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La Pastiera Napoletana - Neapolitan Easter Tart

La Pastiera Napoletana - Neapolitan Easter Tart

Pastiera is a traditional tart from Naples, with a crisp pastry case and a rich, creamy, sweet filling made from ricotta, cooked wheat, eggs, spices and candied peel
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Coppa and Rocket Pizza

Coppa and Rocket Pizza

Although I love my job, it's always a bit of a struggle to ease myself back into the routine of work after a long, pleasure-filled summer holiday
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Spiced Apple Cake

Spiced Apple Cake

It feels almost as though everything I've been cooking and baking recently has involved apples. This year's crop has been spectacular not only for the quantity of the apples, but also the quality
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Strawberry Vanilla Loaf Cake

Strawberry Vanilla Loaf Cake

After the success of my strawberry muffins back in June, I've become slightly obsessed with using this fruit in baking
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Strawberry and Orange Muffins

Strawberry and Orange Muffins

It's been a beautiful June. I've been gorging myself on asparagus and strawberries, dining outside, going for long country walks and bike rides and sunning myself in the garden - bliss
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Penne with Speck and Leeks

Penne with Speck and Leeks

Another very busy period at work has left me little time for blogging but a recent lull has meant I've been able to catch up on some of my favourite blogs and so have found out about all those doing the fantastic Live Below the Line challenge
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Witches Hats

Witches Hats

Now these are admittedly a little wonky and battered but I was basing them on the hats that a classic Disney witch or the Wicked Witch of the West would wear, or even the Harry Potter sorting hat, something that has seen a lot of action anyway
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Perfect Pizza

Perfect Pizza

One of the things we miss most about living in Italy is being able to pop out to the local pizzeria for a decent pizza
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Pea and Mint Soup

Pea and Mint Soup

Simple and in Season – My Custard Pie (this month's host) & Ren Behan. No Croutons Required - Lisa’s Kitchen (this month's host) & Tinned Tomatoes
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Raspberry Bakewell Tart

Raspberry Bakewell Tart

Strawberries are undoubtedly the most popular fruit of summer. Juicy and luscious, with their shameless scarlet colour and heady fragrance, they are the Marilyn Monroe of the berry world
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Bakewell Slice

Bakewell Slice

After a week back at work, my gloriously long holiday in France spent wandering around sun-filled medieval villages, eating exquisite pastries and sampling lots of local specialities is rapidly becoming but a distant memory
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Carrot Cake Perfection

Carrot Cake Perfection

 . I think it's safe to say that a homemade cake beats a shop-bought one hands down. Really, there's no contest - flavour, texture, absence of 'nasty' ingredients, the homemade one is superior every time
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Apple and cinnamon cupcakes

Apple and cinnamon cupcakes

These, like nearly all cupcakes, are really easy and quick to make and because they're not iced, they're ready to eat practically straight away
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Chilli Jam

Chilli Jam

I have always loved the idea of having a larder stocked with home-made jams, preserves and chutneys but in reality, the demands of a full-time job don't leave me much time for this type of cooking