East meets West: A Japanese cheesecake and sponge layered celebration cake

The top and bottom layers are made with Japanese cheesecake. The middle layer is a light vanilla sponge. They're all joined together and covered in a light, lemony whipped cream frosting.

Japanese cheesecake If you’re a fan of cheesecake but have never tried Japanese cheesecake (chiizu keeki) before, all I can say is that you really don’t know what you’re missing. Japanese cheesecake is pure unadulterated pleasure – it’s soft, pillowy, creamy goodness – and what gives it its unique, velvety, gently cheesy creaminess is that it’s … Continue reading

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Flour-less chocolate cake

Easy to bake. Far to easy to devour.

Sadly carb free doesn’t mean fat-free When we invited our friends over for Sunday lunch last weekend  and I decided to make a flour-less chocolate cake, I thought I’d be doing a ‘good’ thing ie producing a carb-free cake as my friends were all trying to cut down on the amount of carbs they ate. … Continue reading

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Lazy weekend brunch for one: baked eggs with ham, cheese and tomato

Et voila! My experiment for the day - baked eggs with ham, cheese, tomatoes and salad.

Hi everyone The good news is that I’m back from my work trip, yay! How’s everyone been? Good I hope…! I’ve got lots of catch-up reading and posting to do, and despite the dire conference food I’ve inevitably been subjected to, I did have some good tapas while I was in Barcelona, and I’m planning … Continue reading

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Two into one: Pork and apple in a cheese and onion pie

My two in one pie: apple and pork as well as cheese and onion

Two into one: Pork and apple in a cheese and onion pie This weekend is the big freeze in Europe and while I hate the cold, I’ve been looking forward to seeing some snow for the first time this winter. At 3pm this afternoon, the weather didn’t disappoint. We started to see little wisps of … Continue reading

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A blueberry lemon cheesecake double decker (de-constructed)

Blueberries, blueberry sauce, lemon cream cheese, lemon butter biscuits - constructed into a little double decker

Should I or shouldn’t I? I love blueberries. I never actually tried a proper, fresh blueberry until I went to Australia but once I did, I was well and truly hooked. That they’re so healthy and good for you is irrelevant because I just love how they taste. I also love the fact that they’re … Continue reading

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Bread and butter pudding with cranberries and lemon zest

A bread and butter pudding made with cranberries and lemon zest

As they say; waste not, want not… It was New Year’s Day yesterday and it’s been absolutely pissing it down in the UK. At least it’s not cold at the moment though I’ve been reliably informed that our first week of year 2012 will be very wet, very windy and will soon also be very, … Continue reading

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My French cooking lesson: Isabelle’s saumon en papillote

Isabelle's saumon en papillote, with pickled lemons (genius!) creme fraiche and chives all wrapped in smoked salmon

Kudos to all mums Last weekend, my husband and I took a long overdue trip to Paris to visit some of our friends. A. was the best man at our wedding and it’s amazing to think that we’ve been friends with him for over 15 years. Work, life, distance, having a child (him, not us) … Continue reading

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Boozy chocolate mousse with a crusty sugar topping

Chocolate creme brulee. But with boozy chocolate mousse instead of chocolate custard

Mmmmmm, chocolate….. It’s been a while since I made this chocolate mousse for my husband. If you follow my blog, you’ll know that I’m not really that crazy about chocolate but I do love these chocolate mousse pots. The only thing is that mousse is a bit boring to eat; by that, I mean that … Continue reading

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A rib-sticking winter warmer: sherry stewed lamb stroganoff

Looks like a curry but I promise you it's not!

Sweet sherry I don’t get to eat lamb very often. My mom couldn’t stomach the taste or smell of it so when we were growing up, she’d only concede to roasting a leg of lamb (which she herself wouldn’t eat) once every couple of years. Unfortunately, my husband’s also not very keen on lamb. He … Continue reading

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Hangover cures: peanut butter milkshakes

Peanut butter banana milkshakes. Just don't think about the calories.

No chewing required It’s all well and good trying to be healthy but all those brilliant intentions fly out the window the day after the night before. I blame Guy Fawkes (and my friends); standing outside in the freezing cold on Bonfire Night yesterday waiting for the fireworks required serious amounts of warming liquidation in … Continue reading

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