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After baking Thomas Keller’s white cupcakes (again) I found myself with a surplus of egg yolks. These easy chocolate pots from my favourite dessert book seemed like a perfect use for them. With very little effort I ended up with a rich, silky chocolate pot. A lovely afternoon treat. Did you like this? Share it:Tweet

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We recently had some friends over for a mid-week dinner. I needed a dessert that I could make ahead of time and serve with a minimum of fuss. I also wanted a dessert that would complement our slightly Middle Eastern meal. Naturally, on the dessert front I went straight to David Lebovitz’s book Ready for dessert and […]

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My friend C isn’t gluten or wheat free, but finds that too much flour generally doesn’t agree with her. It therefore seemed obvious that I would bake her a flourless cake for her birthday. C requested that her birthday cake be chocolatey and naturally, my first thought was to bake an almond meal based cake, […]

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It’s no secret that I love sweet things. It therefore shouldn’t surprise anyone that one of my favourite Christmas traditions is dessert focussed. Or more specifically, custard focussed. As a kid, I didn’t like plum pudding, so Christmas dessert was just a bowl full of custard. I have fond memories of making an enormous vat […]

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  I have a confession to make (which is no surprise to those who know me personally), I am quite uncoordinated. I am the person that inexplicably trips, or drops things, or accidentally walks into the door frame. With this in mind, you can understand why the prospect of using a blowtorch in the kitchen […]

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Like a lot of people, I love crema Catalana. I have tried to make it several times before, with limited success. The first time, I curdled the custard when caramelising the sugar under the grill. The second time, I curdled the custard by overcooking it on the stovetop (see here). The third time, I curdled […]

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Emily and I love being part of the Daring Kitchen community, though admittedly, they sometimes throw us some curve balls. This month, we decided to throw one right back! The challenge for June was to make pâté and bread. Emily and I are pretty open minded, I like to think, but I don’t eat liver […]

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I read somewhere recently that one third of all food is thrown out.* This really worries me. I’ve been picturing big wide fields full of lovely vegetables and imagining how one in every three doesn’t even get eaten. It seems like such a waste of water, time, transport costs, petrol etc. etc… Anyway, for this […]

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At boarding school, we were given ‘tiramisu’ for dessert about once a month. I remember it as a foul concoction of supermarket jam scrolls, packet custard, and raspberry jelly. (Or whatever leftovers the cook decided to ‘inventively’ combine.) It was not one of my favoured desserts in those days. The tiramisu that was set as […]

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In 2004, I wandered the heavily beaten backpacker trail around Western Europe. I met up with four school friends in Barcelona and we skittered around Spain and Portugal for five weeks. The Spanish lifestyle was a perfect fit for our little possé of early 20s travellers: warm weather, cheap food, late nights, siestas, sangria and […]

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