Chocolate Jazzies

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Hands up who remembers Jazzies? Chocolate buttons covered in a generous layer of hundreds and thousands, one of my favourite things about pick and mix. From jars in the newsagents way back in the day when penny sweets actually cost a penny, or over priced at the cinema pick 'n mix, my paper bag would inevitable be mostly made up of these. Last weekend, over a champagne soaked brunch, someone mentioned these and I haven't been able to stop thinking about them since. I haven't been able to find ...

Millionaire’s Shortbread

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Crumbly buttery shortbread, a thick layer or sticky sweet caramel and a crack of bitter dark chocolate. What could be better? Well, apparently my boyfriend's Mum's version.  That said, this batch was due to go into his office, and yet I found a secret supply stashed away in the fridge. Somehow, without my seeing it, he's worked his way through a whole box in a couple of days. I had to fight for one tiny square.  If this is what he does to my substandard shortbread, I'm going to have to try that ...

Mars Bar Cupcakes

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Living by the sea you would have thought that the one thing we have in abundance is natural light. Alas, no. My little house sits under two very large trees which do a spectacualar job of blocking out the light. To make matters worse, there are only two tiny windows in the entire house that actually face out into the world. For food photography 'natural light' is almost a holy phrase, whispered in corners like a sacred truth, or shouted from the roof tops as solid fact. To take decent pictures ...

Jam Doughnuts

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Check out these little beauties! I remember as a child having no idea how the jam got inside the doughnuts. When I found out how the jam is injected into the doughnuts at the bakery or the supermarket, it seemed like the best job in the world! I have to admit I did really enjoy putting the jam into the middle. I can't say why exactly, but I got a strange sense of satisfaction pushing in the piping noozle and squeezing in the jam. Dipping the warm doughnut buns into the melted butter and rolling ...

Poppy Seed Bagels

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We landed back into Hong Kong this morning after two weeks drifting around Thailand. We had an amazing time heading north to the temples of Chiang Mai, then south to the islands around Phuket. Tonight I'm torn between clinging onto the holiday feeling for just one night, or preparing myself for the real world that hits again tomorrow. It's a holiday treat take-away curry for tea, but a big batch of tomato soup bubbling away on the stove for back to work lunches. I'll also be getting these out of ...

Nigella Lawson’s Hot Cross Buns

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After Christmas, I think Easter provides my favourite seasonal food. You already know about my love of Easter Eggs, but its not all about the chocolate for me. It starts Fish and Chips on Good Friday evening and leads up to the main event, a leg of roast lamb on Easter Sunday, pink with curls of rosemary scented steam rising up. Then of course there's these, Hot Cross Buns. Traditionally they're eaten on Good Friday, with the cross on top symbolising the crucifixion. However for me these are ...

Chocolate Easter Nests

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These are so simple to make I'm not sure it even really counts as a recipe, more a sugar coated dose of nostalgia. I'm not sure where all this Easter nostalgia has come from this year, maybe it's just homesickness, or it could be the large parcels full of Easter treats which arrived from home last week. Of course we're being good little children and saving all the chocolate for Easter Sunday..... ahem. This is the perfect recipe to make with children. Once you've measured out your ingredients, ...

Spinach, Cheddar and Garlic Rolls

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Last year my life was quite different. This year I live in a little house by the beach with one boy. We spend a little too much time with our sofa. I cook a lot, he re-heats my frozen meals beautifully. It's lovely. Last year I lived in a flat in TST, a crazy busy part of Hong Kong. I lived with three boys. The type of boys that thought a working light-bulb in the bathroom was a luxury we just didn't need. This, in a funny sort of way, was lovely too. (The boys and busy bit, I never got used to ...

Cadburys Creme Egg Brownies

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Ok, so I didn't really need to put the Creme eggs in the brownies, but when it comes to Creme eggs, we're not really talking about 'need' are we? Easter mornings when me and my brother were children always started with egg hunts in our garden, or my grandma's garden or, on particularly good years, both. We would take wicker baskets outside and hunt for little foil wrapped eggs hidden in flower beds, concealed beneath the daffodils, tucked into the branches of trees, or peeking out from under ...

Browned Butter White and Dark Chocolate Chip Cookies

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Two words: Browned Butter. Oh my gosh, this is something wonderful. I'm always a big fan of butter in any form, but browned butter takes a good thing and makes it incredible.  I felt like an alchemist standing over the stove, waiting for the butter to melt, then froth, then slowly turn to a deep brown colour. As it browns the kitchen fills with the most beautiful, nutty aroma. It adds something to basic recipes taking them from every day to special. These are the best cookies I have ever made. ...