Packed with Pineapple Lumps

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Ever have those days where you just want to eat something so ridiculously indulgent that it practically spikes your sugar levels just thinking about it? Yeah, me too.

Over the years I’ve made quite a number of indulgent treats (you’ll find lots of them over in the Recipe Index) but there are some that are especially memorable – think russian fudge cupcakes with crushed Russian fudged blended through the icing, salted caramel and chocolate tartlets filled to the brim with homemade caramel, and peanut butter and chocolate dipped cupcakes where the icing is literally encased in a chocolate shell… yum!

I have a feeling that this Pineapple Lump fudge will soon be joining the ranks of these decadent recipes as one of my absolute favourite, indulgent treats – it’s just too good! Not that I’m surprised though – what’s not to love about milk chocolate fudge packed with Pineapple Lumps?

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Mondayitis

Happy Monday!

What a wonderful weekend – we picked Hunter up from the vet on Friday, so spent most of the weekend snuggled up at home nursing him and giving him lots of cuddles. Add in a bit of baking, DIY-ing around the house and catching up with friends, it was a lovely couple of days.

I hope you had a great weekend too – here are five things to get your week off to a great start…

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Tea and biscuits

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As you may have guessed by the name of my blog, tea is one of my absolute favourite things – whether it’s high tea, Devonshire tea or just a good-old cup of tea, I’m happy when there’s tea involved.

One of the great things about tea is how versatile it is – no matter what your taste is, there’s bound to be a tea to suit. Even Kevin, who claimed he just didn’t like tea in the slightest, has found a couple of varieties he likes – it turns out green tea with a little citrus is right up his alley!

But one of the most overlooked things about tea is how many ways you can use it across all sorts of edible treats – think tea infused jam, cupcakes, loaves and biscuits! All you need to do is fine the right tea and work out which other flavours to team the tea up with.

One of my favourite teas to both drink and bake with is Early Grey. Because Earl Grey tea is blended with bergamot oil (which comes from a bergamot orange) it’s perfect for teaming up with other light citrus flavours – like lemon! Which is why these Earl Grey & lemon tea biscuits are so delicious – the flavours just work.

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Mondayitis

Happy Monday!

We spent a lot of time at home with the kittens this weekend as our poor kitten, Hunter, isn’t too well. He’s been diagnosed with severe orthopaedic issues in his knees and hips, and is booked in for the first of several surgeries on Wednesday which will help him walk without pain. Click here to find out more about what’s going on with our poor furbaby.

I hope you had a fabulous weekend and lovely Father’s Day. Here are five things to get your week off to a great start…

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Five Favourite: Spring Baking Ideas

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Spring is officially here! Despite a rather wet and windy start to the season, the weather’s beginning to look a little more pleasant now – the sun is shining, it’s not too cold outside and the sun is setting a little later in the evening (it’s no longer dark when I get home from work!)

There are lots of reasons to be excited about the start of spring – who doesn’t love strolling through Cornwall Park and seeing all the beautiful spring flowers and baby animals gambolling around? But there’s another thing to be excited about… the baking!

The arrival of spring means those warming winter recipes and comfort foods go out the window (see you next year mug cakes!) and begin bringing lighter, fresher flavours into your baking. To help get you started I’ve rounded up five of my favourite recipes that will make the start of Spring a little sweeter.

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Mondayitis

Happy Monday!

Well, despite it now officially being Spring the weather was certainly a little more wintery this weekend, huh? Luckily we didn’t have anything too pressing to do, so were able to spend most of it snuggled up at home with the fire blaring (and kittens to snuggle!) It was wonderful to have a chance to really recharge.

I hope you had a wonderful weekend too – here are five things to get your week off to a great start…

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One Helping

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Have you ever had one of those moments where something in life absolutely blows you away for all the right reasons? Well, I had one of those moments while perusing the aisles at The Food Show a few weeks back. The prompt? Seeing my maiden name printed on a huge banner covering the back wall of one of the stands.

I pointed it out to Kevin and scurried in to take a closer look and find out what it was all about. While I was busy taking a photo of the banner on my phone, one of the ladies working at the stand came over and said to Kevin, ‘Do you know Kirsten McConchie?’ to which he replied, ‘Yeah, I’m married to her!’. He pulled me around as he said this and I popped out with ‘That’s me!’ – then the ladies brought us aside, filled  me in on what was going on and even asked me to do an impromptu book signing!

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A Café in Your Kitchen

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Ever feel like you’re perpetually living life on a bit of a budget? Me too! With work to be done on our first home, a kitten in need of pricey knee surgery and a trip to the US and Europe on the distant horizon, Kevin and I are working hard to keep our spending in check.

One of the first things to go when you tighten your budget is eating out – gone are takeaways on Friday nights and leisurely weekend morning brunches! But just because you can’t eat out as often doesn’t mean you can’t enjoy café-style dining at home – you can still have pancakes with berries for breakfast, you just need to grab the ingredients in your weekly shop. Then just invite a couple of friends over and you’re set…

Well, almost. The hardest part about cutting back on eating out is giving up the café coffees – you just can’t make them that good at home, right? Wrong.

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