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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The Big Freeze is back! A stroll through my own backyard winter wonderland

No recipe today I’m afraid… in fact, I’ve not cooked all week but I’ll be back with some recipes soon enough. Meantime, do you fancy a virtual walk with me through my town in our little corner of England? Last weekend, our town was only lightly dusted with snow so our planned walk turned out … Continue reading

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Bread and butter pudding 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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Boys will be boys… and happy new year wishes to all

Happy belated Christmas greetings everyone! It has been a very long while since my last post and I can only apologise. In the run up to Christmas, I just ran out of time to do everything I wanted to do, and post some more recipes up before our friends arrived. To top it all off, … Continue reading

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

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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Seasons of Mists and Mellow Fruitfulness – Mother Monster’s Blackberry and Apple Charlotte

Season of mists and mellow fruitfulness Close bosom-friend of the maturing sun Conspiring with him how to load and bless With fruit the vines that round the thatch-eaves run; To bend with apples the moss’d cottage-trees, And fill all fruit with ripeness to the core; To swell the gourd, and plump the hazel shells With … Continue reading

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A failsafe gingerbread recipe

The first of many batches this winter I came across this Delia Smith recipe at least 6-7 years ago and I’ve been making it religiously ever since. The moment autumn/winter sets in and the days grow cold, I’ll make at least 3 or 4 batches before Christmas because these are one of my husband’s favourite … Continue reading

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Fresh fruit doesn’t have to be boring #4: Quattro frutti chocolate pavlova (gluten-free)

Gluten-free, wheat-free, flour-free but sadly not calorie-free…unless it’s your birthday. Or it’s Christmas. Or Easter. Those days are automatically calorie-free days… 🙂 I was introduced to Australia’s national dish as a Uni student in Melbourne in the early 1990’s but I never learnt how to make one until my mother-in-law taught me (thanks Jeannette!). It’s … Continue reading

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