Cookies and Cream Cookies, two ways

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Today I have not one, but two different Cookies for you. My aim was to create Cookies and Cream Cookies, bursting with Oreo flavour, but I wasn't sure how to go about it. So today I have for you two of my attempts. Although these cookies look, taste and feel very different, they're actually just the same cookie with a few additional ingredient changed. I find it fascinating that by changing just one or two things, you can alter the outcome of a recipe so much. I can't decide which version I ...

Ciabatta

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I've been away from this little blog for a few weeks. Two weeks ago my Mum came out to Hong Kong to visit. We had a lovely week of amazing sunny weather doing lovely things like treating ourselves to afternoon tea at the Pennisula, and scoffing our faces at the Jumbo TopDeck brunch. Of course the only time I saw home during this time was to fall into bed, then drag myself into work before heading out for more delicious food out and about. Needless to say there was no baking that week. Last week ...

Chocolate Bottomed Orange Cookies

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I've talked recently about how the Hong Kong weather has been less than beautiful lately. Well, this morning things took a dramatic turn. This morning, things got biblical. We were woken up by thunder crashing over the house, shaking the windows. Lightening lit up the room, even though the blinds were down. Water came under the front door and through the kitchen ceiling. At 4am we were up stuffing towels under the door to try and stop the rain coming in. The Hong Kong Observatory, our guide and ...

World Baking Day Red Velvet Cupcakes

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Last Sunday, the 19th, was World Baking Day. This year's slogan was 'Bake Brave' inspiring all levels of bakers to try something they've never baked before. The official website offers 100 recipes contributed from bakers all over the world, with the difficulty ranging right from complete beginner (level 1)  to expert baker (level 100). I'm not sure my choice of bake was particularly brave. Although graded at level 73, it was easy to put together. I choose it because Red Velvet is something I've ...

Snow-flecked Brownies

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Hong Kong is a very transient place, nothing stays the same. Spirals of incense smoke, speaking of centuries of tradition, rise over a city in constant motion and flux. Restaurants and shops you go into everyday disappear over night. Often there's no warning, no sign, no word from the owners. You turn up as normal one day to find the place gone, the building gutted and deserted, or something else completely different already set up and moved in. Last night we went back to the area we lived in ...

Banoffee Pie

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Food inspiration can come from all over the place. Secret family recipes passed through the generations, experiments with friends over a bottle of wine, within the pages of an exciting new cook book or blog, your favourite restaurant. This one came from a novel. I love books. I love them in the same way I love chocolate or the smell of bread baking in the oven. I did a degree and a Masters in English Literature, overjoyed by the hours I was suddenly allowed to just spend reading. I buy old ...

Chocolate Fudge Cake Pops

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I never intended to make cake pops. This post was supposed to be a towering beauty of a Nigella Lawson chocolate fudge cake. Layers of moist, rich cake, sandwiched with fudgey, buttery icing. I had a cake disaster though. My spring form cake tin sprung itself open in the oven. The kitchen filled with a horrible burning smell as the leaked cake started to weld itself to the bottom of the oven. I was left with one little layer of chocolate fudge cake, and my one and only round cake tin was broken. ...

Pad Kaprow Moo – Thai Basil Pork

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Thailand. The land of smiles. A place where subtle beauty hides around every corner. We spent two weeks exploring Thailand, getting a small taste of the country from the back of a buzzing, straining moped. A hectic few days in Bangkok, north to the cultural capital, temples and markets of Chiang Mai, then finally south to Phuket for a little, sun, blue seas, long tail boats and island hopping. It is a country of colours; temples with gilded golden roofs, pointed tips rising upwards towards ...

Cheddar, bacon and red onion muffins

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Today is my birthday. I've reached the grand old age of 26. I officially fall into the 'mid to late twenties' category  which, frankly, is a little unsettling. Last night I had a wonderful night out with my best girls, eating delicious tapas at Iberico and co. We tucked into tender meatballs in rich, spicy tomato sauce, plates of olives bursting with flavour, huge juicy shrimp, swimming in garlic butter and thyme, pan fried chorizo topped with a perfectly cooked, bursting yellow duck egg and, of ...

Chocolate Chip and Peanut Butter Swirl Cookies

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Can we talk about peanut butter? I understand there are a lot of you out there who love the stuff. Don't shout at me, but I just don't get it. I never have. Peanut Butter, along with Marmite, is one of those things that other children had in their lunch boxes and we just didn't.  I can't explain it. I love peanuts. Put a bowl of peanuts in front of me and they haven't got a hope. Turn my favourite little treats into butter though, and there's just something about the smell and the texture I ...