No bread is an island

...entire of itself. (With apologies to John Donne!)
I live and breathe breadmaking. I’m an evangelist who would like everyone to make his or her own bread. I want to demystify breadmaking and show it as the easy everyday craft that it is. To this end I endeavour to make my recipes as simple and as foolproof as I possibly can.

I call my blog 'No bread is an island' because every bread is connected to another bread. So a spicy fruit bun with a cross on top is a hot cross bun. This fruit dough will also make a fruit loaf - or Chelsea buns or a Swedish tea ring...
I'm also a vegan, so I have lots of vegan recipes on here - and I'm adding more all the time.

Wednesday, 7 August 2013

CHOCOLATE - MY DOWNFALL and, a disappointment!

Ever since I started teaching breadmaking - and particularly pain au chocolat - chocolate has been my nemesis!

Since practicing Intermittent Fasting I've gradually reigned this in, to the extent that I bragged recently on the Mumsnet 5:2 Diet thread that I had no vegan chocolate in the house - contrasting this situation with the 1kg plus chocolate in my cupboards prior to Christmas.

I still eat chocolate, of course, but far less than I used to. 

Whilst shopping yesterday, I popped into Mr Simms in Taunton, which is just outside Sainsbury's, for my usual - once a fortnight? - bar of chilli chocolate.

To my horror - they had run out! It has apparently been growing in popularity recently, and I'm not surprised, it's gorgeous. To compensate, the shopkeeper suggested I try Tabasco chocolate...

£4.99 for 50g - would you?

...insisting that, despite the price of £5 - FIVE POUNDS?!?!? - it was wonderful stuff, and well worth the money. I would love it!

I demurred - I wasn't going to spend a fiver on 50g of chocolate, no matter how good. "What if I knock a pound off?" he asked, "£3.99!" So I weakened and said I'd give it a go - I was curious, after all.

So, late last night I had a small piece - and what a disappointment. Not even as spicy as Mr Simms normal stuff! The chocolate was OK, but…no, not for me.

The bars of chilli chocolate I usually get, which are much better, IMO, cost £2.99 for 110g - still expensive, but, as an occasional treat, worth it, in my book! The Tabasco spicy chocolate just isn't!

(However, the one piece I had had flicked my hunger switch and I polished off the other 7 pieces in no time. :( )


  1. Bad luck. Personally I find Tabasco sauce not terribly spicy full stop! We get Encona, it's genuinely hot for something you can actually by from the supermarket - I know there are REALLY hot chilli sauces available from specialist outlets, but pain isn't something I celebrate. As for chilli chocolate, do you get Montezuma's? That's jolly nice as well as being vegan and organic to boot.

  2. Thanks, PG!

    I'm also a great fan of Encona - much better than Tabasco, I agree.

    I get Montezuma's chilli chocolate sometimes, and really enjoy it. Depends which side of town I'm on, when I'm shopping!

    Just having a look at your blog - looks very nice. I'll be back! :)