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haiku #3, an Easter special

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haiku #3, an Easter special | Emma Lamb

Who's up for a haiku challenge this Easter!? Lovely Anthea over at Spoonful has been inspired by my recent haiku scribblings (here and here) and has chosen haiku poems as the theme for the annual Spoonful Easter competition. As soon as I found out about this years theme I began thinking lots of chocolaty, haiku thoughts. Obviously! I also began to take my haiku musing a little more seriously. Too seriously! I got struck down with haiku writers block and needed inspiration. Much to my dismay double chocolate rations haven't helped thus far!


After hearing the tinkling of bunny bells these last couple of days I figured it wouldn't be long before I spotted on of those timid creatures in all his shiny golden foil glory. And sure enough this morning I was able to catch a quick snap of a beautiful golden bunny before he darted off amongst the bookshelves again! This lovely little chap proved to be the just inspiration I needed for haiku number three summing up my pre-Easter anticipation...

Waiting very patiently at the moment, who knows if I will make it to the weekend!? Bunnies beware! (Probably why they're so timid.)

Oh yes, and there is an absolutely gorgeous prize up for grabs in this competition, this fabulous Victorian Lace Golden Egg print by Collectivity Lane Studio & Design...

Win this Victorian Lace Golden Egg by Collectivity Lane Studio & Design in the annual Spoonful Easter competition

Isn't it gorgeous!? I so want it! I am sure you guys do too!? To be in with a chance dust off your writing caps and start thinking of Easter inspired haikus. Anthea isn't being strict about writing traditional style haikus, but they must be based on the five, seven, five syllable construction. Entries are due by Monday 28th April so you have plenty of time and the whole chocolate filled Easter break to be inspired. Hop on over to Spoonful for all the details and how you go about submitting your entries.

Emma, x

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mmm, chocolaty!

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mmm, chocolatey! Nutella and oatcake sandwiches with crushed cocoa nibs | Emma Lamb

I don't often post recipe's... sorry, sorry 'recipe' is totally out of order here!

Okay, so it's not often I write 'how-to' (far more apt!) posts here ('not often' is probably a huge overstatement too, 'rarely' or even 'never' would be far more accurate!) but I 'designed' this wee sandwich earlier in the week and have been nibbling them everyday since. So, so delicious! And super simple too! Read on for my chocolaty sandwich how-to...


mmm, chocolatey! Nutella and oatcake sandwiches with crushed cocoa nibs | Emma Lamb

You will need:

:: Nairn's Fine Milled Oatcakes
:: Large jar of Nutella (the large jar isn't essential for this project, but honestly who buys the small ones!?!?)
:: Crushed cocoa nibs (I got mine form the lovely wee Coco Chocolate shop on Broughton Street in Edinburgh)

:: Butter knife (or any blunt knife since there will definitely be some licking going on in a mo! Oh and don't even bother with a plate, they're so not going to last that long!)

Assembling the sandwiches:

:: First layout 4 oatcakes (I know 4 might be a wee bit controversial since they will only make up two sandwiches but that's my limit at any one time, but... *ahem* ...the next time might be in just ten short minutes),
:: spread a reasonable amount of Nutella onto each oatcake, not so much that it will squeeze out all over your fingers when you start eating your sandwich but don't be stingy! (At this point feel free to leave as much Nutella on your knife as you like too since you'll be licking that clean just as soon as you are done spreading, but please DO NOT put a licked knife back into the Nutella jar. That's just wrong!),
:: generously sprinkle two of your chocolate coated oatcakes with the crushed cocoa nibs,
:: place the un-sprinkled chocolate coated oatcakes chocolate side down on top of the sprinkled chocolate coated oatcakes and gently press together,
:: that's it, you're done and ready to eat!

Top tips:

:: While devouring the first sandwich pop the kettle on for a cuppa which will most likely be ready just as the second sandwich is disappearing down your throat!
:: If you're not a fan of oatcakes feel free to substitute them with digestives or another biscuity treat, shortbread might be nice!?
:: If you can't get hold of crushed cocoa nibs try using chopped walnuts instead, I think it's the bitter sweet combo that totally makes these sandwiches
:: DO NOT substitute the Nutella! That's just totally wrong!

mmm, chocolatey! Nutella and oatcake sandwiches with crushed cocoa nibs | Emma Lamb
mmm, chocolatey! Nutella and oatcake sandwiches with crushed cocoa nibs | Emma Lamb

Happy Friday my bloggy friends!
Emma, x

ps : I should point out that this is NOT a sponsored post. I had this stuff in my cupboard because I like this stuff and this is the stuff I eat. Ha, I wish I knew how to get some kind of chocolaty sposorship because you know... I do like a wee bit of chocolate every now and then ;)

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local talent : Dough Re Mi at The Market

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Fresh breads, scones, croissants and cinnamon swirls by Dough Re Mi at The Market, April 28th 2012 | Emma Lamb

Oh my do I have such a fabulous Friday afternoon treat for you lovelies. Prepare yourself, there may be some drooling as a result of this post... you have been warned! Last, but by no means least, of my favourites from The Market last weekend was the mouth-wateringly delicious stall held by Dough Re Mi...


