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I’m not much of a bread person. Some people seem to need it with almost every meal but I would normally say that if I never saw another slice again I’d be fine. But there is an exception and this bread is it…

black bread

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The day after our big Thanksgiving day feast, I was already thinking about what to make for Christmas. Sad but true! And this veggie pie is going to be the main event. The test run was so tasty, I might even be making it on Thanksgiving next year instead of the dreaded bird…

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It’s November – so I can officially start obsessively planning my big Thanksgiving feast. Although if I’m honest I may have looked at a few recipes in October or even September… I love the planning almost as much as the actual night, and if you’re feeding 15+ people you need to plan!

pumpkin pecan pie

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Spend too much time in the kitchen cooking them! But hey, it’s autumn so being in a warm kitchen making yummy-smelling food which might even keep you fed over winter isn’t so bad…

apples

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I don’t think I’d ever tried rhubarb before moving to the UK and to be honest I found it a bit weird and scary the first time it arrived in my veg box. I mean, it looks like stringy celery but it’s used in desserts??  The leaves are also super-poisonous which makes it sound even more suspicious. I tried making a typical crumble and it was ok but I couldn’t quite work up the enthusiasm other people seemed to have for this weird veggie/fruit thing.

But I kept trying different dishes and by this spring, I found myself smiling at the smell of those first sticks of rhubarb, picked from the garden. So if you’re not so sure about rhubarb, do stick with it. (sorry sorry bad pun!) Here’s a few recipe ideas to try…

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We’ve been loving the amazing warm weather this spring and spent lots of time out and about with friends on the beach or on the bikes – but we’ve also had quite a few friends round for dinner. I’m loving testing out the new flat and kitchen on everyone and we’ve had a few tasty meals along the way. But this salted caramel-filled chocolate fondant was easily my favourite dish so far. Who can say no to oozing caramel with that subtle salty twist surrounded by a gooey chocolate cake??? Not me. And not you either once you see how easy it was to make!

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Is this a problem other people have? Possibly not, cause I’m a bit weird and I don’t really eat much bread so I don’t eat much toast and jam. But I’ve gotten really into making preserves over the past couple years so I end up with jars and jars of the stuff. Of course I give most of it away to friends, but you feel like you ought to keep one jar of each variety you make and even that ends up being loads more than I’ll ever eat. So here I am about to move house and trying to clear out the fridge – there are jars and jars of condiments that I refuse to throw away because I really love my condiments ok? So I decided to find some tasty recipes to finish off all those jars of jam instead!

bakewell tart
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Moving house is a strange little ritual. We all seem to do the same thing I think. You start packing up and there’s all this stuff you completely forgot existed hidden away in drawers and shelves and closets. Things you literally haven’t thought of since you last moved so why are they still getting carted around with you? And there’s so freakin much of it. So you start throwing things out but then you get sidetracked looking through old photos for hours and forgetting you were supposed to be packing… So most of the time you end up just throwing it all in a box and taking it with you again.

Anyway, in my piles of old photos were some pics from my semester studying abroad in Argentina, which gave me the perfect excuse to avoid packing again and do some cooking instead!

empanadas

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It’s February already holy heck. So no more boring New Year’s resolutions about diets and not drinking and not eating delicious buttery tarts covered in cream and sugar… Right??

I hope so. Because this is totally worth the calories. I don’t usually care about desserts, I’d usually be happier munching on cheese to be honest. But then I tried a cream brioche tart from the amazing Cocoa Patisserie in Brighton and everything changed.

It’s French brioche dough, rolled into a circle, then filled with cream and sugar and baked until it looks a bit like a flatbread with a golden crust. The creamy center just seems to melt when you bite into it and the crust has this beautiful crunch of sugar on the outside of a beautifully light, fluffy dough. So yeah, buttery dough, plus cream and lots of sugar equals very tasty. Funny that. I couldn’t stop thinking about how amazing this tart was (insert bad joke here). And I knew I had to recreate it at home…

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I know it’s January and everyone’s avoiding rich food and dieting and blablabla but I am somehow still in the holiday-season-baking-non-stop-zone. And everyone knows if you make food from scratch then it’s real butter not preservatives and that’s practically healthy right?

This recipe was inspired by some cranberry shortbread biscuits I ate while having a meeting at The Grand Hotel in Brighton not long ago. As a charity worker I don’t often have meetings at fancy hotels but these biscuits made me wish it happened more often…

shortbread biscuits
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