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What is a graham cracker? And I can’t even pronounce the second bit!  Oh it’s a place as well as a bar!  Really?  🙂 It’s the January 2010 Daring Bakers Challenge! Woo!

The January 2010 Daring Bakers’ challenge was hosted by Lauren of Celiac Teen. Lauren chose Gluten-Free Graham Wafers and Nanaimo Bars as the challenge for the month. The sources she based her recipe on are 101 Cookbooks and www.nanaimo.ca.

Posting Date: January 27, 2010

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Tea Cosy Envy

So this is slightly off the usual topic of recipes but I thought this item deserved a mention because I want it so much. Just look at it – isn’t it perfect?? It’s like a cable-knit poloneck jumper for your teapot. With woolly flowers on it. Perfection indeed. I have been gazing at it longingly on the Mable & Violet website for a good couple of weeks now. And it just makes me want it more.

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Well this is quite a cake! It is easy to make and possibly the nicest thing I have ever baked. I kid you not. This will definitely be rolled out for future birthdays. I found this recipe while delving around in English Mum‘s archives (that sounds a bit intrusive, actually!). English Mum’s site is a wealth of cookery knowledge and witty posts, and last year it became the first blog I really ‘followed’, introducing me to the great world of the blogosphere.You can rely on this blog for a heart-stopping dessert recipe or for a picture or two of mischievous greyhounds (eh, yes, a little random!) or, more recently, a fantastically successful fundraising effort for Haiti – she has a bit of everything!

I had offered to bring dessert to a dinner party at the weekend and had pretty much decided to just buy a cake on the way to dinner (looming thesis deadlines has made me much more willing to stay late in college). This recipe inspired me to leave college early, throw the January diet out the window and turn on the oven! This was also my first foray into the world of ganache. It went down a storm and we all ate a very generous wedge of cake each (after stuffing our faces with 3 different types of curry and lots of beer). There will always be ‘room’ for this cake 🙂

You’ll find the original recipe here.

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The ‘fragrant’ part of this recipe is coriander. There’s quite alot of it. So if you’re a coriander hater stop reading now. If you quite fancy an Indian-takeaway-tasting curry, read on.  I found this recipe by chance browsing through the bbcgoodfood website. It’s a low fat curry (which is what we want to hear about in January) but it actually doesn’t taste it (even better).  It actually tastes closer to something that came from an Indian restaurant than anything I’ve made before. Saying that, I could be a bit boring with my homemade curry choices.  I’ve adjusted the amounts from the original recipe a little. The first time I made this dish it was waaayy too salty. I do like a saucy curry (oo-er!), nothing too dry, so I halved the amount of chicken and chickpeas and kept the ingredients for the sauce the same as the original (serves 4) recipe. This version serves 2.

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It’s January, so it’s detox time. Regardless of how much or little you gorged yourself on over Christmas, January is always a good time to change a few habits and at least try to eat healthier. So that means cream-filled sponge cakes are off the menu for a while. These oaty muffins are a healthy, low-fat snack, and the oats make them quite filling for their size. Good for those counting calories – if you make 12 from this batch, they work out at 2 Weight Watchers points each or about 140 calories. (You can check the calories in your version here)

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