Salted Caramel Chocolate Easter Nest Cake

Salted Caramel Chocolate Easter Nest Cake

I wasn’t supposed to have made this cake. At midnight, I lay on my bed furious with myself that yet another attempt to make genoise sponges had transformed into three dense pancakes that were both rock hard and doughy at the same time. I was baking for a charity bake sale, the first since we… 

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Milk Chocolate Chip Vanilla Scones

Milk Chocolate Chip Vanilla Scones

On Sunday afternoon, the sun streaming through the drapes and the flat eerily quiet, I started to bake. The new oven, quick to heat and quiet itself, was turned on and a bag of flour folded over with sellotape was prised open. I had elbow room to bake, nobody needing past to reach the kettle… 

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Fluffy Funfetti Pancake Stack

Fluffy Funfetti Pancake Stack

When I was a child, pancake day was all about the sprinkles. My mam would usually make them for pudding, a plate of gently steaming pancakes, a tub of vanilla ice cream, Treat! strawberry syrup and whatever sprinkles the baking cupboard yielded set in the middle of the table. My sister would usually choose Nutella to… 

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Salted Peanut Butter Oreo Rocky Road

Salted Peanut Butter Oreo Rocky Road Bars

I didn’t mean for it to snow in September. I wasn’t wishing away the last of summer, with its pink wine and ripe raspberries for picking, the grassy scent of a freshly mown park and the dull screech of bike tyres as teenagers scavenged for Pokemon. No, I wasn’t ready yet the skies were getting… 

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ROMAN HOLIDAY

A Roman Holiday (and a video!)

Have you seen Roman Holiday? A few months before we left for Rome, I chose it for one of our movie nights, excitedly watching Audrey Hepburn throwing tantrums in petticoats and losing her shoes in a ballroom and Gregory Peck in slightly oversized boxy suits, nonchalantly discovering the undercover princess on the Spanish Steps as… 

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Six of the best spots in Rome for pizza, pasta and gelato

Six of the best spots in Rome for pizza, pasta and gelato

  On our second day in Rome, Chris and I left our Airbnb, walked 30 seconds down the street and sank into a wine red leather sofa to eat suppli for breakfast. Suppli, similar to its Sicilian sister arancini, was its star dish, a menu folding out with a list of flavours to choose from –… 

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How to survive Rome during the summer holidays

How to survive sightseeing in Rome during the summer holidays

As soon as we booked our holiday to Rome, we faced tourist regret almost immediately after the inevitable onslaught of ‘helpful’ advice was thrown our way. It was mostly centered around us getting pickpocketed, then ripped off and finally burning to a crisp in the July heat. The former two, having spent last year ambling around… 

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