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A Winter BBQ

A Winter BBQ

On New Year’s Eve (or Hogmanay I suppose I should say, now that I am living in Scotland), we had family staying at our flat. With my messy cooking style, making dinner for just the two of us can be a challenge in our smallish kitchen, so we needed to find an easy way to…

Nick Nairn Cook School – The Perfect Steak

Nick Nairn Cook School – The Perfect Steak

Last Saturday, we spent the evening at Nick Nairn Cook School in Aberdeen. The smells drifting down from the upstairs classrooms when we walked in to the school set our stomachs rumbling before our class even started!The class began with a glass of wine for everybody and then we settled down to watch the chef…

Homemade Afternoon Tea

Homemade Afternoon Tea

I thought I would share with you some recipes I used to make afternoon tea recently. My menu was made up of roasted red pepper shots, feta and ricotta pastry swirls, sandwiches, scones, lemon cupcakes and balsamic berry chocolate mousse. I was in a bit of a panic the night before, wondering if I would…

Banoffee Cupcakes

Banoffee Cupcakes

My attempt at banoffee cupcakes didn’t go exactly to plan and I ended up with banana and fudge cupcakes instead. They still tasted pretty good so here is the recipe if you want to have a go. They do take longer to make than average cupcake recipes due to making the toffee (or fudge) from…

Lime & Cardamom Cupcakes

Lime & Cardamom Cupcakes

A few weeks ago I made a batch of cardamom, lime and pistachio cupcakes. I used this recipe and they were really delicious and quite unique! The only change I made was to make lime buttercream for the topping which I did by mixing 250g of icing sugar into 75g unsalted butter and then grating…

Cupcake Swirls

Cupcake Swirls

I wanted to show you some photos of a recent batch of cupcakes I made. These were just plain vanilla cakes but I experimented a bit with the icing and was really happy with the result.To get the pink and blue swirls, I just put alternate spoonfuls of pink and blue icing into the piping…

Kallo Rice Cakes

Kallo Rice Cakes

A few weeks ago I was sent a couple of packs of Kallo rice cakes to try.  One pack was caramel and the other blueberry and vanilla.  I wasn’t really sure when I would eat these as they aren’t really all that easy to take into work for lunch without them falling apart but I’ve…

Mocha Cupcakes

Mocha Cupcakes

These mocha cupcakes worked out so much better than the batch of Chocolate & Mint cupcakes I made a few weeks back! I used a cake recipe from my Great British Bake Off book and then experimented with the icing. The coffee flavour is very subtle so next time I make these I will probably…

Chocolate & Mint Cupcakes

Chocolate & Mint Cupcakes

I had some fresh mint leaves left over so decided to make some chocolate and mint cupcakes.  I had a look though my books for a recipe but all of them said to use mint extract or chopped up mints (as in sweets not the herb).  I went ahead and used the herbs anyway but…

Chocolate & Peanut Butter Cupcakes

Chocolate & Peanut Butter Cupcakes

I’ve been super busy over Christmas and can’t believe it’s been a week since my last post!  I hope you have all had a lovely Christmas!  I haven’t had time to write anything new so here is a recipe I have been meaning to post for a while now…. Cake Ingredients 115g caster sugar 85g…

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