Marmalade Cake Disaster!

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A friend gave me a jar of yummy homemade marmalade. At the moment I'm not much of a toast for breakfast kind of girl, but I'm ALWAYS a cake girl, so marmalade cake seemed like the fitting way to use the marmalade. Sadly something went a bit wrong........ The cake that had been rising so beautifully went in minutes to this sunken burnt mess. It was 15 minutes before the end of the suggested cooking time so I'm a little bit flummoxed. The batter was very sticky with lots of golden syrup and ...

Raymond Blanc’s Lemon Cake

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Feeding my telly chef addiction.... Yes, I've found another one to adore. This time in Raymond Blanc and his kitchen secrets that   has got me hooked. Raymond reveals recipes from across his career and tells the humble viewer how to master them at home. I admit, at times these recipes are of the kind that quite frankly you would need a professional kitchen, or at least a very empty social life and hours of patience and skill, to make. The metre tall French celebration cake, the Piece Montee ...

Cookies and Cream Brownies

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I'm a self-confessed food programme addict. I love watching people cook, I love watching the beautiful food, I love hearing people talk about food. Sometimes I'm inspired to cook the recipes, sometimes I rush online to make a shopping list for ingredients, other times I just like to gaze in adoration at the food I know I'll never make. Nigella Lawson, Jamie Oliver, MasterChef; I'm not fussy.Watching is like eating huge steaming plates  of comfort food without the calories or the guilt.  I've ...

The Jam Diaries – an after thought.

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Due to a somewhat over zealous use of apples for my jam, I ended up with a yield rather to big for my small collection of jars. My big pan was left sitting on the stove with rather too much jam sitting in the bottom of it to happily throw away. As an emergency measure I popped the left over jam into a glass bowl, covered it in cling and left it in the fridge. Obviously this is less than ideal, and not the way for the jam to really show of its powers of preservation. Happily the excess jam gave ...

The Jam Diaries.

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In which I go all Womens' institute.... During the post christmas clear out of my  larder I discovered a stash of Kilner jars, once intended for the autumn blackberry hedgerow harvest but lying sadly empty. At the same time I also came across several jars of jam sugar bought for the same purpose, taking up space and not getting any fresher with the passing days. The only solution to this sad state of affairs - to make jam. Spiced Apple Jam With the delicious soft fruits out of season I decided ...

Nigella Blondies

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One of my favourite christmas presents this year was a shiny new copy of Nigella Lawson's new book, "Kitchen". Already I've pretty much read it cover to cover (shocked to discover that my cake testing with a skewer method is apparently totally wrong!) and have a list as long as my arm of recipes I want to try. Today I tried out one of those recipes, the recipe for 'Blondies'. I'm no stranger to Nigella's brownie recipes. Her snowflecked brownies were an amazing discovery and find their way into ...

Hello world!

Hello World! Let me introduce myself, i'm a twenty-something, recent graduate, travel-holic total foodie. I adore food. Looking at it, reading about it, cooking it and most importantly eating it. I especially love baking, often finding myself with a kitchen full of cupcakes and brownies which have to be forced upon long-suffering friends and family to prevent me scoffing the lot. Here i intend to record my culinary adventure and explorations around the kitchen. I hope to take inspiration from my ...