The Easter Countdown – Scrumdidlyumptious Bars

Scrumdiddlyumptious bars

When I was brainstorming ideas for this Easter Countdown I decided I wanted to try and feature some fantastic Easter presents. My original plan was a Faberge Easter egg. How fantastic would that be! Well great plan, turns out I couldn’t find an appropriate Easter egg mould and I didn’t trust my own ability to decorate to the level of Faberge and then I hit upon it. Scrumdidlyumptious Bars.

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The Easter Countdown – Hot Cross Brioche Buns

Hot Cross Brioche Buns 1

Wowee isn’t this fun! A slice of Easter everyday is making me feel like I am on holiday again, and I’m not even going to mention the weather because I don’t care anymore (oops… well it doesn’t count if you’re saying your not going to say anything – you know what I mean).

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The Easter Countdown – Simnel Bunnies

SImnel Bunnies 1

Simnel cake at Easter has long been a tradition in my house. We all really like fruit cake and, for the most part, marzipan, so you can imagine that Simnel cake would go down a treat. However when I was young I would always look at it and think … nah I will have chocolate instead. So this year I have decided to make Simnel cake child friendly, chadult friendly (that’s an adult who enjoys childish things e.g. me) and just a bit more fun.

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The Easter Countdown – Easter Nests

Easter Nests 1

Spring is on its way and whether the sun deigns to show its face is of little consequence. As of today I am counting down to Easter,  so I can only conclude one thing it is spring. No arguments.

As a result I am slowly filling my house with daffodils and the tastes of Easter.

Easter is one of the funnest baking times. I know you can cook other dishes at Easter but let’s face it why bother with that when there is chocolate. Amazing,wonderful, delicious chocolate, the best food source ever invented e.g. if you could live of chocolate I would. Did I tell you I love chocolate? Well I do. So in homage to the greatest food in the world I wanted to start my Easter countdown properly. There was no doubt in my mind where I was going… Easter Nests!

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Weekend Treat: The way the Cookie Crumbles…

Cookies

So I am lucky enough to be going on holiday at the end of this month, the sort of holiday that requires a bikini. Why am I telling you this? Not to make you insanely jealous or to rub in your face how great my life is – so don’t hate me for it, but it is part of the story. The story of …why the hell am I making cookies when I should be in hardcore health mode.

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Simple Suppers: Cauliflower and Spinach Curry

Spinach and Cauliflower Curry

I think with the cold setting in quite strongly here I have been craving warm and comforting food. But for some reason instead of my tastebuds yearning for soups and stews, pasta bakes and pie, I have been hankering after a good curry.

So in the last week I have cooked three. One: Cauliflower and Spinach, Two: Chicken Reendang , Three: Chicken, Aubergine and Mango
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Five things to try this weekend

Let is Snow

Hurray it’s the weekend – or soon to be!

I hope you have all had good weeks, mine has been fairly busy and very sociable – which is great, because often when it gets cold I tend to go into hibernation mode and want to stay wrapped on the sofa in a blanket! However this week I bucked the trend and had lots of friends over for dinner. In my mind it’s the best way to be sociable in the colder months and it also means you get to try out new things. I have recently discovered a great Mediterranean Deli 5 mins walk from my house, and last night went and explored the shelves. I came back with Wasabi Peas, Turkish Delight and actual proper Bon Maman Fig Jam (which you can’t seem to get anywhere in this country). Suffice to say I was very happy.

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