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Flourless chocolate-hazelnut cake for World Nutella Day 2014

Did you know – today is World Nutella Day!  Once again, Sara from Ms. Adventures in Italy and Michelle from Bleeding Espresso are hosting “World Nutella Day 2014″ (the eighth instalment!) – a day to celebrate,  get creative with, and most importantly, eat Nutella. This is my fifth year participating in World Nutella Day – in 2010 […]

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Champagne cupcakes for my mum (Happy Birthday!)

It’s a big birthday for my mum today. But you’d never know it looking at her. I can only hope I look half as good as she does when I’m her age.  My mum’s been probably the biggest influence on my love of food and cooking. Much like my Nana, mum always had a meal […]

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Plum cake for Nana

My Nana Russell would have been 100 today. This post is for her. Nana’s was the generation who lived through the war, those people who are careful with food and spending, making every penny count and never ever throwing away even the tiniest scrap of leftovers. With four children to feed, Nana had to be […]

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Tuesdays with Dorie: French Strawberry Cake

or… How I didn’t COMPLETELY suck at making a fancy French cake. Just a little bit… This week’s Tuesdays with Dorie – Baking with Julia – recipe, French Strawberry Cake (p 273) was hosted by Sophia of Sophia’s Sweets and Allison of Sleep Love Think Dine.  As soon as I saw this, I knew I would just have […]

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French Fridays with Dorie: Coconut Friands

You say friand, I say financier… This week’s French Fridays with Dorie recipe  – coconut friands (p 456) – threw me into a bit of a spin.  I have heard my mum talking about friands, which all along I had thought was just a different name for financiers – turns out even Dorie was confused […]

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