Happy ‘blogiversary’ to me!

Well, I have made it through a WHOLE YEAR of blogging! And whatever anyone else thinks of my efforts, I feel quite proud of myself 🙂 Quite a bit has changed since I started a year ago. The frequency of posts has declined, but I think the quality has improved. …

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Irresistible orange cookies with hidden melting truffle centres

orange chocolate truffle-centred cookies

I was shopping recently when I saw a bag of Lindor mini truffles* and had a flash of inspiration. I couldn’t wait to get home and try out my idea. All other jobs were suspended temporarily, as I got busy with the baking things. You see, when I made my inside-out …

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Spiced olive oil cupcakes – for Chanukah!

spiced olive oil cupcakes #Chanukah #hanukkah

Chanukah cooking is traditionally all about the OIL. And fair enough, it is pretty central to the miracle*, after all. But, enough with the frying already! Latkes, doughnuts, beignets… surely there’s another way to incorporate oil into something delicious? With this in mind, I set about creating these cupcakes. Olive …

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‘Tarted up’ mince pies – extra-fruity mincemeat hand pies

Extra fruity mincemeat hand pies

It can’t be ignored that Jews like their food. It’s an old joke that the archetypal Jewish festival can be summarised by the phrase, “they tried to kill us, we survived, now let’s eat!” but there really does seem to be a traditional dish for even the most minor of …

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Halloween themed spiced honey shortbread

honey shortbread for halloween

Halloween is not a big deal in this house. Call me a curmudgeon but I’m just not keen on this Americanized sugar-fest. Also, it’s too close to 5th November – a proper British holiday! – and I resent how it’s been edging it out. Forget the trick-or-treating, bring back penny-for-the-guy! And …

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Apple and honey cookies

apple and honey cookies

Golden, soft-chewy & studded with apple pieces, these gorgeous apple & honey cookies are richly flavoured and indulgent. A wonderful Rosh Hashana treat! As much as I enjoy honey cake, I do find that Rosh Hashanah baking can get a bit, well, samey. I know it’s traditional and all that, but …

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Nobbly-bobbly spiced chocolate biscoff fruit & nut crispy cake bites

Catchy title, no? Kipper had a friend to stay on a sleepover – you can’t begin to imagine the excitement – and ever neurotic about them running out of fun activities, I came up with far too many things for them to do. (In the event, they mostly just played nicely …

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Strawberry mascarpone tarts

Strawberry mascarpone tarts

Kipper and I are both very fond of strawberry tarts – crisp, buttery pastry topped with lashings of cream and juicy, ripe strawberries. Mmmm. Unfortunately, they often fall short of perfection. Usually, the ratio of cream to strawberry is too much in favour of cream, and there are not enough strawberries. …

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