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Hot chocolate recipe from Perfect Imperfections

For those who have read my book Perfect Imperfections, you will know that Sarah makes this amazing hot chocolate which she and Edward call ‘Real Hot Chocolate’.

This is actually my own real life way of making hot chocolate and it’s become a favourite amongst my readers.

So with this in mind, I thought it would be fitting to share this recipe even with those who are yet to read the book. Just remember that no one said it’s healthy! But it’s perfect for a winter’s day or to celebrate a special moment or memory with your family and friends.

So I will share the ingredients with you, but for the method, I’ve included an excerpt from my book, because Sarah does it best!


1 x slab of your favourite Chocolate (mine and Sarah’s is Lindt)

250ml of Full Cream Milk

Marshmallows (my version, not Sarah’s, to add on top at the end)



Sarah couldn’t sleep, and after tossing and turning in bed until four in the morning she decided to wake up, shower and make Katy some breakfast. She found her way into the kitchen with her Lindt chocolate in hand, and rummaged through the cupboards for ingredients to whip up some crumpets for breakfast. After using all the crumpet batter to make a pile of crumpets so high that they threatened to tip over, she left them covered on the kitchen counter with golden syrup and honey positioned on either side, ready for Katy when she awoke. For the life of her she couldn’t imagine Katy eating so many crumpets, but the process of mixing and flipping them one by one, was what keep her going; it was her early morning therapy session.

Moving swiftly through the kitchen, she warmed some milk in a pot on the stove and, once hot, poured it into a mug. She broke pieces of chocolate, and let them plop one at a time into the steaming hot milk, allowing them to sink to the bottom of the mug, melting into oozing brown streams as they sank. Leaving the chocolate to melt and mix with the milk, she made her way to a sofa in the lounge and pulled a cream cashmere throw over her legs.

She wrapped her fingers tightly around the warm mug of hot chocolate, and watched through the window as the landscape dawned before the eyes. The beauty of a new day always carried with it a sense of hope. Each day could be so vastly different to the one before. Life could change in an instant, from joy to sorrow and from sorrow back to joy. Nothing in life was guaranteed, no one held the promise of another day. She was determined to try to live each day as best she could. Eventually the darkness had to give way to the light. The rising of the sun each day testified to that.

I hope you enjoy your delightful mug of real hot chocolate, and I hope you think of Sarah and I and Perfect Imperfection whenever you make yourself a mug full.

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Taryn Leigh is the Author of Perfect Imperfections, which is currently available from Amazon, Waterstones, Barnes&Noble, Exclusive Books and where all good books are sold.

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Recipes from : The Ice Cream Parlour

Thanks for inviting me back on your blog, Taryn!

We’re both avid foodies and so in the spirit of my brand new book, THE ICE CREAM PARLOUR, I thought I’d share three variations of no-churn (ie. no need for a machine!) ice cream recipes today. These couldn’t be easier to prepare and involve few ingredients, whilst being BIG on taste.

They also celebrate the essence of taste sensation in my latest romcom (with its quintessential magical realism twist). The Ice Cream Parlour is set between Bath, UK and Italy… with not a vanilla gelato in sight.
But plenty of Quadruple Chocolate Bangs, University Challenges, Pear with Lavender and Clotted Creams, and Talk To The Hands!
Anyway, here we go… and I hope you’ll enjoy:

Lemon Curd Ice Cream
300ml condensed milk
400ml full fat sour cream
1 small lemon (sliced thinly, seeds taken out)

1: Put all of the ingredients in a blender and use the highest speed for about half a minute (or until everything looks well combined).
2: Pour the mixture into a freezable container. Freeze overnight. Eat the next day!

Coffee Cloud Ice Cream
400g tin of condensed milk
140ml double cream
1 teaspoon espresso powder

1: Combine the condensed milk and espresso powder.
2: In a separate bowl, whip the cream until it makes stiff peaks.
3: Gently fold the cream into the coffee mix and whisk until it thickens, then pour into a freezable container. Freeze overnight. Eat the next day!

