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What we ate (or thought about eating)
June 30, 2011, 12:46 am
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We ate so much in Berlin. So much. It was glorious, a gastronomical festival. We had ice cream every day (no photos, too busy eating it) and literally satisfied every hungry whim we had. Amazing.



Bakin’
December 10, 2010, 2:40 am
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I made some Malteser cupcakes last week. They were quite something. It’s pretty cool that standard cupcake mix can be so enhanced simply by adding Maltesers. I added whole ones to the cake batter and crushed ones to the buttercream frosting. I made enough to fill a couple of cake tins and they disappeared pretty quickly so I’m assuming I wasn’t the only one who liked them.



Real Food Market


(Can you tell I really, really miss bread?)

The Real Food Market is another example of making fresh, local produce accessible in the city. We’ve already taken a look at Chiswick Farmer’s Market, but the Real Food Market is right at the heart of London, on the South Bank. Located just behind the Royal Festival Hall, there is a wide range of products on sale to suit most tastes. We tried brownies and churros, but the savoury offerings looked (and smelled) amazing too. Check it out on the first weekend of every month.



Coco Frenzy

I was at Chiswick Farmers Market last Sunday. It’s a cute little market, tucked away in Dukes Meadows near the river. I took a group there for work and between us we bought champagne, olives, beef burgers, Moroccan flatbreads, various vegetables, macarons and cupcakes. The macarons and cupcakes were bought from the lovely Bianca at Coco Frenzy, pictured above. Her stall was filled with beautiful treats – so beautiful that it pained me slightly to open the macarons the next day to share with my friends. The consensus was, however, that they were delicious. I asked Bianca where she had studied to be a chocolatier and she told me she had studied back home. I asked her where home was and she said Indonesia! What a coincidence. She will also be setting up a stall at the Halal Bihalal celebration at the ambassador’s house in September, so I’m sure we’ll be seeing her again. For now, check her out at the Coco Frenzy website or drop by Chiswick Farmers Market on a Sunday and say hello.



Sweet tooth

I don’t even really have that much of a sweet tooth. A slice of cake every now and then does the trick, so I try to make sure I choose wisely. Maison Bertaux on Greek Street never fails me. My friend Bethany had the cheesecake pictured above, and I had the marvellous concoction below whose name I’ve forgotten – pastry, whipped cream, chocolate mousse AND a profiterole on the top. Absolutely amazing.



Cupcake celebration

As it’s my last full-time week at my old job, I’ve made some cupcakes to bring in tomorrow. It has become something of a habit to bring in my baked goods to work. Baking is a brilliant way to let off steam and forget the stresses of the day, and I guess I’ve been a bit stressed recently so I’ve been baking a lot. These are chocolate cupcakes, each with a chunk of white chocolate in the centre. The frosting is cream cheese with a hint of vanilla. Do you like my new cake tins, by the way? They were a birthday present from my mum and a lovely addition to my kitchenware.

I wish I had the momentum to write something more interesting, but I just don’t have it right now. If all goes to plan, the hunt for a summer flat may have come to an end. My poor, insanely tired body can’t take much more trekking around after work to view flats. I feel like I’m too busy to take everything in, and that’s never a good feeling. I’ve spent some time lounging in parks and various eateries, however, in between work and viewings. It’s funny how much you can fit into small windows of time!



Chocolate cupcakes with white chocolate chips

My friend Tara came round again yesterday for more baking (+ air punching to Magic FM + watching Hercules on DVD). I like how these cupcakes turned out. Just your standard cupcake recipe with plenty of cocoa powder and some white chocolate chips thrown in.

I need to stop buying cupcake cases.

Note the Harry Potter lightning bolt, noughts and crosses and x_x cupcakes.

My x_x face brings all the boys to the yarrrd, and they’re like, baking is harrrd.

Also, a few shots from a confectionery shop in China Town! Seeing as we’re on the subject of sweet things.

My eyes widen whenever I walk into any of the Asian food shops in London. They’re always so cute and enticing. I’m easily tempted by cute packaging. Just the other day I was in a Japanese food shop on Brewer Street and came out with koala-shaped biscuits in a colourful, patterned box. Needless to say, I hadn’t even thought about them again until now. I don’t know if I even have the heart to eat biscuits shaped like koalas. If you want to sell something, put it in a cute box.