Pop Over to my New Blog

Friday, 15 August 2014


Yes I've started blogging again. I wanted a fresh start so I have started a new blog called 'My Little Kitchen'. It's all about baking and baking alone! I'd love you to pop over to have a look. 

I've migrated over everything from My Darlings and Me so there's a huge archive of all my previous recipes on the new blog.

My Darlings and Me will eventually be redirected to My Little Kitchen but I'm having a few technical difficulties setting that up! So if you follow me on Bloglovin or you subscribe by email, don't forget to follow My Little Kitchen so you don't miss out on any new recipes and news. Even easier is to follow me on Facebook.

I'd love you to join me over at My Little Kitchen... I have SO MANY new recipes and ideas planned and I can't wait to share them with you all!

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Valentine's Cookies

Wednesday, 12 February 2014


At the moment money is tighter than Dermot O'Leary's pants! As part of our mega budgeting initiative, hubby and I have decided not to buy anything for each other for Valentine's day this year. Until now, we've always bought at least a card for each other and most years he's bought me flowers. Which is nice but after being together for nearly 10 years, missing one year won't matter one little bit.

However, hubby is such a biscuit addict that I thought I'd make some Valentine's cookies for him. Plus the kids would love them too. So I took my favourite  sweet biscuit recipe, a small heart shaped cutter and some red fondant icing and hey presto! I doubt very much if there'll be any left by Valentine's day!


Valentine's Cookies

Makes 28
Preparation time 15 minutes plus 1 hour chilling time
Cooking time 10 - 15 minutes


90g unsalted butter, softened
100g caster sugar
1 large egg
½ tsp vanilla extract
200g plain flour plus more for rolling
½ tsp baking powder
½ tsp salt
Ready to roll red icing

Use an electric mixer to beat the butter and caster sugar together in a bowl until pale and fluffy. Add the egg and vanilla extract then beat again until fully combined. Add the flour, baking powder and salt to the bowl. Mix with a wooden spoon until the dough comes together – don’t be worried if the dough still seems quite wet at this stage, it will really firm up in the fridge. Wrap the dough in clingfilm and pop in the fridge for about 1 hour.

Preheat oven to 180°C {350°F} Gas mark 4. Line a large baking tray with greaseproof paper.

Lightly dust your work surface and your rolling pin with flour. Roll out the dough until it's 5mm thick. Cut out shapes with a heart shaped cookie cutter, then place them on your lined tray. You can place them about 1cm apart as they don't spread much when baking. Pop in the oven for 10-15 minutes until they turn a golden biscuit colour. Transfer to a wire rack to cool. 

When they’re all fully cooled, decorate with the icing. Roll out the icing to a thickness of about 3mm. Cut out the shapes with the same heart shaped cutter as you used before. Stick the icing to the biscuits using a little water.

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Viennese Fingers

Tuesday, 11 February 2014

 viennese fingers

This week has been tough. My friend who was pregnant with twins went into early labour and one of the babies, a boy, was born at 23 weeks and 5 days weighing just 690g {1.5lbs}. Shocked is an understatement. I have not stopped thinking about her all week. My regular readers will know how much I believe in the power of positive thinking but even I have struggled to have faith at times this week.

My friend has been keeping everyone updated on facebook and I was so happy to have a lovely phone call from her yesterday. Her little boy is almost a week old now and is doing amazingly well. He's a tough cookie and a little fighter. He was doing so well the doctors were going to take him off the ventillator today as he was breathing so well.

And the incredible part is that twin two, a girl, is still cooking away insider her mum! How amazing is that?! Apparently she's happy where she is and obviously the doctors want to keep her in there for as long as possible. So my friend's twins {all being well} will be one in a million and have different birthdays!

Before we move onto the recipe can I just ask a quick favour? Please spare a prayer or thought for my friend and her babies. Every tiny little positive thought makes a difference.

viennese fingers

Anyway back to the baking. These Viennese Fingers were the product of one of my impromptu baking sessions. You know the ones where you flick through a few recipe books and just see something and think 'hmmm I'll have a go at those'!

