Even though I'm the only trained chef in my family, I'd be remiss if I didn't mention my brothers and their culinary abilities.
The three of us were brought up to be independent and learned how to cook and bake our favourite dishes from a young age.
It has been a while since I've seen any members of my family and I miss them terribly.
That said, we have been so fortunate to have remained safe and healthy throughout the pandemic.
This week is my brother's birthday and I always think of him when I make Sweet Marie bars.
Crunchy, sweet, salty and moreish, these no-bake squares are a huge upgrade from your standard Rice Krispie treat.
Growing up, they were my brother's favourite - and since they're so easy to make, we'd often find a tray in the fridge (he'd whip up a batch after school).
I love the combination of salty, rich peanut butter and golden syrup. It results in a very sweet treat (a little goes a long way), but also one with real depth of flavour.
You don't need to use Rice Krispies, as I did here. You can use corn flakes, Cheerios or any other cereal mix you have on hand.
My top tip for this recipe is to really press the cereal mixture firmly into the tray - the firmer you press, the crunchier the end result will be.
Top with milk or dark chocolate, sprinkle with chopped, salted peanuts or a sprinkle of flaky sea salt. With a cup of hot coffee, these squares are heaven.
Makes 12 large or 24 small squares
200g golden syrup
200g peanut butter
125g light brown sugar
1 tsp vanilla
1 tsp sea salt
500g Rice Krispies
200g melted chocolate (any kind)