CHOCOLATE CORNFLAKE CAKES

Easter might be over, I may have eaten more than my body weight in chocolate and daffodils are no longer in season, but chocolate cornflake cakes are still on my mind. They're possibly the simplest thing to make, just put the butter, chocolate and syrup in a pan, mix...

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DARK CHOCOLATE AND PISTACHIO CAKE

Chocolate in the form of an Easter Egg is one of the best ways it can be presented to me. The shell is crisp, and then you come across the thick bits, the part of the shell that's slightly misshapen and has extra chocolate. My egg lasts no longer than a day, and...

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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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ORANGE AND PISTACHIO CAKE

Spring has arrived when the daffodils are in bloom and you can step outside without needing three layers of clothing. And so, to signify the start of spring, it seemed only right to bake a cake. For me, a spring cake is a floral one. Light, fresh, zesty, nutty and...

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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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RHUBARB, CITRUS AND MARZIPAN CAKE

When it comes to marzipan, it's often required for one recipe, using 100g at most. I think the last time I used the sweet almond paste was in stollen back at Christmas time. But I'm not sure why this is the case when it's as delicious as it is: rich, sweet and...

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DARK CHOCOLATE, ORANGE AND CINNAMON HOT CROSS BUNS

It's not officially hot cross bun season, but as soon as the sun starts to come out, and I've smelt someone cutting their grass, it means spring is just around the corner, and hot cross buns can be baked. I realise that my favourite day of the year (Shrove Tuesday -...

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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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SCONES

There's something about a sweet scone. Maybe it's the texture, the way it crumbles slightly when broken into. Maybe it's the way they stretch at the side and turn golden on top. Maybe it's the way they urge you to fill them with spoonfuls of jam and clotted cream...

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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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LEMON, MAPLE SYRUP AND SPELT FLOUR LOAF

It is hard not to like a lemon drizzle cake. With its light texture, crunchy topping and sharp zesty flavour, it is a household favourite. Being offered a slice of lemon drizzle is like being wrapped in a fur blanket, stepping into a hot bath after standing in the...

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CARROT, COCONUT, ALMOND AND PISTACHIO CAKE

For me, cake is no longer a luxury but almost a necessity in life. On a Sunday afternoon, it doesn't feel right to have a cup of mint tea without a piece of banana, dark chocolate and hazelnut loaf accompanying it. Maybe a slice of victoria sponge topped with berries....

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PAVLOVA WITH POACHED PEARS AND DARK CHOCOLATE

Meringue has always been my nemesis. I've never been able to achieve the thick glossy mixture that I can fearlessly hold over my head. Instead, my peaks seem to remain soft and collapse in the bowl. On New Year's Eve, I attempted a pavlova, and for the first time...

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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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CRANBERRY, PISTACHIO AND MARZIPAN STOLLEN

It’s not Christmas in our household until a batch of cranberry, pistachio and marzipan stollen has been baked. The recipe, originally from Dan Lepard isn’t the classic bready stollen, but a dough mixture. This gives it a firm but slightly crumbly texture. Not only...

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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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CLEMENTINE AND PISTACHIO CAKE

Clementines are the fruit of Christmas. Every year, I dig through my stocking to discover a juicy clementine, a walnut in its shell and a 20 pence coin. Nothing brings me more joy than the stocking opening ritual and the certainty of a clementine waiting for me at the...

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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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WHITE AND DARK CHOCOLATE BLONDIES

The trees are dropping their crisp burnt orange leaves. Four seasons have passed since I attempted my first batch of blondies. I've been eating them in the Christmas excitement, in the dreary grey months and in the warmth of summer. Autumn called for my fourth batch...

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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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DARK CHOCOLATE AND GINGER FLAPJACKS

With most things in life, simplicity is often best. This remains true when it comes to baking. Sometimes, all you need is a sweet crunchy cornflake cake, or a slice of Victoria Sponge, sandwiched with raspberry jam and freshly whipped cream, dusted generously with...

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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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CHOCOLATE CRUSTED LEMON TART

As a child, I remember the excitement and anticipation of when friends were coming around for dinner. The starter and main course were completely irrelevant, however the dessert planning had my undivided attention. The excitement was even greater when the Green and...

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DARK GINGER CAKE

Ginger is known for its sickness relieving properties, helping with nausea and inflammation. When I was younger, I remember crunching on a ginger biscuit to lessen the feelings of car sickness, or sipping a lemon and ginger tea if I felt nauseous. I like to think that...

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CHOCOLATE AND HAZELNUT BABKA

Although what I am about to describe is technically a Couronne, the word babka is much more satisfying to say and so it will be referred to using this factually incorrect term. Sometimes you can plan weeks in advance for a new baking escapade, other times you can be...

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LEMON, GROUND ALMOND AND RASPBERRY LOAF

In a determined attempt to have some savings by the end of summer, the past few months have been spent on a farm, washing up. In a determined attempt to make this task less repetitive, baked treats have been piling up high on the table. Sometimes we're treated to an...

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CINNAMON BUNS

I'm currently planning a trip to the city of bicycles and buns of the cinnamon variety. Copenhagen is known for its beautifully coloured buildings, its well dressed women and the best cinnamon buns in all of Scandinavia. A cinnamon bun has to be full of warm cinnamon,...

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FALAFEL BURGERS

When it comes to pulses, the chickpea takes the crown for me. The round, beige bean is unassuming. unaware of the power it holds. Without chickpeas we would have no hummus and no falafels, two of the most delicious Middle Eastern dishes. I have always found it...

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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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ORANGE AND GROUND ALMOND CAKE WITH ORANGE SYRUP

There is starting to be a running theme throughout my written meanderings and that is baking cakes that oppose the current weather situation. I am baking breads in the 30 degree heat and floral orange cakes when there are bleak grey skies hanging overhead. I can...

