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The Daring Bakers’ July challenge was a Swiss roll ice cream cake (see here). We made all the essential elements but did not quite manage to put them together. I was in charge of making two ice creams. Emily and I made the Swiss roll together. Here follows our recipes… I’ve tried making ice cream […]

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  The Daring Bakers’ challenge for June was chocolate pavlova. We decided to go a little off track this month and make a dish using chocolate and meringue, but – let’s be honest – this really isn’t a pavlova at all! This chocolate-coffee-meringue cake was made by my grandma throughout my childhood and it starred […]

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I won’t lie. We are pretty proud of this! Croquembouche seems like the kind of thing that would be inordinately difficult, but it was surprisingly pretty simple. When we found out that this was the Daring Bakers’ May challenge, we felt a little intimidated. But it all turned out well. There are three fairly easy […]

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    The April 2010 Daring Bakers’ challenge was hosted by Esther of The Lilac Kitchen. She challenged everyone to make a traditional British pudding using, if possible, a very traditional British ingredient: suet. Saskia and I were excited about the prospect of making a traditional British pudding and were quite familiar with the, shall we […]

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The April Daring Cook’s challenge was a Brunswick stew. According to our reliable old friend Wikipedia,  this stew originates from the Southern states of the USA, though both the Georgians and Virginians claim it as their own. Traditionally, Brunswick stew is made with rabbit or squirrel but today, more common meats like chicken or pork […]

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The 2010 March Daring Baker’s challenge was hosted by Jennifer of Chocolate Shavings. She chose Orange Tian as the challenge for this month, a dessert based on a recipe from Alain Ducasse’s Cooking School in Paris. The term ‘tian’ means layered, and the challenge recipe consisted of a layered orange dessert, comprising a pastry base […]

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I made a roast cauliflower salad to accompany the tomato salad and vegetable tagine that we served as part of our mezze. The recipe is based on a roast cauliflower salad from the beloved (and sadly departed) television show ‘The Cook and the Chef’, although I tweaked the ingredients to have more of a Middle […]

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This lovely tagine formed the substantial part of our vegetarian Mezze. The method for making this tagine is a little unusual – first you make the sauce, then roast/fry the vegetables and combine. Nonetheless, this is seriously tasty and great for a crowd. It also can be made ahead of time – it gets tastier. […]

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As part of our vegetarian Mezze, we decided to make our own falafel. I have actually never made falafel before, but these were so quick, easy and delicious I will definitely be making them again. We had a couple of recipes as a reference point in making these, but didn’t follow any of them too […]

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The 2010 February Daring Cooks challenge was hosted by Michele of Veggie Num Nums. Michele chose to challenge everyone to make mezze based on various recipes from Claudia Roden, Jeffrey Alford and Naomi Dugi. A mezze is an Eastern Mediterranean/Middle Eastern spread of small dishes. When we were reading up on what a mezze involves, it became apparent that there are […]

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