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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…
  • Ham in Coca Cola by Nigella Lawson
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    Ham in Coca Cola by Nigella Lawson
    I have a quiet obsession with all things retro-kitsch-trashy. You wouldn't know it if you saw me. I mostly keep it to myself as I fear the sideways glance when people realise that I collect some of the stuff they tried to get rid of in their garage sale. I am not hardcore when it comes to going through vintage markets, I simply pick up items whenever I spot them. My obsession with cookbooks takes precedence. Here are some retro-kitsch-trashy things in my kitchen or on my mind * I have a timer in the shape of a hen with little chicks as the time guide * Two chicken-shaped egg holders live next to two owl salt'n'pepper shakers that sit on a celery green soap dish. * I have an ice cream scoop in the shape of an ice cream * Most of the items in my kitchen do not match... and that's deliberate. * I like to make faces out of stuffed olives on hamburgers * I dream of throwing a dinner party and presenting a 4-tier cold meat fake-cake decorated with proscuitto flowers * Dial phones are still the fashion in my eyes * I own and love kitsch cookbooks like Joy of Liberace, Elvis Presleys "Fit for a King' and Amy Sedaris's I Like You. * Any sort of pie baked in a fancy pie dish sounds marvellous to me * Pineapple upside down cake appeals to me more than a cupcake *gasp* * I hate dolls...…
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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…