Cooking Up Some Me Time #shop

February 12, 2014

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Do you ever find a problem getting some me time? Time that is just for you, time when you do not have to deal with anything. A chance to get some relaxation time and unwind, recharging your batteries and gaining strength to deal with life’s obstacles. My life seems to consist of rushing around. From the moment I get up in the morning till the time I go to bed at night I never stop. As a full time working mum grabbing the time to even read a book is next to impossible. Every morning starts with a mad rush, I have to sort out breakfasts, packed lunch, walk and feed the dog, make sure my son has everything before he leaves and catch the bus. My son think I have magic power and will know where he has dropped his shoes, school jumper or whatever other item he had put down. I am worn out before I get to work and then when I get home there is dinner and housework to sort out. Without some time to myself I find I get snappy and irritable, being upset by the slightest thing. I am always on the lookout for relaxation ideas. Now I have a secret way to get some time to myself, I escape into my kitchen and start cooking up some me time.

Me TimeIt is funny how if I am in the kitchen the family assumes I am busy. I am less likely to get interrupted when I am baking, it is as if my family know something delicious will appear when I have finished. There is something challenging about trying a new recipe and seeing how it turns out. I love trying things I have never made before. It gives me a chance to learn new skills and the result is usually delicious. When I turn on my mixer, measure out ingredients and breath in gorgeous smells wafting from the oven while a cake bakes I find that I am relaxing.

While I was wandering around Asda the other day, doing my shopping, my eye was caught by Cadbury chocolate. Chocolate is an essential part of me time, there is something about the taste of chocolate melting on your tongue that makes you feel you are being indulgent. It also gave me an idea of a surprise for my husband for Valentine’s day.

Cadbury chocolateWhen I got home I got busy in the kitchen. I wanted to create a giant chocolate heart for my husband. I drew around a heart shaped cake tin on some grease proof paper so I had a template to follow. I then got to work melting down the chocolate, placing it in a bowl over boiling water. Once it melted I spread it on the greaseproof paper following the template. Before it dried I sprinkled it with sugar hearts, sprinkles and dried apricot pieces.

Chocolate heartI left it in the fridge to dry and hid it away for Valentine’s day. I think it makes a simple but effective Valentine’s gift. I then needed to make something to justify the time I had spent in the kitchen and to keep the heart as a surprise. I decided to make some chocolate kisses, meltingly light biscuits filled with chocolate filling.

Chocolate kissesThe finished biscuits were gorgeous and had an unexpected result. My me time in the kitchen turned into family time with us all sharing biscuits and watching a film together. It was the perfect ending to the day.


Chocolate Kisses
Prep Time
15 mins
Cook Time
15 mins
Servings: 25
Author: Alison
  • 2 egg whites
  • ¼ tsp cream of tartar
  • 225 g 7½ oz caster sugar
  • 4 tbsps cocoa powder
  • 150 g 5 ozground almonds
  • For the filling
  • 100 g 3½ oz plain chocolate
  • 125 ml 4 fl oz double cream
  1. Preheat the oven to 150C, 300F, Gas Mark 2
  2. Add the egg whites and cream of tartar to a bowl and whisk until they are stiff.
  3. Gradually add the sugar, a tablespoonful at a time, whisking all the while, until the mixture is thick
  4. Stir in the cocoa powder and ground almonds until well mixed.
  5. Spoon the mixture into a piping bag and pipe into 2.5 cm circles onto a baking sheet lined with greaseproof paper.
  6. Bake in the oven for 15 minutes until they are just set.
  7. Leave on the baking sheets to cool.
  8. To make the filling break up the chocolate and add it to a bowl with the cream. Melt it in the bowl over a pan of boiling water.
  9. Cool and place in the fridge for 30 minutes to chill
  10. When it is cool whip the chocolate mixture until it is thick and fluffy.
  11. Sandwich two biscuits together with the chocolate mixture.

Tasty Tuesdays on

7 responses to “Cooking Up Some Me Time #shop”

  1. sarahhillwheeler says:

    Agree, chocolate gets my vote every time….imagine you could add all sorts to the chocolate (thinking ginger and liqueur cherries. Great #TastyTuesday and Valentines Day treat.

  2. Ooh they both look lovely – I never have cream or tartar though, I wonder if it would work without !

  3. Honest Mum says:

    Oh my goodnes, dreamy post, I need chocolate RIGHT NOW! Thanks for linking up to #tastytuesdays

  4. Chocolate kisses – yum yum! Might give these a try tomorrow,though unfortunately with my kids even kitchen time is not sacred 🙂

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