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Happy Eggstra Thick Easter With Hotel Chocolat

Happy Eggstra Thick Easter With Hotel Chocolat

There is nothing like an extra thick Easter egg! You know the kind that gives a satisfyingly biscuit-like ‘SNAP’ as you crack it open rather than the soft ‘fft’ of an inferior version? Hotel Chocolat make the most gorgeous eggs with a thick chocolate shell from the aptly named Ostrich […]

Pane Carasau

Pane Carasau

In spite of my aversion to baking cakes, I do love to bake fresh bread. We have a 60-year-old sourdough starter that is lovingly fed every day and when we moved into this place we both relinquished our bread making machines in favour of more traditional, rustic methods. We haven’t […]

Bake Off : Kasutera

Bake Off : Kasutera

I have been inspired recently to try my hand at baking; something I steered clear of in the past. I am a big scaredy cat. I am, however, tackling old favourites such as scones or carrot cake as well as less well-known cake like Kasutera/Castella. Kasutera (Castella) is an old-fashioned […]

Hot Cross Buns With Mahlab and Mixed Fruit

Hot Cross Buns With Mahlab and Mixed Fruit

Mahlab is an aromatic spice which is made from the seeds of a species of cherry, Prunus mahaleb (the St Lucie/St Lucy cherry, or the Mahaleb cherry). The cherries are found in various areas of the Mediterranean. The stones are dried and cracked open to extract the cherry pit (seed […]

All The Trimmings – Jujube and Cheese Strudel

All The Trimmings – Jujube and Cheese Strudel

Caro is not giving you a pudding recipe today, instead we are  giving you a savoury recipe with a sweet, fruity kick. This delicious strudel is not of the Happily Ever Afters variety but it’s an excellent lunch dish for visiting friends and family. A lot of us have heard of […]

A Journey Around The Fridge Tarte

A Journey Around The Fridge Tarte

We’ve all had days where we’ve thought what on earth can I make for lunch or supper. I am usually way ahead on meal planning or dreaming up new concoctions for my poor partner to try, but yesterday was one of those days where I needed some inspiration quickly. So […]