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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It’s curry time! Curry puff puffs, curry filo puffs and curry cups

Curry in a hurry If there’s one type of food that the Brits have truly taken to their hearts and made their own, it is the curry. It’s Britain’s favourite take-away and I daresay the number of Indian restaurants could rival the number of pubs in the UK quite easily. Anyone know if that might … Continue reading

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I dare you to stop at one… les chouquettes

One of the perks of my job is that I get to go to Roland Garros (or more commonly known as the French Open) every year. The company I work for is one of the main sponsors of Roland Garros, so we take a bunch of journalists to meet up with some of our execs … Continue reading

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For her Majesty… thebigfatnoodle’s Diamond Jubilee cake for the Queen

The Queen’s Diamond Jubilee As I sit here typing, I’m watching the Queen’s floating pageant take place on our TV. The 1,000 ships that are taking part in the flotilla will actually end up right outside our flat in London at the end of the day. Unfortunately, we no longer live there so we are … Continue reading

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A four cheese cauliflower cheese

Sticking to the tried and tested Heston Blumenthal made a TV programme all about cheese recently and one of the dishes he ‘re’-made was the humble but utterly delicious cauliflower cheese. I went online to look at his recipe but in all honesty, I don’t have 5 hours spare to make all the component parts … 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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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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A taste of Spain: Croquetas de Jamón / Serrano ham croquettes (reposting as I’m entering this to the easyJet competition)

Please send me on holiday to Barcelona! A taste of Spain: Croquetas de Jamón / Serrano ham croquettes These little babies were my lifesaver when I was in Barcelona last week… My colleagues and I were so busy that we barely found time to eat so it wasn’t until about 10pm on Day 2 of the … Continue reading

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