Introduction

Introduction

By
Sarah Coates
Contains
0 recipes
Published by
Hardie Grant Books
ISBN
9781743790403
Photographer
Chris Middleton

Let’s make some bad decisions. They will be kick-ass, totally delicious and sometimes unexpected bad decisions – and we’ll be making them all in the kitchen. I’m talking about putting cake in milkshakes, eating luscious pancakes for breakfast and hand-dipping your own chocolate-coated ice cream cones. The good news is that there’s nothing so terrible here that can’t be undone with a little judicious dieting and hitting the pavement – so it’s not like piercing your nipple or tattooing ‘Winona Forever’ on your arm!

Cooking from a recipe is a strange form of hanging out. If you’re lucky, over time you get to know the person who wrote the recipe and really grow to like them because they keep giving you good food. Whether that person is physically in the kitchen with you or not doesn’t really matter. A lot of the time they probably won’t be. I’ve gotten to know so many people through their books, blogs or YouTube channels. Either way, they always feel like friends because they’re trying to help me out.

Sometimes the person is a maternal influence, like Martha Stewart, who is bossy but always right. Sometimes it’s an impossibly chic and awesome older woman, who you just wish you were as cool as, like Nigella Lawson. And sometimes they feel like an older sister or a sassy friend, like Joy the Baker, Gizzi Erskine or Jemma Wilson – who are just like me but with a whole arsenal of amazing tricks up their sleeves, which I’m dying to learn.

Think of me as your cheeky younger sister. I’m not a responsible older sibling who’s going to teach you how to apply lip-liner correctly, or explain why you should eat kale salad (why?). I’m still working out those adult skills myself (you should see me try and apply lip-liner). What I have got worked out, though, is the short-cut route to the best, sexiest and tastiest sweet things for those days when it is time to CUT LOOSE and enjoy yourself.

If you and I were going to be in a water bomb fight, I would fill our balloons with jelly instead of water, to give us the edge over the competition. That’s the same attitude that I have brought to this book. I have used every dirty trick in my arsenal to lead you to victory when it comes to tearing it up in the kitchen. I have tested, re-tested and mad scientist-ed this whole book to get down to the MOST delicious, MOST ridiculous, MOST fun bunch of Sugar Hit goodness I could come up with.

As a blogger who jumped the hell out of the rat race at the very first opportunity, I am a HUGE believer in the ‘life’s too short’ mentality. I know that’s hardly an original thought, but I feel like it’s never more important than when you’re looking at a book full of sweet snacks and desserts. If you want to bake something, I am more than happy to be that little imp on your shoulder screaming ‘YES YOU SHOULD!’, because I totally think that life is for the living and cake is for the eating. Pancakes forever, dieting never!

So what can you expect to find in here? I’ve broken it down into six chapters. The first is Breakfast & Brunch. As American comic TV character Ron Swanson said, ‘There has never been a sadness that can’t be cured by breakfast foods’. So that was a no-brainer.

From there I moved on to the Coffee Break chapter, because that’s how my mind works – as soon as breakfast is over, I’m already thinking about my mid-morning snack-attack.

In the Healthy Junk chapter, you’ll find something for every day of the year. Something for your vegan friend, your gluten-free niece and for those days when you want to eat rice pudding but also feel healthy and full of life.

From there, things take a devious turn in the Midnight Snacks chapter. I’m so excited about that chapter. I’m not going to say anything more about it. Just wait till you get there.

Party Time is all about layer cakes, giant pies and show-stopping desserts. These are the things to pull out for a graduation, engagement or twenty-first birthday – they are recipes that really make eyes light up. Stick a bunch of sparklers in the top of any one of these and make someone’s day.

And, finally, because I am absolutely, hopelessly in love with the festive season, the last chapter is Happy Holidays. It’s full of all the things that I want to make and eat while staring at twinkling lights and singing Christmas carols loudly and off-key.

I hope you find something in here that makes you feel like you just have to make it straight away. And I hope you share it with a friend or a loved one. And I hope it makes you and them as happy as all these recipes have made me. Because life is short, and butter is the best!

Let’s do this!

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