• Whoopie Pies – Chocolate and Vanilla Buttercream
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    Whoopie Pies – Chocolate and Vanilla Buttercream

    I’ll admit it right now. I am not very good at taking orders from people, especially when it comes to food. My eyebrows furrow and my toes curl up when I hear a command. The kitchen is the one place that I want complete control and complete freedom to do what I please. However, when Pizzaboy sent me an email with a picture of something he saw on the internet, my toes started to curl and I pursed my lips. ‘What is it that you want now?!’ I ask. The attachment was the most enticing picture of a whoopie pie. “Hell yeah! I’ll make that!” “Really?” “Yeah!” “Oh… cool!.” The things we do for love. I’ve never eaten…

  • Pho – Vietnamese Beef Noodle Soup
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    Pho – Vietnamese Beef Noodle Soup

    There is a grace that permeates through every nook and cranny of my home when this pot is brewing in the kitchen. It is the thing that gives my body a sense of safety and nurture. It is the meal that I call home, and whenever I catch a whiff of the precious spices simmering along with the marrow bones, my neck instantly arches up and my nose points up into the air. “Yes, a fresh pot is brewing”. An engaged and knowing smile crosses my heart and I know I must give in to the temptation to what Vietnamese call Phở. There must be some magical formula that causes the hard-working people of Vietnam to participate in the ritual of eating this morning, noon and night. It is too good…

  • Mini Croquembouche – Not for the Faint-Hearted
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    Mini Croquembouche – Not for the Faint-Hearted

    Inspiration taken from Delicious Magazine Dec/Jan Issue Recipe for Pate a Choux adapted from Secrets of Baking by Sherry Yard Recipe for Caramel Sugar from Delicious Magazine Dec/Jan Issue Pate a choux 1 cup of bread flour or plain flour 1 teaspoon sugar 1/4 teaspoon salt 1/2 cup water 1/2 cup of full-fat milk 85g unsalted butter 4 large eggs 1 large egg for egg wash Caramel Sugar 250g caster sugar 100ml water 2 tablespoons glucose syrup A tub of good-quality vanilla ice cream To make pate a choux 1/ Sift together the flour, sugar and salt in a large bowl. Set aside. 2/ Bring the water, milk and butter to a boil in a large saucepan over medium heat. At the boil, remove the pan from the…

  • Chocolate Brownie Cake with Fresh Strawberry Whipped Cream – Chocolate Lovers United
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    Chocolate Brownie Cake with Fresh Strawberry Whipped Cream – Chocolate Lovers United

    Brownie recipe taken from allrecipes.com Fresh Strawberry Whipped Cream recipe is an original from cookbookmaniac.com Brownies are a blessing to the home baker. You get a superior product with a minimal amount of effort. Instead of dressing it up, it is best left the way it is. Therefore the cake is prepared and baked in almost no time, and your chocolate craving is satisfied sooner rather than later. There are so many varieties available. There are the gooey and fudgy kinds, or the chewy and cakey. Even ones filled with nuts, raisins or rum. I have tried many types (being a chocolate lover) and I have to admit I love them all. There is no mystical science to making brownies, the only rule…

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