Nelly Elliott

Newcastle based blogger, mama, creative, coffee-only with my oxygen, vegan, plus-size fashion lover and feminist.

@nellyscupcakes

One year.

A Year ago today. I lost my inspiration, my best friend, my Mum. This last year has been the hardest imaginable, but I wanted to say thank you. One of the things that has really made me happy this year has been baking, creating things from scratch, focusing on perfecting a recipe, and sharing …

Russian Roulette Revel Brownies

I am in the midst of a fairly passionate love affair with chocolate brownies. I had never had much success with them in the past, they never quite reached the perfect ideal I had in my mind; fudgy, cripsy topped chocolate haven - so very rarely bothered to bake them. Then I was introduced to Nigella's fabulous brownie recipe and BOOM! I make them at every opportunity.

Last week I was feeling particularly hormonal and NEEDED chocolate, the thought of the various things I could pick up from the corner shop just didn't thrill me, so I decided to whip up a catch of brownies to satiate my PMT monster.

Anticipating my chocolate craving the lovely boyfriend had brought home a couple of bags of revels, so I decided to chuck them in the batter, the mini eggs had worked so well, so why not eh?

For those not familiar with Revels, they are a bag of chocolates of different varieties, so you have a malteaser (honeycomb) one, a raisin one, a caramel one, a coffee one (bleugh), an orange one and a pure chocolate one. The perfect treat for the indecisive chocoholic...

Meal Planning Monday - 21/5/12

This weeks meal plan is pretty basic, you'll probably recognise most of the meals as I've made them a lot recently. I might be in a little bit of cooking rut but we like what we are eating so... Who cares! This weeks shopping came to £36 in total, including cat food, cleaning products, a…

Awesome Choc 'n' Raisin Oaty Biscuits

I don't know if I mentioned it but... I started a new job two weeks ago, it has been pretty exciting so far and I am SO much happier than I have been for the past few years. It is amazing how feeling valued and part of a team boosts your work performance, it is an absolute revalation to work in an office where someone isn't constantly questioning your work and micro-managing you into a blubbering wreck.

Although, as a result my kitchen has been neglected, my beautiful Kitchen Aid is sitting redundant on the bench, my baking cupboard remains firmly closed and I swear I saw a teeny spider web forming on the handle *sob*, I may be being slightly dramatic as it's only been two weeks...
There has been lots of celebratory nights out, social events and excitement, so I haven't found time to squeeze in much baking; when I do find the time, or get the uncontrolable urge to bake it is quick and simple bakes.

On Sunday night I got the urge to make biscuits, something easy to whip up and pop in packed lunch boxes through the week. I spent a good hour flicking through my favourite cookbooks searching for something I had the ingredients for...

Meal Planning Monday - 14/05/12

I have seen a lot of wonderful frugal cooking posts this week. One that caught my eye was the wonderful Mike's Baking, he has been living Below the Line and raising money for charity. He had to basically live for a week with only £5 to spend on food, at first I really didn't think it coul…

Meal Planning Monday - 07/05/2012

Last weeks meal plan went great, having it up on the white board in the kitchen really helped me stick to it. Although it didn't have the same effect on everyone in the house, even though there was a reminder in big black letters on the wall, we had a few issues with people remembering to get…

Chewy, Gooey, Flapjacks

I have had some issues with recipes recently, books and reputable websites have been letting me down. I have found myself more and more turning to bloggers for the best recipes. Recipes on blogs tend to be much more detailed, bloggers share their development, their errors, their secret hints and tips, all of these things together make me trust that what I am about to embark on will actually work; plus, if you get stuck or confused you can leave a comment or tweet them and they will answer! You don't get that from Delia!

I read a hell of a lot of blogs and find them a constant source of inspiration, if you'd like to see some of my personal favourites than do check out my blogroll page. Or if you have a blog you think I might like, leave the link in a comment below and I will check it out.

As I was working my way through my extensive blog list in my RSS reader the other day I stumbled across this drool-inducing flapjack post from A Little Loaf. - a brilliant blog, well worth a read.

Flapjacks are a bit of a nemesis of mine...

Forever Nigella #15 - Jubilee-tastic!

I cannot begin to tell you how excited I am to be hosting this month's Forever Nigella for Sarah at Maison Cupcake. I am a huge fan of Nigella's work and use her as my yard stick to measure how much of a domestic goddess I am. Don't get me wrong, I am a 0.2 to Nigella's 10, but I …