CARAMELISED HAZELNUT AND DISARONNO TIRAMISU

When we used to go on holiday to Italy, dessert would come and my family would be served rich tiramisus soaked in strong espressos. As a child, the thought of eating anything with coffee in was terrifying, and so I was given ice cream topped with wafers, chocolate and...

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WAFFLES WITH NUTELLA, CARAMELISED BANANA AND PECANS

Brunch is by far the best meal of the day. It can start at 10am and finish at 3pm. It can include as many courses as you like; they can be sweet, savoury, and even a mix of them both (think waffles with maple syrup and bacon). It can be an innocent mint tea affair or...

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ESPRESSO, HAZELNUT AND DARK CHOCOLATE SHORTBREADS

It gets to 11am, I'll put the kettle on for a mint tea and I'll get a sudden craving for that crunch that you only get from a biscuit. Sometimes a custard cream or a dark chocolate digestive does the job. Other times, they're not quite satisfying enough. A shortbread...

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A CYCLING FOOD TOUR OF COPENHAGEN

This past weekend was spent cycling around the wonderful city of Copenhagen, stopping off at every bakery selling snegles or cinnamon buns. I might have only spent 3 days there, but it was long enough to eat 5 snegles, drink a few cocktails and a pizza as good as can...

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GAZILLIONAIRES SHORTBREAD

As a child (and still to this day), upon entering any cafe, coffee shop, or establishment that might offer cake, I'd be on the look out for millionaires shortbread. This sweet, buttery, sticky biscuit contained some of my favourite ingredients: sugar, chocolate and...

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CHOCOLATE BOURBON BISCUITS

For Christmas, I received an abundance of beautiful and useful kitchen items. I now think the only rooms I need in a future house are a kitchen and library. The kitchen gifts included gold cutlery, a cocktail shaker and an iittala bowl. The first gift, however, that...

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CHRISTMAS COCKTAIL

With the festive season upon us, Christmas lists are being written, sent and shared around the world. In our family, the list that takes priority is the food and drink one. Who's bringing the turkey? Where's the cheese being bought from? What's being served for...

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DARK CHOCOLATE AND ORANGE PECAN PIE

I got a little ahead of myself this week. I was dreaming of creamy mac and cheese, moist turkey, crunchy roasties and juicy pigs in blankets. I'm not sure if Thanksgiving includes pigs in blankets, but if not, the American's are missing out. In my mind, Thanksgiving...

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GREEN TART

Some weeks pass by and nothing of particular importance happens. They may drag or they may fly by, but they're not going to be remembered. Other weeks are so full of happenings that you want to hide under a blanket and wait for everything to calm over. This week has...

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MALLORCAN ALMOND CAKE

Whilst in Mallorca, we spent our afternoons sat up in the mountains eating Padron peppers, paella, and almond cake. This cake was unlike any almond cake found in the UK. It looked unassuming, sat on the plate, shallow and covered in a thick layer of white icing sugar....

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GINGERBREAD SNOWFLAKES

Christmas is in the air when it’s cold outside, when the scent of pine needles fills the air, and when gingerbread snowflakes are baking in the oven. It may only be October, but it is a crisp cold day and the fire is roaring. This calls for gingerbread to be baked. A...

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APPLE AND BLACKBERRY CRUMBLE

Today was made for hunkering down. Whilst the rain may have cleared, it's cold and crisp outside. It's a day to wrap up in a blanket and eat a hot fruit crumble. An autumnal crumble is difficult to beat and impossible not to love. Around this time of year, there is an...

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EAST LONDON FOOD TOUR

Yesterday was spent eating my way around East London, sitting in parks whilst the leaves blew from the trees and generally indulging a lot. The first stop on the tour was The Ginger Pig, located on a street full of cafes, fishmongers and delis. The Ginger Pig is...

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FOODS OF PALMA AND DEIA

Palma is a cobbled street city, with palm trees and grand cathedrals lining the roads. Beautifully coloured shutters hide the windows whilst ornate balconies stand, overlooking the city. Deia is a small town, only accessed by winding roads. Beautiful stone buildings...

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BANANA, DARK CHOCOLATE AND WALNUT LOAF

The thought of having a bin full of decaying fruit instills sadness in me. When an apple starts to bruise around the edges I will slice it up, add some cinnamon, oats and serve the crumble with jugfuls of rich, smooth custard. If the plums start to soften I will put...

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CHEESE AND WALNUT SCONES

Tearing a fresh out the oven cheese scone apart; watching the steam rise out of it leaving the warm soft dough heating up your hands is one of life's greatest moments. It may be a small moment, but for me, the best moments in life revolve around food. Warm cheese...

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RHUBARB, PLUM AND CINNAMON TARTS

I am back to city living, this time in Nottingham after my split from Newcastle. At the moment I am surrounded by green fields one day and stone streets the next. On my days off in the city I am getting to know and love the new apartment. I have learnt that the large...

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A MESSAGE TO NEWCASTLE

I've just arrived home after having packed up 3 years worth of stuff, locked the yellow door for the final time and said farewell to living in Newcastle. Over the past three years, the majority of my student loan has been spent keeping various food establishments in...

