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Vegetarian bean burritos

Ryan’s brother and sister-in-law came over for tea this evening, to catch up and so Ryan and his brother could watch the Manchester United Vs. Liverpool game together. They both support different teams – Ryan supports Manchester United and his brother supports Liverpool. There was a lot of shouting at the tv and arguements over referee decisions(!), I admit watching them both literally on the edge of their seats was quite funny. The teams drew 1-1. For tea we made vegetarian bean burritos as both his brother and sister-in-law are vegetarians. It was my first time trying burritos without any Read More…

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Slow cooker mulled wine

My dad loves mulled wine at this time of year from market stores and fetes, however doesn’t like the type you can get in the supermarket . I don’t like it personally but he says it doesn’t taste anywhere near as good. This year, Ryan and I decided to bring mulled wine to the table and brought over the ingredients Christmas morning to brew the mulled wine in my parents slow cooker and, unlike the supermarket stuff, my dad loved it. Photos to follow!! Have a bit of a back log due to the holiday season. You will need  2 Read More…

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Chocolate Rudolph Christmas Cake

I saw this Chocolate Rudolph Christmas Cake in the Morissons Christmas magazine last year but didn’t get chance to try it out; the recipe is by Stork. I modified the decoration slightly. Photos to follow!! Have a bit of a back log due to the holiday season. For the Cake:     225g Butter     225g caster sugar     4 medium eggs     40g cocoa powder     225g self-raising flour For the Chocolate Frosting:     175g Butter     325g icing sugar     25g cocoa powder     1 dessertspoon (10ml) milk Decorations:     Dark chocolate chips     White ready to roll icing Read More…

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Red Velvet Cake with Cream Cheese Frosting

As I mentioned briefly in my last post, Ryan celebrated his birthday at the weekend and we went out for a meal to celebrate. The meal was at Beefeater which has just opened up in our home town, with a big steak and grill menu. I had duck patè, hunter’s chicken and a mississipii mud pie, Ryan had a beef and pork kofta, beef burger and a cookie dough sundae, dad had a king prawn cocktail (his favourite starter), a gammon steak and a sundae and mum had mushrooms, a baked seabass and her favourite, banoffee pie for dessert.  My Read More…

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Caramac cake

My mum’s birthday was this week and we went out for a birthday meal on Thursday to celebrate, I asked the pub ahead of time if I could bring a cake which they agreed to. My mum loves Caramac bars so I decided to make her a vanilla and chocolate swirl cake with Caramac decorations. The most challenging part of this cake was finding a lot of Caramac at a reasonable price, with supermarkets wanting £1.50 per bar and shops online catering more to wholesale (I didn’t need 25 or 50 bars of Caramac!). I eventually found the bars at Read More…

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Happy Birthday Dad! Celebrating with a Star Trek Cake

My dad’s birthday was on Tuesday, but as it was a ‘school night’ we decided to celebrate Saturday evening instead with a delicious Indian takeaway and movie night. His choice. We also went to the <a href=”http://chimmyville.co.uk/crudwell-strawberry-fayre/”>Crudwell Strawberry Fayre</a> during the day. Unfortunately my sister was working and couldn’t make it so we decided to do presents and cake Tuesday evening so we could all be there. We also had another takeaway (lol). My dad is a ‘closet Star Trek fan’ (his words) so I decided to have a go at baking him a Star Trek themed birthday cake. After Read More…