Monday, December 30

Another Year Gone...


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Saturday, December 28

Christmas Day


Another year, another Christmas.
I hope everyone had an absolute cracker and you're all still suffering from a ridiculous food coma (I certainly am!)
More of a picture post today, but I thought I would share just a couple of snaps from the best day of the year.

In one of our family's Christmas traditions, the brandy was whacked out and the mince pies scoffed on Christmas Eve, (followed by the new tradition of cheesy Christmas jumpers!)


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Wednesday, December 25

Christmas Gingerbread

First of all...MERRY CHRISTMAS EVERYONE!
I hope you all have a smashing day stuffing yourselves full of turkey, singing carols and snuggling on the sofa watching the Queen's speech!

And my Christmas present to you all?

Well, it can't be 'My Gingerbread Journey's' first ever Christmas without gingerbread men could it?!

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Monday, December 23

Its Beginning To Look A lot Like Christmas...

Yes my charming readers, it is only 24 hours and counting until we all head off to bed before the big day!
It has been a little bit hectic at home trying to get everything ready in time, so I thought I would quickly show you what I've been up to for the past few days.

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Wednesday, December 18

Christmas Spiced Biscotti

Anyone who knows me knows that I love coffee, in fact I'm a bit of a coffee snob. 
After working in a coffee house for years, smelling the sweet taste of freshly ground coffee beans makes cheap instant coffee taste like garden dirt.
With hours of revision already beginning for some horrific exams looming in January, the coffee is flowing out of the cafetiere at a steady rate.
Of course, I need something to dunk in my steaming mug for a cheeky treat and I've found the perfect Christmas solution to keep the festive spirits up!

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Monday, December 16

Home For Christmas

My last lecture has ended, my final piece of work handed in and all of those loose ends snugly tucked away.
Yes ladies & gents... It is Christmas time and that means one thing: Home.
Hoorah! Home time could not come soon enough.

But before I headed off home for three weeks of solid revision, comfort food and a slobbering chocolate Labrador, Immy and I decided to visit the Christmas market for one final time.

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Thursday, December 12

The Ultimate Chocolate Fudge Cake

I'm going to be blunt.
This is the best chocolate fudge cake in existence.
End of.


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Sunday, December 8

Leeds German Christkindelmarkt

The Christmas spirit is taking over. My endless collection of Christmas jumpers are being worn religiously, I'm on my sixth batch of mince pies and the present panic buying is beginning.
One thing is missing though...
In Leeds, it isn't Christmas until the Bratwurst sausages are munched, the steins seen off and the caramelised nuts nibbled.
Yes, it is German Christmas Market time!

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Friday, December 6

Lazy Day Mince Pies

For my first Christmas recipe, I simply had to whip up a batch of mince pies. It would be a sin against mincemeat and all things sweet to neglect the craving that is building rapidly in my student house.
(Apparently the way to the hearts of the seven hungover boys is in fact through mince pies...Who knew?!)

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Tuesday, December 3

Down at the Docks

This weekend I hopped on a train to Liverpool to give my good friend Pip a well earned visit. We had ooh-ed and ahhh-ed for over a year of when the best time would be; finally we found a gap when we both could miss our hockey matches and have a jolly good catch up.

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Friday, November 29

Trinity Kitchen: Pho

Christmas is coming.
I am officially declaring it time to deck the halls, sing some carols and make up a steaming batch of buttery mince pies (recipe in the works!)
As you might have seen from one of my last posts, Anna is a jolly good friend of mine and she showed me an incredible weekend in Durham last week.
I'm a girl of equalities and I thought it only fair to repay the favour, Leeds style.

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Monday, November 25

White Chocolate & Cranberry Tiffin

Once again, today was a hockey day. One heck of a hockey day.
Last week I made my "Heaven Sent Brownies" for my hockey team as we had a big game ahead and I was more than willing to bribe them with cake in an attempt to get a few more crucial goals.
This idea worked so well that I just had to bribe them again with another cheeky delight.


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Friday, November 22

Durham: Flat White

After only a couple of hours sleep, Anna and I groggily awoke, peaking out from under a snuggly mountain of duvets. The rumbling of our stomachs and the bright light stretching through the window were clear signs that yes, it was time to get up and move about.

