Peanut Butter Cookies

Deliciously addictive peanut butter cookies, best served with a dollop of raspberry jam!

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Like most children, I grew up addicted to peanut butter sandwiches. But this humble concoction was given an upgrade when I first started cooking from Nigella Bites during my time as a law student. Therein that fabulous book lies the ultimate recipe for a Fried Peanut Butter and Banana Sandwich, inspired by one that was favoured by the late Elvis Presley in his later (and more rounded) years. It is a grilled sandwich that is the stuff of dreams for any student cramming for an exam in the wee hours of the morning.

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Chinese Barbecue Pork (Char Siu Pork)

A delicious and simple recipe for a Chinese-restaurant classic which you can make at home.

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One thing I miss about living in Australia is being able to visit the local Chinatown, whether it be for a traditional Dim Sum breakfast, a browse through the colourful aisles of the Vietnamese grocer, or a visit to the Chinese bakery for their light and fluffy cakes. Something I deeply miss are the restaurants where you can buy one of the Chinese roast ducks on display, as well as their crispy pork belly, or the ever popular Chinese barbecue pork (also known as char siu pork).

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Easy Chocolate Cake

An easy chocolate cake that is quick and fool-proof, and perfect for birthdays and celebrations.

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I am mindful that I have already shared quite a few chocolate cake recipes here on this blog, and that they all happen to be recipes which I frequently return to whenever a special occasion arises. But recently, it occurred to me that I am often tweaking the recipes a bit here and there, particularly if I want to bake the cake in a different sized cake tin or if want to mix and match the cake with a different frosting.

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Classic Banana Cake with Cream Cheese Frosting

An easy and delicious recipe for a Classic Banana Cake with Cream Cheese Frosting.

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My husband and I tend to agree on most things, but something we cannot convince each other of is the perfect stage of ripeness for a banana. I like my bananas to be somewhat ripe – no hint of green on the peel and maybe just a speckle of brown here and there to indicate that it is good for eating. Monsieur, on the other hand, likes his bananas to camouflage with the avocados in the fruit bowl; and to clarify, I am referring to the brown variety of avocados, and not the ones with the lovely smooth green skin.

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