Fruit Jam (of your choice!) Ice Cream
Jam ice cream? You heard right. Just think of the endless flavour possibilities…
600ml double cream

400g tin of condensed milk

1 tablespoon vanilla extract

300g jam of your choice

fruit garnish to serve (optional)

1: Put the double cream in a large bowl and whisk until fluffy. Then add the condensed milk and vanilla extract. Beat for three minutes until everything is well mixed.
2: Pour in a freezable container. Once you have done this, add dollops of jam to the creamy mixture. Now use a fork or skewer to marble the jam into the cream to create a beautiful ripple effect. Cover and freeze overnight. Eat the next day!

Blurb to The Ice Cream Parlour
Giovanna Tonioli is a successful stockbroker with a famous sports star boyfriend, but things aren’t as sweet as they seem. When life in the city of Bath goes from Vanilla to Rocky Road, she takes herself off to Italy for an ‘Eat Pray Love’ style tour of all things gelateria. What she doesn’t expect to find on her travels is one smooth, hot dollop of temptation that she just can’t shake.
How will her spiteful twin sister react when Giovanna returns to open a rival ice cream parlour? Will Natalia get her just desserts? Or will things become even stickier? All’s fair in love, war and ice cream. Isn’t it?

The Ice Cream Parlour is a mouthwatering tale of fate, family, love and jealousy – with a delectable drizzle of alchemy besides.

The Ice Cream Parlour is available to purchase via this universal Amazon link which will take you straight to the Amazon page for your country of residence:

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Breakfast Bowl with Perfect Imperfections

Want to join me for this amazing breakfast bowl?

Well here is the recipe for you to make your own and share your pics with me.


Plain yogurt


Peanut butter





Drizzle of wild blossom honey


Cashew nuts


1. Place the yogurt at the base of your bowl

2. Add in the rest of your ingredients to your desired taste and quantity

3. Sit back and enjoy

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Chocolate Cupcake Recipe – Baking with me & Perfect Imperfections

For those who have read my book and follow me on social media, it’s no secret I LOVE to bake!

If you have read my book Perfect Imperfections you will see I mention many delectable foodie items in the novel, one being chocolate. Recently I baked my family some chocolate cupcakes, and ever since, everyone has been asking me for the recipe.

I have already shared the main Character Sarah’s real hot chocolate recipe with you, and now I will share my chocolate cupcakes too.



For the cake

1 & 3/4 cups cake flour

1 cup cocoa powder

1 & 2/3 cups sugar

2tsp baking soda

1tsp baking powder

2 large eggs

1 cup milk

3/4 cup canola oil

1tsp vanilla essence

1 cup boiling water

15 cupcake holder cases

For the chocolate icing

3 & 1/2 cups icing sugar

1 cup cocoa powder

1 cup unsalted butter, softened

3/4 cup milk


For the cake:

Preheat the oven to 180 degrees celsius (350 degrees F)

Line a cupcake baking tin with cupcake casings

In a large bowl stir together the flour, cocoa powder, sugar, baking soda, baking powder until well combined

Mix in the eggs, milk, oil and vanilla until throughly combined

Carefully mix in the boiling water until the consistency is even. The batter will be thin, this is exactly how it should be.

Pour the batter into the cupcake tin and bake for 20 – 30 minutes, or until a knife or toothpick inserted comes out clean.

Allow the cupcakes to cool before icing

For the icing:

In a bowl. stir together the icing sugar and cocoa powder until well combined. Set aside

Using an electric mixer, whip together the softened butter on a medium speed until creamy (about 2 minutes).

Turn the mixer down to a lower speed and slowly spoon in the icing sugar/cocoa mixture until all is complete (it will resemble coarse sand).

Slowly pour in the milk, a little at a time, until the desired consistency is reached (you might not use all the milk, or you may need more).

