The recipe for making chocolatey gifts | Baking the seasons 

… made it from the recipe in the book). By toasting stale rye breadcrumbs, you get a crunch in the middle of these chocolate pieces that is completely addictive. Always start with good quality chocolate, as it is the star in both these recipes. For the Earl Grey truffles, I have chosen one of my favourite combinations for a ganache-based truffle, but the truth is you could steep almost anything in cream to make your own bespoke treats. To continue reading this article and to access the recipe, …

A look inside the world of coffee 

By Benazir Wehelie, Special to CNN | Novembe 4, 2015 (CNN)The aroma of coffee is invisible to the human eye, but certainly not to the nose. The reality is that much of the world of coffee is like the aroma of it — familiar, yet unknown, hidden from plain sight. Coffee farmers work at a warehouse in the Indian state of Karnataka in 2003. Sebastiao Salgado has images from 10 different counties in his new photo book, “The Scent of a …

Sweet potatoes, chocolate chips combine for delicious fall cake

… Seriously Simple cake to show off fall’s produce, and I came upon this recipe in Tanya Holland’s book “Brown Sugar Kitchen” (Chronicle books, $29.95). Sweet potatoes and chocolate chips may seem like an unlikely combination, but they work really well together. I also thought it would be a perfect dessert to serve family and friends on Halloween. After all, it’s orange and black (if you add the chocolate glaze). It’s a large bundt cake that will feed a crowd. But …

Lumley Castle to serve up tea party marking Alice in Wonderland anniversary

… served with a good dose of storytelling, a children’s sing-a-long and magic from the castle’s own Mad Hatter. Nola Collinson, director of sales and marketing at the four star hotel, says: “Our first Mad Hatter’s Tea Party earlier this month was an absolute success “And this one looks set to be even better. Lumley Castle is a story book setting at the best of times, so where better to celebrate one of the best children’s stories ever written?” The Mad Hatter’s Tea Party will run …

Seriously Simple: White chocolate apricot scones sweeten up your day

By Diane Rossen Worthington | June 21, 2015 Scones are easy to prepare for the woman in your life. Janis Nicolay Surprise your mom with scones for brunch or tea this year. These crumbly gems are from author Rosie Daykin’s book, “Butter Baked Goods” (Appetite by Random House, 2013). This book is so filled with delectable desserts and sweets, that my suggestion is to make the scones and give mom the book as your gift. …