Baking (sweet)

Clementine and cranberry upside-down cake

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Regard the humble cranberry. Just like that plain Jane in your university history course who seemed to have nothing of any interest to share with the world, but who was actually a pole dancing rock climber in her spare time, the cranberry hides a multitude of facts and trivia beneath its rosy skin.  How many […]

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Gingerbread spice persimmon cake

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December.  The final month of the year. Month of Sagittarians and Capricorns. Month of the Turquoise gemstone and the Narcissus flower. Month of Advent and St Nicholas and Christmas.  Growing up in the summer hemisphere, it was the month of endless sunshine; of school holidays and swimming pools; of beaches and braais.  It is the […]

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White chocolate cheesecake with rhubarb

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  There are some dishes that most people, even those who do not consider themselves particularly gifted in the kitchen, are happy to make.  Things like pasta; a stir fry; sausages and mash; or a grilled cheese sandwich.  Then there are those dishes that people feel slightly nervous about cooking – often unfairly so – […]

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Rhubarb and pear muffins

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“The more you learn, the more you realise how much you don’t know” goes the familiar saying – and how true it is.  I remember the first year I knew Nick and he was living in a tiny shared cottage in my hometown, while I was still living with my parents.  I knew from the […]

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A spiced strawberry & rhubarb upside-down cake to celebrate 9 years of blogging

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Nine years. It’s quite a log time, really.  Longer than either of the two World Wars; longer than the musical Grease ran on Broadway; longer than the life of the oldest hamster ever recorded; and considerably longer than either of Britney Spears’ marriages.   Nine years ago last Thursday, I took a deep breath, sat […]

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Decadent mint chocolate chip brownie recipe

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  “ Smile, and the world smiles with you; cry and you cry alone”, wrote author Stanley Gordon West. I’m not sure I entirely agree with all of this, but it is true that when you smile, it seems to elicit smiles from other people.  In fact, smiling is one of those activities that we all […]

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Gingerbread cookies for Easter

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I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again:  There are two types of people in the world – bakers and non-bakers.  Bakers tend to be those with an eye for detail – the kind of people who are not at all fazed by recipes requiring “2.5 egg yolks”;  who are willing to spend as […]

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