Funny Face Shortbread Biscuits {for Comic Relief}

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Deliciously melting shortbread biscuits with a satisfying crunch, decorated with funny faces. A fantastic fun and simple recipe to make with children, and a great way to make some money for Comic Relief!  Hands up who's been watching The Great Comic Relief Bake Off? I've been loving the Bake Off being back on our screens, giggling my way through the baking disasters and the hilarious celebrity bakers. This is the first time i've actually been in the country for any Bake Off series and I'm ...

Blood Orange & Olive Oil Cake {gluten free}

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A moist orange and olive oil cake, topped with vibrant pink blood orange icing and slices of ruby red oranges. The perfect recipe to enjoy the last of the season's blood orange crop. I didn't intend to bring you another pink fruity recipe so soon after my raspberry upside down cake, but I just couldn't get blood oranges out of my head. Last Saturday night I was with my friends Chantal and Emily. Emily brought blood oranges, and Chantal turned them into Blood Orange Cosmopolitans. They were so ...

Triple Chocolate Chunk Cookies

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Big chewy cookies packed with chocolate chips, and topped with extra triple chocolate chunks. A real chocolate lover's dream! These cookies were inspired by one I ate, rather unexpectedly, in the train station of Guangzhou, China. Towards the end of last year we were travelling back from China to Hong Kong, planning to get our train across the border from the international station. Normally this train journey is a breeze. Stroll up to the ticket booking window, get a ticket for the next train. ...

Raspberry and Almond Upside Down Cake

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A light and tender almond cake topped with a layer of jewel coloured raspberries. So pretty and delicious, perfect with a cup of tea.    How was your weekend? I hope you had a lovely time relaxing, eating, napping, and enjoying all those other wonderful things reserved for Sunday afternoons. This past weekend was a busy and exciting one for me. I went up to the National Wedding Show at London's Olympia with my Mum and friend Chantal. It was my first real taste of wedding madness, (think make ...

Coconut and Passion Fruit Cake {and a giveaway!}

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  This cake is inspired by one I ate on our travels. While we were in Malaysia, one of my lovely readers recommended we pop into China House, a cafe/restaurant/art complex in Penang's George Town. She said the cake selection would be the best I'd have come across in Asia, and she wasn't wrong! There was a heaving cake table (which I fully plan to replicate at our wedding!) covered with layer cakes, brownies, tarts, pies, bread and gateaux, as well as chiller cabinets full of more sweet treats. ...

Char Siu Bao {Kung Hei Fat Choy!}

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Kung Hei Fat Choy! Happy Chinese New Year! Its time to say farewell to the year of the horse, and usher in the year of the sheep. Or goat, or ram. Whichever you choose. The Chinese character translates to something like horned animal, so it covers all three. Fun fact of the day for you there! In the Chinese tradition, sheep (or goats, or rams..!) are seen to be docile people, private people who prefer to follow rather than lead. These traits aren't the most sought after, so don't expect a baby ...

Oreo Crust Peanut Butter and Chocolate Tart {no bake}

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A luxurious oreo crust tart, filled with peanut butter and dark rich chocolate ganache. A wonderfully decadent no bake recipe to wow with!    As I was growing up my absolute favourite film was The Parent Trap. Not the original Hayley Mills version, but the 1998 remake version with Lyndsey Lohan. Before she went a little off the rails, and got herself in all kinds of trouble, back when my 10 year old self thought she was the most amazing person on the planet. Its funny looking back at the idols ...

White Chocolate and Ginger Mini Cheesecakes

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Cute heart shaped mini cheesecakes with a spicy ginger base, and a light creamy white chocolate topping. A really simple no bake recipe.  Valentine's Day is only a day away! Have you got any plans? Will it be a night out in a restaurant? A big girls night at the pub? Or are you and your love cooking a meal in together? This is a very quick and simple recipe if you haven't got your menu planned yet, or you're still stuck for ideas for a gift. Adorable little ginger and white chocolate ...

Berry Meringue Layer Cake

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  Four layers of crisp, gooey centred meringue, stacked high and layered with vanilla whipped cream and piles of berry red fruit. An indulgent, decadent and romantic dessert.  The decision last year to leave Hong Kong was incredibly hard. Actually leaving my friends was even harder. Before I left, two of my girls gave me the most beautiful leaving present. A leather book filled with hand written words and pictures. Hannah had written beautiful words, Becca had perfectly selected pictures from ...

Cherry Heart Hand Pies

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Adorable sweet pastry hand pies bursting with  morello cherry jam. Melt in the mouth pastry combined with sweet, tart morello cherry make these a perfect Valentine's  Day treat.  This week I picked up one of my favourite books to re-read. The Time Traveler's Wife is one of those books I can read over and over and over again. The type of book where I enjoy returning to the characters, revisiting the familiar words, going back to the scenes I remember so well. With best seller accolades, and a ...