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Victoria Sponge Peeps

Victoria Sponge Peeps

Before I moved to America I had never even heard of Peeps®. Now I know that people go crazy for them here, and they are one the most popular Easter candies in America. Peeps are essentially brightly colored chick and bunny shaped marshmallows dusted in sugar. More …

Irish Coffee Swiss Roll

Irish Coffee Swiss Roll

When I was young my sister Zoe used to make a great coffee cake. I used to think coffee cake was incredibly sophisticated as a child. Generally in Ireland coffee cakes were not made with coffee. Just absorb that sentence for a second. You have to remember it was the eighties and coffee hadn’t quite taken off. More …

Citrus Surprise Cake

Citrus Surprise Cake

It’s dark and wintry outside, but hopefully this citrus surprise cake will brighten up your day. Last  year, I was given the gift of a lemon tree (from the amazing Almu), which inspired this cake. I named my lemon tree Ginny. (I like lemony gin and tonics). I was skeptical that Ginny would produce lemons in our unpredictable Pacific Northwest climate. However, she managed to produce 10 perfect golden lemons, which just turned yellow in the last couple of weeks. More …

Indulgent Hot Chocolate

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It’s the time of year for hot drinks and indulgent treats. If I am pushed for time, some Cadburys cocoa powder and hot milk will suffice. But, if I have a little more time to spare hot chocolate, made with real chocolate and a little whiskey is a real treat. More …

Chocolate Brownie Pies

Christmas Brownie Pies

I sometimes find it hard to believe that I have been living here in Seattle for over 2 years! I think I have assimilated well. I probably speak more like an American-when I go to the grocery store, I say cart instead of trolley for one!  I celebrate American holidays, and have forgotten all about those countless European bank holidays ;) I eat American – now that I know where to find all the great local produce, there is little I miss – with exception of Irish cheese and dairy. More …

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