like the idea of frying everything, the chips can also be roasted in the oven at 200°c/Gas 6 for thirty minutes, turning over occasionally.

 

 

BEER-BATTERED FISH AND CHIPS

Serves 2

Prep time 15 mins

Rest time 30 mins resting

Cooking time 40 mins

Courtesy @pixabay.com

INGREDIENTS:

50g plain flour

50g cornflour

1 tsp baking powder

2 tsp turmeric

75 ml beer

75ml sparkling water

Vegetable or sunflower oil for deep frying

400g cod, hake or haddock, halved

Lemon Pepper

Salt and Pepper

For the chips:

750g potatoes, peeled and sliced into thick chips

2 tbsp plain flour

2 tbsp sunflower oil

Salt and pepper

METHOD:

1. Combine the flour, cornflour, baking powder, salt, pepper and turmeric in a large bowl, reserving about one and a half tbsps of the mixture and set aside.

2. Pour beer and water into the bowl and whisk until you have a smooth, lump-free batter. Leave to rest for 30 mins.

3. Meanwhile prepare the chips. Boil a large pan of water, add the cut potatoes and boil for 2-3 mins until the outsides are tender but not soft.

4. Drain potatoes then tip on to a large baking tray with flour, 2tbsp oil and salt and pepper. Toss until all the potatoes are evenly coated. Set aside.

5.  Pat the fish dry with kitchen paper, then season with salt, pepper and lemon pepper for extra flavour.  Then coat evenly in the remaining turmeric flour mix. Shake off excess then dip into the batter.

6.  Heat 1 ltr oil in a deep saucepan. When hot enough, lower each fillet into the hot oil and fry until golden and crisp. Using a slotted spoon, lift out the fish and drain on kitchen paper. Sprinkle with salt.

7. Fry the potatoes until crisp and lightly golden. Remove from oil and drain on kitchen towel. Sprinkle with salt and vinegar. Serve with fish and enjoy!

 

English Lessons

College student blogging

Meganni Franklyn Therapies

Therapies, Training and CBD

General Health Magazine

Official General Health Magazine page for women and men! Free advice to become more healthier, smarter, fashionable, confident and successful.

Run for God Blog

Live it, Love it, Teach it

Good Morning Divas

Living your best life

Homemaking With Michelle

Homemaking For the Win!

Anchors & Swallows

Life, Beauty & Vintage Style

An American Vegan in London

Amy Joy Lanou: Vegan Foodie Discoveries while in London on Sabbatical

the good, the fab and the lovely

sit back, relax and enjoy!

Lolsys Library

Fun blogs about the wonderful world of books and learning!

The Godly Chic Diaries

BY GRACE THROUGH FAITH

cookinandshootin

"It's so beautifully arranged on the the plate - you know someone's fingers have been all over it." - Julia Child

Clean, Cheat, Repeat

Eating clean or having a cheat?

Coconut craze

I'm obsessed with coconuts!

taste of colours

everything has got taste

Foood Post

My journal of foood musings and eating memoirs

Life of Bonnie

All the little things that make up my life!

Linda Creation

Food, in the end, in our own tradition, is something holy. It's about sharing, honesty & identity.

%d bloggers like this: