‘One a penny, Two a penny’…

Hot cross buns!
Hot cross buns!

One a penny, two a penny,
Hot cross buns!

Ah, the sweet sounds of that English nursery rhythm which I’m sure brings back fond memories of glorious childhood days spent in the playground. Today, I’m not just singing about the delectable buns, I’m also posting about them. They are the star ingredient in this week’s recipe…Hot Cross Bun Bread & Butter Pudding. Gosh, that’s a bit of a mouthful but an incredibly tasty one!

Bread & Butter pudding is one of those classic desserts like apple crumble, jam rolly-polly and dare I say it, spotted dick. It’s timeless and never fails as a good old family dinner-time treat. Over the years I have discovered that it can be pretty versatile too, often I’ll make it with brioche and have found that it’s especially tasty with Pantone at Christmas. You can add all sorts of extras like apricots or chocolate chips (although the mountain of Easter eggs stacked in the kitchen cupboard made me hold off on the additional chocolate front this time). Anyway, there is plenty enough flavour from the fruit and spices in the buns themselves, that any added extra’s aren’t necessary for this recipe.

This take on a classic is ideal in the aftermath of Easter for two reasons. Firstly, it’s an instant cure for post bank holiday blues. Secondly, it uses up all those left over buns patiently sitting in the bread bin. Thus, I feel that i’m nicely killing two birds with one stone and urge you to do the same.

Hot Cross Bun & Butter Pudding


6 Hot Cross Buns, halved and buttered
600ml Milk
300ml double cream
300ml single cream
1 vanilla pod (2tsp vanilla essence if you haven’t got pods)
4 medium eggs
dried and chopped apricots
Zest of an orange
Zest of a lemon


Before doing anything, slice the buns and spread each half with a little butter.

Moving onto the custard, pour the milk and cream into a saucepan and bring gently to the boil then turn the heat to a simmer. Cut the vanilla pod in half and scrape the inside into the saucepan, adding the pod to the mix itself…mhmmmm vanilla goodness.

Whisk the eggs then add the sugar. Continue whisking until pale. Whisk in the milk and cream mixture gradually (make sure to remove the pod before this step).

Dip each of the bun halves into the custard. Give them each a good dunking so they soak up all the flavour. Arrange in an oven proof dish. Sprinkle over the apricots and grate the lemon and orange so the gratings colourfully spatter the pudding.


Pour the remaining custard slowly onto the pudding and leave the buns to soak for 10 minutes or so. Good old Jamie Oliver says to cook such puddings in a ban marie style. So…place your pudding the the centre of a large roasting tin and fill it with hot water before placing it in the baking oven (170c) for 45 minutes.


Drizzle with cream to serve


Thursday 31st March 2016

‘What a Good Day to have a Good Day’

Core blimey, It’s been quite a week and its only Tuesday.

Milliesfeuille has received two nominations for the Liebster Award, I’m absolutely over the moon. As soon as I saw the first notification I quite literally jumped for joy but once I realised Milliesfeuille had been nominated a second time, I got up and danced around the kitchen table! The Liebster Award is a great reflection of the welcoming nature of the blogging community, a brilliant way to support and encourage newbies and smaller blogs. Anyone who has read my About page will know that I started Milliesfeuille as my own little escapism. I honestly never expected that anyone else would read it’s pages, let alone nominate it for an award. This really has, well and truly lifted my spirits.

I want to say a massive thank you to the wonderful Lynne of Lynne’s Recipe Trails and to Madhur, the brilliance behind The Foodie Battle for my nominations. If you haven’t already checked out these two very marvellous blogs, then I urge you to head over and take a peak. Both display some delicious recipes and are written so beautifully, well worth the read!

As far as I’m aware, this is how the award works…

  • Thank the person who nominated you and link back to their blog.
  • Nominate 10 new bloggers.
  • Answer the questions asked by the person who nominated you.
  • Create 10 new questions for the bloggers you nominate.
  • Notify new bloggers about the nomination.

    …My nominations are…

…My answer’s to Lynne’s questions…

1. If there was one aspect in your life that you could change, what would that be?
I’m actually pretty happy with the way things are (apologise if that’ a bit of a cliche).

2. What is one piece of advise you would give to your children as they grow up?
Live freely, don’t concern yourself with what others do, are and have. You are you, embrace your individuality!

 3. Is there anything adventurous you would like to do in life, if so, what is it? To travel the world solo.

 4. Sweet or Savoury?
As much as I love to cook, I don’t think there will ever be a time in my life when I turn down dessert. Sweet!!

 5. What surroundings do you prefer when writing, reading or studying?
My preferred environment changes depending on what sort of work I am doing. Studying, I do really like the silence of a library. When writing recreationally, I like to be in a cafe. If I’m reading, there is noting better than being sat in front of the fire.

 6. If money were no object, where would your next holiday destination be and why?India. My dad spends a lot of time there on business and I’m always on the receiving end of his tales. I’d like to discover its beauty and history for myself one day.

 7. Each zodiac sign portrays certain characteristics for people.  What is your star sign and do you feel your star sign captures the real you?
Im a Capricorn. Certain characteristics are defiantly true to parts of my personality, particularly being ambitious, driven and goal oriented.

 8. Do you have any pets? If so, what are they and what are their names?
We have an extremely playful dog called eve. She’s a rescue dog so is full of love for everyone.

 9. What is one thing that annoys you?
When people open cupboard doors and don’t shut them afterwards, that really grinds my gears haha! 

10. Fiction or non-fiction?
Fiction. I love the escape of letting my imagination run free.

…my answer’s to Madhur’s questions…

1. Do you blog for a living or is this a passion/hobby?

It’s a passion. However, I love it so much that if there was a way I could make a living doing it, I would!

2. How did you arrive at your blog’s name?
I love eating French pastries and I love cooking French food. The Mille- feuille is one of my favourite treats and my name sounds similar…Vuala

3. Your favourite movie? Why would you say it is your favourite?
I am a bit of a movie buff so don’t think I could pick a favourite. Having said that I am a massive fan of Mad Max. 

4. How would you describe your relation with food?
I love it!

5. What are the top five entries in your life to-do list?
Travel solo, go to Glastonbury, have a minimum of 3 children, complete an endurance challenge (i.e London marathon) and be my own boss for at least a year.

6. An adventure sport that scares you too much?
Cliff Jumping (although having said that, I skydived over Croatia once and loved it)

7. Have you taken a solo trip? Where to? If not, will you consider it?
I’ve only ever taken a trip with others but would love to do some solo travelling one day soon. I’d defiantly love to go to India or explore the National Parks in North America.

8. What is your zodiac sign?

9. Do you like dogs? Do you have one (or many)? Which is your favourite breed
I like dogs yes. We have an energetic Labrador called Eve and she is lovely.

10. Do you like to read? Your favourite book? Which one are you reading currently?
I absolutely love to read, it’s one of my favourite pass times (besides cooking). I am currently reading Donor Tartt’s The Secret History and it’s brilliant. My favourite book probably has to be one of the Ancient Greek Novels, Daphne and Chloe. 

…My questions…

  • What made you want to start blogging?
  • If you could change one thing about your blog what would it be, and why?
  • what is your favourite album to listen to in the kitchen?
  • What is your go-to cook book?
  • If you had the chance to live abroad for a year, where would you go and why?
  • Who do you most admire in life?
  • What are your three favourite books to read?
  • If you could spend the day cooking with a chef of your choice, who would it be and why?
  • What new skill would you like to learn and why?
  • What was one of your most defining moments in life?

‘Spring has Sprung’

If ever there were a spring day so perfect,
so uplifted by a warm intermittent breeze
that it made you want to throw
open all the windows in the house
and unlatch the door to the canary’s cage,
indeed, rip the little door from its jamb,
a day when the cool brick paths
and the garden bursting with peonies
seemed so etched in sunlight
that you felt like taking
a hammer to the glass paperweight
on the living room end table,
releasing the inhabitants
from their snow-covered cottage
into this larger dome of blue and white,
well, today is just that kind of day.

(Billy Collins, Today)

As it’s Easter this weekend, posting a chocolate themed bake seems suitable. A death by triple-chocolate 4 tier fudge cake. Or, a thousand little easter nests topped with an uncountable amount of candy covered eggs. These are the sorts of treats you expect to see flying around the blogging sphere at this time of year, particularly in the food blogging department.

However, although I do understand that amongst other things Easter is a lot about chocolate, hot cross buns and simnel cake. I wanted to celebrate the weekend with something a little bit different. For me, Easter marks a welcoming of Spring. Like the hammer in Billy Collin’s poem which free’s the snow globe inhabitants for there icy cave, the annual March holiday shatters the Winter days with a sense of promise for the Summer months to come. I wanted cook up something to celebrate this remarkable shift in energy and I feel the star ingredients in my Easter soup perfectly reflect the emergence of vibrant colours blooming in gardens and parks at this time of year. The contrast of the deeply red beetroot against the bright orange of the carrots is beautiful. A sure sign that spring has finally sprung.


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‘A little piece of Happy’

In celebration of International Women’s day on Tuesday of this past week, the 2016 Baileys’ Women’s Prize for Fiction, announced it’s long-list. Commending the excellence, originality and accessibility of women’s writing across the world, I felt compelled to burry my head in at least one of the nominated publications.

“But these were days of self-fulfilment, where settling for something that was not quite your first choice of a life seemed weak-willed and ignoble. Somewhere, surrendering to what seemed to be your fate had changed from being dignified to being a sign of your own cowardice. There were times when the pressure to achieve happiness felt almost oppressive, as if happiness were something that everyone should and could attain, and that any sort of compromise in its pursuit was somehow your fault.”

…But what was happiness but an extravagance, an impossible state to maintain, partly because it was so difficult to articulate? He couldn’t remember being a child and being able to define happiness: there was only misery, or fear, and the absence of misery and fear, and the latter state is all he had needed or wanted.”
Hanya Yanagihara, A little life.

Crisp, buttery shortbread helps sustain my state of happiness a little while longer.


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‘Cheese Gromit’

“Cheese Gromit”…a nostalgic idiom from the brilliantly animated children’s series, Wallace and Gromit. For me, the phrase evokes hours fixated on the tv breaking eyes only to laugh uncontrollably at the many misfortunes the duo encountered. That of course, and thoughts of cheeeeeeeeeseeeeeeeeee.

Wallace’s love of cheese is similar to my own fondness for the creamy deliciousness. Whilst Wensleydale remains his favourite, I cannot possibly commit to adoring just one particular variety. Cheddar, Edam, Gouda, Stilton or Brie…I welcome all with an open arm mouth! The bond between me and queso defiantly matured (pardon the pun), whilst working behind the Waitrose deli counter during University holidays. This particular endeavour certainly enhanced my knowledge of all things cheese. For example, did you know that there are over 2,000 types of cheese worldwide? or that Mozzarella is the most consumed variety around the globe? no? well there ya go. Just a small nugget of cheese wisdom for you. It has to be said however, that I was never clued up enough to don the ‘Cheese Specialist’ staff apron…tear.

Anyway, what I’m trying to tell you is that I love cheese. More than is probably normal or healthy, but it’s a passion that’s led to this week’s delicious recipe…chilli cheese scones.

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Today is Wednesday and that means we’ve successfully made it through the dreaded Monday and Tuesday of the week, so that’s good. Wednesdays are good. Wednesdays are especially good in our household for the 2 following reasons:
One, we frequent the local (and only) pub, the Wagon and Horses for a juicy 80z Steak Night deal. And two, We receive our weekly dosage of organic fruit and veg delivered on the doorstep by the lovely Able & Cole.

I reiterate. Wednesdays are good.

I know that to some, buying into the organic ethos may seem a little rah rah and have people asking, is it really worth all the faff? I too had initial reservations about these organic box schemes but hear me out, it’s actually great! For one, it encourages more adventurous cooking by introducing obscure seasonal produce. Stuff you’ve never heard of let alone cooked with (yes a kohlrabi is an actual vegetable). But more to the point, you get to see veg as it should be with all its oddities and imperfections. The misshaped carrots and the kinked parsnips that thanks to ridiculous trading standards, never make it to our supermarkets. It’s straight-from-the-ground proper veg with character. I love it.

Today’s parcel did not disappoint. I saw this ginormous potato bulging from inside the veg box and immediately thought, I’m having you, and I’m having you for breakfast.

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‘Pink kisses & Red foil balloons’

Valentines day. That’s how this past week began. The possibility of trying to block out the ghastly occasion was rudely disrupted by all the pink glittered kisses and in-your-face foil balloon hearts decorating every inch of absolutely everywhere at this time of year. By all the star-crossed lovers that swan around seduced by the consumerist enterprise. Who, having fallen into the commercial trap, all uniformly confess their undying love by purchasing flowers and garish ‘I’m forever yours’ mugs. Ughhh.

If you haven’t already noted from the very icy tone of this weeks post, February 14th is not my cup of tea. I’m sorry if any die hard V-day celebrating sweethearts out there are saddened by my lack of love for the big love day. Please don’t mistake my cynical edge for resentment. I just don’t really get it and I don’t think I ever will (even after I’ve kissed all the frogs and found my prince). It’s too forced and contrived and downright cringe worthy if you ask me. But, since no one did ask me I’m going to stop rambling. Instead I’ll conclude with a quote from Tanya Gold, a freelance journalist who’s statement so greatly summarises the shambles that is Valentines Day…

“It is also weirdly like paying taxes. It’s expensive, incredibly irritating and everyone has to do it. If you don’t take part, you are possibly suspicious and probably dangerous.”
(Tanya Gold, Good riddance to Valentines Day, 2009)

Regardless of my feelings towards the annual celebration, Valentines day does bring one good thing and that’s a lot of well-stocked chocolate shelves. So, although I made an executive decision not to post a special Valentines bake, I thought I could at least whip up a batch of my Macadamia Nut Brownies. In the hope that you don’t think I’m an entirely miserable old batty cat lady. FWI I like dogs better anyway.

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‘Feeding the Body & the Soul’


‘The kitchen is an enduring place of comfort and the food which comes out of it provides essential sustenance not just for the body, but for the soul too’.
(Nigella Lawson, Kitchen: Recipes from the Heart of the Home

On my 18th birthday my parents presented me with a copy of Nigella Lawson’s Kitchen, the first of many cookbooks that now occupy at least a third of my bookcase. As you can imagine, Nigellas’ introductory statements are full of expressive adjectives and a lot of rather long words, ‘disingenuousness’ and ‘dynamism’ are but a couple of examples.  But, underneath all the flowery language I connected with what she says about running away and finding solace in the kitchen. An immense satisfaction can be found in making something from nothing. In turning a few simple ingredients into a feast enough for the family. Cooking yields, it rewards with a sense of accomplishment, a sense of achievement and that cannot be a bad thing for anyone. Food has the ability to heal, body and soul, it is capable of nourishing the entire self.

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Hi Hi, I’m Millie. This is my first ever post and I am now officially blogging!

Oh Crikey.

If I’ve learnt nothing else from three years of churning out essays for my degree in Classics, it’s that introductions are by far the hardest place to start. What I’m very quickly learning about writing a blog however, is that it’s nothing like composing an essay. There are no regulations or rules, no particular layouts to follow. No referencing, no citations and no justifying arguments with quotations. You are the writer, photographer, director, editor and all other things in-between. It’s your story, your voice and you are free to narrate it however you wish.

So, by way my way of introduction, here is a little list of things about me…

I like bacon, Biscoff Spread and eggs cooked every single way. I have a compulsion for marmite spaghetti, black coffee and I’ll put Sriracha chilli sauce on anything.
If it were possible I’d eat everything with a teaspoon. It is my utensil of choice.
I am fascinated by trees and collect egg shells, buttons and other delicate objects.

I am very easily bored and don’t enjoy nothingness. I like being busy and think, in part, that’s why I decided to start this blog. That, and a significant love of food.

I have always been a mad lover of books. Arundhati Roy’s The God of Small Things being one of my most memorable reads and the pages of which I often find myself returning to. The novel so wonderfully explicates the importance of recognising the ordinary. It is after all so often the case that in memory, the little things remain the most significant.

“Perhaps it’s true that things can change in a day. That a few dozen hours can affect the outcome of whole lifetimes. And that when they do, those few dozen hours, like the salvaged remains of a burned house—the charred clock, the singed photograph, the scorched furniture—must be resurrected from the ruins and examined. Preserved. Accounted for. Little events, ordinary things, smashed and reconstituted. Imbued with new meaning. Suddenly they become the bleached bones of a story.” (Arundhati Roy, The God of Small Things)

My intention with this post, in a round about sort of way, is to introduce myself and my blog. To lay out the purpose, the objective, the mission statement of Milliesfeulle. Which, in a nutshell, is to document and share my kitchen experiences. But also to capture the small things; the reflections, the anecdotes, the musings and the tiny qwerks that will make this blog more than just a collection of recipes and photographs.

Welcome to the beginning


Wednesday 10th February 2016