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Tuesday, November 19

'Durham' Roll Please...

Hoorah!
Hozzahhhh!
Woop-de-doo!

Ladies and gentlemen, I've finally handed in my crucial history essays after weeks and weeks of work, and yes my little cherubs, I am neglecting the blog and yourselves no longer.
I'm all yours for the picking and have some cracking posts (increasingly festive ones), coming your way!
So how shall I kick off my new found freedom?
Well whilst drowning under piles of Tudor textbooks in the darkest depths of the library, my friend Anna was having a bit a dodgy week too. Both of us needed a comforting hug, a good friend and a strong cocktail.
And so, just like that, I clambered onto a train (sadly with the textbooks in tow), and trundled off to the stunning city of Durham for a 24hr escape from life in Leeds.
Spontaneous trips are always the best after all!

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Tuesday, November 12

Heaven- Sent Brownies

Last week my hockey team found out that I have a blog and inevitably they are now demanding baked treats left, right and centre.
I wanted to make a good impression and so I picked out the best possible solution to wow each and everyone of them.
These brownies are insanely gooey, chocolately and always tick every single box possible.


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Saturday, November 9

Hot Diggety Dogs

Man cannot live on cake alone.
One can damn well try...but even a complete bake-aholic like myself needs more sustenance than carrot cake and brownies.
With the weather turning icy, comfort food is becoming more of a necessity than a pleasure, so when I found this recipe on BBC Good Food I could not resist giving it a go.

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Wednesday, November 6

Remember Remember the 5th November...

Did everyone have a good Bonfire night last night?
I certainly did!
Having being able to hear fireworks from all over Leeds throughout the week, it was finally time to have a bonfire night of our own!

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Monday, November 4

Halloween Horrors

This Halloween was a rather special one.
My flat mate Jenny has the glorious birthday of the 2nd November, but because she was being whisked off to London for some family birthday celebrations, we decided to have a party a couple of days earlier.

Now what is a birthday without a cake?! It isn't one, let's be honest!
And so, good friend that I am, I woke up bright and early to create this Halloween inspired bake just for her.


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Tuesday, October 29

Cheat's Apricot Danish Swirls

If you haven't noticed already, this is a student's lifestyle and baking blog (shock horror I know!)
I'm a firm believer that anyone out there, regardless of their skills and budgets, can bake. They just need the right recipes and the right step-by-step instructions.
(Let's face it, there is nothing more annoying than a confusing and downright complex recipe!)

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Saturday, October 26

Brody's: Exeter

Last weekend was a bit of a funny one.
I woke up as normal, went to my Saturday hockey match as normal... But then instead of heading off home I embarked on a rather long train journey.
5 (very long) hours in fact.

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Wednesday, October 23

Peanut Butter Chocolate Chunk Cookies

In the words of Mary Berry, "These are a little bit of alright!"

It was a dark and dingy day in the house, the work load was getting to each and everyone one of us, and the boys were (as always), hungover.

But do not fret... Emily has a secret weapon up her sleeve for such times of woe!


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Saturday, October 19

Big Ben's 21st


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Monday, October 14

Belgium Buns

Belgium Buns... They are a tricky buggar.

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Tuesday, October 8

Apple & Cinnamon Crumble Muffins

The winter winds are turning and whether we like it or not, there is now a slight nip in the air.
Winter is coming and instead of moaning and groaning, I've decided to just accept the changing seasons and buy some new coats as a compromise!

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Saturday, October 5

Varisty

In the university stakes, Wednesday was a big day.
Actually no. 'Big' does not do this incredible day justice.
This was... THE day.

And what exactly was this life changing event which every year brings 30,000 students together in 50 shades of green, maroon and white?

This was the day when Leeds Metropolitan were 'put in their place'.
This was varsity.
This was the dirtiest, most heart wrenching of affairs, fuelled by pride and a year's worth of bragging rights.


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Monday, September 30

Mocha Traybake

Hoorah!
The baking is back!
After a full week of settling in and a good five bakes later, I'm slowly working out how to tame our dodgy student oven and get back to blogging.
*Sighs of relief all around*.

