Portly Cooks |Chocolate Chip Oat Cookies

I spent an early morning baking the other day and these were the result. 100g Self Raising Flour 100g Oats 100ml Coconut Oil 110g Light Brown Sugar 50g Caster Sugar 1 Egg 50g Chocolate Chips I had to warm my oil up as it was solid, so zap it in the microwave for about a…

Portly Cooks | Chocolate Chip Cookies

Well here is one for when you’ve craving bakery made cookies. This recipe (makes about 15) is pretty rock solid and will give you nicely crispy cookies with a slightly chewy centre… perfect! 150g Self Raising Flour 1 pinch Salt 100ml Oil 110g Light Brown Sugar 50g Caster Sugar 1 Egg 100g Dark Chocolate Chips…

Portly Eats | Jack’s Gelato | Cambridge, UK

Who doesn’t love Gelato? Jack’s Gelato has been a Cambridge favourite since 2010. I may be late to the game here but I’ve been countless times and feel a need to share this epic Ice Cream parlour. Jack’s has some fantastic Gelato made from the freshest ingredients and a menu of flavours to kill for….

Portly Eats | Co. | Cherry Hinton, Cambridge

Last week I was very kindly invited to the menu launch at Co Fifteen in Cherry Hinton. We were treated to some fabulous creations from Chef Emma (@compassionatekiwi). I’m not vegan or even vegetarian myself but I am always curious about what can be done with a purely plant based menu. The range of different…

Portly Eats | Rack of Lamb | Browns, Cambridge, UK

So then, last week I was very kindly invited to Browns in Cambridge for some fabulous food and cocktails. I’ll be honest I had never been before although had always heard good things. We walked in and were welcomed and invited to sample the offerings from Browns cocktail menu. Recently I’ve been mad for anything…

Portly Eats | Parrozzo | Abruzzo, Italy

I was surprised the other evening with cake and Prosecco. What more could you ask for? The Prosecco was good but more important was the cake. I was given Parrozzo, which is a traditional cake from the region Aburzzo in Italy. The cake is part of the Christmas tradition here, it was first tried by…

Portly Drinks | Workshop Coffee | London, UK

Nestled behind H&M on London’s Oxford Street is Workshop Coffee, once we’d found it using Google maps (we’d walked from Hyde Park) our search was well justified. Workshop coffee is a simple coffee shop that reminded me of ones I had visited in Oregon.  I ordered a regular Americano and oh my god it’s the…

Portly Cooks | Chocolate Chip Muffins

Baking can be therapeutic, it’s relaxing to stand a whip up a batch of muffins and on the plus side it makes your house smell amazing!  I was taught how to bake by my mum when I was about 3 years old and have used this same recipe ever since and it never fails. Apologies…

Portly Cooks | Chocolate & Orange torte with Adam Spicer

Chocolate torte, it’s been one of my go to dessert courses since I was at university.  It’s dead simple to make and who doesn’t like chocolate!? This one has been jazzed up a bit to make it slightly more adult and indulgent. Apologies for the mix in weights and measures, I only know how to…

Portly Eats | Dunkin’ Donuts | Cambridge, UK

I do love a good doughnut. I’ve finally got around to visiting Dunkin’ Donuts in Cambridge.  Their strap line across the pond is ‘America runs on Dunkin’ and so did I. When I visited I got the hazelnut and chocolate frosted doughnut, basically a squidgy doughnut topped with chocolate and sprinkles, filled with Nutella! What…