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The Monday Treat – Birthday Cake

It was Jon’s birthday this weekend, which brought with it the usual scheduling nightmare that seems to be endemic to modern life. Jess could not do Friday. Jeremy could only do Friday. Ken could do any day, as long as … Continue reading

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This dinner will get you laid – Cinnamon Buns

  The cinnamon buns really got me.

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The Monday Treat – Amish Pie

Our friends Ingyin and Yosi planned a last road trip of summer, before returning to NYU Abu Dhabi to start the new term. Essentially, what they were looking for, was Americana.

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The Wednesday Tipple – Strawberries and Cream cocktails, and Strawberry scones

Two happy co-incidences align to strawberry-tint my world this week. One, the discovery of freeze dried strawberries at Trader Joes, brought to my attention by my friend Grace. “They’re Yuppie crack. You just can’t stop eating them!” The other, of … Continue reading

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Irish Soda Bread

Soda bread is one of the least worrying breads to make because there’s no yeast to deal with. Not that yeast is especially complicated stuff, it’s just that all the proving, warming, kneading, rising business can seem daunting in a … Continue reading

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The Monday Treat – Green Velvet Cakes in anticipation of St Patrick’s Day.

Probably as a response to valentine heart-shaped cookie cutter withdrawal, the green food coloring ended up in my basket, and by the time I’d unpacked the shopping my mind was racing with ways to use it in celebration of St … Continue reading

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The Wednesday Tipple – White Russian

It’s been a week characterized by coffee. Firstly because husband Jon, in an attempt to master the fancy espresso machine that was his Christmas present decided to sample many varieties of beans from the Porto Rico Importing Company on Bleeker … Continue reading

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The Monday Treat – Greek Salad Puff Pastry Tart

I’m through with winter. I know. There’s months of it to go, and I should suck it up and make the best of it with hearty stews, warming soups, sticky puddings and other seasonal deliciousness, and I will, but for … Continue reading

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The Wednesday Tipple – Brandy and Clementine cake with the in-laws

Christmas is a compromise. I have family in London and Wigan and Shropshire. Jon has family in Scotland, in Surrey, and Worcestershire. And this year, his mum and dad rented a house in Somerset for a party, so that went … Continue reading

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This Dinner Will Get You Laid – New York eliminates the possibility of Ninja Romance, but luckily, there’s always chocolate cake

It was Abigale’s birthday this week, and boyfriend Simon planned a romantic surprise. He would sneak into her apartment while she was at work, and fill it with flowers. He could see it in his mind’s eye; roses in a … Continue reading

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