Whip for another 2 minutes until light and fluffy and then ice your cooled cupcakes.


Happy eating everyone and be sure to send me your pictures!

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Recipes from The Cocktail Bar 

Thank you SO much, Taryn for inviting me onto your lovely blog again!

One of the most fascinating aspects of creating a novel about a very different kind of cocktail bar was the research that went into it. River Jackson, the protagonist of the story, was hell-bent on offering up the exotic and the unconventional; to be portrayed as anything but the stereotypical bar on the high street churning out Sex on The Beach and Mojitos.

Tasty as both are…

Today I am going to share with you three recipes (they are short and super quick to make!) for some of the more unusual cocktails which appear in the book:

The Frisky Bison

7 mint leaves
2 shots of Vodka
1 shot of apple schnapps
1 shot of fresh apple juice
½ shot freshly squeezed lime juice
¼ shot sugar syrup

Gently muddle the mint in the base of your shaker, add the rest of the ingredients and shake with ice then strain the contents into a chilled glass – ideally a Martini glass.

The following two recipes were contributions from competition winners for the online party event for my debut novel.  I think you’ll agree, both of these very Somerset creations sound delicious!

Tor In The Mist (created by Vanessa Couchman)

Somerset Apple Brandy
Somerset Apple Juice
Mint sprigs arranged to look like trees
1 pellet of dry ice (frozen CO2) to make it fog

One of the most dazzling creations in River Jackson’s bar, no visit to Glastonbury is complete until you have sampled a Tor in the Mist. This liquid sensation is guaranteed to take Instagram, and the Glastonbury Festival foodie stands by storm, in the year that is 2018.

*Dry ice should never be handled directly, but picked up with tongs!*
The pellet drops to the bottom of the glass and dissolves before the drinker can get to it (unless they are a very fast drinker…).

Avalon Amber (created by Ailsa Abraham)

Somerset Apple Juice
Gingerbread Spice Cordial

This non-alcoholic cocktail (the only tee-total brew to be found in The Cocktail Bar), is a simple yet complex concoction comprising of locally grown Somerset apples, with a tot of gingerbread spice cordial for that wickedly subtle hint of spells!

It tastes sublime and is best supped on a cold winter’s afternoon in front of a roaring log fire, preferably accompanied by a book about ley lines or crystals or shamanism.

Thanks so much to Isabella May for these amazing recipes from her latest book The Cocktail Bar. 

Please do share with us when you try these out, and see below for more information on The Cocktail Bar 

Blurb for The Cocktail Bar:

Rock star, River Jackson, is back in his hometown of Glastonbury to open a cocktail bar… and the locals aren’t impressed.

Seductive Georgina is proving too hot to handle; band mate, Angelic Alice, is messing with his heart and his head; his mum is a hippie-dippy liability; his school friends have resorted to violence – oh, and his band manager, Lennie, AND the media are on his trail.

But River is armed with a magical Mexican elixir which will change the lives of the Three Chosen Ones. Once the Mexican wave of joy takes a hold of the town, he’s glad he didn’t lose his proverbial bottle.

Pity he hasn’t taken better care of the real one… – Universal Amazon link to buy The Cocktail Bar


Author Bio:

Isabella May lives in (mostly) sunny Andalucia, Spain with her husband, daughter and son, creatively inspired by the sea and the mountains. When she isn’t having her cake and eating it, sampling a new cocktail on the beach, or ferrying her children to and from after school activities, she can usually be found writing.

As a co-founder and a former contributing writer for the popular online women’s magazine, The Glass House Girls – – she has also been lucky enough to subject the digital world to her other favourite pastimes, travel, the Law of Attraction, and Prince (The Purple One).

She has recently become a Book Fairy, and is having lots of fun with her imaginative ‘drops’!

The Cocktail Bar is her second novel, following on from the hit sensation, Oh! What a Pavlova, published in 2017. Her third novel is currently being polished up and involves copious amounts of churros con chocolate: watch this space…

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