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18 March, 2015

St Patricks Day 2015

St Patricks Day 2015
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Lá fhéile Pádraig sona dhaoibh! (Irish for: “Happy St Patrick’s Day to you”.) With some Irish in my blood (on both sides of my family!), I decided it would be fun to make some themed food this year – any excuse for food! I had some lamb in the fridge that was perfect for an
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17 December, 2014

Dark Chocolate Pavlova

Dark Chocolate Pavlova
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  Over the next week or so I’ll be documenting our Christmas Food Traditions, and I’m starting today with Pavlova.  A few years ago I discovered the joy of mini pavlovas – they store in an airtight container at room temperature rather than taking up space in the fridge, and each one can have added
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21 December, 2013

Fudge for Christmas

Fudge for Christmas
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I wanted to make a small gift for some of my friends, and when I found this recipe I knew it was exactly what I needed.  It was a quick and easy recipe to make, and came from Wendy’s Kitchen Table   Ingredients 150ml Baileys 50ml milk 30gm butter 350gm caster sugar 300gm white chocolate
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2 July, 2013

Amish Friendship Bread

Amish Friendship Bread
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I’ve been reading a lovely book called Friendship Bread by Darien Gee, based around baking Amish Friendship Bread and how it brings people together.  So I was inspired to try it.  I made my own starter using a recipe in the back of the book, and for 10 days of carefully tended to my starter. 
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24 April, 2013

Strawberry and Rhubarb Crumble

Strawberry and Rhubarb Crumble
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Strawberries are one of my favourite fruits, and with rhubarb it is a perfect match! A while ago, while making a crumble, I made a lot of the crumble topping and froze it in ‘small crumble’  lots: My recipe is: 15o gm white flour 50 gm white sugar 50 gm butter Mix the flour and
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29 March, 2013

Hot Cross Buns

Hot Cross Buns
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For us, one of the joys of Easter is Hot Cross Buns, and this year I got out my Mum’s Hot Cross Bun recipe – my copy is quite old (dated 1993!) but some things just don’t date.  Mum posted this recipe on her website this year too, check out her version here. This is
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20 February, 2013

Sourdough

Sourdough
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As as child, my mum regularly made fresh bread for our family – I have many memories of making bread shapes to be cooked and eaten for lunch.  I recently decided to make a sourdough starter and start making my own bread. A sourdough starter needs to be made at least 4 or 5 days
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25 April, 2012

ANZAC Cookies

ANZAC Cookies
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Being ANZAC Day, it seemed an appropriate time to try out Annabel Langbein’s Raisin & Almond ANZACs.   It didn’t take me too long to mix the ingredients – first the dry ones, then heat golden syrup, butter and water and add baking soda, then mix into the dry ingredients.  It took a little longer
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25 October, 2011

Strawberry Festival Cake

Strawberry Festival Cake
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I entered the Best Decorated Strawberry Cake Competition at the inaugral Marlborough Strawberry Festival.  I did win first prize, although it wasn’t too hard considering there wasn’t any competition! I started out on Saturday morning making a Fatless Sponge in two tins.  Once these were cool I put a layer of strawberry jam and then fresh
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2 May, 2011

Easter Bunny Pie

Easter Bunny Pie
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What is the best thing to do with broken Easter Bunnies? Make them into a pie! I had some broken bunnies, so I found a recipe for a chocolate pie. And melted down the bunnies (along with other ingredients) And made a pie. Which I took to work and it disappeared very quickly.