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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Crispy Chanukah chocolate bark

Crispy Chanukah chocolate bark

I love the latkes and doughnuts and delicious fried foods that Chanukah has to offer but it does seem that people who celebrate Christmas get all the chocolate. They’ve got chocolate advent calendars and the chocolate tree decorations, not to mention the selection packs and chocolate santas… It just isn’t …

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Festive chocolate (Christmas) trees – easy homemade gifts!

Easy festive chocolate Christmas trees

Kipper has four teachers at pre-school. It occurred to me that we probably ought to give each of them a Christmas gift at the end of term. And for whatever insane reason (because really, I have LOADS of time on my hands) I decided the gifts should be homemade.  There …

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Ice-cream puffs (profiteroles)

ice-cream filled profiteroles

The inspiration for this utterly fabulous dessert came from a friend – let’s call her Polly – who, while pregnant, ate an entire box of frozen mini-eclairs, without waiting for them to thaw out first. You can get away with that sort of thing when you’re expecting, but people are generally …

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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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Luxurious & easy Nutella bread pudding – made with just 5 ingredients!

Nutella bread and butter pudding with raspberries.

DH doesn’t eat bread, and I prefer wholemeal, so I often find that there’s a chunk of challah (traditional Jewish sabbath loaf) languishing in the bread bin up to a week after we started it. Remarkably, it never seems to go mouldy, just stale, so for once I was determined …

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Vanilla apricot almond blondie bites

Vanilla apricot almond blondie bites

Because Jewish dietary laws prohibit the mixing of milk and meat, or even of eating milk-containing foods for several hours after eating meat, Kosher shops are a treasure trove of dairy-free foodstuffs. Anything marked ‘Parev’  (or ‘Parve’) you can guarantee will be free from any trace of milk or dairy …

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Yummy Mummy bars / Choc-chip banana breakfast oat bars

Yummy mummy banana choc-chip oat bar

My lovely friend had a baby a few weeks ago, but because she lives in London we only managed to go and visit them just now. Lucky Little Person is feasting regularly on finest Mummy Milk, so it seemed only right and proper to take Mummy some calorie-laden, milk-supply-boosting, extra-indulgent …

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Flourless chocolate hazelnut brownie cake

Flourless chocolate brownie cake.

My approach to Pesach baking has always been to avoid the ‘traditional’ Pesach recipes – which tend to replace flour with things like potato starch and matza meal, and have a unique and identifiable ‘Pesach flavour’ – and instead to find recipes which are just inherently kosher for Pesach. There …

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