Hazelnut mocha cake (gf) and hiring a PA



Noisy is a resourceful boy: Within a day of returning to school last week, he had found himself a very efficient personal assistant. A much-needed personal assistant I might add because, although he’s a clever boy, he doesn’t do well with practical matters and is rather absent-minded. Quite often he asks me what day it is and whether or not he’s had lunch yet. His new assistant ‘phones him in the morning to tell him which classroom he should go to and at what time, and in return Noisy advises on homework matters.

I have decided to take a leaf out of Noisy’s book and recruit a PA for myself. I believe that in some circles, you don’t even exist if you don’t have a PA. I’m having difficulty finding someone though. So far I’ve had applications from Java (ha ha, in your dreams Java), a couple of hens and a somewhat persistent hedgehog. Still, I’m quite determined because things can’t go on like this – I have too many slap-happy charges. Last week Bossy went flying over the handlebars of her mountain bike because Java chased a deer onto the track in front of her, and Java pinched a pair of Bossy’s shoes and vomited into them. I have taken to hiding in the shower for some respite. Please let me know if you can suggest any suitable applicants.



Hazelnuts are a good source of oleic and linoleic acids and are also rich in dietary fibre, vitamins, minerals and beneficial phytochemicals.

Ingredients (10 servings)

150g dark chocolate (minimum 70% cocoa)

115g coconut oil

1 teaspoon vanilla extract

5 tablespoons black coffee

4 eggs, separated

100g cane sugar

100ml plain yoghurt

70g ground hazelnuts

40g buckwheat flour

75g hazelnuts, roughly chopped

Pinch of salt

1 teaspoon bicarbonate of soda

Preheat the oven to 180ºC and prepare a medium-sized loaf tin. Melt the chocolate and coconut oil until smooth and add the vanilla extract and coffee. Whisk the egg yolks, sugar and yogurt until light and smooth and then combine with the melted chocolate/coconut oil/coffee. Mix the ground hazelnuts, buckwheat flour, chopped hazelnuts, salt and bicarbonate of soda together and combine with the egg yolk and chocolate mixture. Whisk the egg whites until they form soft peaks and gently but thoroughly fold into the mocha mixture. Pour into the loaf tin and bake for 30 minutes. Remove from the tin and leave to cool. Delicious served alone or with Greek yoghurt or ice cream.

7 responses to “Hazelnut mocha cake (gf) and hiring a PA

  1. We have a few wise old owls in the garden at the moment, I am sure I could send them your way. The only problem is they are soon noisy, but at least they don’t vomit in shoes, mind you having said that I had to clear up a rather impressive pile on the carpet this morning, narrowly missed stepping in it – ugh animals! Bon weekend! xx

  2. I love your sense of humor! This cake sounds amazing too.

  3. Hugo, first of all I have missed your posts, maybe you do need a PA to help you as I know you have much to do and so much to look after. If Mr. Percy were not so far away he would be very happy to help, he is very organized and even tempered and I think you could easily work with him. I do hope you find someone to help. Tell Bossy to put a nice cushion in the shower so you can lay on it or better yet your own room would do quite nicely.
    I think that loaf looks wonderful, hardly any flour which I find very appealing and also low in sugar. Very nice.

    • Hello Mrs Pug, I’ve missed you too. Mr Percy would be absolutely perfect, I can tell that he is a dog of superior intellect and gravitas (a bit like myself). It’s just too bad you don’t live closer – or at least in the same time zone. The job would be his. Please send him my kindest and most respectful regards, Hugo.

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