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SIMPLE WHITE LOAF

I have just made the best investment of my life so far and it comes in the form of a KitchenAid Artisan Mixer. I have been using a KitchenAid at home for many years using it for cakes, breads, biscuits, pasta. Not only is it an amazing kitchen device but it is very...

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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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BLUEBERRY, RASPBERRY AND ALMOND MUFFINS

Most people embrace a new mac or mulberry for their 21st birthday, I revelled in the new selection of bakeware, crockery and muffin cases I received. In my eyes there is nothing more pleasing than a beautifully printed plate and an intricate glass cake stand. Once...

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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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ORANGE AND PISTACHIO CAKE WITH ORANGE MASCARPONE

On May 1st, pies are out of the question. April is a month that has been full of sun, rain, snow and wind. For such extreme weather conditions, pie with custard is necessary. May on the other hand, is a different matter. May is meant to be full of sun not snow, and so...

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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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CINNAMON, ORANGE AND DARK CHOCOLATE HOT CROSS BUNS

Easter time calls for hot cross buns however, dried fruit is not popular in Edwards' household. The joy of hot cross buns is that you can fill them with any combination of flavours that suit you.   Cinnamon adds a gentle spice to the buns whilst the orange gives...

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DARK CHOCOLATE, GROUND ALMOND AND ESPRESSO CAKE

Returning home means access to a kitchen that has an oven that doesn't burn food within 15 minutes and a beautiful selection of crockery to choose from. When Bryony is returning home too, that means baking a cake for the occasion. A cake filled with nuts and dark...

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BLUEBERRY, DARK CHOCOLATE AND HAZELNUT MUFFINS

There is a certain satisfaction to peeling a warm muffin away from the paper case. Eating the sponge that has stuck to the edges. The chocolate still melting from the heat and the blueberries bursting with a sweet sharp flavour. A warm muffin is the perfect...

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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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NUTELLA FILLED BLONDIES WITH SMOKED SEA SALT

Since baking my first batch of blondies I've been looking at alternative recipes and methods. Some use white chocolate and nuts, some use neither ingredients. Many methods I've read are based around a brown butter. This means heating the butter until boiling whilst...

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CINNAMON BUNS

Sticky and sweet. A crunchy topping that you tear through to reveal a smooth light dough. The makings of the perfect cinnamon bun. Cinnamon buns epitomise festive baking. There are so many different variations to a cinnamon bun - it can be light and airy or dense and...

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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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CHICKEN, TOMATO AND GARLIC TRAYBAKE

There is something very comforting about a traybake. Everything can be thrown together, squidged, drizzled and baked all in the same tray. Everything gets infused with the surrounding flavours. This results in a sensory masterpiece. The traybake is incredibly simple...

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RASPBERRY, RICOTTA, ALMOND AND LEMON CAKE 

Ricotta is my new favourite ingredient to use in cakes. It makes the cake so moist and light - dangerously so meaning you can devour it within an hour. Not only does it help produce a lovely texture it adds a creamy and sweet flavour. Ricotta seems to go hand in hand...

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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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BUCKWHEAT AND OAT BREAD WITH SPICED CARROT DIP

After discovering that gluten and I are not the best match, I've set about finding all of the ways to make baking gluten free. Using ground almonds is the best common method but there's SO many different flours out there that can be used: buckwheat flour, brown rice...

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RICOTTA, GROUND HAZELNUT AND BLUEBERRY CAKE

After three incredible weeks travelling from cities to coasts around Europe, I returned to a plethora of magazines, articles and cut outs waiting for me - all food related. The Guardian Cook supplement lay on top with a cake standing on the cover. A cake covered in...

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HOMEMADE PIZZAS

A thin, crispy base. A sweet garlic tomato sauce. Creamy mozzarella. Peppery basil. Those four components are the makings of a great pizza be it homemade or not. The satisfaction comes when it is homemade and all those components are achieved. Having a pizza oven in...

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BUTTERNUT SQUASH, CRANBERRY AND PECAN MUFFINS

Muffins make a great light breakfast item or a mid-day snack, but more often than not they're full of fat and sugar (which isn't really what you want from your breakfast!). Fairing Well is a healthy food blog created by Jessie who's based in Denver. Not only is the...

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RICOTTA AND RASPBERRY PANCAKES

There's nothing quite like warm fluffy pancakes on a lazy Sunday morning to start the day off well. The Modern Pantry produce one of the best brunches around and one of the best dishes they've offered in the past is there raspberry and ricotta pancakes. Light and...

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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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SPRING PEA RISOTTO

I remember sitting in a faded striped deck chair when I was younger with a bowl on my lap and popping fresh peas out of their pods. Bright green in colour, sweet to taste and fresh. From the look of a recipe you could be mistaken for thinking risotto is a time...

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DARK CHOCOLATE AND MARZIPAN HOT CROSS BUNS

It's a cold, grey, drizzly day which of course calls for chocolate. Both my Mum and Dad are resisting the urge to eat chocolate and cake until Easter day, however, if it's a breakfast item then the rules can be broken, and hot cross buns definitely count as a...

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LEMON, LIME AND BLUEBERRY CAKE

The start of spring is marked by the emergence of rose blossom on the trees. Although it's still snowing up in the North East it's bright blue skies and fresh air. Lemons and limes are the fruits of spring and summer, fresh and sweet. Blueberries with their sweet...

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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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PLUM CLAFOUTIS

Somedays, it’s fun to find a recipe book you haven’t used in a while, flick through and find a recipe you want to cook. It’s a bit like spinning a globe, putting you finger on a place and deciding that that’s where you want to live. I did this with ‘Ottolenghi’ and...

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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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