Chocolate Chip Cookies? Yes. Sea Salt with dark chocolate? Always. Stuffed with Nutella? Are you kidding me?
This may be the best combo ever… and they taste as good as they sound. Healthy? No but in a new world of green juices, chia puddings and super food salads, sometimes you need a gooey nutella-stuffed-sea-salt-chocolate-chip-cookie. And they’re super easy to make – score!
We love Autumn, or ‘Fall’ if you’re reading this across the pond. Specifically we love October with its deep copper leaves crunching underfoot, and the excuse it gives you to nurse steaming mugs of rich hot chocolate (with marshmallows on top right?)
Most of all though, we love it because it brings with it one of the best holidays: Hallowe’en! Maybe it’s because we were the kids that fully embraced the dress-up box, or maybe it’s because of a tween/teenage predilection for Goosebumps, Tim Burton and Buffy the Vampire Slayer. Most likely it’s down to the fact that it’s a holiday centred around sugar.
The Haute List is a big fan of Yotam Ottolenghi. We often frequent his eponymous restaurants in Notting Hill & Islington for yummy middle-eastern inspired salads and gorgeous baked treats. His gilded outpost in Piccadilly; NOPI, is the place to go for delicious nosh like roasted butternut squash with cardamom yoghurt and pecans.
What we particularly like about Ottolenghi’s cooking is the love he gives to the humble vegetable. We’re not vegetarians, but when we want a break from chicken breasts and salmon fillets we always turn to his cookbook, Plenty. He crafts complex and delicious meat-free recipes that will change the way you cook veggies.
We’re big salad fans here at The Haute List. They’re relatively quick and easy to compose, usually full of nutritious ingredients, and let’s be honest a plate of salad justifies the brownie for afters. Yet it’s easy to get stuck in a lettuce rut. The bag of baby spinach leaves thrown in with some tuna and a few slices of cucumber. Nice enough yes, but not exactly innovative. So, imagine our delight when we stumbled across David Bez’s wonderful book ‘Salad Love‘.
It’s time I came clean. I have an addiction. I’ve had it for a long time now, and to be frank I have no desire to quit. That’s right, I’m addicted to brownies. Everyone loves cupcakes, and that’s fine. I’m partial to a red velvet when executed well, and I’d never turn down a Hummingbird black bottom. But nothing touches a brownie. These dense, fudgy nuggets of chocolate goodness can’t be beat in my book. (more…)