The Hungry Dog...


...Recently there has been a flurry of activity on Twitter surrounding this lovely little box of joy. John Whaite recently released his new book which is full of great recipes, he also finished his time studying at Le Cordon Bleu (JEALOUS!) and has now moved on to something new...

CHOCOLATE!



The Hungry Dog is his new baby. Each chocolate is created by hand by John himself, packaged up and sent off to those lucky enough to succeed in "the hunt".

Each box contains 8 beautiful chocolates with their own delicious flavours. 20 boxes are sold each week, making them a truly special gift....Or a really naughty treat!

The website itself describes the experience best...

"This is a chocolate shop like no other. Every week just 20 boxes of 8 assorted chocolates are made. No more and no less. When the chocolates are ready the shop opens. Once the 20 boxes are gone, the hunt begins again a week later. 
To get a box you have to channel the hungry dog. Be driven by that desire and hunt the best. "


On bank holiday monday after a long day at work, I decided it was time to open the box and cover my face in glorious chocolate.
First out of the box was this little beauty...
I've been waiting for this single chocolate since John originally announced his new venture...The passion fruit frolic!
Biting through the dark belgian chocolate shell to find a passion fruit infused white chocolate ganache...

The noises coming from me were all kinds of wrong! but so so right!


Then onto the Forbidden Fruit..

"A beautiful pink strip on a 53.8% finest Belgian dark, hand moulded shell represents the simplicity and beauty of a Japanese cherry blossom tree. Inside though, lies a black cherry ganache, using that same dark chocolate and a 100% fruit black cherry purée." 

I love the thought behind all of the descriptions. They really make you feel like you are on an adventure...Hunting down the best of the best!


The Hazelnut Elixir... "For those who love a a nutty, caramel indulgence, and of course, gold." Who doesn't love gold!? 



The Black Dog. Dark chocolate, Guinness and blackcurrant..What more do you need to know! My tongue tingled after every flavour hit it. So scrummy!



The STP (Sticky Toffee Pudding).

"A chocolate truffle like no other. Inside this 53.8% finest Belgian dark chocolate, hand dipped truffle lies an intense mixture of Billingtons unrefined dark muscovado sugar, butter, dried dates and 33.6% finest Belgian milk chocolate. 
A chocolate to fulfil the deepest, darkest desires. For those who relish the dark, treacly tones of dark muscovado sugar. "

Its like reading food porn! 50 shades of chocolate!


Merrick the Shepherd. This little chocolate really carries the ethos of The Hungry Dog..The description tells you more..

"Inside this hand dipped 53.8% finest Belgian dark chocolate shell, awaits a water ganache using that same dark chocolate, laced with cinnamon and a delicate hint of Monkey Shoulder whisky. 
This is named after the Shepherd in the ethos and origin story, and the silver stars are to wish his soul well, wherever it may lie; hopefully in a field of sheep beneath a starry sky, accompanied by his trusty dog. 
This is the chocolate for those who aren't afraid of the heat of whisky and cinnamon. "



The Plain Jane was an unexpected treat! No cream is used to make the ganache so the chocolate flavour is pure. I wasn't expecting the core to be so fluid but it was heavenly! I had to take a picture of it before shoving it in my gob.


And last but by no means least...The LMP (Lemon Meringue Pie)

This is one for those who love lemons...The thought of it 2 days on makes my mouth water. The perfect balance of sweet and sour.

I had planned on having one chocolate each day to extend the enjoyment...But that went out of the window on first bite!

I would seriously recommend trying a box if you like chocolate (and if you can get your hands on one). 

This weeks box is a little different...




This week only 10 boxes will be made. Limited edition white and gold boxes will be sent out containing limited edition salted caramels.
They go on sale at 8pm tonight (Wednesday the 7th) and will be signed by the man himself, John Whaite.

Get on over to The Hungry Dog early and keep refreshing the page for your chance to complete the hunt.

Trust me! you won't regret it for a second!

Well Done John! Now hurry up and organise some more blogger days! Chocolate creation please...!


WOOF!

Grown up cookies...NONE FOR YOU....




