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  • Chocolate Pear Pudding by Nigella Lawson
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    Chocolate Pear Pudding by Nigella Lawson
    I love corner shops, they have always been there for me. I could always count on them to have enough lollies, chips and ice cream to make me grin like a spoilt child. They were perfect for the after school snack of pies and sausage rolls in my teenage years. They were the place to get the newspaper and magazine for the bus/train ride to work as a young adult. I also love the corner shop because whenever I have a craving and want to make something simple and quick... I can simply duck over to the little shop around the corner. No need to start the engine of the car. No need to dress nicely. Sure its much more expensive, but the convenience is far more important when you just want a homemade chocolate cookie fix. The corner shop became my hero when I decided to pull this together from out of nowhere. I had all the ingredients in the pantry, except the cream and pears. They had everything that I needed and this pudding was whipped up in no time at all. Recipe taken from Nigella Express by Nigella Lawson Ingredients for pudding 800g canned pear halves in juice 125g plain flour 25g cocoa powder 125g caster sugar 150g unsalted butter, softened 1 teaspoon baking powder 1/4 teaspoon bicarbonate soda 2 large eggs 2 teaspoons vanilla extract 1/ Preheat the oven to 200 degrees and grease a 22cm square or round ovenproof dish. 2/ Drain the pears and…
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    Hot Cross Buns by Nigella Lawson – Happy Easter!
    House hunting. Patience is not a virtue of mine. If things aren't happening fast enough, a little voice inside my head starts panicking. I go into anxiety mode and either drop the whole thing altogether or scramble to try harder to get what I want. Looking for a house to buy has taught me a lot about patience. Pizzaboy and I have been house hunting for over a year now and it has tested me so me many times. Real estate agents, property prices and home loans have cluttered much of our conversations with friends and family since our venture into lifetime debt. I knew from the beginning it wouldn't be easy. We don't have all the money in the world to get what we want, and beggars can't be choosers... but we want a beautiful home, a gorgeous kitchen, a cool bathroom, a relaxing lounge room. So many things to compromise and too few places to choose from. It will happen soon... I have to be hopeful, otherwise I'll just burst into tears. Living apart becomes more and more difficult as everyday passes. The smell of bread baking in the oven often evokes home for many people. I wished I made these beautiful Hot Cross buns in my own house. Then I could have invited my niece and nephews over for an Easter Egg Hunt and a picnic of Hot Cross Buns and chocolate. I shouldn't participate in self-pity, it isn't healthy for me. Recipe adapted from Feast by…
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    Madeleines – Marcel Proust and his heavenly cookies
    Marcel Proust unintentionally immortalized madeleines in his novel Remembrance of Things Past. He vividly describes the moment in which he dips these sweet scalloped-shaped cakes into his tea and how it magically brought back warm memories of his childhood. She sent out for one of those short, plump little cakes called petites madeleines, which look as though they had been moulded in the fluted scallop of a pilgrim's shell. And soon, mechanically, weary after a dull day with the prospect of a depressing morrow, I raised to my lips a spoonful of the tea in which I had soaked a morsel of the cake. No sooner had the warm liquid, and the crumbs with it, touched my palate than a shudder ran through my whole body, and I stopped, intent upon the extraordinary changes that were taking place…at once the vicissitudes of life had become indifferent to me, its disasters innocuous, its brevity illusory… — Remembrance of Things Past, Volume 1: Swann's Way. Marcel Proust. Although they are often categorized under cookies, they are actually more like sponge cakes. Bite-sized wonders that Pizzaboy eyed from a distance and stuffed into his mouth, in one giant bite. Proust was not exaggerating. These madeleines were exceptionally comforting and sensational dipped in my cup tea. Recipe adapted from Baking by Dorie Greenspan Ingredients 2/3 cup of plain flour 3/4 teaspoon of baking powder 1/2 cup of sugar pinch of salt Grated zest of 1 lemon 2 large eggs, at room temperature 2 teaspoons…