Monthly Archive: May 2012

May 15

Boozey Chocolate Rhum Pots

The weather isn’t warming up at all here in the Netherlands. It’s been dull and rainy for days. My inner-self needs a lift, and what better way to lift and reinspire ones ailing spirit than with a dose of chocolate spiked with rhum for added warmth. A luscious chocolate custard dessert ideally eaten solo, curled up on the couch in your jammies, with a good book. Rich and luscious, with a hint of nutmeg, this chocolate custard is anything but common. I like to serve this still warm accompanied with chocolate flecked biscotti for dipping.

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May 14

My First Cake Competition : #4 Icing an Actual Cake

Today I am about to attempt something I have never done before … to ice an actual cake in butter cream frosting. I am going to be drawing on everything I know about cake decorating 101. Dig deep! Big breath in! Gloves on. Spatulas out. Let’s go!

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May 13

My First Cake Competition : #3 Decoration scheme.

Equipment bought. Cakes made. Now all I’ve got to do is make up my mind on how I want these cakes presented on competition day. As I continue along this journey I am beginning to realize just how much I don’t know about cake decorating, and just how much more complex it is to achieve the perfect cake creation. I have so much yet to learn … and I am learning on the job. It’s HARD!!

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May 12

My First Cake Competition : #2 Cake Selection.

Spent a bomb on cake supplies and ingredients this weekend. Now we are moving on with selecting the type of cake to use on competition day. Here I am testing out three different recipes of cake and they will all be brought in to the office on Monday for a taste test.

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May 11

My First Cake Competition : #1 The Lead Up.

I am (proudly) announcing that I am to be taking part in my first ever cake competition in 4 weeks time. Feeling very nervous, and a bit daunted but I am determined to make it to at LEAST the top 15 finalist list. Here is an introduction to what the competition is all about and what is expected of its participants. More updates to follow.

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May 07

Chocolate Chip Bread & Butter Pudding

Warm, comforting and full of stoggey goodness … this old favourite deserves a mention on my blog for so many wonderful reasons. This recipe however is not your usual bread and butter pudding with sultanas and prunes. Things always taste better with chocolate, doesn’t it?? So here is my take on an old classic.

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May 02

Fuss Free Chicken Curry

Want to add a little spice to your dinner table? Look no further with this creamy lemongrassy mild curry. Serve hot with basmati rice, or with flat breads. Best of all this curry will taste way better the next day after its had some time in the fridge to develop more flavor, therefore its a great make-ahead dish ~ hence why it is called “fuss free”.

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