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Wake up and smell the coffee chocolate cake

I like chocolate. I like coffee. I like cake. And more than anything I like chocolate cake. It seems all the best things come in ‘C’s’… This chocolate cake was created for Bake Face, a monthly baking club I run. The theme for January’s meet-up was ‘Smash Your Resolutions’, so I included as many things…

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February – what to eat this month

February is the month when the chill really sets in for me. November is never really that cold, December is kept warm by a continual blanket of rich food and celebratory drinks, January I haven’t really woken up… By the time February gets here I’m sick of the long, dark days and the all-pervasive damp…

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Taking time to brunch

Brunch – it’s one of those words I’ve grown to hate. Not quite, breakfast, not quite lunch, ooh let’s skip down to the Northern Quarter and spend our house deposits on avo on toast. It’s not that I don’t do brunch. It’s become a necessity when seeing friends who’ve procreated. It takes the pressure off…

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Five spice chicken and pickled sprouts wraps

I am one of the many people who don’t like sprouts. And before you tell me I haven’t had them the right way I’ve done boiled, fried, stir-fried, gratin-ed, shredded, cooked in butter, with spices, you know name it… However, this year I’ve been working towards eating a lot more seasonally, so I’ve been looking…

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One to one butcher course – Butcher’s Quarter

Have you ever been stood in the butcher shop wishing you were on the other side of the counter? I have. Even as a small child I was fascinated by where meat came from (we lived next to a lamb farm) and how animals were butchered.  I believe that if you eat meat, you should…

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A lighter Christmas Cake

It’s come to my attention that not many people like Christmas cake. Or Christmas pudding for that matter. I (without boasting) can personally eat my weight in both and look forward to a post-December 25th supermarket sweep for marked-down Christmas cake and pudding. I love Christmas – it’s not the present giving, but the seasonal…

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Taleggio lasagne bianca

Taleggio is a semisoft cheese and I love it. It’s soft and best of all it’s stinky. With a pinky/orange rind it smells like a farmyard, but get it in your mouth and you don’t taste pigsties, you get fermenting fruit and cream. At this time of year, as the damp cold begins to settle…

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Pumpkin spice millionaire’s no bake marshmallow squares

Pumpkin spice isn’t something we’re that au fait with in the UK, mainly regarding it a naff flavouring used by well-known coffee chains and wondering what all the fuss is about. And I was one of the ‘what is that’ crew until last week. Wanting a Halloween bake (or no bake as it turned out)…

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Beetroot, grapefruit, chicory and goats cheese salad

Don’t you just love the beauty of beetroot? Vivid pink, I marvel at how nature produces such shocking hues. Sugary, earthy and dense it lends itself to comforting autumn cookery, but also adds a balance to lighter, sharper dishes. The versatility of this often overlooked root vegetable is something that I have capitalised on in…

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Leek and cheese puff pastry tart with chorizo pangrattato

This leek and cheese puff pastry tart is the perfect antidote to the oncoming autumn (and winter) chills. Sweet leek is tempered by savoury mushroom, with a creamy, yet sharp, unctuous cheese base bringing it all together. I’ve added a zesty chorizo pangrattato and boy, does it make this tart sing. It’s perfectly fine without, but…

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