Chocolate Orange Brownies 1

Every once in awhile, I realise that I really need to start baking with the stuff that I had previously bought when browsing through the grocery story – you know, the stuff that I pick up because it’s different or cute or because I assume that I’ll come up with something to use it.  And […]


There is nothing less quintessentially British than Pizza Express.  A staple of the British high street, it’s pretty much an easy, friendly place to bring a group of friends for a meal.  I admit that when my vegetarian sister comes to visit, it’s definitely a go-to since I know that Beardy Fiance can get his […]

Chocolate Marshmallow Fudge

My parents and sister just got home from a camping trip to the Grand Canyon.  As I think I’ve mentioned before, I’m not a big camping person.  For me, the ideal holiday involves sun, relaxation, a bit of history and city life and good food.  Camping just in the beautiful bit of nature without nice […]

Carrot Cake M&M Blondies 1

You know, I’ve probably been a bit unfair to carrot cake.  It’s not that I dislike carrot cake itself, it’s got a nice moist, spicy little bite to it.  It’s the most people who love carrot cakes tend to be healthy people.  The kind of people who don’t want to eat any sweets without even […]


One of the best parts about being an adult is that I really do get to eat whatever I want.  Unfortunately, while I realised at about age 25 that it is true, I really do feel better with a few helpings of fruit and vegetables every day, I still revel in eating somewhere naughty.  So […]

Wicked Cupcakes

We have rather eclectic taste in reality tv shows here at Casa Beardy.  Most of it is watched purely by one member of the family – my distaste for the bumbling protagonists of shows like Gold Rush and Deadliest Catch, Beardy Fiance does not want to be in the room when I’m watching Teen Mom […]

Black and White Cheesecake

I get asked a lot what my biggest inspiration is for my baking.  And the reality is: nothing inspires me as much as the need to use up some yummy American sweets I found.  Now, I have a bad habit of stockpiling my cache of interesting ingredients.  I’m particularly bad for this when I’m in […]


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