Tis the season to do a lot of cooking, or at least watch a lot of cooking shows and wish you too lived in a very large house with perfectly behaved children, as the TV chefs always seem to do. If you do want to do some cooking though, then a bit of baking hits the spot. You can get some done during the day as you juggle your other jobs and it makes the house warm and toasty too. Cooking with chocolate is always satisfying, not least because you can lick out the dishes as you go. And since the invention of the microwave, melting the chocolate no longer requires faffing about with bowls over simmering water, even the pros now use microwaves. You do need good chocolate though, with at least 70% cocoa solid and we’ve been impressed with Menier Chocolate. It’s made with UTZ certified – cocoa, which means it’s farmed sustainably and signed off by the recognised authority and it’s also vegetarians society approved and kosher. Antoine Brutus Menier founded the company that has his name 200 years ago, using the chocolate to coat the bitter-tasting pills he sold as a pharmacist. In 1830 he created the first mechanised mass production factory for cocoa powder in France and soon afte...