Gluten Free Spiced Orange and Almond cake

Tom Kerridge Gluten Free Spiced Orange Cake

In the frenzy leading up to Christmas, my friend and I were inspired to make some of the dishes from Tom Kerridge’s Christmas programme. One of those dishes was this gluten free spiced orange cake made with almond flour. Watching him do it on the tele made it look really easy. We gathered all the ingredients and late on Christmas Eve we decided to start making this. Here is where… [Read More]

Mich Turner simple cake decorating tips from Cake School

Mich Turner Cake School Rose Ombre Cake

Mich Turner has been running the Little Venice Cake Company since 1999. Her stunning new book, Mich Turner’s Cake School, Expert tuition from the Master Cake Maker, has just been published. Its full of beautiful pictures of cakes, her favourite cake recipes and some very useful baking tips. Get it for £20.50 from Amazon (free delivery over £25 or Amazon Prime),  £19.99 from Lakeland (you can collect in store or free delivery over… [Read More]

Baking Brioche at Le Pain Quotidien

Spelt and Quinoa Scones

Love the baked goods at Le Pain Quotidien? Great news as the have just started offering baking classes. I went along to try out one of these classes. I do like to bake but I don’t do it that often. I can do a lot of the basic techniques like rubbing in but have not mastered any of the more complicated techniques. As I like to tweak recipes instead of… [Read More]

Festive Chocolate Gingerbread Brownies


So this year, Vanessa Kimball has organised for Rococo Chocolates to host her Let’s Make Christmas gift swap. The idea is that you make something according to the theme and bring it along to be entered into a competition. Then you pick a gift from all the goodies that have been brought along while having some tea, mulled wine and lovely baked goods for tea. This year’s theme was chocolate… [Read More]

Chocolate Cheesecake with Russell Hobbs Creations Kitchen Machine

Russell Hobbs Creations Kitchen Machine Chocolate Cheesecake

Baking, I don’t do it often enough and if I did, I would have to buy a new wardrobe. I do love baking though, not just the wonder of seeing a recipe come together but the lovely smells wafting through the flat. This week I made a Chocolate Cheesecake. This was for a Bake Off bloggers’ challenge hosted by Russell Hobbs using their new “Creations Kitchen Machine”. This is a… [Read More]

Malaysian Pineapple Tarts

pineapple tarts

Pineapple tarts are little short crust pastry tarts with home made pineapple jam. In Malaysia, these are made for special ocassions like Chinese New Year, Deepavali and Hari Raya (Eid). Families used to make it but in this age of “I don’t know how she does it”, we tend to buy them from the many cottage industry vendors in town. I made these for Vanessa Kimbell’s Let’s Make Christmas bloggers’… [Read More]

Brazilian Chocolate Brigadeiros

Brazilian Chocolate Brigadeiros

I found this recipe on another food blog and they looked so lovely that I had it on my list to try. Then came along the Let’s Make Christmas event, so I made it for my swap contribution. See below for my adapted recipe. They are really easy to make and the recipe makes about 30 balls, depending on how big you roll them. This could be a really fun… [Read More]

Coffee Tasting And Coffee Matching Masterclass

Coffee Tasting Matching

Slurping your food and drink loudly is seen as rude in some cultures but in tasting beverages like wine, tea and coffee, it’s quite essential as the oxygenation releases the flavours and aromas. Up to this point, I have never had much of an occassion to taste more than one coffee at a time and this would be a great tasting lesson. At a recent Coffee Tasting Masterclass with Cafe… [Read More]

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