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Friday, September 27

A Little Life Update

Now folks, I'm sorry to have to tell you all that I've been struggling lately.
You see, this week I've had the joy of moving into a 9 bed house with seven guys & my friend Jenny, as well as having the task of surviving Freshers Week.
So I'm not going to lie, amidst some pretty brutal hangovers, introductory lectures (Yes Mum, I 'definitely' am going to all of these), and cracking on with some house 'bonding', I've basically had no time at all to blog.
(I also highly doubt some of the recent antics that we've been up to are internet worthy!)

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Wednesday, September 25

Oh My Apple Pie

Usually I would write a slight spiel at the top of each blog post to set the scene a bit... But not today, I'm just going to let these first few photos sink in first!
(Torture I know!)

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Sunday, September 22

Cake & Bake Show, London

About three weeks ago I was sat on the sofa, snuggled with a steaming cup of English breakfast tea and stalking Blog Lovin' to catch up with the latest posts.
I've followed Rachel Phipps blog for just over a year, seen her LA & English adventures along the way and oohed and ahhhed at her incredible blog. On this particular day, Rachel just happened to post a little competition that caught my eye with the words "Cake" & "Bake"... Inevitably I couldn't help but apply when those two magical words were mentioned!
After gushing about my new favourite cook book for a good 10 lines or so, I got on with my day and forgot about it completely....Until a week later when I received an email from Rachel saying that I had won.

Since I never win a thing, I was beyond chuffed and decided to take full advantage of the prize which was two tickets on any day to the Cake & Bake Show in London. I invited my Mother for a girls day out as in a few days I'm 'abandoning' her for a few months to head back off to university, (I'm twitching with excitement already!)

So, on a lazy Sunday morning my Mother and I clambered onto the train clutching some strong caffeine kicks and headed off to Earls Court in London.

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Wednesday, September 18

Hummingbird Cake

For the past three weeks I've once again been working at the local junior school as a boarding house parent. Even though I absolutely adore the work that I've been doing, not only is it rather stressful, but I've also been deprived of nuts!
Since a couple of the children have severe nut allergies this means no walnuts, pecans, (and worse of all...) peanut butter whilst on the job. (My friend Abby is particularly struggling from Snickers withdrawal symptoms!)

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Monday, September 16

D.I.Y Chalkboards

It has been a long, jam packed Summer but sadly all good things must come to an end.
The winter winds are lurking, children are back at school & university is beckoning me back up north to Leeds.
Hasn't it all come around so quickly?!

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Friday, September 13

Mini Lemon Meringue Pies

As you might have seen, the Great British Bake Off theme this week was tarts & pies.
I'm not going to lie on this one, pastry is definitely not my strength.
Even though making your own is good fun, I'm not ashamed to say that the pre made packs are usually a frequent flyer in my fridge.
But today I sucked up my pride, brandished my spatula, and got stuck in to some pastry prepping practise.

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Tuesday, September 10

Burghley Horse Trials 2013

I consider myself to be very lucky. For the past 10 years I have lived only a couple of miles from the most delightful of historic English towns.
In fact, Stamford was voted by The Sunday Times as the 'Best Place To Live In Britain: 2013', and if you ever come across this absolute gem of a town you will without a doubt see as to why.

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Sunday, September 8

Terry's Treats

This week on the Great British Bake Off the challenge was desserts.
Now if you haven't realised from my blog already, I make a lot of desserts- and I mean a lot.
So, in an attempt to meet my weekly challenge of matching the Bake Off's themes, I came up with a twist of one of my classics in the kitchen.

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Tuesday, September 3

Blueberry & Sour Cream Cake


Blueberries.
Brain food, energy food & a scrumptious summer snack. Whilst these little bubbles of blue are still relatively cheap in the supermarkets, I decided to whip up one of my favourite but oh-so simple cakes.
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Friday, August 30

Stepping Stones

The sun was shining, I had a few days off of work after a hectic bank holiday, & I hadn't seen my good friend Anna is way too long for my liking.

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Wednesday, August 28

Swirled Cinnamon Buns

My baking addition has reached fever pitch.
I'm dying to apply for the next series of the Great British Bake Off and as a result, my house is now constantly smelling of some sort of freshly baked good.
I just find baking so relaxing, theraputic, and rewarding. Not only do I simply adore making the delicious delights, but my heart does little cartwheels when I see the glee on my taste testers faces with each bite.