They are easy peasy. Don't worry if you're not an expert at piping. I'm quite good but mine still turned out a bit wobbly and lots of different shapes... but who cares when they taste so wonderful! They simply melt in the mouth and are utterly delicious.

viennese fingers

Viennese Fingers

Makes 20 fingers
Preparation time 20 minutes
Baking time 15 minutes

100g unsalted butter, softened
25g icing sugar
1tsp vanilla extract
100g plain flour
1 tsp cornflour
1/4 tsp baking powder
100g milk chocolate







  • 100g unsalted butter, softened
  • 25g icing sugar
  • 1tsp vanilla extract
  • 100g plain flour
  • 1tsp cornflour
  • 1/4tsp baking powder
  • 100g milk chocolate, chopped

  • Read more at http://www.womanandhome.com/recipes/534065/viennese-fingers#ayPgIXZ34DJsZ1iE.99






  • 100g unsalted butter, softened
  • 25g icing sugar
  • 1tsp vanilla extract
  • 100g plain flour
  • 1tsp cornflour
  • 1/4tsp baking powder
  • 100g milk chocolate, chopped

  • Read more at http://www.womanandhome.com/recipes/534065/viennese-fingers#ayPgIXZ34DJsZ1iE.99






  • 100g unsalted butter, softened
  • 25g icing sugar
  • 1tsp vanilla extract
  • 100g plain flour
  • 1tsp cornflour
  • 1/4tsp baking powder
  • 100g milk chocolate, chopped

  • Read more at http://www.womanandhome.com/recipes/534065/viennese-fingers#ayPgIXZ34DJsZ1iE.99
    Preheat the oven to 170C {325F} gas mark 3. Line a baking tray with baking parchment. 

    Place the butter, sugar and vanilla extract in a large bowl and beat with a hand held electric mixer {or freestanding mixer if you have one} until pale and light. Sift in the flour, cornflour and baking powder and mix until everything is thoroughly combined and the mixture is smooth.

    Spoon the mixture into a piping bag fitted with a medium star nozzle. Pipe fingers 10cm in length onto the baking tray. Pop into the oven for 10-15 minutes until they trurn a pale golden colour.

    Take out of the oven and leave to cool on the baking tray for 5 minutes to firm up, then transfer to a wire rack to cool completely.

    Break up the chocolate, put in a heatproof bowl and melt in the microwave on half power in 30 second bursts. Dip each end of the fingers into the chocolate and put back onto the wire rack to set. The dipping bit is quite tricky as the fingers break very easily. I found that holding the fingers as low down near to the chocolate stopped them from breaking.

    Enjoy!

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    Sunday, 9 February 2014

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    On 4th February 2012 I published my very first blog post. Two years and almost 400 posts later I'm still here and still loving it. I've had my ups and downs. There have been weeks where I had no motivation to blog. But it always comes back. I can't imagine life without my blog... where would I share my recipes and life?!
     
    So thank you to all who have read, commented on and followed My Darlings and Me. I am so grateful and flattered that you decided to follow my little blog. It's lovely to know someone is reading, whether you stumbled across this by accident or not, it's still nice to know I'm not typing into the abyss!

    And thank you to all those who take the time to blog. I now know how dedicated you all are. You inspire me every day.

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    Shades Of Spring

    Saturday, 8 February 2014


    The spring colours are creeping in! I do love the deeper colours that are around in winter but you just can't beat a pop of colour on your nails. Lately I've been wearing lots of brighter, more spring inspired colours and absolutely love them.

    BarryM Gelly Nail Paints are one of my favourites in terms of colour. This one is Prickly Pear which is a lovely lilac shade. The formula is creamy and true to the colour in the bottle. It has a decent brush, applies like a dream and is opaque in two coats. 

    I have loads of Gelly nail paints because I love the colours... but they drive me crazy! They chip so badly. I applied this last night and less than 24 hours later the varnish on my whole thumb nail has peeled off and my forefinger and middle finger are really badly chipped. Aaaarrrgh!!

    In my opinion, no other brand in this price bracket matches BarryM in terms of colour. So if you don't mind changing your nail polish frequently and don't have the budget for the likes of the unbeatable Essie, these are great.


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    Words of the Week #1

    Thursday, 6 February 2014


    You know how I love a good quote don't you? I loved my Monday Motivation series but sometimes struggled to get it done each Monday. So my new idea is 'Words of the Week'. That way I'm not tied to a specific day of the week and can share them whenever I come across a particularly good quote. Sound ok to you? Good!

    I'm starting with one of my favourite quotes. It's all about looking forwards and not letting what's happened in the past dictate what you do in the future. It's easy to dwell on something negative that's happened and let it bring you down and stop you from moving on. But each day is a new beginning and your chance to draw a line under the past, take a deep breath and decide that the future is going to be amazing.

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