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Things I Want II

I love this clock. It’s so red and fabulous and it has a cute little timer built in. It would look great in my kitchen.

I need a Chaise Longue in my life. Somewhere to lie back fashionably and ponder. This striped delight would look great in a bright airy kitchen or, maybe more appropriately, in a hall or living area. I love the colours!

My favourite colour is purple. Last year I painted the kitchen purple and white. Best decision ever, and hugely better than the depressing dirty beige that was there before. This washing-up bowl would match my paintwork perfectly. It’s made of rubber and will fit nicely into any kitchen sink. (Available at mooch.co.uk)

Moustache glasses! Genius! Heh. I’m a sucker for stuff like this. You’ll find them and other moustache-y delights in the secret ‘stache shop on etsy.com.

Another kitchen I’ve been drooling over. It was featured recently on thekitchn.com as part of a selection of kitchens using beadboard. I love the turquoise paint peeping out from over the backsplash and around the window. And what a cool sink!

These hanging vegetable keep sacks are wonderfully practical. I am forever throwing out sad carrots and sprouting onions – fruit and veg have a short lifespan in our kitchen, we just don’t have proper storage space. These sacks could save alot of vegetables!

And, back to work!

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Yay! Something savoury! Sure, the savoury parts are wrapped up in pastry, but still. Proof I don’t live solely on cake. I do cook everyday, so really I should post more of the savoury dishes. I guess I’m usually so hungry by the time dinner is cooked that making it look pretty enough to be photographed isn’t a priority. I’ll try harder though 🙂

These rolls were born out a need to use up a packet of frozen puff pastry, and were extremely simple to make and were very tasty. The size of the rolls could be reduced to give a more ‘bitesize’ party style treat. Play around with the fillings – some bacon or mozzarella would be great fillers too 🙂

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The July 2010 Daring Bakers’ challenge was hosted by Sunita of Sunita’s world – life and food. Sunita challenged everyone to make an ice-cream filled Swiss roll that’s then used to make a bombe with hot fudge. Her recipe is based on an ice cream cake recipe from Taste of Home.

You can find the recipe and a downloadable pdf on the Daring Kitchen webpage.

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This is my first attempt at a baked cheesecake. Or any cheesecake actually – I’ve never even made one of the ones that just set in the fridge. Sheltered life, eh? So I thought I would start with a cheesecake so rich it alone could induce a heart attack. This is seriously chocolatey. Good for an event where there’s alot of people because a little of this goes a long way.  It took the two of us several days to get through it while pawning off some on every unsuspecting visitor to arrive at the door. Not that they were complaining 🙂

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Summer Berries Galette

So is this a galette or a crostata? Well it turns out that they are essentially the same thing – one is French (galette), and the other, Italian (crostata). They differ from a tart in that they are free-form, and quite rustic looking. The pastry is rolled out, the filling placed in the middle and the dough edges are folded in around the sides. I made a galette before (Strawberry Rhubarb Galette), and this recipe is essentially the same: similar pastry, just different filling.

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All bundt tins are not made equal. This I have learned. The hard way.  So just because you picked up a shiny new bundt tin that you’re dying to use, don’t assume that any old bundt cake recipe will do.  Check your measurements. And if you have a bundt tin like mine, halve the quantities below. Or else you’ll be eating (tasty) coffee cake for about a week. And scraping overflowed mixture off the oven floor. Also, grease the tin really really well. Grease it twice. Assume that the cake mixture is just dying to get stuck right in to every groove in the bundt tin. Because it is.

Apart from my misjudged quantities, this recipe produced a delicious cake. I took the recipe from Elissa’s blog 17 and Baking. She made a plain buttermilk pound cake, and insisted that the pictures didn’t convey the moist delightfulness that this cake will being to your life. Well, she’s right. A really moist cake that gets better after a day or two. And my pictures don’t do it justice either 🙂

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Here’s another recipe from months ago that I completely forgot about and so it never made it past my iPhoto album. For shame! Some recipes slip off my radar because they turn out to be disasterous (ref: Rachel Allen’s sponge cake with rhubarb cream –  to be frank, it smelled like feet. It is the only cake I have thrown out with only the teeniest of slices gone. Now, let’s never speak of it again.). But this recipe really doesn’t deserve to be in that category. Blogging from multiple computers also adds to the ‘forgotten photos’ category. I nearly always blog from my office computer, simply to escape work. (Current page count is 54, if you’re askin’). Today, I am on my laptop, escaping the world cup final 🙂

I’m glad the football is over. I have eaten so many doritos over the last month it is shameful.

So back to these great cookies! A friend of mine had returned from an extended holiday and invited Catherine and I around to dinner. We declared we would provide the dessert – Catherine made yummy rhubarb ice-cream and I made these oatmeal shortbread cookies. No real thinking or planning went with this combination – we found both recipes together!

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