Time for a change – my big 4-0

Me and my husband just a couple of months ago. Tomorrow I will be 40!! :))

Hi everyone I have been offline for some weeks now and I’m sorry if I haven’t responded to your comments or been to visit your blogs. It’s been a turbulent April/May which has sadly included a family funeral. My husband’s Nanny passed away after a few tough months of poor health. She is in a … Continue reading

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I ‘heart’ bread… freshly baked milk bread

easy-to-bake milk bread.

Couldn’t have asked for a nicer accident On Easter Sunday, my husband and I roasted a rib of beef. Our butcher threw in a few veal bones as I wanted to make a bone marrow gravy to go with the rib of beef. As there’s only two of us, we had plenty of roast beef … Continue reading

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A hint of chocolate in prep for Easter: Mary Berry’s Chocolate Loaf Cake

Mary Berry's Chocolate Loaf Cake

The legend that is Mary Berry I only have one recipe to post this week as I spent last weekend with friends and so I only made it into the kitchen late on Sunday night after everyone had left. I was however determined to herald my husband’s return from his ski trip by making him … 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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Crispy and chewy cranberry oat biscuits in less than 30mins

Crispy and chewy cranberry oat biscuits. Perfect with a cuppa of your choice.

If you’re an impatient baker like me, you’ll love that these biscuits take less than 30 minutes to make and bake Yay, it’s the weekend and that can mean only one thing – a chance for me to tinker in the kitchen! Which is exactly what I did the moment I woke up this morning. … 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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Happy new year to all

Chocolate cupcakes and a chocolate swiss roll log, covered in chocolate butter icing

I thought I wouldn’t have time to get one more post in but guess what… :) Ringing in the New Year I love welcoming in each New Year just as much as the next person but every New Year’s eve, I can’t help but get a wee bit annoyed because every year, my friends act … Continue reading

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‘Tis the season for overindulgence: The Hummingbird Bakery’s sweet and salty chocolate cake

The Hummingbird Bakery's Sweet and Salty Chocolate Cake (with my disaster-cake topping)

I’m back…! Some of you may not noticed but the last three posts have been made by my husband, whom I love even more now because he’s been stepping in to fill the void as I’ve been a bit busy at work and not had much time to cook. But I’m back, and with a … 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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Get your scary on #2: cookie monsters

Cookie monsters!!!!

cookie monsters or monster cookies?  I bought new toys. They are cookie cutters. But not just any cookie cutters. They are PAC-MAN cookie cutters (I know, I know, I’m such a child…). I couldn’t resist because look, see for yourself, aren’t they cute??? :) On the back of the box was printed a basic butter … Continue reading

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