Smoked salmon dauphinoise

Smoked salmon dauphinoise

About a year ago, after a somewhat debauched and thoroughly middle-class weekend, I found myself with an excess of smoked salmon and double cream. As they approached their best before dates, my friend Helen (who is a complete wiz in the kitchen) suggested this smoked salmon dauphinoise as a possible …

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Caramel pancakes – or possibly pikelets

Caramel pancake stack with butter

A very naughty friend* introduced me to Lotus Caramelised Biscuit Spread (also known as Speculoos spread) which surely is one of the greatest things ever to come out of Belgium. And I’m bearing in mind their history with beer and chocolate. It is INCREDIBLE! A creamy, smooth, lightly spiced, VEGAN caramel …

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Cocoa nib cookies – cacao, cocoa, chocolate

Box of cocoa nib cookies

We hosted a charity fundraising event in our house – nothing massive, just a talk by an interesting guy, followed by tea and biscuits. The organisers brought a selection of baked goods, but it seemed rude to host the event and not provide something that I’d made myself. I was thinking of …

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Cinnamon buns with raisins & maple syrup glaze – boozls!

cinnamon buns

Kipper got a new book every night of Chanukah. Her favourite one was The Goldilocks Variations, by Allan and Jessica Ahlberg. It starts off with a retelling of the traditional Goldilocks story and gets sillier and sillier. In the first story we learn that “Bears love buns” – especially warm, …

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Butter-braised carrots and garlic with barley

butter-braised carrots and garlic with barley risotto - warming and delicious!

We have a small vegetable bed in our back garden, and in the summer we grow our own tomatoes, beans, courgettes, cucumbers and assorted other vegetables and herbs. It’s quite fun, they taste amazing, and Kipper enjoys mucking about in the soil, watering the plants, and of course picking and …

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