October 30, 2013

Emporium Tea Rooms

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I visited these tea rooms with an offer from Groupon, saw the deal and thought I’d try it out.
It’s a really cute cafe with a main room and a side room that is used for parties and classes of various kinds. When I arrived at around 12pm it was quite quiet, which was perfect for having a good girls catch up. The place did get busier with a mixture of families and couples coming in for a range of refreshments.
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August 28, 2013

Chocolate Brownies

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When I was younger my mother would ask me what kind of cake would I like for my birthday? Usually children want some kind of traditional chocolate cake. Me? I would ask to have chocolate brownie as my cake. It is probably one of my favourite desserts my mum could ever make for me. It also made me very popular with my friends!

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April 28, 2013

White Chocolate and Cranberry Cookies

Cranberry and White Chocolate Cookies

This recipe is not one of my own, it was a gift from a friend- the ingredients and baking instructions all put into a Kilner jar. All except the eggs. It looked lovely in the jar and I didn’t make this for some time as I just liked looking at all the colours in it.
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April 18, 2013

Chocolate Biscuit Cake

Chocolate Biscuit Cake

This recipe is one I have taken from my mums book of recipes, one that we often made as children, I remember always having great fun smashing up the biscuits with a rolling pin- perfect for anger management or getting out any stresses you may have!
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April 8, 2013

Toad in the Hole

Toad in the Hole

I’ve not made this for a really long time and after recently having Yorkshire puddings with my Nana, it gave me a real craving for more lovely batter! There are lots of slightly different ways to make the batter, for me the key is to get as much air in it as possible, so get those wrists strengthened!
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January 10, 2013

Playdough

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Yes playdough!
I know you can’t eat this so you may wonder why I’ve put this on my food blog, but it is made in a very similar way to a lot of food recipes, and is a handy little thing to know how to make if you ever have children over to stay or have your own.
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January 10, 2013

2012 in review

The lovely people here at WordPress created an annual review of my blog. I found this quite interesting to see what people are actually looking at overall. I check my stats quite a lot, but am often just looking to see what people were looking at this week. I’ve shared this here just in case anyone else wishes to read it. I doubt it, but maybe you might. It made me think about how few posts I’ve written in the past few months though, and has inspired me to start blogging again more regularly.

Here’s an excerpt:

600 people reached the top of Mt. Everest in 2012. This blog got about 4,300 views in 2012. If every person who reached the top of Mt. Everest viewed this blog, it would have taken 7 years to get that many views.

Click here to see the complete report.

November 11, 2012

Upside Down Cake

So as we’ve just had a new series of the Great British Bake off on TV I thought I would try and bake one bake from each show every week. Sadly having just started University again this September that hasn’t been at all possible, as I have just been too busy to bake every week, and as you can see- keep up with the blog posts.

I started off well after the first episode inspired by the upside down cakes. I’d never actually made an upside down cake before, and now I’m not really sure why- they are really quite simple! And no fiddly icing or after decorations to deal with.
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November 4, 2012

Apple Strudel

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My first attempt at making an apple strudel.
I have a cooking apple tree in my back garden, and although I love apple crumble I wanted to make something different with them.
I had some ready-made puff pastry in the fridge and it seemed only right to give a go at making strudel.
Most recipes use filo pastry, but this actually worked quite well, although I would like to give my next attempt a go with filo to see the difference.
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October 2, 2012

Summer Trifle

Trifle

A little long overdue- this was actually made for a summer BBQ- which as you can all see has now long gone!
This was my first attempt at trifle making, it was a request from one of my friends. Took me quite a while to make as I would complete one layer and leave it half a day- so it felt like it dragged on a little bit! But you do need time for the layers to set. Continue reading

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