Every day should be pancake day

Be careful what you wish for… When I was growing up, I always wanted to break a limb, ideally my arm. It had nothing to do with wanting broken bones and everything to do with wearing a cast. Kids in the neighbourhood who did break bones and wear casts lorded it over every other able-bodied … Continue reading

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

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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A 30-minute summery take on pork and beans – grilled lemon and thyme pork chops with a cider bean casserole

Cooking by weather Unfortunately, the ever-changing climate we are experiencing in Europe has turned summer topsy-turvy. I know people already associate the UK with rain and bad weather but what we are going through this summer really is bordering on the ridiculous. Parts of the country are flooded again while in the South-east where I … Continue reading

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Getting my mojo back, the Chelsea Flower Show and banana cupcakes

It is what it is Arrrrrrrrrrggghh! All my best intentions flew out the window after my last post almost 3 weeks ago… I’ve always said April/May has never been kind to me and but this year has really been taking the mick… My husband has been really ill, and during that time, I’ve lost a … Continue reading

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If you haven’t had enough chocolate yet… hazelnut and walnut chocolate brownies

Crispy squidgy chocolate goodness As some of you may know, I’m married to a chocolate fiend. My husband has to eat chocolate every day and I’ve never known him not to. So imagine my surprise when this Easter, he told me he didn’t want me to buy him an Easter egg. I thought this was … Continue reading

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A hint of chocolate in prep for Easter: 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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Pan-seared salmon in a ginger and garlic infused oil

In a pink frame of mind As you may know, I’m fending for myself at the moment. I spent Sunday making some spaggie boll sauce (as you do), most of which I will freeze but some which I’ll keep to re-heat quickly during this week. However, just because I had to cook for myself this … Continue reading

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Flour-less chocolate cake

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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Butter-free banana, apple and walnut bread (no ‘fun’ doesn’t mean no taste…)

A healthier way is possible Banana bread has to be the most versatile and universally well-loved recipe ever. Every week, I’ll come across someone posting their take on a banana bread recipe. When I got back from Spain recently, my husband asked me if I could make another banana bread because we had 4 sad … Continue reading

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Fresh fruit needn’t be boring: chocolate apples and oranges

Have you ever eaten a Terry’s Chocolate Orange? My husband said he and his brother and sister used to get one every Christmas. It was, and remains to this day, a traditional stocking filler in his family. When I was a kid, they used to be sold in Singapore too but I have to be … Continue reading

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