As soon as I walked into St Columba's hall last Saturday morning I was greeted by the wonderful smell of some fabulous fresh baked goods. A wonderful assortment of fresh crusty breads, scones, cinnamon swirls and possibly the best croissants Kirsty and I had ever tasted, so yummy!

Not only that, but there were cupcakes too. Oh my, the cupcakes......

Delightful cup cakes by Dough Re Mi at The Market, April 28th 2012 | Emma Lamb
Delightful cup cakes by Dough Re Mi at The Market, April 28th 2012 | Emma Lamb
Delightful cup cakes by Dough Re Mi at The Market, April 28th 2012 | Emma Lamb

Now this was a stall I had real trouble walking away from. Seriously! Not just because I wanted to sample each and every one but because they were just so darn photogenic with all their swirly icing and cute wee decorations. You name it everything from flowers, gorillas, elephants, poodles, chihuahuas, bears turtles, seahorses, dolphins, etc, etc. So cute!

Delightful cup cakes by Dough Re Mi at The Market, April 28th 2012 | Emma Lamb
Delightful cup cakes by Dough Re Mi at The Market, April 28th 2012 | Emma Lamb
Delightful cup cakes by Dough Re Mi at The Market, April 28th 2012 | Emma Lamb

Of course I couldn't leave empty handed, especially since it was my Man's birthday a couple of days later and of course he needed a birthday cake... *ahem* ... or six! They tasted just as delicious as they look and next time I'll be bagging at least six of the chocolaty ones all for myself. Ha!

Delightful cup cakes by Dough Re Mi at The Market, April 28th 2012 | Emma Lamb

Dough Re Mi also have a lovely wee shop right here in the city where the lovely Inbal herself would be happy to greet you. They also cater for weddings and birthday parties, check out the adorable website for all the info you'll need.

Well I do hope you have enjoyed my wee rundown of some of my favourites from The Market last weekend!? And I hope that if you weren't able to make it along this time that you are now eagerly awaiting the date for the next event so that you may bookmark your calendars for a fabulous day of handmade goodness!? I do hope so and I shall look forward to seeing you there... :)

Emma, x

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local talent : the Marshmallow Lady at The Market

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The Marshmallow Lady, Nicole Roberts at The Market, April 28th 2012 | Emma Lamb

Okay, so I don't mind confessing that my first port of call at Saturday's Market was to see The Marshmallow Lady, aka Burgh Bakes... oh yes, Nicole Roberts is to gourmet marshmallow as Willy Wonka is to all things chocolate!


She is wonderfully lovely and her marshmallows are pure fluffy clouds of sweet deliciousness which are always ready for the tasting...

Chocolate marshmallows by Burgh Bakes at The Market, April 28th 2012 | Emma Lamb
The Marshmallow Lady, Burgh Bakes at The Market, April 28th 2012 | Emma Lamb

Of course I would hone in on the chocolaty flavours first (so delicious!) but did my best to keep in mind that I was shopping for a wee birthday present for my Man. So after a wee sampling I picked out the Innis & Gunn* flavour accompanied by Nicole's newest flavour, Raspberry Ripple...

The Marshmallow Lady, Burgh Bakes at The Market, April 28th 2012 | Emma Lamb
*Innis & Gunn is a unique oak aged beer brewed produced here in Edinburgh, you can read all about their story here.

Emma, x

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tasty treats : the most perfect cup?

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Ah, one of my most favourite things about Pinterest is seeing the sheer joy people have for searching out the most gorgeous looking tasty treat recipes. Especially when those tasty treats feature chocolate high up in the ingredients list... ;)

As you all know I am a self confessed chocolate addict, but what you might not know is that I am completely rubbish when it comes to whipping up tasty treats with the stuff. Yes I occasionally dabble... I did make these for myself and yes they were very yummy, but so ridiculously addictive too and I ate almost a whole bar of Green & Black's in one sitting, which even for me is a wee bit excessive! But my dabbling is always with very simple recipes, ones that don't have a high dairy content, which I'm shouldn't eat a lot of. That is such a huge sticking point when it comes to the most yummy looking chocolate recipes, they are always laced with lashings of butter and double cream... *sigh* ...That's why I'm always on the lookout for simple and adaptable ideas and that's why I was completely smitten when I saw these yummy chocolate cups...

Hot Chocolate : recipe by A Taste of Koko | Emma Lamb
Image: with kind permission from Jane Ko, of A Taste of Koko. Recipe: Hot Chocolate.

Apart from the cream and coffee (another 'no-no' for me), I love the idea of the chocolate, rum and cayenne pepper combo. And I'm thinking it would work perfectly with a super simple mousse I make, extremely thick coconut milk and Nutella whipped together then chilled to set... maybe with a dash of rum or even the cayenne pepper in there. Oh, and I just had a thought of topping if off with delicious rum soaked raspberries. Yum!

Wishing you lots of chocolaty goodness,
Emma, x

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