Lemon and blueberry cupcakes with lemon cream cheese icing

Practice run 2 in preparation for the Cupcake Challenge – lemon and blueberry cupcakes with lemon cream cheese icing. I really liked these ones. They were moist, fragrant with the lemon, a bit tart from the blueberry and not too sweet. The sweet and tangy cream cheese icing topped them off perfectly – and look […]

Soup Sunday: Mushroom soup

I bought a soup recipe book recently, and it has given me tons of soup ideas! Most of the soups have been easy to put together, and this mushroom soup was no exception. This soup relies heavily on the mushrooms for flavour – there’s not much else in it! I used big flat brown mushrooms, […]

The Brasserie by Philippe Mouchel: Bastille Day dinner

On Bastille Day last week, we joined Benisa for dinner at the brasserie by Philippe Mouchel. A four course set menu was being served in celebration of all things French (or so the promotional email stated!). When we arrived, the first thing we saw was a guy in a beret playing the accordion. Is an […]


Last weekend’s breakfast – banana crepes with maple syrup We’ve stopped eating out as much this year, particularly for brunch. Last year we would have brunch at a cafe almost every weekend, while this year we have been very good and have cut it down to once or twice a month. During the weekend I […]

Soup Sunday: Spicy lentil, potato and spinach

Gak! I’m being slack with posting Soup Sundays. After this one I still have two to post – plus I’m sure I’ll have a new one this Sunday. Better get on to it! This soup was made on one of those freezing cold evenings we’ve been having lately. I say this every year around this […]

Red velvet cupcakes

My workmate / almost twin Jennie has organised a cupcake bake off in August to raise money for the RSPCA as part of their cupcake day. A bake off? Naturally I’m participating! However, I’m not very good at doing decorative, fiddly things, so I thought I’d better get some practice in beforehand. And when I […]

Soup Sunday: Beef and black bean chili

So this is technically not a soup – it’s a stew – but I figured that soup and stew are so similar that it could still count for Soup Sunday. I was actually looking to buy puy lentils when I came across dried black beans. They don’t seem to be very common here (I could […]

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