Monthly Archives: January 2012

Mini Dark Chocolate Pies (Gluten Free)

As you can see, we had a lovely weekend.  Baking yesterday, footie today and tickets booked to see The Fall in Manchester.  Ooooh, as I typed ‘footie’, Middlesbrough scored which means D will NOT be happy.  Oh dear.  “Wine, sweetie? … Continue reading

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Piragi (Latvian Bacon Rolls)

You may be wondering – why Piragi?  Well, my mum is half Latvian and half German.  My Latvian Grandfather, Ludvig, was a HUGE personality…and is sadly missed.  Funny the things you remember.  (Cue whimsical music and dream sequence…)  He arrived … Continue reading

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Savoury Muffins

Over Christmas, the intention was to bake Piragi (savoury Latvian treats, like little pasties) but as things became more and more hectic, I took an executive decision not to make them and to test out a savoury muffin recipe instead. … Continue reading

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Guinness Cake

Here’s a recipe from Nigella Lawson that’s been tweaked by Gizzi Erskine.  It’s a real ‘Man’s Cake’, probably great after a footie game, a few pints and a Ruby Murray (curry, it’s cockney rhyming slang my American brothers and sisters!). … Continue reading

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Ultra Girly, Gluten Free Vanilla Cupcakes with Strawberry Frosting

Ultra Girly, Gluten Free Vanilla Cupcakes with Strawberry Frosting Anyone who knows me knows I am far from ultra girly, however, after the dentist, I felt a little low and blue.  The remedy?  PINK!  Luckily, the plan was for strawberry … Continue reading

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Dark Chocolate Chip Cookies

It’s the weekend again and time to indulge in some baking again.  A timely release from an incredibly hectic week at work where, somehow, things seem to get busier and busier all the time.  I do love my job, but … Continue reading

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The Science of Baking…and a short history of Elevenses.

I have been reading about the science of baking this week.  I’ve been learning about the purpose of sugar/butter and the creaming method.  I’ve learnt about the addition of flour and liquid and the formation of gluten.  I’ve learnt about … Continue reading

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Tequila Slammer Cupcakes

Today I have a question.  Should all blog entries detail successes?  I have decided not. For me, baking is all about invention, trial and error and learning by my mistakes.  It’s witchcraft.  I like to concoct, pouring over my stainless … Continue reading

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Eggs in a Green Chilli-Coconut Sauce

Well, this was the first weekend home after a first week back at work/school.  After a manic week and a very loud ‘music night’ last night (a few tequila slammers and a decision to only play female-based rock…), we decided … Continue reading

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Banana and Walnut Gluten Free Cupcakes

These cupcakes don’t look as good as their gluten-based brothers and sisters, however, they are completely gorgeous.  They are incredibly moist, firm, nutty, fruity and decadent!  Not one person at work knew there wasn’t any gluten to be seen…  Sadly, … Continue reading

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