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Amaretto Cheesecake. Click through for recipe.

Amaretto Cheesecake. Click through for recipe.

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Pistachio petit-four cake topped with marzipan flowers. Click through for recipe.

Pistachio petit-four cake topped with marzipan flowers. Click through for recipe.

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White Chocolate Raspberry Ripple Cheesecake Cupcakes. That was a mouthful. Unfortunately not a mouthful of those cupcakes though. They look divine.
Click through for original.

White Chocolate Raspberry Ripple Cheesecake Cupcakes. That was a mouthful. Unfortunately not a mouthful of those cupcakes though. They look divine.

Click through for original.

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Another shot of the dream cupcake. Banana, Nutella, White Chocolate.

Another shot of the dream cupcake. Banana, Nutella, White Chocolate.

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Banana, Nutella and White Chocolate Cupcakes.
This is similar to what i’m baking for my next article, except i’m not experimental or brave enough to try it with all the different buttercreams and fillings. I’m just doing a banana cupcake with nutella frosting.
But this looks like it could quite easily be the cupcake of my dreams.
Click through for recipe.

Banana, Nutella and White Chocolate Cupcakes.

This is similar to what i’m baking for my next article, except i’m not experimental or brave enough to try it with all the different buttercreams and fillings. I’m just doing a banana cupcake with nutella frosting.

But this looks like it could quite easily be the cupcake of my dreams.

Click through for recipe.

I have another article lined up for Durham’s online magazine (The Bubble).

I’m writing up two recipes from Baked and Delicious, and then making them and reviewing them, alongside pictures of the process (of baking, not writing - that would be silly).

I think i’m going to do basic vanilla cupcakes with a selection of toppings, and a herb, parmesan and sundried tomato loaf.

I’ll post the write-up when it’s done.

Cooking tonight

went well, the recipe was easy to follow and it was very quick, great for a weekday meal after work.

It ended up actually looking like the picture, which I was praised for as it doesn’t happen often.

The beef probably needed a little longer to marinade, as it didn’t take the flavour as much as I would have liked. Also there was not enough ginger, despite me putting more than the recipe stated in the first place. The pieces of ginger were delicious when you actually got one, and complemented the other ingredients perfectly.

Second time round I would marinade the beef for longer and cook the peppers for longer, as I like them not too much on the crunchy side. And more ginger, obviously.

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My small but ever growing collection of cookery books. My favourite? Baking Made Easy by Lorraine Pascale.

My small but ever growing collection of cookery books. My favourite? Baking Made Easy by Lorraine Pascale.

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Rosemary Conley’s Ginger Beef. This is what i’m making tomorrow!
Serves 4. Fat per serving 4.4g. Calories per serving 172KCal
Ingredients:
400g thin steak
1 red onion, sliced
1 red pepper, deseeded and finely sliced
2 sticks celery
For the marinade:
2 tbsp dark soy sauce
2 tbsp Chinese rice wine or dry sherry
1 tsp granulated sugar
1 tbsp fresh ginger, finely chopped
1 tbsp light soy sauce
Method:
Slice the beef into strips and place in a bowl.
Mix together the marinade ingredients and pour over the beef. Leave to marinate for 30 minutes.
Heat a non-stick pan, dry fry the onion  until soft before adding the pepper and celery. Cook for 1-2 minutes  then add the beef and toss together until the beef is cooked to your  liking.
Serve hot with rice or noodles.

Rosemary Conley’s Ginger Beef. This is what i’m making tomorrow!

Serves 4. Fat per serving 4.4g. Calories per serving 172KCal

Ingredients:

  • 400g thin steak
  • 1 red onion, sliced
  • 1 red pepper, deseeded and finely sliced
  • 2 sticks celery

For the marinade:

  • 2 tbsp dark soy sauce
  • 2 tbsp Chinese rice wine or dry sherry
  • 1 tsp granulated sugar
  • 1 tbsp fresh ginger, finely chopped
  • 1 tbsp light soy sauce

Method:

  1. Slice the beef into strips and place in a bowl.
  2. Mix together the marinade ingredients and pour over the beef. Leave to marinate for 30 minutes.
  3. Heat a non-stick pan, dry fry the onion until soft before adding the pepper and celery. Cook for 1-2 minutes then add the beef and toss together until the beef is cooked to your liking.
  4. Serve hot with rice or noodles.
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Linguine with Zucchini and Tomato Sauce. From Homemade by Holman. Click through for recipe.

Linguine with Zucchini and Tomato Sauce. From Homemade by Holman. Click through for recipe.

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Tostada Pizza. From Homemade by Holman. Click through for recipe.

Tostada Pizza. From Homemade by Holman. Click through for recipe.

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Chocolate Filled Peanut Butter Cookies. Click through for recipe.

Chocolate Filled Peanut Butter Cookies. Click through for recipe.

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efccooking:

Kahlua Fudge Brownies
With icing made from Bailey’s.  FYI.

Oh my goodness. Someone has combined my dream ingredients, textures and flavours into one incredible brownie. This is going on my must bake in the holidays list.

efccooking:

Kahlua Fudge Brownies

With icing made from Bailey’s.  FYI.

Oh my goodness. Someone has combined my dream ingredients, textures and flavours into one incredible brownie. This is going on my must bake in the holidays list.

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Pecan Pie. From Call Me Cook.
Ingredients:
Pastry for 1 single lard crust 5 eggs 2/3 cup sugar 1/4 tsp salt 1/2 tsp vanilla 1 pint white karo syrup 2oz butter 1 cup pecans
Method:
In a food mixer,  beat the eggs.  Add the sugar, salt and vanilla.  Whip together well.  Add syrup and melted butter.  Mix in nuts.  Place the crust in a pie dish and pour mixture over crust.  Bake at 325 degrees for 50-60 minutes.

Pecan Pie. From Call Me Cook.

Ingredients:

Pastry for 1 single lard crust
5 eggs
2/3 cup sugar
1/4 tsp salt
1/2 tsp vanilla
1 pint white karo syrup
2oz butter
1 cup pecans

Method:

In a food mixer, beat the eggs. Add the sugar, salt and vanilla. Whip together well. Add syrup and melted butter. Mix in nuts. Place the crust in a pie dish and pour mixture over crust. Bake at 325 degrees for 50-60 minutes.

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Hershey’s Chocolate Cake. Click through for recipe.

Hershey’s Chocolate Cake. Click through for recipe.