91: S’mores Cake

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Who doesn’t love cake? It was my friend Namrata’s birthday party last week and she asked each of us to bring a dish somehow relating to her. I chose to bake something a bit more complex than usual – a 3-tiered S’mores Cake! Namrata is from the US and introduced a couple of us to s’mores [...]

86: Hedgehog Cake

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So Leon wanted a hedgehog cake for his 4th birthday… He also wanted one for last year’s birthday, so I’ve had a year to improve it. Fondant icing definitely makes all mistakes disappear! I used a combination of this recipe and this method… plus a layer of chocolate fondant icing to hide the mess of [...]

85: Banana Cake

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This is my favourite banana cake recipe – the sour cream makes it so moist. The most important thing to remember is not to overbeat the mixture, else you will knock out all the air bubbles. I have yet to make the naughty Dulce de Leche sauce to go on top though! I made this [...]

71: Birthday Party Time!

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It was my son Leon’s 3rd Birthday Party yesterday! I love birthday parties and making all the party food – we had egg and ham sandwiches, cocktail sausages, crisps, veg sticks and of course… CAKE (a Fireman Sam cake to match his fire engine themed party). This year I also wanted to make him some [...]

65: Seville Orange Marmalade

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It is marmalade season! Each year I make a gigantic batch of seville orange marmalade and this year was no different… I made 12 jars in total, with 1.5kg of oranges and 3kg of granulated sugar. Just had some for breakfast on toast

62: Homemade Christmas Hampers!

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Some of my very lucky friends have received my homemade Christmas hampers that I love to make each year. Items include: chilli vodka, pineapple chutney, Xmas chutney, biscotti and chocolate pretzel bites! YUM. I made the chutneys back in November – about 20 in total!

52: Mini Victoria Sponge Cake!

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Three of my work colleagues have recently had their birthdays so I decided to bake them a cake. I found this recipe for Mini Victoria Sponge cakes and thought it would be great to try it out. It was very well appreciated and they went with lightning speed. I cheated and used a jar of [...]

35: Chicken Curry

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This recipe is actually for a turkey curry, using mainly storecupboard spices and Christmas leftovers. I have made it with the leftover Christmas turkey before but today I wanted to use chicken. Find the recipe from Antony Worrall Thompson here. I think this recipe is really easy – you just need to prepare everything before [...]

32: Red Velvet Cupcakes

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Who doesn’t love a good old cupcake every now and then? I need to stick to the ‘then’ part though, else I eat too many! I decided to give the crochet a rest (for an hour or so) and bake some Red Velvet Cupcakes. I used Nigella’s recipe which I haven’t used before. I think [...]