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APPLE, RASPBERRY AND CINNAMON PIE

Sunday was my first pie making experience. On a warm spring day it felt like the appropriate time to make ice cold pastry and a warm winter's filling. Apple and cinnamon is a known combination that works in pies, crumbles and cakes. The apples soften and release sweet...

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CHOCOLATE, HAZELNUT BRIOCHE AND BUTTER PUDDING

Originally written for and posted on http://yespleaseblog.co/chocolate-hazelnut-brioche-and-butter-pudding/ Bread and butter pudding is a classic British dessert however, if you are not a big fan of dried fruit and want a new but easy dessert to try then this...

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AMBLING AROUND LONDON

I've spent the past few days strolling and eating my way around the streets of London. SIN - Salvation in Noodles is a great Vietnamese place in Dalston. They offer the best spring rolls around: vegetable or pork and mushroom. The rice paper is crispy and fresh,...

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GIANT JAMMY DODGER BISCUITS

As a child I remember sitting at my Granny's house. At 11am every morning I'd be treated to a Pink Wafer, a Custard Cream or a Jaffa Cake. Whenever I eat one of those biscuits nowadays I am taken back to being three years old and watching Teletubbies on television....

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SMASHED PEA DIP WITH LEMON AND GARLIC

Sometimes simple lunches are the best. A few fresh ingredients mixed together and spread over a crunchy piece of toast  infused with garlic and oil. This smashed pea dip is easy to make and full of flavours. All you do is cook the peas then drain. In a food processor...

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PISTACHIO AND CRANBERRY BLONDIES

For a while I was apprehensive about blondies. A brownie without the rich chocolate flavour? They always appeared to me to lack the crumbly texture of the brownie, there was no dark chocolate in sight and just a little plain. This was until I tried the renowned...

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SALTED CARAMEL MILLIONAIRES’ SHORTBREAD

When in doubt, when you’re weighed down with essays and exams, when you want to be surrounded by blankets, cushions and a million Christmas films the only answer is salted caramel millionaires’ shortbread. It’s lavish, rich and packed full of sugar. Everything that...

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PLUM, CINNAMON AND MARZIPAN MUFFINS

A warm muffin, freshly out of the oven with a glass of milk is close to perfect an a cold autumnal day. When it's dismal and grey outside, peeling a hot muffin away from a paper case and placing that first bite of soft cinnamon sponge in your mouth is the...

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HUMMUS, AVOCADO AND HALLOUMI ON TOAST

On a rainy and cold day in the North East it’s necessary to have a delicious lunch to keep you going, especially when your days are being spent reading Plato back to back in the library. Hummus and halloumi are two of the greatest loves of my life. The salty flavour...

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GLUTEN FREE ‘MACARONI’ CHEESE WITH KALE

If there's one comfort food you can rely on it is macaroni cheese. Rich, creamy and crunchy on top, everything you need in an autumnal meal to eat whilst hunkering down with a blanket. I've made an adapted version of 'macaroni' cheese using fusilli (I'm still on the...

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CINNAMON, PECAN AND CRANBERRY GRANOLA

Granola is the perfect food to keep in your cupboard. It makes the most delicious breakfast with creamy yogurt and a bowl full of sweet berries but it also serves as the best mid-afternoon snack to nibble on - full of fibre, fruit and all of the good things seeds...

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QUINOA, SQUASH AND WATERCRESS SALAD

Yesterday was the first day of the year I could sit outside with a coffee in the sunshine and appreciate the summer warmth. Even if it was only for the day, it gives you hope that summer is on its way. Hope that they'll be months upon months where sitting outside from...

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GINGER MARZIPAN DARK CHOCOLATES

Ginger, marzipan and dark chocolate are three of Mum’s favourite ingredients. So the winning combo for her birthday would be stem ginger, wrapped in marzipan and coated in dark chocolate. Chocolates are so simple to make, which means you can focus on choosing...

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HARVEST – JESMOND

Back in the toon things are changing. Location wise, I’ve moved from the safety of student halls to the lovely area of Jesmond. I’m now in possession of a set of keys, an npower account and a yellow front door. Jesmond is an area full of students, bars, a Waitrose...

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BAKED NECTARINES WITH HONEY, GRANOLA AND MARZIPAN

I absolutely love granola, the crunchiness, nuttiness, perfect yogurt topping-ness. However, I’ve never found a shop bought granola that’s just right. The dorset cereal’s honey granola comes quite close but the coconut sadly ruins it for me. Making granola is quick,...

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CREME PATISSERIE TARTS WITH RASPBERRIES AND PISTACHIOS

Maximum procrastination is taking place at the moment. Eating and cooking is much more tempting than revising about the 1066 conquest. Being at home means rediscovering all the new foodie treats that have been bought in my absence. Along with a pasta attachment for...

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COURGETTE AND BROAD BEAN SALAD

With the heat of summer soaring high, the appetite for salad increases. Nothing is better in the heat than a zesty light summer salad bursting with flavour but will keep you cool. Zesty lemon, nutty garlic, crunchy broad beans and soft courgette creates the salad that...

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CHOCOLATE, ORANGE AND PECAN COOKIES

I can’t think of anything better to dip in a glass of milk than a chewy cookie packed full of chunks of dark chocolate, zesty orange and pecan nuts. In the film Matilda, I vividly remember Matilda sitting at the table in Miss Honey’s house with a glass of milk and a...

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