Turning 21 with a Vegan Chocolate Birthday Cake

It’s pure fate that I left America at the bitter age of 20 and turned 21 here. 21 in England is only a milestone age because it came across the pond from America, you can’t do anything new. In America, 21 is when the world is suddenly Continue reading

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Stars, Stripes and Hiatus Cookies

So this is awkward… it’s been a while. Want some apology cookies?

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I have an explanation. Many stories. A different ‘me’ to present. I’m a changed woman. And cookie queen. Continue reading

Nutella banana bread

Low Fat Banana Bread with gooey Nutella centre

A lot of things are going on in my life at the moment. My end of year exams have now finished *phew* and I am working and exercising more than ever! I’ve also been busy sorting out visas for the US, and making plans for my impending 20th birthday. Basically, my life is being turned upside down as a lot of things come to a close, and new opportunities arise. I still can’t quite believe that I’m going to spend my third year studying in America!

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Vegan truffle tart

Gluten free, vegan chocolate truffles (and a showstopper tart)

So I have another essay deadline looming. Which means that baking has become a regular method of procrastination once again and my essay is still yet to be finished… But never mind, essays can wait, for this tart is heaven in a bite. And its mostly a lighter version of the real thing, bar the chocolate ganache topping (I’m sorry but it needed a little bit of naughtiness) But feel free to leave out the chocolate ganache topping if it’s too much for you! Continue reading

Red velvet brownies

Rising from the dead with Red Velvet Brownies

If you’re wondering why I’ve been so quiet, I have my excuses! It’s been a busy past few months, involving full time working, holidays abroad and moving house to start my second year of uni. The workload is double the amount of last year, and to make things worse, my oven in my new house seems to enjoy burning everything put in it in the space of 5 minutes. After constant juggling around with it and keeping a beady eye on my baked goods (involving me sitting next to the oven on a chair just watching it bake) I have finally cracked it and managed to produce something that doesn’t taste burnt!

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Flourless Peanut butter brownies

Flourless Peanut Butter Chocolate Brownies (Dairy-free and Gluten-Free)

Summer is upon us, and eating a full fat brownie carries too much guilt to justify eating more than 1. Also, I have moved back in with my parents and there is no flour or proper chocolate in the house, but I had a craving to bake proper CAKE. Brownies were the perfect solution! After dredging the internet for a flourless recipe that doesnt need proper chocolate, I found the perfect one, Continue reading

Lemon and Blueberry cheesecake

Lemon and Blueberry Cheesecake

Cheesecake, for me, is HARD. I find it fiddly, time-consuming and stressful to make, and I haven’t tried to make it since I made it as a 13 year old teenager in food technology class. Back then, it took 2 hours to cook, leaked all over the oven and overran from my lesson into the lunch break, which displeased my teacher at the time! I was put off ever baking a cheesecake again. But it was my adventurous promise to bake a cheesecake for one of my best friend’s 20th birthdays that meant I had to go through the turmoil of cheesecake making again. And the first try did not go well at all.

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