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Ciambellone

Posted on May 12, 2016

Ciambellone

I like my Sunday mornings to be easy and my breakfast sweet. Not overly sweet, so I won’t be seen eating Nutella or indulging too much. This Ciambellone makes an ideal breakfast treat for a lazy morning. I particularly enjoyed the mild tartness of the lemon and yogurt in the cake combined with the sweetness from the jam. Perfect!   Here is what you need for one cake:- 150 grams plain yoghurt 150 ml vegetable oil (plus some for greasing) 3 eggs 250 grams caster sugar 1½ teaspoons vanilla extract zest of 1/2 a lemon 175 grams plain flour 75 grams cornflour 1 teaspoon icing sugar (to...

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Almond, Coconut & Lime Cake

Posted on Jan 28, 2016

Almond, Coconut & Lime Cake

A simple mid week treat. Bursting with flavour. Perfect with a cup of tea or as a dessert served with some whipped cream. Here is what you need:- Cake:  200g caster sugar finely grated zest of 2 limes 75g butter, softened 80ml olive oil 175g almond meal 50g unsweetened desiccated coconut 125g all purpose fl our 2 teaspoons baking powder pinch of salt 4 medium eggs ½ teaspoon vanilla extract 3 rounded tablespoons sour cream Syrup: freshly squeezed juice of 2 limes 100ml water 2 ½ tablespoons honey 1 ½ tablespoons caster sugar Preheat the oven to 180°C.  Butter a tall round 20cm cake pan, line...

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Vegetable Stew

Posted on Jan 8, 2016

Vegetable Stew

The recipe below is a one pot, feel good dish. A dish that’s hearty, healthy and ideal for those looking at some guilt free post holiday food. Lots of vegetables and no fuss. The stew is easy to prepare. I served mine with some buttered basmati rice.   Here is what you need for 6 persons:- 4 sweet potatoes 3 carrots 1 onion 1 fennel bulb 1 leek 2 tsp paprika handful of baby spinach leaves 1 can butter beans, drained and rinsed 1 can chickpeas, drained and rinsed 1 can chopped tomatoes 400ml vegetable stock olive oil Peel and chop all the vegetables into chunks. Heat some olive oil in a...

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An eventful moment

Posted on Oct 9, 2015

An eventful moment

These last couple of months have been very eventful for me on a personal and professional level. I never thought things could change so dramatically in the such a short span of time. The first thing was the decision to move house. It happened completely out of the blue, one day I’m here the next I’m buying a house. Something unplanned, unexpected and welcomed. Almost a spur of the moment decision. This means busy months ahead, sorting, packing, discarding and so on. I’m not entirely looking forward to that part. What I was looking forward to is what came next. The proposal...

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Caramel Swirl Bars

Posted on Jul 9, 2015

Caramel Swirl Bars

Scrumptious cake-like bars, swirled with caramel and enhanced with chocolate chips and pecans. They are also a breeze to prepare. Here is what you need:- 170g butter 215g light brown sugar 1 1/2 tsp baking powder 1/4 tsp salt 2 tsp vanilla extract 3 eggs 280g plain flour 100g pecans 160g dark chocolate chips 1/2 can caramel (carnation) Preheat the oven to 180C (gas) Prepare a 20×30 baking dish (I used a ceramic oven dish). Line it with foil and lightly butter the foil. Leave an overhang to facilitate removal after baking. In a large saucepan, melt the butter over medium heat. Once...

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Blueberry Cherry Galette

Posted on Jun 22, 2015

Blueberry Cherry Galette

A quick and easy treat to prepare. A galette is similar to a pie but it’s baked free form. It’s equally delicious but less fancy. I prepared this with what I had available, blueberries and cherries and cream cheese for the base.   Here is what you need:- For the pastry 225g plain flour 2 tbsp. sugar 1 tsp vanilla extract pinch of salt 115g cold butter 1 egg For the filling 280g fruit (a mix of blueberries* and cherries) 70g + 2 tbsp. sugar 1 tbsp. lemon juice 4 tsp cornflour 200g cream cheese 1 egg yolk pinch of nutmeg Place flour, sugar and salt in the bowl of a mixer. Mixer...

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