...these cookies are not for children! they are for adults only and if i was to find a child eating one i would snatch it and stuff it in my mouth quicker than you could yell NONE FOR YOU!

chocolate, chocolate, chocolate and Kirsch soaked cherries...yum!


the inspiration for these cookies came from Nigella Lawson's comfort cookies but i wanted to add a little something to them. i love an experiment!

you will need:


125g dark chocolate (70%)
150g plain flour
30g cocoa powder
1 tsp bicarb of soda
half tsp salt
125g softened unsalted butter
75g soft light brown sugar
50g caster sugar
1 tsp vanilla extract
1 large egg
350g chocolate chips (Dark, 70% or milk if you prefer)
hand full of kirsch cherries






start by placing the dark chocolate in a bowl and melting over a pan of water.




whilst the chocolate is melting cream together the butter and both kinds of sugar.





once the chocolate is melted add it to the butter and mix well.




add the vanilla extract and egg and mix again. sift the flour, cocoa, bicarb and salt into the mixture and beat until everything is incorporated.


this is where i wanted to add something extra. take a hand full of kirsch cherries and chop finely.


mix the cherries in well and get ready for more chocolate...





add the chocolate chips into the bowl and give it a really good mix, you will find that it seems like ALOT of chips (thats because there is alot!) but just make sure its all stuck together and it will be fine!





using an ice cream scoop and a palette knife form little mounds of cookie dough but DO NOT FLATTEN!
pop the tray into the fridge for 10-15 minutes to allow the dough to firm up slightly. this allows the cookies to retain some of their shape and stops them expanding to much in the oven.

whilst they are chilling preheat the oven to 170ºC or gas mark 3.

pop them in the oven for 18-20 minutes and when they come out they will look like heaven in cookie form! 





the smell of them fresh from the oven was to much to resist so i had one straight away! i think i am in love!

if i was to make these again i think i would reduce the chocolate chips by half and replace with more cherries and they seemed to get lost in all the chocolate.

i would also recommending leaving them over night before cracking into them as the chocolate seems to mellow slightly, they can be a bit bitter when first baked.

a friday off work....what is this!?

my working week usually consists of me working 5 days and having sunday and thursday off. however this week i worked the thursday...i have to admit...i felt like a zombie that had been microwaves...my brain did not compute..

i was excited for a friday off though as i always work friday and always come home feeling pooped.

last night i planned on spending my day off in bath doing some kitchen utensil shopping, these plans did not happen as i woke up full of cold again! luckily its not a sore throat and i dont feel unwell...its just like someone has turned a tap on up my nose and i cant shut it off!


instead mum asked if i would mind running her to the hair dressers and hang around to take her home again, as i had nothing else planned didn't mind.

her appointment was at 11am so i dropped her off just before hand.




as most of weston town center is now pay and display i decided to drive along the sea front. it was such a glorious day i couldn't help but pull over and take a snap of the lovely view of 
brean down.





after collecting her we decided to take a trip to bristol, cribbs causeway to be precise.
we started off with a spot of lunch at the M+S deli but sadly because i was starving i didn't get any pictures of the food as it didn't last long enough. never fear though, i enjoyed it so much i purchased all of the items to make it again for dinner...it was that good!


first off we visited john lewis, i wanted to pick up a few items to make a delicious lemon drizzle cake. got myself a citrus reamer and a zester.
after that we visited the apple shop and once again i had to hold myself back from getting a new toy. i already have an imac and an old mac book pro... i really don't need anything new but i would really like a new mac book pro...but no...no i shall not buy one...yet....


i also popped into hotel chocolat and got myself some dark chocolate covered coffee beans and some chocolate orange puddles..i feel a baking session coming on!



after this mum wanted to have a look around the clothing department in M+S..as usual she told me to go away...i think i cramp her shopping style...that and i moan a lot...

i decided to walk back down to the food hall and got myself a mango passion with double fruit from Boost.




so back to the food...

for lunch i had a prawn and avocado salad which was very nice indeed...but i went one stage further tonight!

i decided to add some crab meat to the mix and my gosh....it was gooooooood!

the only thing with salad is i always feel hungry again an hour or so later.

so as i type this blog i'm having a little snack of crackers and extra mature tickler cheddar...yummy!

early birthday yummies

so today one of my friends gave me an early birthday cake as we wont be working together for over a week as im on holiday as of sunday.


its a chocolate sponge with chocolate fudge icing, two packs of chocolate fingers, two boxes of malteasers, 4 bars of chocolate (melted), dark chocolate decorations with chocolate covered strawberries.

needless to say i love chocolate

only had one slice though, shared with the rest of the gang at work.


i can still smell the chocolate! YUM!