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Sunday, August 25

Chocolate Chess Cake

Do you like chocolate? Do you even love chocolate?
Would you say that you are a teeny, tiny fan of the cocoa bean?
Well then, today you are in for a treat!

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Thursday, August 22

Florida: Disney's Magic Kingdom

It is time for the finale.
I've saved the best of my Florida posts for last.
Florida is famous for one thing, and Orlando in particular. I didn't fly eight and a half hours across the pond to not see Mickey Mouse, ride some incredible roller coasters, and "believe in my dreams" to quote the brilliant Walt Disney.

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Sunday, August 18

Florida: Manny's

I have to admit, I'm a picky blogger. I will only write a post if I am 100% convinced that it is worth talking about and is something I passionately feel about.
From my recent Florida holiday there were so many wonderful experiences that I wish I could share with you all. It was without a doubt a time that I will never forget. But instead of bothering you all with every single wonderful adventure on each day, I'm only going to display the 'crème de la crème' moments. The ones which to me really did stand out.

This is where Manny's comes in.

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Friday, August 16

Florida: Universal Studios

As you may have seen from my last post, our first day in Orlando was pretty jam packed in the water waves of Sea World. We were soaked, splashed, and shattered before we arrived back in our villa.
But, the next day was a rather different day.
Instead of petting slippery skins, we were going to have the adrenaline rush of a lifetime.

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Tuesday, August 13

Florida: Sea World

Hooray!!
After flying on from Washington DC, my family and I eventually landed in our final destination. We trundled from the airport and were instantly hit by a wall of solid heat. The humidity was smothering, and oh my, we didn't half know that we were in the Sunshine State!

AKA...Orlando, Florida!

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Sunday, August 11

The America Trip: Washington DC

If you follow me on Instagram, you will know already that I'm on holiday. (Hoo-rah!)
After working my socks off through June & July while my friends where all whisked off to Thailand, Turkey, or even just the beauty of Devon, I've been waiting ever so patiently for my time to come.
I finished my last shift at work, packed up all of my shorts, flipflops and suncream, and fell asleep knowing that I had a 3am wake up call.
It was holiday time!
And where were my family and I heading to?
Well our first stop was none other than... Washington DC in the big old United States of America!

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Thursday, August 8

Caribbean Banana, Rum & Raisin Muffins


Muffins.
The ultimate breakfast treat or mid afternoon nibble.
Designed to suit your aching sweet tooth or to power you through a hard days work, it is hard to resist their golden brown and crumbly topping on even the most angelic of days.
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Tuesday, August 6

Paris, 4: Candles, Crepes, & Coffee


After spending a couple of jam packed and unforgetable days in Paris with Anna & Kathy, our last day sadly sprung upon us quicker than we would have liked.
Since we were embarking upon the Eurostar to London in the late afternoon, we had the whole morning and lunch to explore.
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Sunday, August 4

Paris, 3: Arcs, Avenues & Art

After all of the joys of Versailles on our first day, we decided that it was finally time to see the heart of Paris.
We began our day bright and early, at the stunning Arc de Triomphe on the famous Champs Elysées.

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Thursday, August 1

Paris, 2: Royalty, Clocks & Locks

In my first post of Paris, I promised you that we had something 'special' planned for our first day.
And, well, I do hate to disappoint!

Having awoken at the crack of dawn, we quickly got changed in our sweaty, little hotel room and headed downstairs for some fresh croissants and baguettes for breakfast.
We knew that we needed to leave early as we had three metro trips, a train journey, and a lot of tourists to arrive before.

So where exactly is this mysterious place that we heading to?

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Wednesday, July 31

Paris, 1: "Allo Allo..."


After months of waiting and planning, the day was finally here.
This was the day that my two friends Kathy, Anna & I boarded the train to St Pancreas Int, London for our trip to Paris.
With our jam-packed bags in tow, we trundled up the stairs to our Eurostar train, destined for the Gare du Nord.
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Monday, July 29

Best British Scones


When I was younger, one of the many perks in having my Grandmother over to stay with us was her scones. Inevitably with each visit, a batch of delicious, sweet smelling scones would be delivered and fill the house with their succulent scent.

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Friday, July 26

Mad Hatter's Tea Party

This weekend I returned to London for the third weekend in a row for a very special date.
A bloggers date to be precise.

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