Chocolate Orange Cookies

When Beardy Bestie Fran came over for our marathon baking weekend, she zeroed in on this cookbook from James Morton, How Baking Works.  We’re both big Great British Bake Off fans and James was definitely a popular contestant – his sweet, easygoing nature while producing delicious bakes definitely won us over.  Having met him at […]

Dulche de Leche Brownies 1

I am definitely guilty of using my baking as bribes!  These were devised for an employee of Beardy Fiance’s, someone who we are hoping to convince to watch our cat, wee McNulty, while we’re away at the wedding next month. McNulty can be a bit of a troublemaker.  Just yesterday, our neighbours told us that […]


The biggest problem with hanging out with mainly Irish people is how little they get my cravings for American food.  Like macaroni and cheese.  “It’s pasta in cheese powder?” Beardy Bestie Fran will say, making an face.  Maybe it loses something in the description?  Yeah, that must be in.  But with the opening of Five […]

Chocolate Berry Cheesecake Bars 1

Cookbooks are a great way to recreate the foods from restaurants you’ve loved without necessarily being able to travel there.  I’ve been homesick for Dublin lately and so making sweets from the Avoca and The Cake Cafe Cookbook remind me of my time in college, when I pretty much lived off sweets.  Brown Betty Bakery […]

Chocolate Stuffed Minty Shortbread 1

Someone at work offered me an After Eight and that was it – I wanted a nice minty baked good.  So after searching vigorously through my baking bags, I found a bag of Mint Truffle Hershey Kisses at the bottom of my stash.  I had also been wanting to make some herbed sugar for awhile, […]


When we made the turn off towards This and That on Soap Street in Manchester, Beardy Fiance gave me a weird look.  “Are you sure we’re in the right place?” he asked.  “There is no way this is the right street.” I always enjoy a visit to Manchester.  It’s a very different city than London, […]

Hello Kitty Baking Book

Surely I can’t be the only person who was in shocked denial to realise that Hello Kitty is apparently not a cat.  It’s true!  I’m a cat lover (and always enjoy having a kitty around the house), so I was a bit disappointed to realise that Hello Kitty is actually a little girl – and […]


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